Post # 1
Fiance and I have decided to make a donation instead of doing traditional favors. I know this is a debated topic around the hive and I know some of you think that doing so is some sort of a wedding abomination. However, it’s my party and I’ll donate if I want to! 🙂 We are making a donation to the Autism Society and to a local Autism group in our community. My 3 year old son has high functioning autism and these organizations are dear to our hearts.
So…here’s my question. I want to design something to thank our guests and explain where the donation was made in their name. I have two ideas and I need to you tell me which you think is better (or tell me if they both suck and you have a better suggestion!!).
Option #1: Individual cards expressing gratitude and explaining the donation. I’m thinking I could attach a small puzzle piece charm with a ribbon from the corner. I would place these at each seat. I like this because everyone has it in front of them and if they do not wish to use the charm, perhaps they can keep it attached to the card as a keepsake.
Option #2: A favor table. I would design a large, framed print with the same concept. On the table around it, I would have the puzzle piece charm tied to ribbons for guests to take. I like this option because we are having open seating and a buffet with other activities going on and this way they could just pick it up on their way out instead of having to keep track of a card all night
So…what do you think??
Post # 3
I’m not sure I understand the puzzle piece charm thing… isn’t one of the purposes of doing a donation so that you don’t have to give people something? As it often acknowledged, even most favors that have some purpose are usually left behind (shot glass, wine charm, measuring spoon, etc. basically anything that’s not edible right then and there…) so why would you try and give people something that they’re still expected to take, and yet is even more useless? (unless i’m misunderstanding you.)
I think you don’t even need to give people anything…what about just having a large, nice sign prominently displayed somewhere?
Post # 4
A friend donated to Susan G Komen as a favor. Instead of spending the time to make a card for every person, she framed a brief explination that in lieu of favors, a donation has been made in my name to Susan G Komen for the cure (her mom had breast cancer). It was small and just one per table, yet blended in enough that it wasn’t too distracting.
Post # 5
I don’t think you need to give them anything to take. You can put it in your programs, or frame a page describing what you did, and either place one by the buffet table/guestbook/etc., or one at each table.
Post # 6
@red_rose: The puzzle piece is the symbol used for Autism, kind of like the ribbons used for other causes. (In fact, the Autism Awareness ribbon is made of multicolor puzzle pieces.) It’s to signify that Autism is like a puzzle and each piece builds a much bigger picture that we can’t really really see just yet. That was why I was considering using the charm. I thought it would be a sweet touch but perhaps you’re right, though…perhaps its an unneccesary detail.
Post # 7
@eliwhit: Oohh…I like the idea of putting something larger on each table like that! Thanks!
Post # 9
i’ve never understood wedding favors. i’d rather not have any favors at all, no offense, they’re just not necessary. just like at a kids party, do you really need one more bag of pencils and erasers to take home? i think donations to a charity are a nice idea, but generally i think wedding favors are… unnecessary.
best wedding favor? you had fun at my wedding. rock on!
Post # 10
My sister donated to the American Cancer Society (I am too…our dad is a cancer survivor). She just put a nice saying about in lieu of favors…on a card on each table. You could also put one in a nice frame on each table.
Post # 11
I would say put 2 or 3 cards at each table letting everyone know. You don’t need everyone to have a card but enough around the centerpiece so that everyone can read about it and maybe even a sign by the doors/exits.