Post # 1
Ok, so a while back I posted a poll trying to decide what to do for favors. Since then, Fiance and I decided that we would go the way of the candy buffet and let guests enjoy it during the wedding and have some to take home.
My original plan was to put a Ball jelly jar at each place setting that they could fill with candy to take home. However, I am starting to doubt this idea for a few reasons.
1. We are using blue Ball jars, smaller ball jars and other glassware as centerpieces. I worry that it will be too much glassware on the tables.
2. I am already going to have 70+ large glass jars, 120+ smaller glass jars, not to mention about 50+ glass bottles and vases and 10ish large apothecary jars to transport. That’s a LOT of glass already. Do I really want to transport 150-200 more jars?
So, my other idea was to get cotton muslin bags like the ones Anthropologie ships their receipts in when you order online. I love them, and I use them for so many things, and I found a place where I can order them online for cheaper than the jars. I plan to print them with a fun logo, and then I can either put them with each place setting or sit them on the candy buffet table for people to fill.
However, now I’m wondering if a fabric bag isn’t the best idea for candy that isn’t all individually wrapped. What do you think, ladies? If you were a guest, would you be ok with putting candy (such as M&Ms, gum balls, rock candy, etc) that wasn’t individually wrapped in a cotton bag like this?
Post # 3
i don’t know how much those cellophane bags are, but could you line the cloth bags with those? that way you still get the pretty bag and the protection for loose candy. definitely stay away from the ball jars — that much glassware is confusing, plus glass isn’t the easiest thing to tote around, especially if you have oot guests.
Post # 4
@kitzy: That is a good idea…. I hadn’t really thought of that… Maybe either do that, or place cellophane bags on the buffet table with twist ties so people can fill them with what candy they want, then put them in the bags?
Either way, the cellophane bag idea isn’t a bad one, and I think it still might be cheaper than the jars. Not to mention better for guests, as you said.
Post # 6
I’m very germ-conscious, but I wouldn’t have a problem at all with putting candy into a cloth bag. They actually remind me of mini versions of old-style flour sacks, so personally, I would already associate them with food :).
I definitely wouldn’t go with the Ball jars, though, you would have to get a ton of candy for people to fill them up!
Post # 7
I’d be fine with it! Love the bags by the way…
Post # 8
I love the cloth bag. Personally I see no problem with putting unwrapped candy in there.
Post # 9
Even though I’m a germ freak, the idea of unwrapped candy in cloth bags doesn’t worry me too much for some reason. 🙂
Post # 11
@jo.lee & @Gemstone: I’m glad to hear that some of the germ conscious people out there are ok with it! I know I personally wouldn’t have any issue with it, but I’m also the kind of person who eats my candy pretty quickly 🙂
I’m going to ask a few people who I know will be at the wedding and see what their take is, as well, but I think I’m definitely going to use the bags, and if people seem to be squeamish I might get some cellophane bags to pair with them.
Thanks for everyone’s help 🙂
Post # 12
I think the bags are really cute. The fact that they’ll be filling them with candy themselves makes me like the idea much more; if you pre-filled them, the candy would be stale before they even opened them. The bags will also be way easier to set up than the jars would be!
Post # 13
@RosieBee: I agree- they will be SO much easier to set up! My plan, originally, was to sit a jar at each place setting with a little card inside it explaining what to do…. but, really, I think people will get the idea, and the bags are both a LOT cheaper (I found them in bulk online for .25 each for 500… I don’t even need them all, so I can sell the rest to another bride!) and they will be so much easier to transport, both for me and for the guests.
I’m really glad that everybody likes the idea!
Post # 14
As long as you’re not using any candy that might melt through the cloth bag, I think the cloth bag is the way to go. If you are using candy that might melt, I think putting a cellophane bag in the cloth bag is a good option. We use them for work functions a lot, and they are really inexpensive. They will probably give the full bag a nicer look also. They also make paper bags, which can be really cute.
Post # 15
@tinylittlebird: I think the cloth bags are a cute idea. You can use a stamp with acrylic paint to stamp them. Just put a little square of cardboard in the bag before you stamp them. This will give the bag shape and will prevent the paint from bleeding through to the back when you stamp it. It’s really simple to do. If you need resources for custom stamps, let me know.
Post # 16
I don’t see a problem with the cloth bags! Cute!