Post # 1
Just wanting to get some thoughts. My fiancee is great at playing the piano. Seriously great. For the ceremony, he went into a professional recording studio and recorded Pachebell’s Canon in D, a few other classic pieces and a song he composed for my birthday. All of the pieces will be played during the big day. It sounds fabulous.
What are the thoughts of making a CD favor? Its not a mixed tape, its my honey being awesome. 🙂
Post # 2
It sounds like your future husband is an awesome pianist, but to be honest, I’d probably just toss out a CD I got as a favor.
(I think this may make me a horrible person, but, yeah, I probably would. Probably too, because I don’t even think we own a CD player any more…). Maybe he could have a few extra made and just leave on a table in case someone wants one?
Post # 3
No offense, I’m a musician too but I would see that favor as sort of a blatant promotion of himself. I know, hate me if you want. I think if you made a few copies that would be fine but I don’t know about them being favors since it’s all about him and not about you together. Just my thoughts, but whatever you decide is great because it is for your wedding, not mine. 🙂
Post # 4
I love music, the hard part is everyone likes different types. While you may love the CD, I might only like 1 song off it. I thought about doing CDs as favors as well, but then I realized with 480 invited it would be way to hard to find music that would please everyone.
I like what PP stated about having some extra copies made that guests may choose to take.
Post # 5
ren89: I completely agree with this. I think playing the recordings he made during the ceremony is really sweet, but it’s also subtle. Having his CD as a favor seems like trying to boost his fanbase. Like you’re giving away a free sample in the hopes you’ll buy the product later.
I’m also a musician and all I’m doing for the wedding is calling in favors from my colleagues to provide the music. If I were to perform anything (live), I feel like that would pull too much attention from elsewhere. I think the CD does the same. It wouldn’t be the favor from y’all’s wedding. It would be his CD that they happened to get while at your wedding.
Post # 6
It’s a nice idea, but I don’t own a CD player and my computer doesn’t have a CD drive, so I wouldn’t be able to play it. I wouldn’t mind receiving the music on a USB stick as a favour though.
Post # 7
Whoops, I should have been more clear. He’s not a professional musician and doesn’t sell/perform for money. Its just something he truely loves doing. So we aren’t marketing him, just sharing his passion.
And there is plenty of me all over the wedding. I got my way with adding 40,000 rhinestones to my dress 😛
Post # 8
I wouldn’t want it as a guest.
Post # 9
I would honestly leave it on the table.
Post # 10
Okay, I’m in the minority. I would take the CD and I would listen to it. I’m not that judgemental, so I wouldn’t see it as anything but a wedding favor. I’ve been to weddings with some weird favors, so this isn’t anything I would turn my nose up at. FI and I debated doing mixed CDs as favors for a loooooooong time (well before we were even engaged). We were basically just going to do all of the songs played during the wedding (the groom’s entrance, the bridesmaid’s entrance song, our first dance song, etc. And then if we had extra room, just a few favorite songs of the bridal party to make it a true mixed CD). However, we opted not to do favors at all (well, technically, everyone gets a picture from the photo booth). So, I like the CDs as favors. I think people leaving it at the table seems a little harsh and I’m sure most of your guests would take it and listen to it, because these are all of your friends and family members, not strangers.
Post # 11
I’m not a fan of favors in general. I really don’t like CD favors as most of those have very personal likes on them, especially the song your FI composed for your birthday. I would feel weird listening to something so personal.
Post # 12
I am in the minority as well, I would love a CD as a gift! But I love mix CDs, and I love using music as a memory. I also pay attention to he music used in weddings, as most people pay no mind. I think have some for guests who would like to take one, I can guarantee that all of the older guests would love one. I think your groom’s side would love to hear what he has been working on!
Post # 13
I wouldn’t use the CD. Nope, no, nuh-uh.
Post # 14
i went to a wedding where in the welcome guest bag was a flash drive with some songs on it. i think i threw the flash drive away or it got lost somewhere.
honestly, save your money on the CD. depending on how close i was to you, i may listen once but more than likely the CD would probably go in my wedding file, since i like to save things but never listen to it. most people would probably just throw away.
if you really want your friends and family to hear a song, send an email with a link to a recording. then if they want more, send another one.