(Closed) What’s the best wedding favor?

posted 12 years ago in Favors
Post # 47
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We are giving out tea (from Malaysia), wrapped in batik fabric (also from Malaysia, made by a friend).  I guess I’m hoping that most people have some use for tea!

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

The problem, obviously, is that you are trying to come up with an inexpensive gift that in excess of 100 people will all like…  its not gonna happen.  We are getting locally made chocolates, and everybody we know really likes this chocolate shop.  And we are doing votive candles, because my sister did and they seemed well received (none left at the end of the night, anyway) and because Fiance and I are big candle people.  No matter what you decide there will be someone who’s allergic, someone who doesn’t like the smell or flavor, someone who doesn’t have a yard or a garden or can’t be bothered to keep a plant alive…  or someone like me, who has an older yard and spends more time tearing out overgrown trees and shrubs and is really picky about what they plant.  Not to pick on the seedling idea, as do think its a nice idea.  But I am a big gardener, and I have to say that I wouldn’t be likely to plant it anywhere in my yard (unless its an evergreen magnolia – I planted one last year and would love another).  I always love little pots of jams and jellies and honey – and I throw a lot of them away every time I move, because they’ve been around for years and not been used.

Point is – I would just decide on something that has some meaning for you, that you think your guests will like, and that you won’t mind owning 40 of if they don’t get taken… and go for it!  And hopefully make it something that you don’t spend so much money on that you will mind if you see them in the trash…

Post # 49
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Newbee

i love the photo boot idea!!
Other wedding favors I’ve received:

– a plush-animal with a bag of m&m’s and a note attached saying a donation was made the SPCA for every plush-animal in the room

– the couple made wine and so gave out bottles

– coasters made out of ceramic kitchen tiles! (or bathroom!) They coasters were purchased in the wedding colors, rub on transfers from scrapbooks were applied to the top, and the things you put on the legs of chairs so they don’t scratch the floor were placed on the bottom.

– I also attended a wedding where the grooms cake was wrapped in tin-foil and then in felt to resemble a bible – and those were sent a favors (the cake was carrot rather than fruit)

Post # 50
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

suzanno, that’s a great point!

Post # 51
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

There was a feature on Martha Stewart a while ago about doing a "favour table" where there are 3 or 4 types of favours (the only ones I remember were tapers–maybe also soap or something) and letting guests choose what they want.  It was set up really pretty!

Post # 53
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2007

We heard rave reviews about our tulip bulbs.  We got married early October and gave a tulip bulb in a cutely decorated box…plant in the fall and it blooms in the spring…just like our love! One of our guests said they were expecting chocolate and with all the sweets we’d had at the wedding it wasn’t too exciting of a proposition.  But when he opened the box he was really surprised and LOVED it.  We had some leftover and they’re popping up through the soil now! *cheesy, huh?* hehehe. We also gave Jones soda with personalized labels.  Guests loved it!

Post # 54
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve gotten a small votive candle, a bottle opener and a wine stopper (both the bottle opener and wine stopper had a heart on the top that matched, they must have been from the same company, but we got them at two different weddings!), a small jar of apple butter (the wedding was on a demonstration farm), as well as small tins of candies or chocolates. We actually do use the wine stopper, not that it’s anything great, but I’m waiting to register for a really good one so the crappy one will work in the meantime. But the bottle opener isn’t strong enough to use, the candle is gathering dust on a bookshelf, and the candies and chocolates just added to my waistline. Haha, just kidding.

We’re going to have little pots of mint and possibly rosemary. Both are easy container herbs, pre-planted and flourishing, so there’s nothing for people to do but water them occasionally, and if people don’t want to take them, I’ll definitely be happy to use them myself!

At showers I’ve organized, we’ve put together the heart cookie cutter with a recipe for cookies and for love attached; we’ve done little tea packets (a few high-quality tea bags, a colored-sugar-coated spoon, and honey straws); and Hershey kiss roses — all would work for wedding favors, too.

Post # 55
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

The best was Kate Spade bubble bath in cute heart shaped glass bottle.

Post # 56
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Newbee

I think we’re going to give out flower seeds in a cute little envelope or something on the front with the words "Love Blooms". Pretty appropriate since we started out as friends and slowly became more. 🙂

Post # 57
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m against knick-knacks and cheapo cheese spreaders and stuff.

I would say something edible (the candy bar or make your own caramel apples is fun) or something not personalized to the wedding- like a picture frame (nobody really displays stuff with someone else’s wedding info on it). 

 

 But overall I think a donation to charity is the best.  The money can be put to good use.  My cousin donated to a breast cancer charity (her mom had died of breast cancer 6 months earlier) and I would rather know that the $ was going to help breast cancer patients rather then in my belly, glovebox or trash!

Post # 58
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I like chocolates/truffles. I was thinking of doing small potted plants b/c it kinda goes with a green/pring theme and I’m hoping people will like them, though I’m kinda biased cuz I love plants. I’m just hoping that people don’t throw out my favors as soon as they get home (I have dont that with tacky little picture frames that are too small to put any photo in!) Do you think it’s a good idea or sould I just go with chocolates? I’m a chocoholic but I think it’s over done…

Post # 59
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Newbee

Potted plants are cute but may spill in the car or be difficult to pack for your out of town guests.  Truffles are elegant and pretty much everyone likes chocolate.  And you could package them so cute.  We’re having a chocolate fountain and a candy bar (for the favor), both of which everyone seems to have these days, but people love it.  I know I go right for it.

Post # 60
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Helper bee

We did ornaments that were reflective of the day.  Yeah, it is a tschochke, but pretty much anyone who puts up a Christmas tree can appreciate an ornament; especially one with meaning.

Post # 61
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We definitely want to donate money in lieu of favors and doing what the Lovebugs did (giving a choice) but with pencil and paper at their seats.  I am kind of loving the cookies that are shaped in a way that has to do with the charity though…

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