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What do you think?

Sooo in an effort to save some money we are thinking of having DIY favors in addition to our STD's and Invites.

I had an idea for our favors. I was thinking we would make a mix CD of our fav songs. Maybe like 8. Printing out a cute label for them then making some CD envelopes out of printed out pictures from our favorite storybooks (kinda of a whimisical theme going on) to put them in.

I'm playing around with this idea but I was wondering if you guys had any better ideas for DIY favors or even if you can think this idea is good or bad.
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  • I'd probably leave a mix cd on the table, honestly.  I'd go with some kind of food.  Cookies, chocolate covered pretzels (see Squirrly's bio), homemade chocolates, etc.
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  • I do not have the same taste in music as other people, so I would not care for a cd. I would, however, snarf down some chocolate chip cookies or candy.
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  • I agree with TR. I would leave it there or take one and throw it away when I got home. I went to a wedding where they gave mix CD's like that, and nearly 85% of them were still there when the reception ended.
  • I also forgot to mention, we had edible favors. We did cake balls and they were a HUGE hit. They were all gone at the end of the night.
  • Edible is usually the way to go. You could make chocolate chip cookies, or sugar cookies shaped like wedding things, there are really endless options. IMO I would not take the CD, although I keep all my music on my phone and don't ever use CD's so I could be biased.
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    Edible favors are definitely the way to go. I wouldn't take a mix CD. The music is meaningful to you and your FI, but will probably either collect dust or get thrown away by other people. Then, you've gone to quite a bit of work for something that will likely get left behind or thrown away.

    ETA: We did a candy bar, which was a huge hit. Some of the ladies on the Favors board have done them quite affordably.
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  • mmk. Make sense. I'm glad I asked! Thanks guys :D

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    [QUOTE]I also forgot to mention, we had edible favors. <strong>We did cake balls and they were a HUGE hit.</strong> They were all gone at the end of the night.
    Posted by FutureMrsDudley55[/QUOTE]

    What are those? Did you make them yourself?
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  • I agree with PPs, edible is the way to go. 
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  • Here is the blog entry that I made about them:
    http://thediybride2010.blogspot.com/search/label/Cake%20Balls

    They are balls of cake dipped in candy coating. SOOOO good.
  • I'll jump on the "CDs are a cute idea but impractical for a variety of reasons" bandwagon.  We did chocolate covered pretzels, and they were super easy and a huge hit.  And cheap.  I've made cake balls too, and they're really tasty, but a lot more work than the pretzels. 

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    [QUOTE]I have to agree with PPs. You can't go wrong with edible favors.
    Posted by DodgersBride[/QUOTE]
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  • A mixed CD as wedding favor sounds like something that I'd find months later at the bottom of a purse.  I don't think I'd be running to put it onto my iTunes playlist.

    Edible edible edible. 
  • To be honest though, I probably wouldn't eat anything that was homemade. I would eat something made by a bakery, though, or some other place that gets visits from the health inspector.
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  • I'd like edible favor: you can personalize chocolate, mints, gum, fortune cookies, brownies, candy apples, etc.

    For customized (inexpensive) labels: Etsy or Ebay

    Inside an organza bag would be cute or Party City has little mini favor boxes.
  • Mmmk. Thanks for all the ideas guys. I'll check out the edible stuff and see how it looks.

    Dudley and Squirlly. I will ckeck out your bios :D


    Thanks for the tips eveyone :)

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  • Also remember -- favors are not necessary.  I've never noticed that there were no favors at a wedding until well after the fact.  If you really need to save money, just skip 'em.
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    [QUOTE]I'd like edible favor: you can personalize chocolate, mints, gum, fortune cookies, brownies, candy apples, etc. For customized (inexpensive) labels: Etsy or Ebay Inside an <strong>organza bag would be cute</strong> or Party City has little mini favor boxes.
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    Hope this doesn't make me look like an idiot but what is an organza bag?
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  • See I thought about the skipping the favors thing too but I don't know. I feel guilty about that for some reason. Is there really alot of people who chose not to? Maybe i'm over thinking it.
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: What do you think? : Hope this doesn't make me look like an idiot but what is an organza bag?
    Posted by texagj[/QUOTE]

    Check craft stores...they're little bags made of fabric and tied with drawstring ribbon.
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: What do you think? : Hope this doesn't make me look like an idiot but what is an organza bag?
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    You can see the organza bags I used in the picture below. Any craft store/website will sell them.

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  • I'm on the cd side, I love getting CD's from weddings, hands down my favorite wedding favor...edible favors are meh, most of the time.  I have several of my cousins and friends cds on my itunes, I love to listen to them and have found some great songs, but then again, I'm a soundtrack junkie, so it's right up my alley.
  •  I think this is such a good idea I would consider it for my own wedding!
  • edited September 2010
    Hmm. I'd pick up a CD and give it a spin to see if I like it, but between the two I could better get behind an edible favor. As someone who loves making things from scratch or mostly scratch, I'd be fine with eating a homemade good; although I'd be just as appreciative of a store- or bakery-bought favor.

    Also, favors are not at all required! Curious why you'd feel guilty about skipping them; if you're worried about thanking your guests for coming to the wedding, the reception itself is actually your thank-you to them.
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    [QUOTE]Also remember -- favors are not necessary.  I've never noticed that there were no favors at a wedding until well after the fact.  If you really need to save money, just skip 'em.
    Posted by baystateapple[/QUOTE]

    Ditto. We skipped favors alltogether.
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  • We're not doing official favors, but will have a cookie table (Pittsburgh tradition) and I'm getting some type of take out box for people to take cookies with them if they want.  I don't think I'd listen to a mix CD if I received one at a wedding, honestly.
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  • I did 125 favors for less than $50.  The day after Valentine's Day I went to Target and bought 24 bags of heart-shaped Dove chocolates, then put nine in a tulle circle and tied it with ribbon.  I bought too much chocolate, as we weren't having 125 guests, but out of the 100 or so on the tables, I think only about ten were left behind.

    With the big "candy" holidays coming up, if you can get stuff at half off, it's a decent favor that won't break the bank (I actually could have paid less if I'd gone with another brand of chocolate).  You need to check the "best by" date on the bags and make sure it will keep until you need it, though.
  • One word:  CHOCOLATE!

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    [QUOTE]A mixed CD as wedding favor sounds like something that I'd find months later at the bottom of a purse.  I don't think I'd be running to put it onto my iTunes playlist. Edible edible edible. 
    Posted by mica178[/QUOTE]

    how big is your purse??? : )

    you dont have to do a favor.. but sometimes an edible favor is cheaper. we are doing a mix cd for our RD everyone coming to that has the same taste in music. for our reception we are doing a candy spread, and pumkins. i dont care what people think. i know that a bunch of my guest can eat sweets and they may take the pumkins. be ready to eat alot of left over favors or have a bunch of nonedable favors hanging around after wards. you can please everyone so dont try. do what you want.
  • I didn't have favors either.  I won't go so far as to say no one noticed or cared because how do I know, but no one said anything to us or our parents or bridal party or anything.
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