Post # 1
We are HUGE music lovers and really want to do mix CDs as a favor, but our guest list is about as huge as our love for music! Can anyone shed a little light on how much making CDs with cute labels could cost? Any tips on how to do them?
Post # 4
My cousin and her husband made Mix CDs! I love how they accomplished this. They each picked a song for each other, and then the parents of the bride and groom, as well as the bridal party, each picked a love song and/or a song that reminded them of the couple. It was really cute!
They ended up printing the labels and things off of their own printer. It all depends on what types of cases and things you want to use. I’m sorry I’m not much help, but I do think this is a great idea!
Post # 5
you need to think about whether people still listen to CDs, whether you are violating copyright laws, whether each couple/family would want one or more cd per household, if they will play on manh people’s cd players and in the car (due to the type of music files) and if anyone is going to listen to something that is your musical taste. i just thew away some mix cds that i received as a favor, never listened to them in 3 years.
Post # 6
Never made them with labels but otherwise, they are fairly simple and inexpensive to make. I haven’t seen them as favors in real life, but online anyway they seem to be a huge hit. Go for it!
Post # 7
no offense but i dont really know many people who listen to CDs anymore. this idea may be a bit outdated. i got one like 10 years ago from a wedding and I never listened to it bc none of the music on the CD was music that I liked….it was just all the music the couple liked!
Post # 8
About as useful as casettes, I’m afraid. I don’t know anyone who still has CDs at all.
Post # 9
I think even though CDs are becoming a little antiquated, plenty of people would still take them in order to get the songs into their computers or iPods. They’ll scoop up what they like and ignore what they don’t.
You don’t need to worry about copyright laws if you’re not selling them for money.
My SO and I are recording our own versions of cheesy love duets and putting them on favor CDs. We’re making it as schmaltzy as possible in order to make it fun for us to make and fun for our guests to listen to, even if it’s just once. Do-it-yourself duplication is time consuming but costs nothing, and we’ve already got the software to make the covers and both have a good eye for that, so that’ll cost us nothing. So, for us, if not every one takes one, or if they’re taken and immediately tossed, it’s no loss for us.
Post # 10
I helped my future brother in law do this for his wedding. It is really easy. The labels can be found at Staples and are not too expensive. The only thing is that it can be time consuming if you don’t have a multiple disk burner. Even designing the cover is easy because it comes with a template. I love this idea but refuse to do it since it was just done at a family wedding two years ago.
Post # 11
@deetuned: “You don’t need to worry about copyright laws if you’re not selling them for money.” – this is completely not true or file-sharing would be legal.
Personally I think a better idea for music-related favors would be iTunes gift cards, maybe packaged with a list of your favorite songs or music you used at the ceremony/reception. Then people can recreate the music from your wedding or choose something different.
Post # 12
not to rain on your parade – I went to a wedding last year and the favors were mix CDs. Their musical taste does not match mine or FIs – the CDs were never listened to after we sampled them to see what the songs were.
Now I know not everyone will like every type of favor – but that was my experience.
Post # 13
My fiance mentioned doing this but I’m not keen. Ten years ago I might have gone for it. I just feel like younger guests wouldn’t know what to do with a CD, and a large percentage of your guests probably just won’t care that much about your music selections. Musical taste is really personal, and people always tend to think that their own is “good” and should be shared with others, but really there is no good or bad, just personal and different. Also the music we select for our own weddings is special and important to us, but not so much to our guests, you know? I just think it would be a lot of effort for a relatively low impact.
Post # 14
@Over the Moon: This is a great idea!! I’ve thrown out all of my CDs because I don’t need them anymore now that we have mp3 players. And my car didn’t even come with a CD player so my computer would be the only place I could play it anymore. Unfortunately, CDs are on the way out, and music tastes are too personal so I think giving out mix CDs wouldn’t be the best use of your money.
Post # 15
@Over the Moon: what a great idea giving each guest an itunes gift card!!
Post # 16
It wasn’t going to be our only favor but it seems that the census is that its not a good idea, so I guess we’ll ditch it. Thanks!