“Who told you that you had to give out wedding favors? Etiquette has never thought of weddings as comparable to children’s birthday parties, where the guests might need consolation for not being the center of attention. You owe them only the hospitality of the occasion.” – Apparently, The Miss Manners
Yeah, but but but…true story time.
Once upon a time, I was a very bad wedding guest. It was entirely on accident, I cringe remembering, and I swear up one side and down the other I’m not a total snot. Mr. Raccoon and I were enjoying the wedding of our friends, and all of the sudden things were winding down because it was time to leave. I thought, Hmmm, odd, no favor. My eyes scanned the room—no one else was leaving toting bubbles, little tulle bags stuffed with almonds, or any other goodies. No favor? Rational thinking set in that those thoughts were seriously stupid. Had they not just provided me with a way to see old friends, dance, drink, have nice dinner and dessert, and most importantly share their special day with them? They didn’t have to invite me. My rump was taking up valuable seat space.
On the other side of things now, guests are going to be traveling long distances to make it to our wedding, most likely they will need to get a hotel, maybe they are bringing a present, maybe they had to request time off of work, they have probably invested serious amounts of time, friendship, and love into one or both of us, etc. The list goes on. I don’t want anyone to be leaving and think, “No favors?” I want them to know how truly thankful I am they went well out of their way to spend their weekend with us.
So what are we doing? Giving everyone our warmest thanks.
I had two specifications going into choosing favors that really narrowed down the field.
Our favors had to be 1.) disposable and 2.) affordable.
Image via The Inspired Bride
Enter hot chocolate.
Image via Domestic In The City
– $30 Cost Breakdown –
- 4 boxes of 60-pack Swiss Miss hot chocolate with marshmallows from Costco = ~$24
- 4 small rolls of wrapping paper from Party City = ~$4
- Curling ribbon and clear tape from the Dollar Tree = ~$2
Here, you can see the start of a few!
I still plan on printing “Our Warmest Thanks” on card stock, using a paper punch to cut the sayings out in a design, and then attaching the cutouts to the center over the curling ribbon. Now, please, tell me what I was thinking trying to wrap 150 small and oddly shaped packages!
Is anyone else assembling their favors?