I never would have imagined when we first got engaged and were planning our romantic Ireland elopement that now, eight months later, we have a guest list, a venue here in Oregon booked, and visions of wedding favors dancing in my sleepless head. Seriously. I drug myself out of bed this morning, bags under my eyes, mulling over what flavors of saltwater taffy our guests would enjoy most.
Let me tell you, I applaud Meg for her decision to forgo favors at her wedding.
I mentioned before that my mom is an ebay addict. Well, months ago we were inspired by a barn wedding where the bride and groom gave out vintage salt and pepper shakers to their guests. My mom scoured the 'bay. Boxes of shakers were purchased (to be specific, a hundred vintage shakers were purchased). When we finally got around to opening them we realized they were nothing like we expected. I changed my mind. The shakers had to go. They are now tucked away in the back of my mom's closet.image from here
Then it was my mom who decided a great green favor idea would be to give our guests bonsais. Again, she turned to the 'bay. A box of bonsai jade trees was purchased. We had plans to scour the beach for bits of seashell and driftwood to decorate the planters. Then we started doing the math on how long it takes to prepare and plant bonsais. We were talking days upon days of labor. Nick started to sweat.(If you look close enough you can actually see him sweating)
I reasoned that we would spend days preparing these lovely bonsais for our guests, then come wedding day half of them would get left behind, and the ones that were actually taken by our guests would most likely just be discarded somewhere and left to die (I'm such a cynic).
Bonsais: out. Back to square one: knee-deep in favor hell.
My mom fell in love with an idea she saw in a book where the bride and groom made a special blend of tea for their guests and packaged it in a sack with a serving spoon. This is great because Nick and I are big tea drinkers, but that can get pretty spendy. Those serving spoons alone run about $3-$4. All I can envision is a drawer full of tea scoops that were left behind by guests. Tea scoops in the trash. Tea scoops on the floor. tea spoon infuser here
I'm now pondering bags of saltwater taffy. Flavors. Packaging. Thrift.
I'm going insane.