Post # 1
Even though my wedding is crazy far away, I’ve been planning like a mad-woman ahead of time to prevent me from freaking out with stress. I’ll be in grad school next year, and my wedding is immediately after exams basically. It’s much more simple for me to do as much as possible now, so I’m not pulling out my hair with stress later on!
My wedding date is December 22, 2013. So I’ve been weighing favor ideas. Our wedding will be tiny(ish) with 50 people at the absolute maximum. I would ideally like to give something to my guests that they won’t throw out… although I totally accept that there will always be someone who is unhappy with whatever they get.
The wedding is 3 days before Christmas, and my colors are super light pink, silver, dark grey, and white (or ivory- undecided on that one). Because all of my guest list celebrates Christmas (I know this for a fact), my plan is to purchase one of those really pretty white Christmas trees, decorate it in ornaments that are pink/silver, and then have the wedding favors sitting underneath, wrapped up like christmas presents (also in color scheme).
(this is as christmasy as my wedding gets, I swear…but it is very “winter” themed.)
soo, I’ve been weighing the following favors:
- A really pretty christmas ball ornament (not even engraved with our names, just a genuinely beautiful one in either silver or pink)..I figured since everyone celebrates Christmas, they might actually keep the favor and not throw it out. I think it would be too risky to engrave our names..
- Snowglobes. Again, NOT personalized. Just a pretty snowglobe in our colors
- Hot chocolate. We are having a custom hot chocolate drink (well 2- one alcoholic, and one non-alcoholic) prepared by our venue bar. I’m just not sure how I would go about presenting this, since I hate (HATE) Mason jars. I grew up in the country where everyone and their mother used them for everything. I don’t want them near my super formal wedding.
- Something edible (I was thinking either shortbread or gingerbread)- which I can make (okay, my mother can make) for next to no money. Then with the money that I have saved on favors, I can “gift” my guests with a charity donation. Probably to the Sick Kids Neurology Department. (specifically makes sense, since my degree is in Neuroscience) I would include a note (not handwritten, since my writing is awful), stating that a donation has been made in their name to the hospital.
I’d love to hear opinions from everyone else. Feel free to be super harsh, since I really don’t want to give favors that my guests are going to never use, or throw out!
Post # 4
@Bunny82: Are there other types of jars that I can buy in bulk, without breaking bank? My jar knowledge is comprised of Mason Jars, haha
Post # 5
I personally love the last option as its got a favour and donation plus I love getting something edible as a favour cos u eat it enjoy it and then it’s gone, Plus love the idea of charitable donations especiallyat that time of year. Wit the snowglobes it’s a cute idea but I think a lot people might get rid of them, same with the bauble lovely idea but if its not in their colours they won’t keep it either just my opinion. The hot chocolate also works 🙂
Post # 6
@MrsPadlock2B: I think I already knew that I was torn between the donation/edible and the hot chocolate. Assuming I can find beautiful jars in bulk for cheap, I could technically do the hot chocolate AND a donation as a favor. Would that be a good idea?
Post # 7
There are other ways to present a hot chocolate wedding favor, other than in a jar.Use a cellophane cone
serve hot chocolate on a stick- melt your favorite chocolate- pour into ice cube trays- let set with a thank you stick in place. Write the isntructions on the back of the tag-“Stir into a mug of hot milk”. When the chocolate is set, bag them in cellophane bags.
Here’s another version of hot chocolate on a stick:
Help for a nail biter like me?
This one combines hot chocolate with an ornament
As a nod to your science background, you could do hot chocolate mix in test tubes instead of vials like this blog:
Help for a nail biter like me?
Post # 8
@julies1949: that ornament one is too cute! what an awesome idea
Post # 9
@the_future_mrs: They are, aren’t they!
You could package them in clear plastic ornament boxes. They would need to be transported carefully, otherwise you would lose the layering of the ingredients.
Post # 10
Hot cocoa vials!! I love it!!!! the only thing that could possibly make it better is if you tied a chocolate dipped biscotti to them YUM!
Post # 11
im getting married a day before you and for the same reasons im planning a lot now too
i bought my favors last week, silver snowflake ornaments that will lay flat at each persons place setting. im thinking of adding a ribbon in one of my colors instead of the silver string that it comes with
anyways i only paid .41 cents a piece at hobby lobby and i dont have to wrap them or worry about them falling off the tables
Post # 12
I’m really for the Christmas ornaments.. I think it’s cute and since it’s right before Christmas, everyone will be using them 🙂 Just make sure they are super special!
I have a question for you though, if I may..
I have actually planned the same date as you recently, and just saw your date and was instantly like “I NEED TO ASK HER THIS” because I’ve been worrying.. do you find that many people invited will still be able to make it for your wedding? I am worried since it is 3 days before Christmas, and a Sunday, that no one will be able to come 🙁 Am I just worrying too much? Do you think there will be problems with this? I know some people won’t be able to come, but I’m a bit scared that like only a few people will show up or such.. 🙁
Post # 13
I generally like the idea of donating to charities as gifts, but for a wedding I think if you didn’t request on your invites for your guests to donate to the charity in lieu of giving you wedding gifts it looks quite tacky. Like if you really cared, you would’ve forgone your own gifts instead of depriving your guests of their small gifts. If that makes sense?
I like the hot chocolate in the cellophane one of the other posted showed. It’s cute, classy, and could be pretty cheap to make.