Post # 1
Of all the weddings you’ve ever been to, what has been the best favor you’ve received? I know some people say if they can’t eat it, they don’t want it. But I’ve also had a few friends say that something really unique was always welcome too. One friend received a customized yo-yo as a favor from a friend’s wedding and loved it.
I’m debating between something easy and edible in a cute box, these mini gumball machines: http://www.beau-coup.com/mini-gumball-machines.htm and these bookmarks: http://www.accenttheparty.com/inc/sdetail/5730
As a guest, would you love or hate either of these favors? I love love love the gumball machine, but it is too childish? And are the bookmarks appropriate if not everyone is a book nerd like me and my fiance?
Post # 3
I like them both, but I would likely use a bookmark more (I’m also a book nerd). Once the gum ran out of the gumball machine, I probably wouldn’t refill it.
Post # 4
there was a thread about this a while back that you might find useful…
…we gave out ornaments that were specific to our wedding. Even though the wedding was in September, I know many of our guests held onto their ornaments and hung them on their trees.
Additionally, we gave out rosemary salt favors. You can see both of these favors here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/06/05/the-seondary-favor/
Post # 5
I have thrown out every favor that wasn’t edible, even if cute. The best was I got an awesome little tea maker from Argentina, but I just never used it so it got thrown out. Get what you want for how it will look, how people will like it that night, but assume that if not edible, a lot of them will get discarded later…..
Post # 6
I swear that the best favor that I’ve ever gotten was NOTHING. I hate to think of all the money that people waste on favors when I’m probably just going to throw them away. I had a friend who skipped favors and had grilled cheese and french fries while we danced and that was fantastic. Nobody missed the favors and everybody talked about how cute the grilled cheese was!
Post # 7
@ KateMW, Yummy, grilled cheese!!
Its true that if you’re not spending money on food favors, it will eventually get thrown out, maybe not until the yearly "spring cleaning" but it will eventually end up in the garbage. Thats why food favors are the most economical– less waste.
The gumball machine is VERY cute, reminiscent of childhood. The bookmark is pretty, but I probably wouldn’t use it very much.
You could also just make a cash donation to a charity as a wedding gift, and give out little cards explaining it to the guests, or just give nothing, not many people really care about the favors anyway. You’re already paying for them to just be there they dont really need a cheap trinket too.
Post # 8
I would find something that fits your personality and is meaningful to you. I love the gumball machine! It’s so cute. But the bookmark is pretty and useful too. Get both and alternate the gifts per table!
Post # 9
Gumballs are fun and cute, but I agree with other posters – non-edible favors are mostly destined for dustbins. Perhpas not in the next round or two of cleaning, but eventually. 🙁
That said, I would use a bookmark, but I’m also a huge reader.
Post # 10
also, I know it is not a new idea, but I had a candy buffet at my wedding and people loved it! My parents didn’t really love the idea before the wedding, but they thought it was such a hit after the wedding. People get to take what they like, so nothing is wasted. It looks really cool. And the pics of adults attacking jars of candy are priceless!! And also, even though it is a well used idea on here, most of your guests are unlikely to have seen one before (I have been to a LOT of weddings recently, and no one had one….)
Post # 11
The best favor I received at a wedding was a wine glass. It had a personalized beaded tag at the bottom with the names of the bride and groom along with the wedding date. Practical (who doesn’t love wine?) and personal (I think of the couple every time I use it).
Post # 12
The only favors I ever kept were engraved wine glasses (although those are expensive) and picture souvenirs (ie. Photobooth pictures or pictures of the me and the bride & groom that were printed the same day). Otherwise, edibles are always great. Knicknacks are a waste of money IMO. OR, just don’t give any favors – they will not be missed.
Post # 13
Ooh, gumball machine! Gumball machine!
Post # 14
For my wedding, I printed my guest’s picture and put it in a 2X3 glass frame, with either silver or pink rhinestones (purchased at Aaron’s Brother). The picture frames were used as name placecards on the table and my guests took them home. It was a big hit! We made round stickers with our names/date on the back. It took alot of time gathering everyone’s pictures but I did it. We wanted to give our guests something they would put on their shelves to remind them of our wedding.
Post # 15
those gumball machines at beaucoup are a little big i think … there’s some smaller candy dispensers here:
Post # 16
votive candles in a little satin bag were also a great favor I got, I definitely used them afterwards.