Sunday, February 25, 2007
The good news about wedding favors is that they give couples an opportunity to cut costs. The bad news is that requires creativity.
"I've been to so many weddings where people leave and half of the stuff is left behind," said Lindsey Grannis, wedding consultant and owner of One Fine Day Productions.
Those traditional favors are a thing of the past.
"There's no one trend, but they are definitely not the old-time traditional little box of candy-coated almonds," Grannis said. "You can now do pretty much anything."
One way to be imaginative and save money is to make the favors yourself. Enlist your bridesmaids to stay up all night with you making caramel apples. Or use your talents to create a lasting token of your appreciation for your guest's attendance.
"Some people make a donation to one of their favorite charities and create a plaque in lieu of guest favors," Grannis said. "Others get M&Ms made with the bride and groom's initials. It has a personal touch and can be eaten or consumed there at the wedding."
Favors have the potential to reflect a couple's personality and hobbies. There are many practical items that can be personalized or embroidered, such as travel coffee mugs, shot glasses and tote bags.
As a twist on the disposable camera idea, couples can leave Polaroid cameras on each table with personalized magnetic frames for their guest's refrigerators. CDs also are a popular low-budget idea that can bring back memories of that special day anytime and anywhere.