Getwed.com just came out with their list of the worst wedding favors to give your guests. The list is as follows, and I could not agree more.
Sugared Almonds: Whoever thought these were a good idea is an idiot. A third of the people at your wedding will not like almonds, 1/5 will be allergic, and your elderly uncle is likely to choke on one. Oh but they match your colors? So do Skittles. Buy a bag of personalized M&Ms, people will appreciate it so much more and you can even put your name on them!
Personalized Memorabilia: This category can swing both ways. Pictures frames with your names on them, wedding CDs, monogrammed key rings and mugs with your faces on them are creepy and pretty much useless after the event. Unless you can be clever with personalized stuff, these favors usually suck. Some examples of good ideas are coasters (practical and nobody feels bad about not taking them home) and mini Tabasco sauce bottles (OK these are totally useless too but seeing people’s faces on them makes everyone laugh).
Sachets of potpourri: Potpourri went out with the invention of Febreeze. The only guest at your wedding that will appreciate these is your 96 year old grandmother. For everyone else, it’s a bag of smelly dried flowers that will overpower your food and inevitable be ripped open and spread everywhere by the ring bearer.
Cheesy wedding gifts: If you think something sentimental to only you and your fiancee is THE CUTEST THING IN THE WORLD, you probably shouldn’t give it away.
Useless favors: Well, duh.
One Hong Kong bride’s getting a lesson in humility for her wedding gift. After posting a bold status about her upcoming nuptials, a crowd has risen up angry and ready to protest her wedding. So what did she say? “I’m not opening a charity….If you really only want to give me a HK$500 [US$65] cash gift, then don’t bother coming to my wedding.”
After many a-shared pictures, Facebook users figured out just who she was, who she’d be marrying and when and where. Nearly 1,000 people have said they’re planning on protesting her wedding.
Apparently a request like this isn’t THAT selfish. In mainland China, it’s the custom for wedding guests to give the couple packets of money, rather than household gifts, like in the U.S. Most are expected to give at least 500 Hong Kong dollars, or as much as HK$1,000 if the venue is a hotel rather than a restaurant. The gifts are typically collected at the door.
Still, requesting a minimum amount from your guests? Almost as rude as asking your guests to pay for the wedding itself. I can’t wait to see who shows up to the party.
A lesbian couple in Maryland is taking its chances on the election outcome November 6. Their plans to be wed in a romantic bed and breakfast hinge on whether Maryland votes to legalize gay marriage or not. If the up or down vote is a “yes” they will continue with the wedding as planned. If not, well, they don’t want to think about it.
Maryland is one of four states with a referendum on gay marriage on the ballot. Polls show a strong support for the passing so far, but that could evaporate come election day. Maryland is also expected to be carried by President Obama, who supports gay marriage.
If you ask me, why would you plan a wedding if you knew there was a possibility it might not be able to happen? Imagine the disappoint if Maryland votes “no.” Not only is it a sad day for the gay-rights community, but this couple’s hopes, dreams and down-payment at the B&B are vanished. It’s a hopeful plan, but would be utterly depressing if it doesn’t come true.
Daily Finance published an article yesterday offering a few ways to lower the cost of your wedding without sacrificing too much. Author Nicole Seghetti calls them “painless.” Painless for whom may I ask? As a wedding frequenter I can personally attest to the veracity of these statements in terms of them being frivolous or not. Let us review.
1. Be your own wedding planner – Good idea for people who know the wedding industry well, are perfectionists or have OCD. A day-of coordinator will usually suffice for people who want to plan their weddings themselves.
2. Don’t serve a sit down dinner – “While you may hear some guests grumbling, you will save a healthy chunk of change.” The author is acknowledging that your guests will hate this. May I remind you that many of your guests are spending money to travel, stay in a hotel, buy you a nice wedding gift and wear proper clothes to your wedding. The LEAST you can do is serve them a meal. I worked at a wedding where the bride and groom only served hors d’oeurves all night. People were pissed they weren’t given a seat to sit in and the cocktails ran out three hours into the party. They ended up asking us for the numbers for local pizza places that would deliver to the venue. If you’re not going to feed your guests a full meal, at least warn them so they can fill up ahead of time.
3. Keep alcohol costs in check – Couples who don’t serve alcohol for religious reasons can bypass this point. All points are valid here, but be aware that many guests expect an open bar and do not bring money for cash bars. They’ll be stuck drinking water until they can find the nearest ATM. Quote from a man invited to a dry wedding without warning: “There’s no alcohol at all? Shit it’s going to be a long night.”
4. Let them eat (sheet) cake – Good idea, no argument here. Too many couples buy more cake than people can eat and end up with entire layers uneaten. Another tip is to opt for a different kind of dessert completely. Cupcakes, cookies, candy, ice cream, pie, etc are all legitimate options.
5. Be your own florist – Again, this is plausible if you’re crafty and good with flowers. Florists are professionals however and the bouquets and centerpieces they produce are probably going to be nicer than the ones your bridesmaids put together drunk during your bridal shower. To save money, have the florist use flowers that are in season.
6. DIY as much as possible – Have fun stressing yourself out to the brink of complete nuclear meltdown before your big day.
7. Skip the extras – Duh.