(Closed) CD’s for a favor?

posted 10 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Since FH and I are both musicians, we’re actually recording a CD as a favor, since, much to my mother’s dismay, I REFUSE to sing on my own wedding day (I have enough to worry about!).

 I’ve heard of people doing it both ways or even a mixture of the two. It’s up to you!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

this was the easy breezy favor of 2006 for me.  almost all of the weddings i attended gave away cd favors so now i have a great compilation of all kinds of different songs.  some couples put music from their day.  most just put together songs that the couple loved.  whatever floats your boat!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2007

our song is let it snow, I actually made fh a cd of let it snow in like 15 versions for christmas last year and we’re copying that cd for our guests. I’m making pouch programs that hold the cd. it’s a CHEAP thing to give if you watch the sales.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

i work in the music business and my husband is a major recording artist and just wanted to remind you all that duplicating music, unless it’s for the purchaser’s personal use, is legally a no-no…. unless you obtain licenses from the music publishers.

sorry to rain on anyone’s parade, but the industry truly is suffering…. and my family’s livelihod is dependent upon it!
just something to think about.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY

We did a mix of songs from the wedding day and songs that were important to me and Mr. Radish.  Someday I will get around to blogging about it.

Nashgirl – I don’t think compliation CDs are hurting any recording artists.  On most favor cds, there is only ONE song from a particular artist and, if anything, it might inspire people to go out and buy the CD of that artist if they like the song.  It’s basically the same idea as a mix tape.  They are pretty harmless in the grand scheme of things.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2008 - The Fountainhead

My cousin gave out CDs at her wedding five years ago.  I’ve been to more than 10 weddings since then and received numerous other favors, but hers is the only one I actually use.  She had a mix of her and her husband’s favorite songs…..some of them were not so wedding-y and left me wondering why anyone would put that in a wedding CD but they still added to the entire package and I loved it!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2008 - The Fountainhead

Oh I want to add: they used an online service that compiled the songs and printed their picture onto the CD.  Since it’s a legitimate business, I’m guessing that they paid the royalty for the songs?

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

Radish… it might not seem like giving away one song "hurts" the artist or the label or manager or any of the many other people whose income is dependent upon the sale of music, and you’re right – it may introduce people to music they’d not have heard previously and they might become fans and they might buy the artists cd… but put it this way: giving away a song – even just one song! – is the same as taking a print of a painting from an artist, scanning and printing it yourself, and giving it away. Doesn’t seem right does it? (if it were okay to give away one song per artist for free, I think itunes and other digital music providers would be set up a whole lot differently than they are…)

No matter the price tag, it still takes money away from the involved people. Songs are .99 cents each on itunes. Multiply that by the number of CD favors you make…. 100? 200? Then multiply that by the number of songs on your cd…. That would be a lot of money, no?
However, generally speaking, you likely would be able to purchase a license for doing something like a compilation favor cd from the publishers for a very low price, if not FREE. Or, as peony mentioned, many online services will compile the songs and print the CDs for you in addition to sorting out the legal side of paying royalties and garnering music licenses. In my opinion, it’s better to err on the side of caution and do everything possible to do things legally and fairly for everyone 🙂
I’m a bit passionate (but not very eloquent!) about all of this because this is a growing problem in my industry… people justify pirating music and videos all the time and, simply put, it is stealing… In the past two years, my record label has downsized more than 50% due to this very issue! We are not exaggerating when we say that the music industry is in trouble…

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - in the woods

I think cds would make a wonderful favor! Especially if they contain the couple’s favorite songs and wedding songs; I love all things personalized!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

one note about cd favors, aside from the fact that they’re time-consuming to reproduce on your own since technically, they’re not legal and most companies won’t do it for you: don’t use sticky labels on the top. these labels will frequently peel off in (and break) cd players.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

nashgirl,

Would you please point us in the right direction of online service that will compile your wedding CD "by the book"? I’m having a hard time finding a service that I believe is legitimate. Thanks!!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY

Sorry Nashgirl, but we are just going to have to agree to disagree on this one. 

Wedding cd favors are not going to be the key to recording industry’s undoing. 

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I’m with Mrs. Radish. I do have to say that the music that you share with others should DEFINITELY have been purchased by you, not downloaded illegally — that’s definitely not fair to the recording artists.  But, as Mrs. R. points out, you’re sharing something that the other person would in all likelihood not have bought in the first place. I know that we introduced a lot of people to "new" artists through our CD favors. 

Nashgirl, I do understand where you’re coming from, but look at it this way: I work for a publishing company…libraries buy our stuff all the time and loan it out to people FOR FREE. We never see another penny off those books, and I can tell you that books cost a LOT more to put out in the world than CDs do.  People go to bookstores all the time and read books for free, or copy down info and never buy the book.  If someone photocopies a recipe out of a book or emails it to someone, haven’t they stolen the writer’s content the same way you feel burning a track from a CD and giving it to a friend is stealing?  If you copy a poem from a book and put it in your wedding program or on your favors, and give it to all your guests, isn’t that the same thing too?    I’m not saying it’s right or wrong. As someone who works and am friends with people who put blood, sweat, tears and money into creative output, I absolutely think we have to recognize that effort and give credit where credit is due. However, I think we also have to recognize that the way we all share "information" (including creative content like music or art) is evolving.When somone borrows our book from the library, or copies something to give to a friend, we hope that the person also likes it enough to go get their own copy. Can we make a living that way? I do not know.

I’m not trying to be confrontational, I just think that our world is changing, and we all need to think about things differently, and adapt.

Sorry to be so off topic for so long, but to the topic at hand, Sweeney2Be: We chose to do 2 different compilations (each couple — most guests were couples — got a set, as did the few single guests), one was songs he chose for me b/c they explained his feelings, make him think of me, etc., and one was songs I chose in the same manner. Several were not traditional love or wedding songs, but they were very "us."  Someone else mentioned the sticky labels — yeah, those are bad! I’ve gotten CDs stuck in my car changer. We went with a company called CDROM2GO who did a beautiful job with our custom designs. I saved a lot of $$ by foregoing the fancier CD jackets and went with plain white cardboard sleeves that literally cost pennies. I embellished them w/ custom labels (stickons), vellum "belly band" and silk cord to keep them closed.

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