Charleston Wedding Planner – Thoughts on Favors
5 year old boy at wedding “Mommy what are those boxes for?”
His mother “Those are gifts”
5 year old boy: “For Auntie Lara?”
His mother: “No those are for us”
5 year old boy “How do you know?”
This pint sized guest had a good point. While we are accustomed to receiving favors at weddings, quite often we don’t even notice that there was a favor at the reception. I know this to be true because I have thrown out literally thousands of leftover favors. This got me thinking about favors and how to ensure that guests 1. Like them 2. Notice them 3. Take them home. Here are some guidelines from a Charleston wedding planner for you to follow.
Guidelines on Favors from your Charleston Wedding Planner
1. The favor must be edible or usable. Edible favors are always a favorite because you can eat them on the spot. If not edible, the favor has to be good for something or it will be viewed as another dust collector and be left behind. Below, one of my brides opted to make and bottle her own wine. The gift was edible and personalized and very popular with her guests. It was also a larger than average size favor so it was noticeable.
2. Cupcakes are a popular edible favor, but the challenge with them is getting them home safely. You may not want the extra expense of pretty packaging so bring a roll of plastic cups. The cupcakes sit safely and securely for the ride home.
3. The favor must be visible and obviously a favor. Guests need to notice the favor and know it’s for them or they won’t touch it. If the favor is stored in a box it might be better to either place them at guest’s seats or have a sign.
4. The favor should be gender neutral. Not only does a man have zero interest in a high heeled shoe favor, he doesn’t even have a purse to hide it in! Save the ultra-feminine gifts for your bridesmaids. Ask your Charleston wedding planner for ideas if needed!
5. Personalized favors are more likely to be kept because if your name and wedding date are on them the guests will remember whose favor it is and it will more likely to have sentimental value.
6. Favors that are displayed in a pleasing fashion are more likely to be noticed and therefore more likely to be taken. Below, not only are these jars of honey cute on their own with the couples names & wedding date, but I opted to place them in the baskets to give them a lovely presentation.
7. Favors that are intended to be used for the couples send off, such as sparklers or poppers should be hidden until the sendoff. Even if you don’t have kids at your wedding sometimes overzealous adults may dip into the favors early creating mess and potentially dangerous situations (slippery bubbles on floors or sparklers inside) as well as using up the supplies for the sendoff. Below is a photo of a great wedding send off. Had I not noticed that a dozen or so children had discovered the poppers mid reception and had popped them all over the ceremony site I would have had a very big mess to clean up in the dark as well as not having enough poppers to completely cover the entrapped yet delightfully happy couple. When selecting a sendoff favor please check with your venue regarding the regulations. Many will either disallow or have rules about sparklers, bubbles, poppers, bird seed and even rose petals. Unfortunately your Charleston wedding planner will not be able to change the rules at your venue.
8. Candy buffets! At Tanis J Events we offer candy buffets so we have to mention them. When designed with our recommendations they can be comparable in cost to the average favor, but with a real wow factor. They can also really add to the décor. For more information about candy buffets or myself as a Charleston wedding planner, please see our blog entry on our website at www.tanisjevents.com
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