Post # 1
I’m having a Destination Wedding in my home country of Fiji. My fiance and i long decided that we would use products from the skincare brand Pure Fiji as favours. We have both used their products for years. We also like the idea of supporting a local company. Their products are gorgeous!
We decided on candles (not personalised).We can choose whatever scent we like though. We have 2 options.
Option A: These will cost us $5 per candle. We have 130 guests ~$650
Option B: These will cost us $20 per candle. I prefer these as the candle is set in a traditional Fiji Kava bowl. (Ribbon and flower included) The candle is a lot larger than option A. For 130 guests ~ $2600.
I am obviously not willing to spend $2600 on favours. I did have the idea to give 1 of Option B per family. That is a family would recieve 1 between them (e.g. 5 people from 1 family would get 1 candle, 2 people/couples would get 1 candle, singles on their own would get 1 candle – noone misses out). This way i would only need about 40 candles ~ $800)
All kids are getting a tub of playdough wrapped up with celophane and ribbon as their favour.
Is it rude to give 1 favour per family? I personally think this is better as you get a nicer favour. Have you done this or ever recieved a favour like this? Any feedback would be appreciated
Post # 3
I actually prefer the first candle – it’s lovely! The kids favors sound great as well. I say go with the first candle, so that you can give one to everyone.
Post # 4
@pengoala: Thank you for your feedback. It is a gorgeous candle!
Post # 5
I don’t think one per family is rude…and you don’t run the risk of getting a candle for everyone and people not wanting them, so they get left behind.
I would prefer the second candle b/c it actually looks like decor. If I don’t like the scent, I’d at least have something pretty in my house that I could use in an emergency. If I didn’t like the scent of the other one, it would probalby get thrown away. I’m kind of particular about scents. For that reason, I also wouldn’t be thrilled about my daughter getting playdough….if you mean the name brand stuff…it makes me gag! But everyone thinks I’m weird for that, so I’m sure it’s not something to worry about for yoU!
Post # 6
@sharontobemarried: I like either but may have a harder time finding a spot for the 2nd candle, vs the first one I could even just put in a bathroom or shallow ledge.
Weddings I’ve gone to normally do a gift per family/couple so I see no issue with that either.
Post # 7
@JFay: Great points!! I also like the 2nd one because i feel like it is a little more traditional Fiji. Option A seems a bit run of the mill to me. Just a little.
As for scents we could pick whichever we like. Do you think it’s better to get all the same scent or all different scents (Different scents then people could swap them i guess).
All the scents i can choose from are all island scents (coconut, frangipani, mango, starfruit, white gingerlilly, orange etc etc etc etc etc etc)
Post # 8
@Elky: Great point! Thank you!
Post # 9
I think it’s a great idea with local favors!
Personally, I prefer option A as I generally don’t like large candles – they don’t burn uniformly and they take forever to go through, i.e. in the mean time they’re dust collectors. I much rather have a small cute candle that I can enjoy a few times, during which it still looks pretty.
And I just saw your update – pick different scents, much more fun for the guests!
Post # 10
@sharontobemarried: I’ve gone to events (not just weddings) where it is one favor per family. As a hispanic I’ve gone to 15 birthday parties where they spend insane amounts (mine was a bit over $25,000) and I prefer the ones that are one per family. My reason for this is they’re typically nicer (as I like option B candles) and if the family doesn’t like it it’s not too much of a waste. Also, I did go to one where they gave one per person and it just looked cheap. Everyone was saying that it would have been nicer to give one per family like everyone else was doing. I know people should be grateful with anything, but there will always be opinions.
Also, you shouldn’t put the name on each candle just go around giving them to each family and ask them which they’d prefer (so have a bit of extras)
Post # 11
@eocenia: Great point. Large candles do take ages to burn and could look quite yucky!
Post # 12
@Sammy01: Great point! Thank you for the feedback 🙂
Post # 13
I love both options, but I think the 2nd candle will fit better with your Destination Wedding. I think it’s fine to give 1 candle per family.
Post # 14
Both are beautiful but I would go for option A. The candle looks beautiful and the idea of different scents sounds fab. The second candle is beautiful but I would find this an over the top favour if I was at your wedding and may end up thinking, oh my gosh I didn’t get them a good enough wedding gift compared to this!! ha ha.
Post # 15
@MsBeer: Hahahah, that is actually what my Mum said. She thought it was over the top.
Post # 16
If it’s a Destination Wedding think about luggage space!! How big is B? Would it be a pain to transport? Are either likely to break in transit?
That being said, I really like both! and would be more than happy with either!