This past week, a bride-to-be started a WeddingWire discussion concerning wedding favors. She was asking for unique wedding favor suggestions and mentioned her intention to put the couple’s name on whatever it was they decided to get…
…and then the comments came.
Many comments included some great ideas [highlights follow], but there were more than a couple posts that were not just against the idea of personalized favors, but against any favors. A few of these comments were served up with a heaping side of attitude.
Most of the doom-and-gloomers reached their conclusion after their own favors had been left behind to be gathered up and tossed after the event — unloved and unappreciated — “a waste”. Their conclusion, “don’t bother with the favors, nobody wants them”. I disagree. Your personal experience doesn’t mean that all wedding favors are “a waste,” it may just mean that your choice of a gift didn’t connect with your guests.
To those whose gifts were “left at the alter,” why forecast disaster and disappointment for everyone? Whether or not to include a particular favor is a decision that requires more thought than it may seem — and with so many wedding related decisions to make, this one often is left undecided until there is not enough time — or money — to make the optimal choice.
I have summarized my pick of the many awesome suggestions that were included in the responses to help get your creative juices flowing while you still have time to dream big.
The “DIY “solution: edible and not
Advantages: a personal gift without being personalized; truly unique, can be very affordable
Disadvantages: if you don’t already have a knack for making what you are thinking of doing— this is a really bad time to start; lots-of-guests means lots-of-hours baking/sewing/glueing and assembling; may require that it be done or completed at the last moment.
Examples: a mini-loaf of bread & some jam; hand-crafted stained glass candle holders; pop-corn seed jars with custom finish and personalized label, small jars of homemade apple butter for a fall wedding; miniature cookbooks containing the couple’s favorite recipes.
The “edible” solution: treats for now or later
Advantages: edible, not as hard to organize and make happen as a DIY
Disadvantages: can get expensive, may need to be “last-minute”
Examples: so many great ideas… jars of honey from the beekeeper groom; bottles of wine from the vineyard where he proposed; take-home Krispy Kreme doughnuts (my personal favorite – I miss my Krispy Kreme’s right off the conveyor belt…); cupcakes in personalized to-go boxes; bags of coffee beans that say “the perfect blend,” or bags of tea that say “love is brewed”. I mean really – who can be upset with gifts like these?
The “coordinated” solution: favors tied to theme or individual passion
Advantages: able to purchase and/or assemble ahead and check-it off the list; can be used as part of decor or do double duty as escort cards or seating assignments
Disadvantages: could be costly; may not be appreciated by everyone
Examples: $1 lottery tickets in an envelope stamped “may the odds be ever in your favor”, for a Hunger Games theme; mini Moet champagne bottles; plantable seed heart shaped favors that double as a seating chart; gum ball machines that double as place card holders.
With some thought, effort and not necessarily a lot of money, there are plenty of favor options available that your guests will appreciate receiving and you will enjoy providing. Let the naysayer comments roll off your back and remember – it’s your party.
It seems that these days planning a wedding is a little more than finding a shotgun, a preacher and a witness. I’m kidding of course since I am much too old to be lead to the alter by shotgun… big gay sigh.
Derek and I have been talking about our wedding for over two years now. We were in the throws of it when we were living in Portland in 2013 which turned into starting Taylor Street Favors, moving to California and well, here we are today.
Because this process is so overwhelming – as many of you know – we have asked our friends at The Persephone Papers to help us out. If you do not know of them you will. They are two of the most talented people I know and I am so excited to have them guide us through this process. You can see the items we carry by The Persephone Papers in our selection of Gift Cards.
Constantine, at The Persephone Papers, has asked me to think about colors, designs and flowers and to keep a folder of ideas. I am suddenly envious of those who, since childhood, kept wedding ideas in a box. Planning involves so many things from location to colors, themes and lighting – for me at 50-ish it’s really about the lighting – ’cause you know it is everything. I drive Derek crazy turning down the lights as he then runs around the house turning them back up. Ah love. The right lighting can make almost anything look perfect (!) but I am wandering off my original topic which was going to be about a color scheme. So where were we?
OK color. In this post I am focusing on Copper, Navy and White. I love these three colors together. You can find ideas all over Pinterest – one of my favorite websites – but, I thought I would show you a little of what we have here at Taylor Street Favors that could be used in your Copper, Navy and White wedding theme.
Getting back to the lighting I was talking about before. Our Copper Gold Luxe Candle Holder; as it states in the details, we are obsessed with these. They are beautiful. They come in three sizes and, if you are not into copper, nine colors. Turn down the lights and light up the table with these; paired with white flowers and white or cream colored china plus navy table accessories, like our Navy Blue Favor Box With Lid wrapped in a white or copper ribbon, makes an elegant table display.
Copper is the color. From Cake Toppers to Crepe Paper check out our copper navy and white favors. When you have a moment contact us and tell us what color scheme you chose for your wedding. I’d love to write about it.