Our favors were actually one of the first decisions I made in the planning process. I blogged all about what we planned to do in September, but didn't actually start worrying about the logistics of it until the week before the wedding. I knew I wanted to use tokens, but I just couldn't find any that were reasonably priced. It felt silly spending the money that would be going to charity on $45 tokens. Finally I came up with cardstock tokens. I already had a 2" circle punch and all kinds of cardstock and patterned scrapbook paper in our colors, so I punched 600 circles and glued two back to back to form our tokens.
The process was a bit tedious, but David helped a lot. And we ended up with tokens that not only matched our color scheme exactly, but that also cost next to nothing. After the tokens were finished I slipped each of them into a small jewelry storage bag.
Next I printed off dozens of pages of the cards they'd be attached to. I was able to fit them 4 to a page, thankfully, but it still required quite a bit of cutting and corner rounding.
I just used double stick tape to attach the token to the card, and ended up with 300 of these:
We put one at each place at the table. I figured everyone would see them this way, and since we had a buffet dinner, they made the tables look less empty without place settings. I wish I had a better picture of the little pop of color they added!
I made a scrapbook page that described both of the charities and had pictures of David and I with our loved ones that we chose to do this in memory of. It made it easier to see why these foundations in particular are so close to our hearts. We had a vase for each of them with signs in front.
Looking back, I wish we would've had the DJ announce what exactly our guests were supposed to do with them like I had planned to. It totally slipped my mind to ask him to say something, so I think fewer people 'voted' than we would've liked. I'm still so happy we did it, though, and that some of our favorite people were able to be at our reception in spirit.
Photo by BM S
What did you do for your favors? Was it something meaningful to you as a couple?