Thank you for your replies. i really like the cancer charity idea, i was thinking of just giving wee bags of tablet, may do that and charity idea.thanks guys x[/quote)I'm doing this but boxes of tablet with the chairty pin pined through the box so people will need to take the badge off the box to get the tablet!!
We had a very small wedding and we gave the l ladies a gift bag tied with some personalised ribbon and inside was a hankie, a compact mirror, a miniature bottle of hand cream and some love heart chocolates in gold foil. My brother-in-law who was our best man got an engraved money clip and my own brother who did our photographs got an engraved key ring both bought from the Pen Shop. J x
We are giving all guests a National Lottery scratchcard with a lucky penny from the year we met in a favour box on their place. Figuring that everyone will play - who doesn't like to have a go at winning £1!!!
I have then made up little gift bags for people to take away that contain a bonboniere (my family are Italian) and various other little things as well as personalised badge. That way, if people don't take them on the night (they will be in a basket) I can hand deliver them over future weeks - we only have 60 guests though!
I also have a sweets and treats table and will encourage them to fill bags to take home for their kids (themselves).
We will be making a donation to two charities close to our hearts but we will not be making any announcements that we are doing so or using pins. The donation is a private thing for us.
Good luck finding something you like. There are loads of ideas on this site and many things are cheapish and beautiful when wrapped in ribbon that matches your theme. I have seen some great
- Wine glass charms (handmade)
- Bottles of alcohol (minatures)
- Hot chocolate cones
- Marmalade, Jams, homemade fudge, chocolates etc.
- Personalised gifts relevant to the guest/couple
- I went to a wedding where each place had a funny photo of the guest in a lovely frame! It looked quirky and the guest got to keep the frame to put a photo from the wedding in. The couple sent everyone photos with their thank you cards that were them (and ideally B&G at the wedding) I thought it was sweet!
You do have to reconcile yourself though that you could have the most amazing favours but if they cannot be used/eaten straight away many will be left!
For reference the most unsuccessful favour I have seen was bath bombs in the wedding colours. They looked fab on the tables (I had slight hygiene issues about them being on plates!) but I would say 90% were left at the end. Moms and B & G took theirs and a couple of sober guests!
Aprilbride I love the idea od the yankee candle. Have you bulk bought these? I only need about 30 just wondered if you had sourced your from a particular place.
All the weddings I have been I have always liked the food stuff (jams, marmelades, sweets, chocolates) so from personnal point it was going to be foodie. I have been at a nice Burn's night where they offered gifts and it was honey pots for ladies and whiskey minatures for men, at the end of the eveneing they were all gone. I will probably do the same. And on the tables there will be pots chocolates with our names and the date.
We are having a sweet table instead of favours so each guest will receive a bag with a personalised label at their table place setting and then after the meal they can help themselves
We're having bars of tablet made locally (five miles away) and putting our own wedding stickers on the back, and also some small packets of coffee roasted in the glen behind the venue - the beans are from Brazil and my H2B is half Brazilian - it's really nice when you can support local producers.
I am a bit concerned about favours beacuse at most weddings I have been to quite a lot are left behind, I liked the idea of charity pins, but my mum isn't keen as the last wedding she was at she said most were left behind. Hmm. Am wondering if a basket of favours might be better than leaving them on the tables. My mum was thinking we wouldn't need favours but I have never been to a wedding that didn't have favours.
I bought miniature metal buckets from an ebay seller and put a tea light in the bottom, then I filled it with shredded tissue paper and added personalised mini loveheart sweets. I also put a liitle luggage label on them which said thankyou for coming to our wedding printed on them - also from ebay. In fact everything was from ebay except the tea lights which were from Morrisons.
They went down so well guests were actually looking for any that had been left behind.
I found a fab thing that I think I might use for my own favours.
Personalised m&ms which you can have your names/date etc written on, and you can choose colours to match your colour scheme. Really cute idea!
It was either that or personalised alcohol miniatures, you can never go round with food and drink!
Yes they are quite pricey. Was thinking about bulk buying the big bag and getting my own little bags from ebay to fill them, keep the costs down a bit!
I fancied the M and Ms but thought they were quite expensive. Could make it work though!