Post # 1
I just can’t decide on what I want to give, I keep going back and forth with so many ideas like coasters, personalized pint glasses, hershey chocolate bars, hot cocoa favors, wine stoppers. And I’m just curious to see what the other brides out there are doing, if you have pics that would be really helpful. We want to keep a budget of $225 or under for 125 adults. I already have the favors for the kids, they will each get a gift bag filled with goodies, and all the goodies have been bought.
Post # 3
What is your theme?
We are doing shabby/chic so we are doing these:
Filled with coffee beans (the also have the word ‘cafe’ under the heart) and tags that say ‘The Perfect Blend.’ We are huge coffee-holics!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
i love personalized koozies, if your friends are drinkers! they can be as cheap as 50 cents each…
Post # 5
We’re doing a donation to a medical foundation that affects our family instead of favors. But as a guest, edible favors are always my favorite!
Post # 6
We got gourmet fair trade chocolates at a *fantastic* price (post-Valentine’s clearance). The amount we got and the amount we paid, divided by our number of guests, means there are around 8 pieces (little foil-wrapped hearts) per person at a cost of $1/person. Factor in a little more for the gauze circles and the ribbon to tie them into bags, little rosebuds and leaves to decorate them.
We also have “centerpieces” that are doing double-duty as favors: we went to a local greenhouse and bought little potted ivy plants (a few dollars each), got them wrapped in colored florist foil, and will be setting a few on each table along with framed family photos from both sides. The guests will be invited to take the ivies home at the end of the evening.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church
@mishagirls79: Should we ever actually have to give favors, our plan has always been to give saplings–it’s the epitome of “green”,and how awesome to have a bunch of trees planted in honor of your union?
Post # 8
@Mrs.C.to.bee: We don’t have a theme per say. My colors are black and plum. So I have built my wedding with this color scheme. Other than that no theme like butterflies, wine, paris etc. Our wedding is more on the formal side, but not to the point where we are requiring guests to come in black tie. Your favors are cute.
Post # 9
@DrMrsCol: That is a really awesome idea with the Saplings, but I don’t think that would work for us since we are getting married in January. And no its not “required” to give favors to your guests, but we will be doing something, we even considered making a donation to a charity in lew of gifts, and having a little scroll tied with ribbon at each place setting letting the guests know that we donated to charity as oppose to giving an actual gift. Its all up in the air still.
Post # 10
Our Destination Wedding is on the beach so we are doing silver starfish bottle openers/paperweights:
We ordered 50 so with shipping it came to approx $2 per favor and they do not look or feel cheap. We are taking them out of the box and putting them in turquoise organza bags for a more upscale look.
Post # 11
We are giving candles from Yankee Candle which will double up as escort cards. We picked “Autumn Leaves” as the scent 🙂
Post # 12
Re. the saplings idea (which I think is awesome): if we were to do this, I would probably find an organization that would take care of planting the actual saplings, rather than give them out physically to guests. I think giving them out presents a host of practical problems: keeping everything clean, for one, and there’s no way to guarantee they actually get planted (I’d worry that most of them wouldn’t in that scenario, actually) in addition to time of year. You could make a donation to a foundation like Heifer International, though, and specify that they should use it to plant tree seedlings in one of the developing countries where they work.
Incidentally, this has been one thing we’ve needed to problem-solve with our potted ivy plants: what if they don’t get taken home? If we end up with a ton of leftovers, Fiance and I are going to keep a few at our place and donate the rest to the church, to decorate the sanctuary.
Post # 13
We had a dessert bar. I made all of the desserts, it was a lot of work but everyone really enjoyed it!
Post # 14
Lottery tickets and a shiny 2012 penny in glassine envelopes to go with our peacock/luck theme.
Post # 15
We had 2 favors. I made reusable coffee cup sleeves for our ceremony hot chocolate station. materials were all found in sale bins so it was very cost effective. Under $100 for 130.
For our reception I made bubble magnets for our guests….1 for women (pics of us and stuff) and a different set for men (aviation theme as hubby a pilot). These were also very cheap to make and I used them to tie on the place cards.