Hi there, A Batty Life readers! My name is Jenn and I am one of Liz’s co-workers. I also blog about food and recipes over at Eating Bender.
When Liz first asked me to write a guest post, I have to admit there were mixed emotions. Don’t get me wrong, I was very excited to contribute to her blog — but also extremely jealous that she would be sipping wine and taking in Buenos Aires with Luke as I’m writing! I’m looking forward to seeing her pictures as Argentina has always been a place I hope to visit someday.
Today’s post will talk a bit about wedding favors and some of the ideas I’ve come across as I plan my own wedding set for October 16, 2010 in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. I’ve been engaged to my high school sweetheart, Bobby, since May 2009. Now that we’ve reached the “one year away” mark, my thoughts have turned from big picture decisions such as choosing the venue and asking friends to be in the wedding party to more of the details, including takeaways for our guests.
Here are some of the current ideas we are floating around…
1) The Candy Bar
Bobby and I are both huge candy lovers. In fact, on any given Saturday night there is a good chance you will find us picking up cheap bags of candy on sale at the grocery store to bring home and enjoy while watching taped episodes of The Office or a new release movie. I think a candy bar would be a perfect way to provide something sweet – and cheap! – for our guests to take home. Our wedding colors are deep purple and ivory as in the picture above, so our goal would be to integrate these colors throughout.
2) The Photo Booth
Another popular option at weddings lately is the photo booth. One of my cousins got married over the summer and both the bride and groom agreed that splurging on a photo booth and saving elsewhere was one of the best decisions they made. Guests can take as many pictures as they want for a certain period of time throughout the night and have pictures printed out on the spot. The person in charge of the booth will then give one copy to the photo takers, and set another copy aside for the bride and groom’s guest book. This puts a face to the names who are signing your guest book and creates something very personalized. This is definitely on our “options” list!
3) Something Old, Something New…Something Uniquely You
Of course, when planning your wedding, you want to make sure that it stays as true to who you are as possible. Whether it’s an inside joke that the two of you share or a special fact that everyone knows about you as a couple – for example, one of our co-workers had a hilarious idea of providing hand sanitizer to her guests because her and her future husband are both germophobes – creating a favor that speaks to who you are will make your wedding that much more memorable. When I asked Liz for her ideas, she provided me with the ultimate example of “uniquely you.”
Wouldn’t it be fitting for the future Mrs. Batman to hand out these lollipops to her guests?
There are countless other possibilities for wedding favors. For example, another one of our co-workers (who you’ll also hear from in a future guest post!) had the fantastic idea to donate the money to a charity. Whether you decide to have favors or not, it’s always fun to explore the options.
There are many sites to find ideas on out there, but here are a few that I’ve found useful:
I would love to know your thoughts on this subject as well. Leave a comment with your favorite favor ideas! Keep your eye out for the next guest post and let’s wish Liz a very happy and relaxing trip! Even if we are envious ;)