Finally a Favor!

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.

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(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:

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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?

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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!

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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.

sword-pens

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!

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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!

walkers-shortbread

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.

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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?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Sword

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
March 2013
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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:15 am

    My husband picked up a bunch of those shortbread cookies when he was in London. We have them here too obviously. I think he just wanted cookies, bwahaha. Those are delicious.. MMMMMHMM! <3

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:36 am

    Just repackage them yourself!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 5:51 am

    Mmm, Walkers cookies are so good! Porter serves them in their airline lounges. :)

    I agree with Eagle — repackage ‘em, if it doesn’t cost too much!

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    MrsN2Be 590 posts, Busy bee @ 5:57 am

    OMG my fav cookies ever (aside from my Scottish aunts homemade shortbread.
    Lucky guests!!

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:25 am

    Those are awesome! A great Scottish themed favour! (Cards with the tartan on the back would’ve been awesome too though. I’m now going to look into that for Christmas presents for the fam.)
    We didn’t think of anything as cool as that and just went with chocolate rose lollipops with MOO card tags printed in our tartan: http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-chocolate-rose-lollipop-favours-with-tutorial. We had his clan crest on the back with our names curved over the top and our date in a straight line underneath and to the right of that we had our little Thank You blurb.

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    Lone Star, Guest @ 7:11 am

    Mmm, mm, Walkers is like crunchy butter.

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    missmovies 351 posts, Helper bee @ 7:34 am

    Ive never had, but they look yummy! What a great idea!

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    dragonlover 578 posts, Busy bee @ 8:08 am

    I’m with everyone else – repackage them. It’snot that hard.

    Cheap green organza bags over the packaging.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:48 am

    These are perfect, and your guests will really enjoy eating them :)

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    coyote 1611 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:29 am

    Yum, yum, yum! I love Walkers shortbread and would totally love getting one of those little packages as a wedding favor. Great idea!!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:38 am

    We’re also doing edible favors – one of my girlfriends will be baking and decorating bride & groom cookies, which will be packaged as a set of two and placed at each setting.

    I love how you found something to tie everything in together! What a great idea and a nice treat (hehe, pun not intended but made me giggle) for those who have never tasted them.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:06 pm

    I must say I rather get an edible favor than something I won’t use in the end. Bonus points for having somehing traditionally Scottish.

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    shortbread 290 posts, Helper bee @ 5:50 pm

    Oh man! I really wanted to do Walkers shortbread for our favors. Unfortunately for me, our wedding is in Scotland and mosts guests can just go to the local Tesco and buy them for themselves. As a result, my fiance nixed that idea early on. Instead, I’ll be including them in our hotel guest welcome bags. I absolutely love Walkers shortbread. I brought an entire box home with us along with a box of Jafa Cakes. Have you had Jafa cakes? They’re to die for.

    Your guest are going to love the shortbread. Another common dessert we considered was tablet for our favors but decided against it as well.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:03 pm

    Yea, I was actually thinking of repackaging them, perhaps I will! Better order them soon then!

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    MissMaryPat 40 posts, Newbee @ 10:30 pm

    Yay! So glad you found something fabulous!

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    village_skeptic 1861 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:02 am

    Don’t bother with the repackaging. Too much work to get through the fabric and the packaging to the ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS SHORTBREAD. LOVE your favors!

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