Post # 1
So let me preface by saying, yes, I understand that people only look at invitations for a good 30 seconds or so before completely dismissing it until they need some information again, but….
I really want to do these invitations! http://www.projectwedding.com/photo/browse?photo_to_show=10707&tag=invitations&thumbs_page=3
They are really cute and of course, I wouldn’t do it exactly the same. I want personalized lollies instead. Talking to my mother today, she basically made my idea sound stupid, expensive, and a waste of time. I’m just not the type to do a plain paper invitation and the idea of doing one is putting me in a mini-depression. Everything will be DIY pretty much except for the candy, and I figure that it will cost about $50 more (because of postage) than normal paper invitations. My Fiance isnt helpful either because he just tells me what I want to hear, which is not what I want to hear right now. I want the truth!
So, tell me, is this a stupid idea? Would you like to get an invitation like this or would you just dismiss it? – Honest opinions please, I don’t mind the snarkiness because I want to know if I’m making the right decision.
Post # 3
I think it’s a really creative and unique idea! I love lollies myself, but be careful before you get yourself involved. Personalized lollies are expensive, and the container that you ship the invitations in will need to be very sturdy. In addition, consider the integrity of the lollies because they are candy, and with candy, temperature can really mess with them. If they sit too long in a truck in summer heat, for example, your invitees may end up with sticky invitations!
I think if your invitations are going out to people who are your age, then I’m sure they’ll find it to be extremely fun. Still, I think the ultimate decision should be based on cost, quality of invitations(ie risk of sticky invites in the mail, broken candies, etc.), and personal choice.
I have a budget to keep to, and it’s hard enough as it is, so I wouldn’t do it personally. However, I think it’s a wonderful idea if you have the time and will!
Post # 4
I also think its very innovative and cute. I’d LOVE to get an invite like that. It’d definitely be a conversation piece.
However, as much as I would LOVE to do something like that (I really do love the idea of boxed invites), I wouldn’t because of the extra cost. If you are okay with the extra cost, then by all means, do it! But if you are worried about costs, then I wouldn’t.
I’ve toyed with the idea of making a handful of "special" invites to hand deliver.. but lets see if I’m up to it or not. =)
Post # 5
keep in mind that it might get hot and candy might melt…other than that, it’s cute!
Post # 6
I LOVE it! I think it will be memorable and get your guests talking about it. If you put the wedding date on the wrapper it would be a constant reminder of your wedding. Pluse who doesn’t like Lollipops?!
I agree with everyone that said to make sure the candy won’t melt or become sticky and ruin your invititations.
Let us know what you decide! 😀
Post # 7
If you take what ever one else said and you still love it! I say it go for it! I think that is a cute idea! And wish I could do it! If you do decide to you have to show us! and keep us informed.
Post # 8
A big thanks to all of you. Expense isn’t a problem since our wedding is so small and the only thing I’m really paying for out of my own pocket are the invitations (only child and my mom is turning this into her wedding so she gets to pay for all the stuff she wants,- works for me!). Plus a good 1/3 will be hand delivered and I know wholesalers who will give me deals on packaging and such.
I agree that they may melt. They will be sent out in late November, but I live in Florida so its still going to be 70 degrees here. I may change the type of candy or make these cookies I saw on Martha Stewart instead (picture below)- How cute would those be?
I still love the idea and I am pretty sure I am going to do it- the wedding isn’t until December so ya’ll will have to wait a while but I’ll update with pictures when they are ready.
Edit: My cookie picture didn’t load so here is the link to the flickr picture: http://flickr.com/photos/dealinhoz/3257799298/
Post # 9
We did it and people loved it. We actually sent out chocolate bars with the golden ticket inside (we had an all-candy wedding, so it made sense to have a Willy Wonka inspired invite). Everyone RAVED about them.
Here are three badly taken photos of our chocolate bar invites:
We made them all ourselves and people got a kick out of them. We knew we didn’t want tradtional invitations and these worked out perfectly for our quirky wedding.
Who doesn’t like to receive candy in the mail!? I say GO FOR IT! Take pictures and show us the results. 🙂
PS – regular invitations are pretty heavy – our invitations didn’t cost much more to send than his sisters pocket-fold invitations. So don’t worry about cost – it’s going to cost something either way. 🙂
Post # 10
PS – the ticket actually is golden, it’s just hard to get a decent photo of the goldeness of it with my little camera. 🙂
Post # 11
I would do it if it ties into your theme somehow. Like if your new last name is Lolly, or your reception is in a candy factory, or you had lollies on your first date. But if it’s random, guests might wonder why it’s there.
Post # 12
Trust me, no one is going to question candy and why it’s there. The question is why not!? 😉 Theme or no theme, I think it’s awesome.
Post # 13
I think it’s a very cute idea. And I don’t agree that nobody notices the invitations; we had a lot of guests tell us that our invitations were just gorgeous, and that they had never seen anything like them.
I would caution you to make a mock-up of the whole thing, and mail it some distance (do you have a sister, or a friend a state or two away?) so that you can make sure it travels okay. My stepson is in college, and I can assure you that a lot of cookies don’t travel well unless you pad them pretty carefully – ditto for many kinds of candy – and having had a sister who lived in NC, I would be much, much more worried about the humidity than the heat. 70F is a find temperature, but hard candy is really susceptible to getting sticky if it’s humid at all.
One of the bees (I’ll search and see if I can figure out who) did boxed invitations with jelly beans, and they were adorable. The did cost her A LOT to mail, as they had to be mailed as parcels rather than as letters, due to the thickness (1/4 inch is the cut-off, I believe). Luckily she had a small wedding, with most of the guests local, so she actually hand-delivered most of them. But again, making a mock-up and mailing it will let you know what they would cost sufficiently in advance that if is was a deal-breaker, you could change your mind.
Post # 14
It was Mrs. Penguin – how could I forget?
Gorgeous and clever, and $2.90 each to mail . On the bright side, you do ensure, by actually making your invitation a parcel, that it doesn’t get machined.
Post # 15
I love the idea! I could never do it, we’re sending out almost 200 invites (how did THAT happen is what I’m asking, I was thinking we’d have no more than 150 *guests* oy.), so it’d be way too much work and money. But I wish I could! All the tips the bees mentioned above are definitely good to keep in mind, but if it’ll work for you, go for it! I think it’s awesome! Tho I will say those cookies are so adorable that if I got one, I’m not sure I could bring myself to eat it! It’s just too cute!
Post # 16
I think it’s a super cute idea, if you don’t mind paying the extra postage. As other posters mentioned, I would absolutely do a test run first to make sure it turns out ok!