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Reader Mara asks, “What’s new with wedding favors? My fiancé and I have gone to great lengths to make our upcoming wedding unique, but favors end up seeming so cookie-cutter. How can we make sure our favors mean something to our guests?”
I feel your pain -- my fiancé and I are still deciding what to do for our own wedding. I’ve certainly collected my share of tchotchkes emblazoned with various dates. But think of the favors as an extension of your creativity and an opportunity to give your guests something that will make them think of you and your wedding day. So how can you make sure you don't give them something that'll end up at the back of a drawer? Here are some of our favorite ideas:
- Play up to everyone’s inner do-gooder by donating the money you would have spent on favors to your favorite charity. The charity you choose can also say something about you as a couple. If you’re animal lovers, for instance, give to the ASPCA. Let your guests know by leaving a note card at each place setting indicating the cause that you chose to give to in lieu of favors. A word to the wise: make sure to choose a charity that won’t bring contention among your guests. You probably don’t want your wedding to be a forum for political debate.
- Create a CD with a selection of songs that will play at your wedding. The music you choose will remind your guests of the great time they had. Then when they hear My Heart Will Go On, your guests can think of you and your sweetheart instead of Kate and Leo.
- Send everyone home with a late-night snack. Set up a candy buffet with scoops and baggies so they can take the "sweet" memories with them. You can also hire companies to come in and make mini donuts on the spot for your guests. Who won’t always remember hot donuts?
Your turn! Do you have any unique and interesting favor recommendations for Mara?