The presentation of your favors is almost as important as what’s actually in the box, bag, or sachet. You can combine your placecards with your favors, or place them at the door of your reception so people can grab on their way out. Display them in a fun way, and make sure they match your overall theme and decor.
Early in my planning process, I decided that we weren’t going to have favors. As much as I love how personalized favors can be, I wanted ours to be “more” than just little gifts for our guests to bring home. I wanted it to mean something.
My Nonna has advanced Alzheimer’s disease. It’s in its final stages: she now doesn’t recognize anyone, isn’t able to follow or contribute to a conversation, needs help to bathe, go to the washroom, and eat. She needs round the clock care, and has been placed in a nursing home for the past three years because of this. It breaks my heart, but we can’t have my Nonna attend the wedding. She is afraid to leave the nursing home, and this wedding – all the people, the different place, the duration of it – would be too much for her.
I’m well on my way to having this wedding planned by Christmas! Yippee for me! Now the question has arose as to whether to give wedding favors to our guests. I have been to weddings where favors were given and others where favors were not. Frankly, I do not care either way. I have never been offended when they were not given, even at weddings to which I traveled a long distance.
I am almost ashamed to admit that every wedding favor I have ever received, I have trashed, except for one. So in that respect, if giving wedding favors, please give me something practical that I have a chance of using or that can be consumed (i.e. I can eat it). If consumable, I request chocolate!
Thus, when the topic of wedding favors came up, I was firmly in the camp of saving that money and putting it to use in a better way, like catering. I believe guests remember good food, or in the opposite, bad food. I do not believe people remember wedding favors. Since I wanted to do a sparkler send-off, I suggested to Cymbie Dude that instead of favors, we do something like this:
One afternoon, my mother called with a fabulous idea that Towie Bear and I decided to use for our summer wedding. My parents offered to purchase all of the materials from Puerto Rico.
Our wedding favor was an Ivory box with a small bouquet of calla lilies and white flowers on top. And of course the tiffany blue ribbon wrapped around the box with a bow on top. MOH and my best friend Cara, were to thankful that the bows were pre-made in Puerto Rico. We realized that this would save us a lot of time!
Inside these lovely boxes was a small picture frame that actually matched our large picture frame (given to our bridal party), cake topper, cake cutting set and toasting flutes.
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