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Minimony - guest favors?

Jenny, on September 11, 2020 at 2:21 AM Posted in Planning 0 9
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I'm trying to plan backyard minimony for October and big event next year. I'm having a hard time letting go of the wedding planning detail oriented mode and embracing a small 12 person go with the flow event.

We're keeping our Rabbi, fancy outfits, speeches, and formal vendors for next year so it will still feel like our special day.

Are others in a similar situation still planning on doing guest favors? Bouquet? Getting makeup done?
I feel so lost. 馃槥


Latest activity by Hermione, on September 11, 2020 at 5:29 PM
  • Kristen
    Rockstar November 2020
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    Hmmm... Yes to all. I think w favors it is nice to do something edible or personalized. I am getting our few guests personalized drinkware.
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  • Rebecca
    Rockstar August 2019
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    I think you should do whatever makes the day special for you.

    That said, there's no need to do favors, at either party. They are just an extra expense.

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  • A
    Devoted October 2021
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    Yes we are doing most of these things. Our guest count includes 14 people including myself and FH, and then the Pastor and musician. So also a very tiny group. My BMs and I made our bouquets, so we will use those for our minimony as well as the big wedding. My mom and BMs and I will all do our makeup ourselves but we are getting our hair professionally done for our minimony. Only because I don't feel like spending all that money on makeup when my MOH and BM are pretty good at makeup already so they'll do me haha. We also still did wedding favors- we actually splurged more than we should have for such a small group, but next year since there will be more people we will be a little cheaper. We made favor bags of hand sanitizer, tic tacs, advil, masks, and emergen-c packets. And if there are leftovers, at least it is all stuff we will use later on Smiley smile As PP said, favors are not necessary, but we chose to do them for our minimony at least as a thank you to our families and wedding party for being there despite all the postponements and pandemic.

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  • Blair
    Super June 2021
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    I'm having a minimony in October as well. I'm still wearing my wedding dress, I bought a plastic bouquet that looks real from Hobby Lobby, we're ordering catering from Cracker Barrel, we're having a sheet cake since their won't be many guest, and we hired a up and coming photographer for cheap to capture the moments. For wedding favors I bought some favor boxes from the dollar tree that look like a wedding dress and a tux and I plan to fill them with candy.

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  • Megan
    Expert October 2021
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    We are are doing a minimony in October and our big wedding next year on our one year anniversary. We are saving the first dances and all the dances and the fancy outfits for next year. I鈥檓 still getting my hair and makeup done because I cannot do it myself at all and I still want to look nice for pictures. We are doing hand sanitizer wedding favors! I鈥檓 having a bouquet and my FH and boutonni猫re and that鈥檚 it for flowers we are doing cupcakes for everyone and that鈥檚 pretty much it it will be about 25 people total.
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  • Maria
    Beginner August 2020
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    I purchased mini hand sanitizers from bath and body works, and had custom labels on etsy made that said spread love not germs with our wedding date! everyone loved them!

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  • Super August 2020
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    You don't have to completely let go of the wedding planning detail oriented mode to have a small 12 person go with the flow event.

    I really wanted the day we actually got married to feel special, so I put a lot of thought and detail into it. My dad and each of our brothers gave speeches, but they were shorter than the ones they've planned for next year and my grandmother decided to give an impromptu speech. We didn't have any dancing, so that will happen for the first time at our post covid event. We wore our outfits, and I don't think that will take anything away from how special our bigger event is, but I also think your miniwedding can be special without them. My husband also broke a glass, and I definitely think that's something you can do twice. I think wearing a wedding dress and being surrounded by everyone you want to be with you is really what will make the big event feel like your special day.
    As for favors, do masks and hand sanitizer count? I had my hair and makeup done. The makeup part wasn't that important to me, but after seeing the pictures, I'm at least glad I had someone else do my eyeshadow and lashes because I wouldn't have looked as good without that. We got ALL of the flowers (bouquets, corsages, or boutonieres for everyone in attendance, a floral arch, centerpieces on each table, the bar, and in the bathroom). It seemed excessive when we were placing the order, but I was really happy with how it turned out. We also put a lot of thought into the food and the caterer helped a lot with figuring it out and making everything perfect.
    Long story short, a lot of thought went into the planning, but then the schedule for the actual event was literally just ceremony starts at 5, ice cream truck arrives at 7. So it's definitely possible to be detail oriented and still go with the flow.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
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    For my minimony I am still doing makeup and I ordered a fake simple bouquet from amazon. We aren鈥檛 doing favors for the minimony we are also saving that for our big wedding
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  • Hermione
    Expert February 2020
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    Do what you can afford and try to keep things the same that way there isn't replanning.

    So use the same bouquet, the same make up, same hair, same everything you feel comfortable with that you can social distance...
    If you're getting professional make up that might be challenging for social distancing and this is where best judgement comes in. If you were in my hotspot of and area, I would tell you don't do it.

    Guest favors aren't usually missed.
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