Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)
I’m trying to decide on favors and I’ve been trying to find something Filipino to give my guests. We’re having a Filipino-American wedding and we want to carry the Filipino past just the ceremony. We’re having Filipino food for the cocktail hour and I’d like to give something Filipino as favors. There are not many things that are strictly Filipino. I looked at fans but they are more known for Japan and anything bamboo is pretty much all of Asia. So I was thinking about maybe giving a little pouch that had Filipino coins, one of each type (it ends up being 6 coins). I know when I travel I always keep a little bit of that country’s currency as a souvenoir. If you were a guest, would you think this was a neat favor? Of my 110 guests only about 15 are Filipino/been to PI so the coins would be new to everyone else.
The other thing I’m thinking about doing is translating some of the printed words so that guests can learn a few Tagalog words while they’re there. Just small things like table numbers, maybe a sheet at the table with wedding related words, not whole translated paragraphs. All the Filipinos are bilingual so it wouldn’t be to assist them in any way, just for the Americans to learn a few words if they wanted to. What do you think?
Post # 3
Cute idea, but what am I going to do with these when I get home? Also you never know, if someone finds out money is the favor, someone could misunderstand and try to take other people’s favors.
Post # 4
Ok,I LOVE different money, and have been collecting different currencies for a few years now,so for me,this would be awesome . I wil also be having table names in one of the languages that I speak, with a translation of it at the seating chart.There won’t be any papers.My tables in English will be Hope,love,faith,joy etc and it will be in another language.Could you do something like that ?
Post # 5
@GoldfishPie: +1. I’d have no use for it.
Post # 6
@smg5281: Can you make the poll available to vote on more than one answer? I would say Im not sure about money as favours, I know plenty of people who collect coins but that would be about 10% if that of people. And they will sit in a drawer forever after the wedding. I would also say I like the idea of having some native dialect! Say, the table number, then under the number the Tagalog word for that number? And perhaps a little word or two under each persons name on their placecard, like welcome, thankyou for sharing our day, etc.etc. with an English translation too 🙂 Just small things though, I wouldn’t like the idea of a sheet full of wedding related words. It makes me think of primary school :S
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
This may sound strange, but I don’t consider souvenir coins to be “money” at least in terms of its value to me. They’re just souvenirs I stick in a jar, memory box, something like that! From the title I thought you were going to leave US $5 on each place setting, which is quite weird! Learning little words would be fun too! Maybe you could find a way to print the translations on the pouches – “oooh, I got ‘marriage'” “That’s neat, I got ‘I love you'” Hehe.
Post # 8
I think the coins would be cute but I would have absolutely no use for them. I would probably stick them in a drawer for a few years and then throw them out. I do think the native dialect and translations is a neat idea though!
Post # 9
The Tagalog words would be great. The money is awkward and weird. Perhaps a traditional filipino sweet (candy, cookie) instead.
Post # 10
i would much rather get something more useful or edible.
i think your idea is cute but it’s a huge waste of money (literally).
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)
Thanks for all the responses Bees!! Good to know the Tagalog words are a hit! I’ll keep looking for favors.
@aggie2010: I also don’t think of it as money when it’s in a foreign currency! It just becomes a “thing” to me. If I end up doing it, that’s a great idea to print the words on the bag!!
@mypinkshoes: To be honest, I have never kept a favor from a wedding for more than a couple weeks so I don’t have high hopes for guests keeping them or using them no matter what it is. It actually ends up being cheaper than most favors, because of the exchange rate it ends up being less than US $1 for each guest.
@GoldfishPie: I didn’t even think of that!! People do this?!
@BeeOi: That’s a great idea! Thanks!
@FutureMrsHallam: Changed the poll! That’s a good idea to put it with their placecard!
@Horseradish: We’ll already have Filipino sweets because we’re in Pittsburgh so we have the cookie table tradition that Filipino’s will be baking sweets to add to. Taking home the cookies/sweets is expected so they don’t count as favors to most people. Since they’re already taking home cookies/sweets I thought I should do a favor that wasn’t also edible. I wish I could just count the desserts!!
Post # 12
@smg5281: yes, only $1 per guest but times that by number of guests. i would rather see that $1 per guest go towards something more useful. i like pp idea of a small local treat or candy. great idea.
Post # 13
@smg5281: I think the Tagalog words are a neat idea! I’m with some of the PPs. I don’t think it is worth your money (even if it’s $1 per person) for something you already know people are going to stick in a drawer somewhere. I am all for USEFUL wedding favours (we are doing little jars of homemade jam for ours:) ). Since you already have the sweets table and they get to take that home, what about doing a donation to a charity (maybe one that is relevant to your culture?) in lieu of something else that they take home??
Post # 14
Honestly you are not required to have favors. I’ve been to plenty of weddings where there were no favors, and never once did I think “oh I feel so ripped off, there’s no little baggie of jordan almonds for me, no dorky little photo frame, nothing!”
I travel internationally a lot and always end up with a handful of leftover coins or bills, and some of them I just keep till the next trip, but most of them get donated at the end of the year when many local banks do foreign currency collections for charity. Nothing else really that can be done with 85 Australian cents or 200 yen, and if I’m not going back to Japan for a while, no reason to hang on to it. These are places I’ve been, and the currency is a pretty lame souvenir even thoguh I made memories in those places. Will have even less sentimental value for guests who’ve never been to that country and have no plans on going.