Post # 1
Now that I’m under 6 weeks (yeesh! where has the time gone??) I really need to figure out if I’m going to buy or DIY wedding favors. I’m pretty positive that I want something edible.
Another thought is that my fiance and I met at Penn State and have not yet found many ways to incorporate that into the wedding so it might be fun to incorporate our school into the favors. Penn State cookies would probably be relatively easy to either make or buy from a bakery, but we are already doing the Pittsburgh cookie table. So cookie favors seems kind of silly when there will already be all you can eat cookies at the reception.
I had thought maybe a box of blue and white candies or jelly beans but this maybe seems a little too simplistic?
One idea that I really like is caramel apples! And I could round up my mom and sisters to make a caramel apple factory out of our kitchen a couple days before the wedding. I thought we could dip the apples first in the caramel and then in blue and white sprinkles before wrapping them. I had a couple concerns though. I’m not sure how much time/money this is going to take. I’m not sure if sprinkles would taste weird with caramel apples.
And here is the main question I’m writing this all for… is August 11th too early for caramel apples? I was just thinking of them as a cute dessert/wedding favor, but they seem to be linked to fall weddings anywhere I see them online 🙁
Post # 3
I am completely in love with your dipped apple idea. Yes it is linked to fall-maybe a chocolate dipped apple instead with sprinkles? It would look better and take the fall-ness out of it.
They only last about a week so, either have someone make them or be prepared for some apple-dipping frenzy the week of.
Post # 4
Personally, I would stay away from anything that has to be prepared in the last few days before the wedding. Most brides have enough to do without picking a favor that only stays fresh for a few days.
If I were to do caramel apples I would do mini ones.
Or, you could coat them with white choclate and add the blue sprinkles.
You could do pretzel rods covered with white chocolate and blue sprinkles.
Or you could chuck the whole favor idea and do nothing, or make a donation to a Penn State charity like THONN or RAINN.
Post # 5
Ok I ran this idea past my fiance and my family and it didn’t go over so well. Overall the opinion was that it was going to be a major PITA to make ~175 candy apples 2 days before the wedding, and that a lot of my family wouldn’t even really want a candy apple if they got one at a wedding. I kind of agree when I think about it a little more. I like to snack a little on the favor before the food is served if its something little and I certainly wouldn’t be able to eat any of the candy apple until I got home, so probably not till the next day.
Here is what I’m leaning towards now:
Popcorn! Perfect for sneaking a couple bites before dinner! And like I already said, we are already going to have plenty of cookies and chocolate at the cookie table. This will add something salty! (even though its kettle corn so its really sweet and salty)
Let me know what you guys think! I also need some ideas on whether to leave the label as-is or if we should add some kind of personalized tag/sticker.
Post # 6
I think that popcorn is a great idea! I think the tag on the bag is plenty cute, but if you want to incorporate Penn State, you could do another tag or label over it to have the blue and white.
Post # 7
MMM carmel apples I think we are going to do this. Chocolate dipped marshmellows
Post # 8
I plan on having popcorn on a snack table and it will be PINK. A bridesmaid made pink popcorn for my shower and everyone loved it; you could easily make it blue if you wanted to DIY…
The recipe she used was popcorn + melted almond bark + food coloring. Easy and really good.
Post # 9
In Ireland we get Rock Candy sticks, we got them personalized (these are samples from the site) everyone loves Rock candy…. Our picture on it with a thank you message and chocolate mint flavour in our colours
Post # 10
If you and your Fiance like to BBQ its quite easy to can BBQ sauce in little mason jars and its very cost friendly as well for the bride on a budget.