(Closed) shoe baskets??/

posted 9 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

When I was thinking of doing one I saw a sign that said “Kick Your Heels Off and Stay Awhile” and that’s what I was going to do.

But after thinking about it, and getting past the idea that it was super cute! I decided against it.  While it’s nice, and I’m sure appreciated by some, most of my family and friends wouldn’t be opposed to just going barefoot!  I think by now most people know which shoes to wear and not wear when they’re going to a wedding and plan on dancing for hours.  So while I’d love to do it still, it’s just not worth it budget-wise.

But I think you would be fine to put them up on the stage in front of the DJ table.  That way people will know they’re there, but it won’t be obnoxious either.  And I’d bring them out maybe an hour into dancing, that way people aren’t grabbing them up right away because they want a free pair!

Post # 4
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2342 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I plan on doing this too and I’m leaving them on the corner of the dance floor ot in fornt of the dj table.  I did a search online and fond these for sayings:

1. Dance around with your pretty shoes, and never miss a beat, But when they ache just take a break, and wear these on your feet

2. All dressed up with pretty shoes,dancing more and more, Please help yourself to a pair of these, if your feet should get sore

3. When your feet begin to hurt,and you don’t think you can move, put these slippers on your feet,and get back in the groove

4. Bought new shoes to match your dress and now they’re feeling tight?Have not a care just take a pair,and you can dance all night.

Cute huh?  Hope this helps!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I found more…

5.  In case your feet are tired and sore, grab a pair and dance some more!

6.  All night you’ve been on your feet, dancing to the music’s beat.  But don’t sit down and admit defeat, kick off your heels and enjoy this treat!

Post # 6
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57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’d say put them out at the peginning. I know I’d appreciate having alternate footwear to start dancing, and that way guests can see them on their way in.

I love the ‘sole mates’ tag.

Post # 8
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200 posts
Helper bee

I did this. I thought it was adorable. πŸ™‚ I put the bucket next to the dance floor and made a sign that said “Kick off Your Shoes”. I attached the sign to a long dowel. It took about 5 minutes, including writing the sign and ordering the flip flops from Old Nacy. πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Love this idea! I like the “Kick off Your Shoes” sign baffled111 suggested… it’s short and to the point; no one will miss what you’re offering. πŸ˜‰ Definitely put it out at the beginning of the night, so people know it’s there!

Post # 10
Hostess
4663 posts
Honey bee

I really like this idea. This may be something I’ll be looking for in the future!

Post # 11
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548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Mine didn’t go as planned, because I didn’t think through where to put them… I had 20 pairs of flip flops for about 175 guests, and figured that would be sufficient…. Guys probably wouldn’t want them at all, it would be mostly for young women who wanted to boogie all night.

Two days before the wedding, I dropped them off with my venue manager and explained what they were for, and he asked where they should go, and I was totally overwhelmed and said something like “I thought near the dance floor… maybe later in the evening…. but…. I don’t know how guests will find them… maybe they should be near the entrance… I don’t really know, I haven’t thought through the logistics.”

 

As I arrived at the wedding near the end of cocktail hour, I saw that they had been put right next to the placecards, and someone told me what had happened: the first 20 people to arrive had assumed that they were *the* favors, and dutifully each took a pair. The other 155 people, including all the bridesmaids, missed out. It’s nobody’s fault but mine, but I saw a mom and her 4 kids leave right at the end of dinner, taking 5 pairs of flip flops with them, and I was sad… a few people did get flip flops and thanked me, but I wish I’d thought through it better.

If I were doing it over again, I would either appoint a bridesmaid to put them next to the dancefloor as dancing started, or I would have them go in the ladies’ room next to the bathroom basket.

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