Friday, March 13, 2009

Do Me a Favor...

If you're reading this and you're one of my friends who's wedding I've been to--I apologize for what I'm about to say.

Does anyone really remember/keep wedding favors? Two weddings I've been to gave tasty snacks, so I remember where those went--in my belly. One wedding gave homemade honey, said honey is also in my belly (and I think I used some for my hair, too.) But other than that--the other favors are gone. Either shoved in a box somewhere or thrown out during one of my apartment moves when I was trying to lighten the load.

I do want to give my guests a favor, something nice to take home with them. But I don't want to spend a ton of money for something that could potentially be shoved inside a box. Mr. J and I already decided we didn't want to give food as a favor. At first he really wanted to do a CD, and burn them all himself, when I reminded him of how much work that would be, he was totally cool with my idea of doing a bookmark. Our invitation looks similar to a little book, I want our programs to look like a book, and we're using books on the cocktail tables, all to celebrate our mutual love of the English language and literature.

I googled photo bookmarks and this favor came up. Best friend liked it, so did Mr. J., and I was like okay--even though in the back of my mind I was thinking, "This is cheesy and these darn things are too small." Plus, the cost would be about $250.

via My Wedding Favors

Then I thought about how we print bookmarks at my job sometimes as marketing materials. BINGO! Why not get one of those nice heavy cardstock bookmark thingys from a printer, we can put more pictures of us on the front, use any colors we want, and I was thinking of putting a nice quote on the back. This way we can design it however the hell we want and it will be about $40 for 250 bookmarks. Hopefully people will actually use this bookmark, BUT if they don't, if they just stick it in a box and call it a day, it won't be such a big waste of money. I showed Mr. J this option and he loves it so much more. So now we have to work hard on designing the actual bookmark--this is where the geek of the relationship (Mr. J) comes in, because he knows how to do all that handy dandy fancy schmancy stuff on the computer.


Jin (J.BRIDE) said...

That's a clever idea and very cost effective - nice!

African-American Brides said...

It's so good that you're asking this question! I had two favors at my wedding and BOTH were edible/drinkable. But I think the bookmark is a great idea because people can actually use it. I recently got a bookmark at a shower and in my mind it's definitely a keeper. ;)
Also, I added you to my blogroll! Have a great week.

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

I must tell you now...I am stealing this idea from you! This is perfect for me the English teacher and my fiance' the poet!

One Bride with Broom said...

I'm going through that same challenge, trying to figure out what wonderful, unique (yet functional and memorable) favor to give out at our wedding. Congrats on your decision :-) Our seach continues.