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Umbrellas as a favor?

rooz103rooz103 member
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edited September 2014 in Favors
FI and I had originally decided against favors because we thought it'd be a waste of money, but after getting caught in an unexpected downpour last week (yay autumn), I started tossing around the idea of ordering umbrellas as a favor. 

 A little background: It's a daytime wedding, early January in Washington, so it'll be chilly but not freezing, with a 80% chance of rain or sprinkles coupled with a 100% chance of gray skies. Nothing immediately related to the wedding will require having to stand outside, but the venue is on the waterfront, and the coastline is pretty enough even in winter to invite a stroll. A good chunk of the guest list is coming from out of state and probably wouldn't be prepared for inclement weather. 

 I was thinking of ordering enough for like... half(?) of the guests, and piling them in a basket near the door, like some weddings have shawls or flip flops. Guests could take an umbrella and go sightseeing/start a sword fight/have a Seattle-ish favor, or they could leave 'em according to personal preference. I'd be okay with a lot of extras because I lose them easily and like to have a stash (I'm convinced they end up in the same place that socks disappear to). Oh, and no, they wouldn't be personalized. 

 If you were a guest, would you think WTF? Am I way overthinking this or could this be useful?

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Re: Umbrellas as a favor?

  • I just wouldn't call them a favor but if you want them to be like the flip flop deal, that's fine. I do think this could end up being a colossal waste of money I mean, if it's raining, I've brought my own umbrella to your wedding in order to get there. And I wouldn't assume I could take an umbrella home. 

    You might even ask if your venue has a stash of umbrellas. I know lots of country clubs keep them on hand. 
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  • It's a nice idea but I honestly think these could wind up being a waste of money.

    If I were out of town I would either run to Target and buy myself a cheap umbrella or I would just deal with it. It seems like it could be difficult to bring back on a plane with you if your suitcase is full.

    Like manateehugger said, I also wouldn't assume I could bring them home with me.


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  • Its a sweet thought but I think its a waste of money. If its an 80% chance of rain, most guests will probably bring umbrellas.
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  • JoanE2012JoanE2012 Exit 21 (Jersey!) member
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    rooz103 said:
    FI and I had originally decided against favors because we thought it'd be a waste of money, but after getting caught in an unexpected downpour last week (yay autumn), I started tossing around the idea of ordering umbrellas as a favor. 

     A little background: It's a daytime wedding, early January in Washington, so it'll be chilly but not freezing, with a 80% chance of rain or sprinkles coupled with a 100% chance of gray skies. Nothing immediately related to the wedding will require having to stand outside, but the venue is on the waterfront, and the coastline is pretty enough even in winter to invite a stroll. A good chunk of the guest list is coming from out of state and probably wouldn't be prepared for inclement weather. 

     I was thinking of ordering enough for like... half(?) of the guests, and piling them in a basket near the door, like some weddings have shawls or flip flops. Guests could take an umbrella and go sightseeing/start a sword fight/have a Seattle-ish favor, or they could leave 'em according to personal preference. I'd be okay with a lot of extras because I lose them easily and like to have a stash (I'm convinced they end up in the same place that socks disappear to). Oh, and no, they wouldn't be personalized. 

     If you were a guest, would you think WTF? Am I way overthinking this or could this be useful?

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    No matter where I go, I always pack a small umbrella.  Have a little faith in your guests.  And even if they forget one, you said that nothing is outside, right?  So worst case if they didn't bring an umbrella or buy a cheap one upon arrival is that they run from the car to the venue.  And let's face it, if it's raining and there's a big ol' bucket of umbrellas in a bin, I'm still not going to go outside and take a stroll.  I'd save the money.
  • AddieCakeAddieCake Beyond the Wall member
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    I think it would be incredibly expensive and a waste of money. 
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  • This is why I post lol. FI has been pushing for umbrellas since we saw a wedding with them in our photographer's portfolio, and umbrella-craziness was starting to spread. I think I'll surprise him with some nice umbrellas for just us, take some cutesy photos and call it good. 

    Thanks, ladies!
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  • That sounds like a great idea, OP!


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  • I think it's a cute idea, but like a PP said, I wouldn't say they are your favors since you won't have enough for everyone
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