MENOMONIE, WIS., January 2010 -- Now that the holidays are over, engaged couples are now looking ahead to the upcoming spring and summer wedding seasons, in search of unique wedding favors. According to the Brides magazine website, the engagement season begins with the holiday season and lasts until Valentine’s Day. One out of four marriage proposals will take place during this time.

With engagements comes the usual planning of weddings and receptions, bridal showers and bachelorette parties. And as a fitting precursor to the whole affair, many couples choose to throw an engagement party.

The engagement party is a far less traditional affair than a wedding or shower, so it provides couples with an opportunity to indulge their own whims and creative impulses. These events can range from a backyard barbecue to an elegant cocktail party, or anything in between, and usually suits the couple’s own lifestyle and tastes. The main purpose of the party is to have fun, and get family and friends of both sides acquainted with each other.

Primed for the engagement season, SimplyWeddingStuff.com boasts a huge inventory of unique and customizable wedding, engagement, bridal shower and bachelorette party favors. Its new “With This Ring” collection is especially popular. Like all of the company’s original themes, it was designed in-house and sells exclusively at SimplyWeddingStuff.com’s online store. Featuring the image of a diamond ring as a central motif, the brilliant theme includes shiny favors, sparkling decorations and faux gemstones to evoke the glittery splendor of an engagement diamond. “This theme is great for adding some ‘bling bling’ to an engagement party or bridal shower,” says SimplyWeddingStuff.com founder Sherri Yukel.

In addition to carrying a wide variety of original wedding theme styles like “Beach Wedding,” SimplyWeddingStuff.com features a Design Concierge Service, a consultation service that allows wedding and party planners to get even more creative. “Sometimes customers see an existing design they like, but might want a few changes, and we’re very glad to help”, explains Yukel.