On NOT Giving Guests a Favor

Wedding favors are an item where either our couples come up with something creative or it each just brings added stress to their already busy schedules. We get asked a lot if they have to do favors, or what they should do.

We see a lot of creative ideas when it comes to favors which I think makes guests not want to leave them behind. But do you really need to have favors, when you are spending money already on food, drinks, and a night out for your guests to dance and have fun?

According to The Knot they say yes. Favors are your way of giving them a thank you to take home and remember their special night.

Something that we have seen a few times is couples giving money to a charity of their choice and letting their guests know that they decided to do this instead of a favor. A lot of the time it is a charity that means something to the two of you so it adds a special meaning to it.

Whatever you decide to do, remember your guests are there to share your special day, and just want to see you happy!

Written by Melanie King, TwoFoot Creative – Ann Arbor

 

 

 

Do your guests a favor!

Depending on where you are at in your wedding planning, you may be thinking about what to do for your guest favors. Judging from our past couples, they are putting extra thought into what they can do to say thank you to their guests.

People are looking for items that are personal to them, can be reused, or something that is useful to their guests.

Personal favors are a way to show a little more of yourselves in a cute, fun way, or to add your personal touch to something that can be taken away from your wedding.

Choosing favors that can be reused is a great way to either save you money (double using items, like a photobooth) or give something to your guests that won’t get left behind. One of my first weddings with TwoFoot Creative, we did succulents that were used as escort cards that each couple got to take home with them. I still have mine!

Items that can be useful to your guests are ones that are not going to be stuck in a drawer. Once, I received a heart shaped cookie cutter with a cookie recipe attached to it; I use it every Valentines Day!

TwoFoot Creative: Melanie King, Ann Arbor

Humane Society of Huron Valley

What is HSHV and what do they do? Founded in 1896, HSHV serves Washtenaw County, Plymouth, and Canton. Our mission is to promote compassionate and responsible care of animals in our community. We shelter homeless and abused animals, have a highly successful adoption program, protect victims of animal cruelty and prosecute their offenders, provide low-cost spay/neuter, and provide other innovative prevention and education services.

HSHV ended 2011 with another record-breaking save rate of 81.5% (not just a “personal best”, but a rate that brings us near the top nation-wide). We were honored a second year in row by for having the highest save rate of any shelter like us Michigan by the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance. We received another 4-star Charity Navigator rating meaning we are accountable and transparent.

And in all, we helped over 13,000 animals last year with some form of mission-related services through the hard work of 68 employees and 700 volunteers.

How did you decide to get involved in weddings? We started getting requests from brides for an in lieu of gifts option. They were also looking for a unique way to show their passion for animals at their receptions. HSHV offers wedding tents in lieu of favors. Each tent features a beautiful photos and stories of adoptable animals of the couple’s choice. HSHV also has personal fundraising web pages that can be used in wedding registries as an in lieu of gifts option. On that page the couple can describe what their wedding will be like and why they chose to donate to HSHV.

Where does the donation go once it is sent to you? The donations are quickly process and used to fund several of our life-saving programs. Many of our programs are funded 100% by donations from generous community members, including our Cruelty Investigations and Bountiful Bowls Food Assistance. We are not funded or affiliated by Michigan Humane Society, The Humane Society of the United States or any other animal welfare group or government agency. All humane societies are independent and serve different areas.

What does it cost to run the HSHV? It cost $4.6 million annually to run HSHV.

 

How about Cupcakes in a Mason Jar?

Back in November, one of our couples gave away cupcakes in mason jars as their favors – and guests loved them! One company that does this is Yummy Cupcakes in California – pretty close to where I grew up! This is what their website says about the cupcakes:

“Our scrumptious gourmet cupcakes are sliced and layered in a glass mason jar with our “whippy” buttercreams or cream cheese frostings; fresh made fillings such as lemon, lime or raspberry curd, marshmallow “Fluff” and whipped creams; and, scrumptious toppings like pure chocolate pailletes, pecans or drizzles of chocolate over crushed cookie pieces… a decadent treat ready to eat with a spoon!”

The Cake Jar is another company that can ship these little lovelies. “Cake Jars come in all different flavors! You may find anything from Toffee Mocha, Italian Cherry Jubilee, Austin Cream Pie, or any of the other delicious flavors.”

I am all about edible favors that can also be brought home and enjoyed later – and these absolutely fit the bill!

 

Winter Themed Wedding Favors

Ornament Favor

Many couples are concerned with their favors being taken by guests at the end of the night. The first solution is doing something that most people will use – such as the above ornament. Not only does it double as a place card holder, but most people do decorate for the holidays so there is a good chance they will take these home. On the other hand, if you see some left on the table at the end of the night – you can get a head start on your own decorations!

Snowflake Favors

The other option is to do something edible, which guests do usually finish by the time the meal is ready to begin. The favor boxes below can hold your favorite treat (Hershey Kisses, jordan almonds, personalized M&M’s, etc.) as well as dress up the guest tables with adorable snowflakes!

Snowflake favor box

For more favor ideas, visit my Kate Aspen shop!

Adorable Favors for Fall

Kate Aspen

I was browsing through some of the Kate Aspen favors to find some great fall ideas. I love the above favor, which can double as a place card at each place setting of the table to also add in the decor! Once the tea light burns out, guests can take it home.

Kate Aspen favors

Coasters also make great favors – everyone uses them, right? These are elegant as well, which is often hard to come by in the favor category. Do you need favors? Not really, but it does give guests something to do while waiting for you to make your entrance, and it is a great way to dress up the tables a bit more as well.

Favor box

Want to do your own edible favors? All you need then are some boxes to hold those truffles/jordan almonds/kisses/etc. Mix and match colors to add variety, or keep it all uniform with your favorite (they come in brown and apple red).

Kate Aspen Bridal Party Gifts

Kate Aspen

Most often, Kate Aspen is associated with favors – and they do have some pretty adorable ones to choose from! Now, with their new “Life events” line, you can get favors for non-wedding events, and some awesome gifts for the bridal party! I love the tote bags above – you can add your friend’s monogram, and fill it with other fun stuff you find along the way!

Bag holder

One filler item I love is the bag holder – which keeps your purse under the table and out of the way of servers and would-be thiefs while celebrating your upcoming big day!

Personalized note cards

Another fun item is personalized note cards. One thing to make sure of when monogramming – use their initial, not yours!

Manicure set

This is one of my personal favorites – the perfect size to fit in a purse, everything stays in one place, and it’s just adorable. To see more Kate Aspen items, just click on any of the pictures above!

Kate Aspen Favor of the Week

A lot of my brides are looking for something environmentally friendly to give their guests at the wedding. Still a little something to say thank you, but not something they will throw in the trash as soon as they get home either! These coasters are a great gift – both eco-friendly and palette neutral, so that they will look great in any home! For more favor ideas, visit my Kate Aspen shop!

Votive Favors from Kate Aspen

Most, if not all of my clients add votives to their tables to dress them up and create a more romantic atmosphere in the room. It also helps guests see after the lights are dimmed! Why not minimize clutter on the tables, and double your votive as a favor as well? Not only will they look great and guests will be sure to use them in their own homes – but if some people forget to bring them you are left with great decor items as well that can be used throughout the home!

If you are going for a slightly different look, these lanterns would look great as well! Just make sure you check with your hall with some of these – they all have different requirements on candles and open flames!

For other favor ideas, visit my Kate Aspen Favor Shop!