- 14 years ago
- Wedding: August 2009
I think we need a wiki on this topic no?
I think we need a wiki on this topic no?
Drink koozies??? oy!
I rather have something edible. We’re not sure what we’re doing yet.
we had custom made back-scratchers for our favors……i original idea was that we were kind of poking fun at the idea of wedding favors- and then EVERYONE really liked them! people took more then 1! people stll have them in their houses now and use them!
http://www.asianideas.com is where we found them…
We struggled with the ideas of favors – certainly didn’t want to waste money or resources on some knick knack that would end up in the back of someone’s junk drawer or closet. The wedding is small enough that we’re baking lemon cookies as a favor (most of our friends have received these as holiday gifts and loved them). We’re also thinking of a CD featuring music from the reception (we’re going the iPod route, so will know in advance what will be played). We’re keeping it fairly old school on the music front (big band, swing, motown and the like) so there should be broad appeal.
We’re leaving out the favors because of budget.
BUT if we didn’t leave them out, we were going to print postcards out of the watercolor artwork my FI’s mom painted. She does lots of pieces of the Eastern Shore, which is nice because we both love the water. That way I figured the guests could either keep the artwork or use the postcards.
I’m so glad someone asked this question because we cannot decide on what to do. I really want favors that people are going to enjoy. I haven’t ever gotten a favor at a wedding that I don’t end up throwing away.I have gotten custom M&M’s and those were really nice but I’ve also gotten magnets, pens, match books, bubbles and votive candles, but they all ended up disappearing eventually.
My problem is that my fiance doesn’t want edible favors. I think edible favors are the way to go. Some of the ideas we’re throwing around are: custom wedding CDs, cookies from our favorite cookie shop, bride and groom rubber duckies (well this is my fiance’s idea, not mine. They are cute but I don’t think they’re quite right for a wedding) fortune cookies or chocolate covered strawberries.
Wedding favors seem silly… like birthday party favors when you were a kid. Seriously whose idea was it that the bride and groom feed you dinner, entertain you with music, top it off with a decedant dessert and THEN send you home with a gift??? seems silly huh? and just another worry for the bride!! But since its a tradition I guess we have to do something… I like the whole idea of a charity donation because then no one gets stuck with a cheesy little $2.00 gift..
Ok I just reread what I wrote and boy I am sounding bitter! hahaha I think its the budget blues!!
My fiance’s mother is super crafty, so we’re having her make Christmas stockings for everyone. The stockings will be on the back of each chair and will be filled with gold coin chocolates, oranges and a Christmas ornament.
Theres a ton of fun creative ideas out there, but you can never go wrong w/ something edible. Chocolates, cookies, cupcakes (that’s what we’re doing) etc… If cost is an issue, even little organza bags of Dove chocolates are nice. Everyone likes those and when you open them, each one has a different little romantic saying printed on the insde of the wrapper. I think we might do those for my girlfriends shower. Also makes a nice addition to an Out of Town bag.
Someone said girl scout cookies beofre. A cookie bar entirely of Girl Scout cookies would be an adorable idea and the cost of the cookies doubles as a donation ot the Girl Scouts!
I am also trying to decide if we even want to do favors. Partly because of the cost, and partly because most people don’t care. I know I never do when I go to weddings.
If we do favors, I have thought about edible things such as truffles, tea bags (eastern shore tea company will put your names and wedding date on the foil tea bag packages for free http://www.baltcoffee.com). I also like the idea of giving salt, such as the martha stewart rosemary salt favor (which was also done by one of the bee bloggers). Since we are having our wedding on a boat, I thought sea salt? I like the idea from Katieo about giving a bulb, but our wedding is in Nov and most bulbs need to be planted in Sept. I also like the seeds idea, and the matchstick gardens are pretty cute http://www.matchstickgarden.com/.
Luckily, my wedding is small (50 people), so if I do decide to do something, it might not be too expensive.
Im having these huge orchid potted plants (3ft tall) on each table. One lucky person per table of 10 (40 tables total) will be able to take this plant home. but dont feel bad for everyone else because we are also having a candy/dessert bar.
my main reason for having the potted plants was that I was planning on doing my own arrangements. i did the flowers for my sister’s wedding three years ago and after i was done… I had "claw hands" ouch! so i figured i’d just do the potted orchids. less time but I would still be saving muchos $$. Now on the candy bar… the wedding will be in June 2009 so I will hit up all the Target stores after Valentines day to stock up on chocolates. U can get all the candies for as low 90% off and they’re usually good till October that year.
I love the idea of giving the guests something to take home. On the other hand, not everyone appreciates more trinkets. So for our wedding I am going to make berry jam (dependent on the type of berries in season, likely Strawberry). I’ve set aside a full day in the week before the wedding to make and can 75 jars of jam for all the guests. We’ve also made labels to put on the jars, with our wedding colors, date and names. Hopefully it’s something useful for those who hate trinkets, and something that can be kept as a souvenir for those who do.
My Fiance didn’t want to do anything edible either so we are doing scratch off lottery tickets. We wanted to put tags on them that said "We hope you get lucky tonight!" but since some people might think that’s inappropriate we are instead using tags that say "Thanks a LOT-TERY for coming to our wedding!". Cheesy but hopefully will turn out cute. We figured it’s cheap and if people don’t win money then they can throw them away. Most of our guests are coming from out of town so we wanted something easy that they wouldn’t have to take back with them. Hopefully someone will win some money!!!
We are getting married at his granparents lake house, and am incorporating a mild nautical theme. My invitations have anchors on them and I may have a few more here and there. Because of this, we are doing anchor shaped cookies with icing in our wedding colors, then packaging them in cello bags, tied with ribbon. We have a AWESOME cookie lady where I am (a lot of people have become addicted to her cookies), and she is going to do them for us. I will probably place them on each plate.
We have a pretty big guestlist so we’re giving out personalized pens with a little twisted humor. =P We’re thinking about putting "Pen stolen from (bride) and (groom)’s wedding. (Date)" but we’re not sure if we’ll add that. Since every wedding i’ve ever been to there’s always someone looking for a pen so we figured we would get something inexpensive for us and useful for our guests. I also got inspired when i was sitting at my desk and picked up a personlized pen from some mom&pop company i don’t think i’ve ever been to. So, I sort of get a kick out of wondering where my pens will eventually end up (hopefully not in the trash unless they run out of ink). lol
We’re also having a meet and greet at the door (at the Reception) with our guest who we hope will stop by to take a picture. Our photographer will develop the pictures the same night and pass them out to our guests at the end of the night. So our guests will either get a pen or picture or pen and picture..
No edible favors for us since we’re having the Asian 10-course banquet and then cake. i don’t think guests will have room for anything else.
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