Post # 1
Last year in a Botany class I grew a Forget Me Not in a little terra cotta pot. You can buy them in the $1 section of Target. It comes with instructions and everything you need, and it’s super easy. Fast forward to last Fall/Winter when I got engaged and I thought it would be really cute to use those as wedding favors. FI is a Freemason and Forget Me Nots are symbolic to Masons. We would even include a tag explaining the significance.
I bought him a Forget Me Not in the same pot for Valentine’s Day so he could grow one and see how easy it is. It’s June and he hasn’t bothered with it yet. If my OWN FI won’t bother with it, I doubt my guests will. Ugh! I’d rather just skip the favors altogether.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
You can skip the favors; but honestly I wouldn’t use your FI as a gauge of everyone else’s actions. I can guarantee if I gave my FI a plant for a gift, he’d never bother actually caring for it– but I know that 75% of my wedding guests would love it.
And I also know that my FI loves our bright and beautful garden that I care for. But ask him to mow the lawn, and I’d have more success pulling teeth! Obviously you know your guy better than anyone here, but my guess would be that flowers just aren’t his thing– but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like the sentiment.
Post # 5
Did you really expect a man to grow a plant? I don’t even grow those things when I get them so I couldn’t imagine some dude doing it.
ETA: I agree with the PP about not using your FI as the basis for this decision. However, even as a female guest, I personally wouldn’t grow it either since they’re really not my cup ‘o tea.
Post # 6
I completely understand your frustration! It’s hard to think that something you’re going to put all this time and effort into is just going to end up sitting in a drawer is someone’s house 🙁
I don’t really think you need to have favors (some may disagree with me) you are inviting your guests for an evening of dinner, dancing and fun.. oh yes.. and cake!! 😀
However, if you’re going to have a favor I’m on board with making it something meaningful & personal to you.. not just another random favor that guests will just discard. I do really like your Forget Me Not -terra cotta pots! I see them in Target all the time and always want to buy one to grow! ..I wonder how quickly they take to bloom?
I wanted to do little potted succulents for our wedding favors/escort cards… FI and I got engaged in the middle of the Utah desert and I thought a succulent would be cute to represent us. But FI convinced me that, although I thought it was a great idea and I would probably keep and care for this little plant.. that most of our guests wouldn’t appreciate the effort and many would end up getting left behind, or thrown away 🙁 I can’t stand the thought of so many little plants just getting thrown away so I think we are switching to escort/favor red rocks with the guests name instead. Not as cute in my mind, but it will probably save us some money and I won’t mind if people don’t take them with them.
If it’s something you really want to do, then I say go for it! And who knows.. maybe some of your guests will really appreciate it!
Post # 7
If you really want to do it and you have room in the budget, go for it!
However, if it were me, I would just skip the favors.
Post # 8
Cactusflower, we did potter plants as our favors and my husband tried to convince me of the same thing, but they were a huge hit. Only a few plants were left behind and other guests gladly scooped up the extras. They also looked amazing. I vote for the succulents!
Post # 9
What about edible favors with a forget me not theme?
Post # 10
Aw, I would have grown it! Like PP suggested, an edible forget-me-not favor could be a really great choice!
Post # 11
I love the edible forget me not favor option….but another option would be getting white boxes and filling them with candy, and putting a stamp, or sticker of a forget me not….thereby still going with the theme you want and a lot cheaper too….and besideds who doesn’t like candy?
Post # 12
@not_eggplant– Now you’re making me change my mind!! ahh! The little succulents are so darn cute! .. decisions, decisions!
Post # 13
Skip the favors and save the money!
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars
I love plants as gifts, favors, anything. I would have definitely grown it. It’s really good because it can last a very long time and people will think of you everytime they look at it. I still like the idea.