Post # 1
Hello all you brides,
So. I need favor ideas. This is the situation…my fiance and I have already decided on a bunch of options for our favors, but his parents keep complaining that our favors are not enough/disrespectful/rude to their guests.
We are getting married in a church, reception at a greenhouse. We want a down to earth, vintagey, informal feel to the whole thing as we have never been HUGE on the big fany wedding thing.
1) caramel and raspberry flavoured popcorn in clear bags, with ribbon, thank-you (maybe something small tied with ribbon, and a sticker on the front with their name…or something 😛
2) potted seedlings, potted herbs (too smelly????)
4) tea (nicely displayed of course)
Their idea of a proper gift:
1) ceramic espresso sets
2) cutting board
3) your average “bonboniere”
– i feel like a lot of people thro these out/keep thm in the box/never use them
do you guys have any thoughts? any ideas of how we can make everyone happy?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
I was torn about favours too. But I was in a discount store today and found large boxes of ferrero rocher chocolates (the white, dark, milk chocolate kind) on super duper mega sale, so I bought 5 boxes. Everyone will get 3 or 4 quality chocolates with a heartfelt thank you note, and honestly, I think that’s perfect. No one really wants to lug something home and they don’t need anything engraved or personalized. The popcorn sounds great. It’s light and tasty and will pack home easily.
Post # 4
@indecisivebride89: What if you combined ideas? Tell the future inlaws that they may purchase the cutting boards and then make cute mini loaves of bread to give with them. That way you get the best of both worlds.
Post # 5
@indecisivebride89: That seems expensive are they paying for the favors. I like the seeds that people can take home and plant. It really goes with your theme, I also like honey/jam.
Post # 6
@Cappugcino: that’s a great idea.
@indecisivebride89: if you do give something like a cutting board, make sure that it’s not personalized.
Post # 7
@sherryberry: Thanks, I think that I’ll try to push the popcorn a little bit more. Maybe I can make some sample bags to show the in-laws and see if they change their minds! They might have an entirely different idea about what this could end up looking like.
Post # 8
@Cappugcino: hmmmm that could be interesting if I can find an inexpensive and easy way to do it. Do you have any recipes that I could try out? I’ve only ever made cheesey loaves and don’t have any sort of brea maker 😛
Post # 9
banana bread is easy to make.
Post # 10
I wouild suggest a chocolate bread recipe like – this one. It doesn’t have yeast in it. Make it as mini-loaves rather than full sized. It’s the closest I could find online to the one that we pass through our family. At Christmas I make mini-loaves of it to give as gifts to people.
Post # 11
@indecisivebride89: Sounds like they just expect you to spend a lot more money on favors. Is this a cultural norm to them? It seems unusual to me to give such expensive favors at wedding, usually people spend a few dollars not $10-15 each.
Post # 12
@kerensa: Ya, I’m pretty peeved. I love them and all, but they continuously compare our ideas to what they did for their own wedding…years ago! I don’t want to be rude seeing as I am going to be part of their family soon and obviously out of respect for the FH. Their concern is not necessarily that it BE more expensive, but that it LOOKS less cheap I guess. Really, the things they have pointed out to me haven’t been more than $5, and they only expect us to give them to couples/single guests. We wanted to do something that would cost almost equal, but give one to EACH guest. To them our ideas LOOK cheap when their guests will apparently be going out of their way to give us very generous gifts. I would rather spend money on gifts people can enjoy for one night (edible) rather than on trash that the majority of guests will never use. I don’t know though…Hoping our “sample” favors can charm them 🙂
@Cappugcino: Thanks a bunch! I’m going to try this recipe. Any idea as to how long they stay fresh for? I have a pretty large guest list (also something we did NOT want from the beginning…but c’est la vie) and I would hate to be slaving over all of these loaves the night before the wedding.
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
@indecisivebride89: Tea is a FANTASTIC option!!!!!! There are TONS of high quality, loose leaf or bagged teas that you can give as favors that would be very tasteful and elegant. Not to mention tasty! 🙂 Lupicia has a pretty good deal (I personally LOVE their Kotobuki tea favor). I’m a tea FANATIC, so if you need more suggestions, feel free to PM me.