Post # 1
So my fiance and i have a little predicament. ALL of our 25 guests are our family members. Parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. We originally wanted to do handmade family recipe books to blend our two families together. It was a great idea until i realized that since our guests are either couples or families – one family could have up to 4 of our recipe books since each person has to get a favor!!! Now we are at a loss. I didn’t want to do anything sweet since everybody does that and we have diabetics.
I came up with the solution to send our recipe book favors as thank you’s so each family or couple will receive one recipe book. Our reception is a dinner at a fancy restaurant so im still debating if a favor is even appropiate.
My fiance came up with the idea on giving our guests handmade wine. We have a local winery that you are able to make your own wine and bottle them, but since my fiance’s family is out of town (we’re in hawaii and they’re in MO) having a bottle of wine while traveling is not a good idea. Let alone, the restaurant charges a cork fee of $25 PER BOTTLE!
Any help or suggestions is greatly appreciated!!!
Post # 3
Maybe you could do one favor per family at dinner too. You could get something like personalized (your name and date) bottles of wine or maybe a photo frame and be sure to take photos with each family and send them with the thank you.
Post # 4
I didn’t want the dinner table to look weird with some plates having favors and others not, so thats why im unsure on what to get since i want each person to get something, but not have a whole family end up with all the same favors (exception are edibles, but we have diabetics.)
I guess i could just send the recipe books as thank you’s so the dinner table isnt crowded with favors, but i would feel bad if i didnt have any favors!
Post # 5
Cookies, brownies, something nice and edible that they can have before they drive back that’ll keep. I’m totally of the belief that something like that is always the best favour but I think in this case it’d be easy for you. What about a famous family cookie recipe attached to a small bag of cookies?
Post # 6
we don’t want to do anything sweet since we have diabetics in the family.
Post # 7
what about something like mini homemade bread loaves? I can send you a great recipe if you want one. 🙂
Post # 8
What about a plant?
I was just at a wedding where they gave away saplings. I was also at a wedding once where they gave away tulip bulbs.
Is there somthing native to Hawaii that would work? Macadamia nuts?
Post # 9
One of my friends, at her wedding, she gave out wine as favours with one bottle per couple. Instead of having them at the dinner tables, she had them on a table by the door for people to grab as they left. You don’t have to have your favours waiting at the tables as long as people know where they are.
Post # 10
Most of our guest will be family or very close friends.
We are doing candy apples. We also thought about flower seeds.
Post # 11
Thank you everyone for your suggestions! I should have been more specific. I wanted a favor that i could give to everyone – i have a younger sister that is 13 and my fiance’s cousin is 14. The rest are adults. So i didn’t want to do the wine as a favor because then i would either not have something to give them since the wine is for the family OR get something different for them – which i don’t want to do. I have this weird “its not balanced” OCD when i have different favors. Not to mention that the restaurant is going to charge a cork fee for every bottle each guest decides if they want to drink it at the dinner. Believe me, his family are drinkers!!!
I really wished i could do something with sweets – maybe if i baked my own brownie pops with a sugar substitute like stevia? (i hate the other sweetners)
OR thanks to @beesgf i could do seeds. The hardest part about this is that Hawaii and Missouri obviously have different temperature climates, so growing something here over there will just die. I am doing cymbidium orchids as our bouquets and invitations. Those orchids are pretty sturdy – do you think you could grow them in the Midwest? Sorry if i seem stupid, but i have no clue about gardening and weather! lol
Post # 12
Ok, orchid seeds are out of the question:
“Growing orchids from seed is difficult. Orchid seeds require a symbiotic fungus to germinate, and it can take anywhere from 3 to 5 years from germination before a resulting plant blooms.”
Post # 13
why not do a keychain it is small to put on everyones plate, and every one has keys to use them. just need to pick one that suites your wedding.
Post # 14
I love the recipe book idea. You can order them via shutterfly and put family photos all over them. Who says they have to be bound like traditional recipe books? Put in some photos of all your family, your engagement pictures, that kind of stuff. I think it’d be lovely.
If you bagged or boxed up the wine properly with a cute note (“for you to enjoy while we’re on our honeymoon!”) people would get the cue it’s a TAKE HOME gift though.
Post # 15
@goofyquest: that’s a great idea. Maybe with a Hawaiian theme …
Post # 16
We did lip balm from local bees. Everyone can use lip balm. It had our names and date on the label.