First off, we’re coming to the time in this wedding planning process where I might reveal things I don’t want my guests to know until the wedding. I’m lucky to have some awesome girlfriends (and some guy friends—I’m looking at you, B) who read this blog faithfully. But that said, I want you guys to scram. You don’t get to read this post. I’m serious. So serious I even spent a ridiculous amount of time making the image below.
(icon by Weddingbee, edited by Miss Sword)
Cool. They’re gone. Well, I doubt ALL of them are gone, but we’ll pretend they listened.
Hive, I’ve had the inspirational moment I’ve been waiting months for—we’ve decided on a favor!! I was beginning to think inspiration would not hit, but it did and with plenty of time to spare.
Favors are not something I’ve discussed here before, but they’re something I’ve given a lot of thought to. I was determined to find the one favor that everyone will enjoy AND use again, but that still fit our Highland Fairy Tale theme. Yeeeaaa, that doesn’t exist. It’s time to face the truth: the only acceptable favor is something edible (or consumable like Mrs. Wallaby’s tea favors, which I’m in love with, btw).
No one wants cheap crap with your wedding date on it! They just don’t. Unfortunately, I had a hard time accepting this.
Here are the Sword favor rejects in no particular order:
image via Wedding Favors Unlimited
Luggage tags. It’s useful, and it’s fitting for all of our guests who are flying in from Scotland, Chicago, and the East Coast. And it kind of matched the little airplane on our STD’s. Remember?
But the ones in our price range looked a bit cheap, and to be honest, it doesn’t really fit the fairy tale theme. You think I’m obsessed with the theme, but trust me when I say Mr. Sword is encouraging us to keep everything cohesive as well!
image via My Wedding Favors
Playing cards. While they don’t fit the theme outright, we thought it would be FREAKIN’ SWEET if we could somehow print the tartan on the back of each card so that everyone could take home a piece of Hislastname-Mylastname fabric. In the end, that idea was CRAZY, expensive and implausible.
image via Karmakiss
Sword pens. Yea, I went there. I’m not ashamed. They might show up somewhere at the wedding, but clearly they were not right for a guest favor. We are hosting a wedding, not throwing a birthday party.
All this time I kept thinking, “I’d really prefer to give our guests something they can keep forever, even though no one keeps wedding favors forever unless maybe they’re your parents.” Yes, my denial went deep. I considered donating money to a charity as well, but I really wanted a little something to give each guest for taking the time and money to attend our wedding (as if a favor can express enough gratitude, because it most definitely can’t).
FINALLY, one Friday night while talking wedding with Mr. Sword, it hit me: WALKERS SHORTBREAD!
image via Walkers Shorbread
Duh!! How could I have missed it before? OH RIGHT, I was avoiding food favors like they were the plague.
Walkers shortbread is a traditional Scottish treat that is both edible and on theme (highlighting the Highland part of things). The best part is they can be ordered in small packages, making them the perfect size for a favor!
image via Amazon
My first experience with Walkers was during a visit to Scotland when Mr. Sword and I stayed at a little B&B in Carrbridge (near Aviemore, Scotland). We arrived to find this taste of Scotland waiting for us in our sweet little room.
Now if only they came packaged in green instead of bright red—yuck.
(all photos personal unless otherwise noted)
Did you do an edible or consumable favor as well or have you stumbled on the perfect favor that lasts a lifetime? Have you tried Walkers Shortbread before?