Post # 17
Personally I’m against favors for your same reason!
But I have kept wine stoppers..and a small pix frame from a close friends wedding. Oh and a CD made by the couple! Some good songs on that one. I think all the other weddings I’ve been to were chocolate or something edible. Nothing else stands out in my mind…
Donations are always nice too!
Post # 18
I kept coasters. The couple gave out a set of 4 glass coasters with the word love on them.
Post # 19
- Wedding: April 2011 - in the woods
I’ve only kept mugs and photobooth pictures, as well as their invitation and program.
Post # 20
I’m going to be doing mini lucky bamboo plants for my wedding because I too wanted something people can keep. Plus, they are like cactus, very hard to kill. Do you live in LA because I can give you contact info on the vendor I found? The vendor is in downtown LA and I got the best deal! Two 6" bamboo and one 4" bamboo per favor in a jar FULLY ASSEMBLED! for only $2!!!!
Post # 21
i also keep the cds and actually listen to them! i plan to do donations and if budget allows, the photobooth – such a great idea!
Post # 22
My cousin recently got married and they didn’t have favors at all. Not even a photo booth or something else that you could take with you. I kept the fan/program, but only because I read at their ceremony.
When some friends of mine got married on New Year’s Eve (which was a miserable date because I couldn’t bring a guest), their favors were white Christmas ornaments with their names written with a red paint pen. I kept the darn thing, but it was so terribly ugly that I finally pitched a few years ago. They were not like the cute ornaments Mrs. Corn made, those I never would have thrown out.
I hate them as a favor personally (mostly because the design was tacky), but I also still have a pack of matches from a friend’s wedding a few years ago. They do come in handy, but I prefer the strike on the box type with a monogram. Very preppy.
Post # 23
I don’t think i kept any favors, just pictures. for typical vietnamese weddings, when guests arrive, the bride&groom greet them at the door and take pictures with their guests, each guest/group that take a picture gets a numbered ticket corresponding to the order of the pictures for when the pictures get distributed (I haven’t seen it done elsewhere). The photog/helper prints these pictures out and put into a "Thank You" card and distribute the pictures to the guests during dinner. Everyone gets to take the picture home after (keep people entertained for a portion of the night while looking at pics)! My mom kept a full album of weddings we’ve been to through the years.
I will do the same at my wedding (each picture is inserted in a thank you card, saves us on having to send them later), and in addition, my fiance is a huge supporter of nonprofit organizations and regularly make contributions to my mom’s charity. It will be a surprise for my mom and in honor of our guests. And so that our other guests don’t leave feeling empty handed, we will also have a small favor box filled with five jordan almonds for each of our guests (that costs no more than $0.30/each to put together). We will try to incorporate this as part of our table decorations, so we would be saving a little on decorations too!
Post # 24
I think the CD’s are a great idea but our group is so all over the place, that I don’t think many people would actually listen to it again. We’ve tried to choose ‘timeless’ songs for our dances but they’re not songs that I can see any of our friends listening to.
Stressgirl615 – I’m in Canada so LA’s a little bit far for me. Plus, I don’t want to do anything ‘living’. My FH’s aunt is a florist so I don’t want to take anything away from the floral arrangements she’ll be doing.
I think the ornaments are a great idea. My parents have a ‘magazine’ tree (one that looks like it’s out of a magazine – where all the ornaments match) and I MUCH prefer our hodge-pudge tree over theres. But we’re getting married in August…plus FH is a gringe who hates Christmas (don’t worry, I’m slowly breaking him into loving it! )
Lanny, I love the idea of giving each couple a picture right there! I just don’t know how we would work that. Our photographer doesn’t have the equipment to print pictures right there and I wouldn’t want to put a ‘guest’ in charge of manning a photo station.
Keep the good ideas coming!!
Post # 25
I had the same dilemna while choosing a favor. I feel in love with these bookmarks: http://www.createafavor.com/p-03190.html – we engraved them with L1 – Todd & Jilian L2 – April 28, 2007
My wedding was small. And I did things like not have programs – which allowed me to spend a little extra money in other places. Favors were one of them. I loved these and felt it was something people would actually use! I use mine 🙂
Be careful! Our caterers started breaking down tables before everyone left – so some people’s favors were swept up in the table cloths – along with their name cards. This really pissed me off and I know a couple people who were upset the didn’t get to keep theirs. Thank goodness someone had grabbed ours!
I also did matchbooks that I scattered on the tables. They were inexpensive and traditional to me 🙂 We have a ton leftover though! I was supposed to also take them to our reception we had later in my hometown – but forgot – opps!
I keep all wedding invitations and programs. As far as favors – the closer I am to the couple the more likely I am to keep the favor. I’m a packrat though!
Post # 26
If you are still iffy on the ornament thing, our wedding was in early September and it didn’t seem to be an issue. But also, our ornament wasn’t very Christmas-y.
Your description of the ‘magazine’ tree made me chuckle 🙂
Post # 27
I never keep any favors and much prefer the edible route, but my Fiance likes to feel he got something from the wedding, even though he cannot remember any favor he’s ever gotten (well, except for the silver frame that somehow ending up cluttering up MY apartment until I gave it away :-). So, we are debating between luggage tags and travel mugs, because at least they are useful.
Post # 28
i dont’ really keep any favors – i think i saw a sandalwood fan laying on the floor somewhere but its not like i use it! recently my mom went to a wedding and brought home a candle favor and i was disappointed because i wanted her to bring home something i could eat! so for my favors i will be giving out chocolate truffles that i’ll buy in bulk.
however, one unique favor that i got and really like are these measuring spoons for baking. they’re shaped as hearts, and on the front it has the words to some love quote. on the back of the spoons are the measurements (1 tsp, 1/2 tsp, etc). very practical and cute!
Post # 29
‘magazine tree’ made me laugh too! That’s a great description! They are pretty – but soooo not me!! The all gold and red trees. Or silver and blue! BLAH!!
I do have a fake white tree in my foyer that has all pink, lime green, and teal ornaments on it – but it’s just for fun! It’s probably more tacky than ‘magazine’.
My favorite thing about putting up the tree is the story that every ornamant tells. There’s so many memories on my real tree! The ornament I made in preschool – the little wooden tree my brother made in 8th grade shop class – I have some ornaments that were my grandmothers – I have some of the ‘peanuts’ ornaments my dad hand painted for his first Christmas with my mom! We just hung out ‘first’ first Christmas ornament. My mom got us these little bride and groom pez dispenser ornaments! Now that’s classic!
I think ornaments are a great idea for favors. Like someone else said though – just make sure it’s done well! I have a sand dollar ornament from my best friends’ June wedding. The writing on it was done with one of those metallic markers – and kinda bleed into the sand dollar. I think it’s something that could have been super nice – but instead looks like a kid wrote on it. Also ornaments are getting so heavy and hard to hang – so make sure it’s light!
Post # 30
We’re doing our wedding in the carribean so for the "welcome dinner" we’re doing little bottles of rum and hot sauce along with a shot glass as favors. Then for the more formal wedding dinner we’re doing CDs with the ceremony music and edible favors. I think that these should all be pretty "keepable" and if they don’t keep the CD that’s no big deal.