Post # 1
First let me say that this is not me being cheap. It’s me trying to understand and trying to be practical and green.
Why the wedding favor? The practice began many, many decades ago as a gesture of gratitude the bride and groom extended to guests to thank them for coming to their wedding.
From a practical standpoint, I would think that spending $85 on a person’s meal and beverages and inviting them to a killer party would be favor enough! Yet, of all the weddings I’ve been to, I can’t remember a single favor I took home, let alone tell you where it is now. (Though I do still have a neat centerpiece lantern I “won” at a wedding after lying about when my birthday was.)
Rather than spend money on something someone is never going to use again — and let’s face it, how can you possibly please 130 people with the same favor? — I’d like to come up with an idea that each guest can take home and truly benefit from.
For example, maybe I can make refrigerator magnets with some inspiring quotes. That way, they get something practical (everyone has a fridge, right?) and something meaningful without breaking the bank or cluttering the environment.
Any truly creative, green favor ideas out there?
Post # 3
how about a plant, or a bulb in a pot? it’s literally green and practical
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
How about making a donation instead of doing favors? That seems even better for the environment. :p
Post # 5
our company christmas cards this year are going to be seed paper so all you have to do is plant them and they will grow… well thats the plan anyway
if you were to make a donation instead of favours – maybe using this paper to let people know might help
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2010 - Marie Gabrielle, Dallas
I agree with fifty foot bride. A donation is perfect. And I think a lot of guests would appreciate that.
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I like the donation idea too!
Post # 8
I know how you feel about favors — it seems like so many wedding traditions are wasteful when it comes to the environment. Our solution to the favor dilemma (as well as the flowers) was to make our centerpieces copper trays holding nine 4" pots of herb and flower plants.
Then we encouraged all our guests to take home a plant or two, by putting little flags in each pot saying "Please take me home!" and a cellophane bag at each place setting with a sticker on it asking them to use it to take a plant home.
I think almost all of our guests took at least one home, and people really seemed to like them. And we didn’t have to hire a florist!
Here’s a couple photos to give you an idea of what they looked like:
Post # 9
Thanks!! I guess I’m not the only one doing wedding stuff on a Saturday night. 🙂
For those who suggested a donation, is it OK if I choose the charity? And furthermore, is it exceedingly tacky if I make a donation to the charity where I’m employed?
Just a thought…
Post # 10
And to the members who suggested plants… also a great idea. I was thinking of planting some herbs in tiny pots…
Post # 11
We’re doing local honey as our favors
Post # 12
Local honey is a nice idea, and great for allergies.
I’m Hungarian and he’s Chinese, so I was thinking of herbs, maybe some authentic Hungarian paprika and some Chinese herbs, but I’ll have to consult his family on what would be appropriate.
Post # 13
I think it’s absolutely fine for you to stipulate the charity. If anything I think that would be nicer as then you could do a little write up about what that particular charity means to you and your fiance.
Post # 14
I like the idea of a plant. We gave away tree seedlings at our wedding, and nearly everyone took one home. Several species of evergreens can do well in an indoor pot for years, for those who don’t have yards, so even some of the apartment-dwellers took some.
Post # 15
I went to a wedding recently where they did the seed paper mentioned above, cut into a heart shape. Plus, they had a little note attached. It included their email address, a sentiment about how they hoped the flowers would help guests remember their wedding day long after it was over, and an invitation to guests to email their photos once the flowers had sprouted. I thought that was super cute and there was no waste involved!
Another idea, as many have mentioned – do a donation and put a tiny DIY ribbon representative of that cause (pink for breast cancer, jigsaw for autism, etc.) at each place setting with a note.
Last but not least, you can always go the edible route. Will they last? No…but is you provide something sweet, you can rest assured it won’t go to waste!
Post # 16
Oh I really like your idea of herbs, that’s really unique and would help people try some new flavors, especially if you include a good recipie with it. I’d be excited to get that as a favor.