Favors

Favors/Sort-of-favors

I am getting married in England where the tradition, and the size of the venue, dictate that we eat all of the courses of the sit down meal first, followed by dancing (rather than dancing between courses). So unless they get up to smoke (or use the bathroom) my guests will be at the table, and with their table-mates, for approximately 2 hours (2.5 hours with speeches).<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

 

So, in addition to an edible favor (cutely packaged chocolates, to double as escort cards), I want to place a second sort-of-favour at their seats in the form of a “Chinese take out” shaped box filled with fun things to use/play with between courses. It’s a sort-of-favor because it is not truly intended to be brought home as a memento.

 

So far I’m planning to include a fortune cookie, temporary tattoos and a trivial pursuit card in each box-o-fun. I’d like to include maybe two more things in the box. Any suggestions?

 

PS I should mention while the meal is a sit down dinner, our wedding style is not formal. The sort-of-favors will not be sharing space with fine china settings!

Re: Favors/Sort-of-favors

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  • Honestly, unless your venue isn't used to doing this type of sit-down dinner, they should have a plan so that there is little down time between courses.  I don't think that a box would be necessary - adults should be to pass them time conversing at their table and with those seated nearby.  Instead of trying to put together a box of stuff that will be left behind at the end of the evening, why not see if your venue can speed up service a bit.  For example, could the salads be preset and waiting for guests?  Also, do speeches during one of the courses (or during several) instead of asking guests to sit for an additional 30 minutes to listen to those.  Limit the speeches, too, both in length and in the number given so they add less time to the meal.

    If you really want to do the box, I'd leave the cookie and the trivia card, take out the tattoo (don't most need water for application?), and maybe add a blank note card for each guest to leave a piece of advice for you both.  Add a golf pencil, maybe a word puzzle/crossword/sudoku, maybe some gum or mints.  But I really don't think a box is necessary, especially since you already have a favor.
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    I am getting married in England where the tradition, and the size of the venue, dictate that we eat all of the courses of the sit down meal first, followed by dancing (rather than dancing between courses). So unless they get up to smoke (or use the bathroom) my guests will be at the table, and with their table-mates, for approximately 2 hours (2.5 hours with speeches).

     

    So, in addition to an edible favor (cutely packaged chocolates, to double as escort cards), I want to place a second sort-of-favour at their seats in the form of a “Chinese take out” shaped box filled with fun things to use/play with between courses. It’s a sort-of-favor because it is not truly intended to be brought home as a memento.

     

    So far I’m planning to include a fortune cookie, temporary tattoos and a trivial pursuit card in each box-o-fun. I’d like to include maybe two more things in the box. Any suggestions?

     

    PS I should mention while the meal is a sit down dinner, our wedding style is not formal. The sort-of-favors will not be sharing space with fine china settings!

    You shouldn't have 30 minutes of speeches.  That is ALOT, and I would be bored to tears after about 8 minutes.  Please don't subject your guests to that.

    As for the favor, the chocolates are perfect!  You don't need anything more.  Adults will make conversation at the table between courses.  I would certainly never put on a temporary tattoo.  A fortune cookie takes approximately 5.3 seconds to crack open and read, so that's not really killing time.  And one trivia card would just seem odd.  Skip all of that.  You're overthinking this.
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  • I would agree that you are overthinking this one.  (i was guilty of this too at one point!)  I would just try to find ways to speed up the service and have the speeches shortened to about 2-4 mins apiece.  If people start talking forever it just bores everyone in the room.  Adults will be able to convese inbetween the courses and entertain themselves. 

    The only time I would do this is if you had younger children...but that is still your call.

  • I'm also trying to figure out what favours to get our guests... but I found an awesome post with lots of ideas that could possibly help you with yours. I don't think your favours will ever really be a time-killer. 

    If you're looking for ideas to keep guests entertained what about guest mad libs on the tables or getting fun trivia cards beautifully designed? 

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