9 Creative Wedding Favors

With all the major planning of the wedding and reception out of the way, do not forget the small touches that will show your gratitude for the attendance of friends and family. Wedding favors are a wonderful way to say Thank you to all your reception guests and will offer them lasting memories of your special day. Here are some wedding favors that you can add your own sense of style and creativity to give guests a very special thank you.

Favor bags
Offer just about anything inside to say thank you to your guests with decorative bags that come in a variety of sizes and materials.

Favor boxes
Many hobby stores offer boxes in several shapes and sizes that can be decorated with paint, tissue, or other materials making these gifts functional items for each guest.

Lace wraps
These wraps are simple to make and present an elegant addition to every place setting. Offer candy, mints, or rice and on bells or other trinkets guests can take home after the reception.

Ceramic cups
Add an artistic touch to any table setting with small ceramic cups or vases either purchased or handmade. After the reception, guests can use the cups for salt, pepper, paperclips, votives, or rings.

Place card holders
Guests can take these useful items home and use them to hold pictures, notes or other cards.

Place card picture frames
Another way to seat guests at a reception is with place cards framed in a small attractive picture frame. After the reception friends and family can then use these memorable gifts to frame their favorite photo.

Personalized votive candleholders
Adorn glass votive with a tissue collage or other personal touches for a gift guests can use again and again.

Mini bubbles
Bubbles can be used in place of throwing rice. Small inexpensive bubble jars are also a fun diversion for kids at any wedding reception.

Personalized champagne glasses
Either have them engraved or decorate the stems of champagne glasses to give them a personal touch. Guests can use them for toasting the bride and groom, then take them home to enjoy. …

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Check It Out: 10 Ways to Stop Shopping Cart Abandonment

It's not over until the cash register rings

A customer has found your site, browsed your store and added several items to their cart. You're home free, right?

No so fast … until they've confirmed their purchase, you're still at zero, and you still have plenty of opportunities to derail the sale.

Fatal flaws in your checkout process can not only cost you the potential sale at hand but also drastically decrease the likelihood of that customer ever returning to your site to buy from you in the future.

If you're experiencing a high occurrence of shopping cart abandonment, here are 10 ways to fix the obstacles and annoyances that are driving away customers and crippling your conversion rates:

1. Eliminate all chance of unsuccessful surprises.

Make sure customers have all the information they need upfront to make a confident buying decision. This includes confirming the availability of the item; calculating promotional pricing or discounts; mapping out shipping options, costs and timetables; specifying whether or not sales tax applications to the purchase and clearly clearing your return policy.

If a customer reaches checkout only to discover that the particular item they wanted is out of stock, ineligible for an advertised discount or costs more to ship than they are willing to pay, odds are good that will be the last you see of them.

2. Display relevant details in the cart.

The shopping cart itself should provide a clear overview of the purchasing purchase at a glance so that customers do not have to navigate away from the checkout process to confirm the details of their order.

Keep in mind that by this point in the process, your shopper may also have clicked to and from the cart numerous times as they selected multiple items, browsed various categories of products or compared one item to another, and they may be fuzzy on the specifics of everything they've chosen.

Without the benefit of being able to glance down into a physical shopping cart to review their selections, they need reassurance that the package that lands on their doorstep will contain exactly what they intend, so be sure to provide thumbnail images, descriptions, quantities, sizes , colors, prices, availability and applicable discounts for each product in the cart.

3. Allow changes within the cart.

Every time your customer navigates away from the cart, you're running the risk of losing them, so make sure that they can edit details such as quantity, size and color without having to locate the product page a second time.

4. Offer multiple payment options.

If you're conducting an e-commerce business online, your site should be tied in to a secure payment gateway. However, offering the option to complete the transaction through a third-party processor like PayPal or Google Checkout can put some customers – especially those who may not shop online often – at ease because they do not have to release their credit card number and billing information directly to you.

Conversely, PayPal and Google Checkout …

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