Post # 1
I love succulents as favors/escort cards, and really wanted to use them. However, I realized that at least 35% of our guest list will be flying to our wedding, and traveling with a potted succulent might not work!
My next thought was local honey, possibly from the farm on which we’re getting married. But again… it’s a liquid… can’t easily fly with it. Same goes for jam.
I’m hoping for a nice-looking, useful favor that fits with our “laid-back elegant garden” theme.
I really don’t like many of the tcotchke-type favors (don’t want to give flutes, handheld mirrors, koozies, anything with our names on them). We were just at a wedding where they gave out travel tin sized Voluspa candles, which are gorgeous and lovely, but the $6.50/each price is out of our budget.
I’m stumped! Any ideas?
Post # 3
Go for something edible. Candy is always good. It can be cheap, attractive, and most everyone likes it. We’re doing candied ginger and candied pineapple. Both prevent nausea, and we’re getting married on a boat.
If you’re really and truly stumped, you can skip favors. They aren’t mandatory.
Post # 4
Candy and treats are always great!
What about gardening seeds? I’ve seen these printed ones that are on thick cardstock but there’s wildflowers embedded in them so you just plant the whole thing and it blooms.
Post # 5
Food and Gifts
The 3-1-1 rule can also apply to foods you might not consider a liquid. The TSG states on its website…
“Food items such as jams, salsas, sauces, syrups and dips will not be allowed through the checkpoint unless they are in containers three ounces or less and in the passenger’s one quart zip-top bag. This applies to gift items including lotions, creams, scented oil, liquid soaps, perfumes, and even snow globes that are in excess of three ounces – even if they are in sealed gift packs.”
To make the security checkpoint screening process smoother for everyone (including those in line behind you!), the TSA recommends that you pack the items below in your checked luggage, ship them ahead or leave them at home:
Gift baskets with food items – salsa, jams and salad dressing
You could consider sending them with a cookie cutter with a recipe attatched to the cutter.
You could send a recipe for a jam with a spreading knife.
You can make a small trail mix incorporating local seeds.
Post # 6
oh, oh OR you could decorate a small pot and then attatch a packet of seeds with it!
Post # 7
What about a mason jar seed starter? Kind of like the mason jars with a whole cookie recipe in the jar.
You could fill the bottom layer of the jar with some pretty stones, then a layer of soil. Put on the lid, and tie a ribbon around the jar. Attach a packet of seeds (you could do flower seeds, an assortment of herbs, or a blend of teas). Add a small card with instructions (ex: add 1/4 cup water to jar. Put seeds in top 1/2 inch of soil. Soil should be kept damp. Seeds germinated in _____ days) Add a label with your name, or a cute wedding image.
I don’t know if everyone will actually try to grow the plants but I think a lot of them would.
Post # 8
i think macaroons would be great for your garden themed wedding.
Post # 9
A wedding DH and I went to last May was garden-themed, and their favor was a seed card. It was lovely, and we’ve enjoyed the parsley and thyme that grew from it ever since 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! I originally had gardening seeds as a frontrunner, but we’re getting married in late September and for most people, it will be too late to plant seeds that season.
I’m leaning towards edible, maybe caramel popcorn in cellophane bags with a custom label.