Post # 32
Budget got tight, so we lost the favors. I am really glad actually. No one even blinked an eye (or from what I have heard, even asked about them). I just can’t believe how close I was to spending that much for favors, I realized that there hasn’t been a single favor that I have gotten at a wedding that I haven’t tossed in the trash.
Post # 33
We’re also doing donations as favors. I found some great wording through a LOT of internet searches, so if anyone wants to use it as well, this is what we did:
We are so lucky to be celebrating the beginning of our new life together, surrounded by family and friends, Blessed with health, happiness, and love. In an effort to help those less fortunate than us, and in lieu of favors, we have made donations to the following charities in your honor: The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Doctors Without Borders, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Thank you for sharing this special day with us"
We chose those charities because we care about their missions greatly, and thought it would be nice to donate to more than one location that had meaning for us. I did charity rating searches online to find out how well they spend their money, and went only with 4 and 5 star rated charities.
Post # 34
we’re doing guitar picks. Fiance is a professional musician, and our theme is "Our Rockstar Wedding". Sure not everyone will find a use for them, but they are affordable and unique. Plus, if we have leftovers. the Fiance will never need to buy any more 🙂
Post # 35
Instead of having wedding cake we’re doing a mini dessert bar and make your own sundae station. For favors I found the old fashioned glass sundae dishes on amazon for about $2.00 each. I’ll be giving those out wrapped up in cellophane with little packages of sprinkles and the big sundae spoons inside.
Post # 36
We gave out travel candles (basically tea lights in a tin) & our friend made the labels which saved us big $$$. We had a travel themed wedding and I loved having extras around & to take on our honeymoon.
Post # 37
i have really been on the fence about this.. I think that either the open candy buffet or the donation (or both!) are the way to go .. it seems like it will be the least wasteful for our guests?
I always hear/read "skip the favors, no one cares" but it feels so .. necessary to me? sigh.
Post # 38
I still say donations are not a gift. They are a wonderful, meaningful use for your money but they are not a gift to your guests.
Post # 39
After polling all my friends of their favorite gifts they all said food is what they remember. I’m doing little pink and white boxes with two pieces of See’s Candy. We’ll see how it goes over.
Post # 40
I do like your idea for the coasters…… my only issue is that wedding favors can end up being so wasteful (if people throw them out) or if excessive wrapping is used which will only be thrown out as well. I also think that favors are basically a way for the wedding industry to make us shell out even more money!
I do like the idea of the candy buffet – limited packaging and you can eat the remander, or cupcakes, cookies, chocolates with limited packaging. Donations are a great option. I agree that they are not really a "gift" especially if it’s to a charity they do not like, however most favors are not really gifts as such and many get tossed out.
A donation combined with a homemade gift – food or plants/flowers/seeds to grow something would be ideal in my opinion.
We are giving out evergreen seedling trees (it’s a winter wedding) and figure that if people throw them out they will atleast grow a tree! Or if they leave them behind we can plant them all in our huge backyard 🙂 We ended up getting the seedlings for free and only had to pay 15 cents for each little pot to put them in. I’m going to make thank you tags with leftover invitation paper for a very minimum cost and use of packaging.
Keeping it simple and homemade (if possible) I think is the best way to go.
Post # 41
My fiance and I are deciding to give to charity as well. We are extremely passionate about animals so we are giving to the ASPCA. I couldn’t help but want to create yet another DIY project and give something to the guests so we are giving guests a paw print cookie. To save some money we’ll be making them ourselves. With a small guest list the project should be manageable.
Post # 42
BnR09 – I love that idea!! It’s great because it combines the charitable donation with a gift. and it’s homemade and not pricey at all 🙂
If we were not already asking for charitable donations for our wedding gifts I would love to do something like that as well. I figured charity favors and gifts was a bit excessive – my favors were only 15 cents each which would have been a measly donation to a charity! LOL
Post # 43
We met at the University of Maryland, so we’re making "terrapin" brownies (i.e., turtle brownies – brownies with pecans and caramel). They’re homemade and they taste super, super good. I feel silly investing so much time in favors (I’m on my fifth batch), but you know what? They’re fun to make, reflect our story as a couple, and I think they’ll be a fun alternative to wedding cake as dessert.
Post # 44
I have 2 favour ideas right now:
1 – local shocolate shop "mint smoothies". They’re a legend in our area!
2 – My favorite candy, Love Hearts! You can even get them personalized – http://www.lovehearts.com
Post # 45
Our reception is in a historic building that also is part of a museum. We are giving our guests two quarters and a penny to use in the building’s souveneir penny imprinting machine! My Fiance has always liked those and we thought it would be really unique idea. Also, its an obvious fixed cost 🙂 and we know the kids will love doing it.
Post # 46
I kind of went favor overboard, but I really like each item:
1. Candy Buffet
3. Donations to Military Veterans Org.
We wanted to candy buffet, but also wanted something to put at the place settings, so we are going to box the coasters up and tie w/ribbon and with my Fiance being a Marine vet we felt it best to donate to them, so we are going to make little cards to place underneath the box at the place setting.