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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

wedding favors, ps and ss giveaways

I've been to numerous weddings and other celebrations for this matter where the couple gave a souvenir item for display, something wrapped in shiny or shimmering or vavaboom wrapper and most(some may have been thrown or destroyed in time) of them are sitting in a cabinet- unused, dusty and for me, quite frankly, a waste of space and money. Don't get me wrong, I'm not being judgmental. I celebrated my 18th birthday with a party and gave one of those too- a lady standing in a platform or something to that effect and we still have around 5-6 of them.

But I believe gone are the days when people appreciated those giveaways. For starters, they're not unique and though the actual design might be varied, guests have probably received dozens of similar things. Second, they're not useful. They just sit in a corner, eating up space and not put to good use. Third, they become uglier and uglier through time.It's a natural cycle for objects to depreciate through time but before that happens, they should have at least been put to good use.CD giveaways became popular for some time but as most people have Iphones, Ipods and all sorts of players nowadays, they're not the thing anymore^^

I apologize in advance to my relatives who were looking forward to those souvenirs because we will not give those types of souvenirs. haha. I've been looking here and there and 3 criterion that I came up with are:

1. That it should be useful. Usefulness is subjective but at the very least, the giveaway must have another purpose than just sit in a cabinet.
2. That it must be unique. It can be any ordinary object that looks good or tasteful or creative or artistic.
3. It should be pocket friendly. For our Principal sponsors, I was thinking 200-300 is reasonable, 100 for the secondary sponsors +kiddos and 50-75 for the other guests. I was also thinking of having a separate giveaway for the money dance.

Some ideas I saw or came up with are:

1. polvoron or small fondant cakes: I saw these at goldilocks.com and they are adorable! I was thinking we can give a cake to every sponsor(smaller for secondary) but I have no idea how they cost so I'd have to check if they are easy on the pocket.

2.Plants-One of my favorite blog/site is sweetsimplejoys.com and I swear that even before I came across hers, I was already thinking of buying plants but i was really really pleased to know that they gave plants too.
One con, however, is that some guests might complain that they'd have to carry something afterwards but most people, I think will be impressed- and we can use them as table decors too^^

3. umbrellas- i only thought of this today, since I'm just planning to give umbrellas to friends who will get married in December. I think it might be nice to have a personalized umbrella, though some might not appreciate it.

4. cupcakes- I've seen really really pretty and eaten yummy cupcakes but one concern, that applies to the fondant and polvoron cakes too is that they are consumable, and though I know guests would appreciate them, I'd still like to see people here and there actually use or keep our giveaways.

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