Wedding preparation and event organizing can be a tedious and tiring process. One of the little yet significant to-do items is to get ready your wedding favors. Don’t fret. Keep it simple and take note of following:
Theme should always blend well with your wedding. E.g. If you are planning a traditional Chinese wedding, then you might consider exquisite traditional red sedans which can hold sweet blessings (candies or even boutique chocolates). The colors do not need to be exactly the same as the wedding theme, but they should ideally be complementary. If time permits, you can even personalise it by attaching a special card to the gift, expressing your appreciation to the invited guests.
2. Pick Something Unique or Useful that Guests will keep
Let your wedding favor be the reminiscence of the special day. Pick something that can be kept as souvenirs. Some of the favors that people can easily keep include nice bottle openers, utensils, manicure sets or even unique paper dolls. I remember seeing a colleague fold and display Mario couple paper dolls at her office desk. When asked, she told me they were from a wedding reception. They so adorable that she can’t help it but to showcase them in office!
- Check your Budget
The average number of guests invited at wedding functions can easily be around 250 to 300. The costs, along with other big ticket items such as wedding banquet, wedding bands, honeymoon can be real extravagance. Wedding favors can range anything from $0.30 to as high as you wish. With the proliferation of social media and online stores, you should be able to compare products and prices easily. Online stores typically charge lesser as they need not pay for high rental. However, beware of fly-by-night sellers who misrepresent customers by conveniently copying product photos and deliver items that are totally different from web. Settle for a vendor that uses photos taken in-house or buy a sample from them. Remember to check for quantity discounts too.
- Give Ample Time
These days, wedding banquets in Singapore are mostly secured at least 1 year in advance. Give yourself at least 3 months before the wedding date to source and confirm the wedding favor order. Many of these gift supply companies request advance notice for big orders and customisation. With ample time, you will be able to compare and choose the best option.
- Doing Good Deeds on your Wedding Day
Spend your wedding budget in a different way. More couples are turning to charities or social enterprises when preparing for their wedding reception or wedding favors. Charitable tributes can make a great substitute for gifts. Instead of the conventional wedding favors, you can consider paying tribute to a charitable cause of your choice or engage a social enterprise that helps the disadvantaged in one way or another in preparation of your favors. One of such is Studio Favor. Conceptualized as a social enterprise with the aim to provide the less privileged with employment opportunities, their main beneficiaries are the physically disabled, psychiatrically challenged, single parents and needy families. They engage the disadvantaged in areas as such packing and handicraft work so as to help them acquire know-how and skillset which in turn empower individual’s readiness to be re-integrated into the society.