Which DIY wedding favor is cutest?

by DIY wedding planner on March 19, 2012


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It’s a rustic wedding at a ranch and we want Do-It-Yourself projects

A Mason jar garden. The herbs, beans, or peas will be planted a few weeks before the wedding to allow them to grow a bit, but we don’t want them so big that they’re difficult to transport. The jars would have the lids on (with a label on the lid with the wedding and plant info) and a wire handle for easy transport.

A candy apple buffet. You would decorate your candy apple on site and either eat it there or wrap it in cellophane to take with you and enjoy later.

S’mores to go. Graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows wrapped in either a clear bow with a ribbon or in a cellophane bag.
Plants: Imagine this but with a plant instead of a candle http://remodelista.com/img/sub/475_pb-hanging-mason-jar-2.jpg and with the lid and the label
Apples: http://www.mitzvahlicious.com/storage/candyapplebuffet.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1220574233974
S’mores: http://www.bridesmaidsandweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/smores.jpg
S’mores detail should read clear box, not clear bow.
It’s a small and intimate wedding with ~50 people. All allergies have been considered and they’re limited to peanuts and fish products so that’s good. Only one diabetic, father of the groom, and he wouldn’t be offended if he didn’t eat a s’more.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

lady March 19, 2012 at 5:16 am

I have never seen the candy Apple thing. I think that’s cute…..I like to take something home from a wedding. Cakes, cookies are really common….so are candy…..candy Apple is cute.

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Perse March 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

I’m a big candy apple fan and a big s’more fan…they both just inspire nostalgia!

I think the candy apple buffet would be more popular, but oh so messy. While s’mores are so neat, but I imagine a majority wouldn’t actually get around to making them. So then, what about candy apples already wrapped up with a bow? Still a crowd-pleaser, but without the mess.

I don’t like the plant idea, you want something that most people would want/use, and that wouldn;t be the case.

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HellKittyx March 19, 2012 at 6:37 am

The candy apple buffet is cool. Its cute and something everyone can personalize

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katykat1980 March 19, 2012 at 7:28 am

I love the candy apple buffet idea for two reasons (besides the fact that it is really cute and original!)
1. People love activities at weddings. It’s an ice breaker, gets people talking to each other, breaks the monotony of all that sitting for the old people who don’t like to dance.
2. An edible treat is easier on your wallet, and you won’t waste a lot of money and effort on people who aren’t good with plants or wouldn’t appreciate the effort involved in something like your garden idea (also, even with rocks at the bottom for drainage, most herbs won’t do well in a jar with no holes in the bottom).

Lovely ideas! They are all great :)

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kitkat March 19, 2012 at 8:15 am

Candy apple

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tonyp128 March 19, 2012 at 9:11 am

The apples

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SupernaturalSweetHeart<3 March 19, 2012 at 9:34 am

I wasn’t sure about the plant, but when I saw the picture I thought they looked so cute! I would go with that option or the candy apples but, as some people have already pointed out, candy apples have the potential to be highly messy (but oh so yummy).
If your venue won’t mind a little mess, I think the candy apples would be great – and people can take them home for their kids if they don’t want to eat them!
If mess is going to be an issue, I would go with the plants, what a great memento.

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fizzy stuff March 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

S’mores definitely.

The plant is just another dust collector in the end. And candy apples well I just don’t like them. Love s’mores though.

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Fallgal March 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

I’d go with the s’mores. Not everyone likes candy apples, and not everyone can eat them, especially older people with dental work.

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Sofia March 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

the s’mores

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krissylyn March 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

The plants are odd (who needs one pea or bean plant?) and most likely people will leave them behind, thus equalling a waste of your money.

The apples are horribly messy to make and to eat, and contrary to someone’s comment, most people do NOT want an “activity” at a wedding.

The ‘smores are cute, but who wants to make one dang ‘smore? I guess if you made them in the microwave when you got home it would be doable, but seems like a waste to me.

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Lilly March 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

i like the jar but with the candle in it

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melouofs March 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

As a favor, I like the smores thing the most. Its a really cute idea.

I also really like the candy apple thing and if you’re having a very casual wedding, it could be nice to set it up as something people might like to do. Some people (especially at more casual weddings) DO enjoy doing activities, and might really enjoy that. I still wouldn’t offer that as the favor, though, but more as an additional thing at the wedding. If I were really set on doing a candy apple favor, I’d just have them made up and already bagged or wrapped with a bow to give.

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????????? ???? March 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm

None. Only a small handful of people will like the candy apple, and the s’more takes work to make. How about something everyone can enjoy immediately? Chocolates or cookies. Don’t sacrifice your guests happiness for the sake of being “unique” (not that those ideas are original anyway – especially the buffet).

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Kate March 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

My favorite is the mason jar idea. You can label them with your guest’s names and use them as place cards, or group them as centerpieces. It also depends on when you’re having the wedding–candy apples would be cute for fall, while the jar garden is more spring-appropriate. They’re all unique ideas!

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Festive Party Girl March 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I like the all three ideas but I think the candy apple buffet will be way too messy for a wedding. I really like candy and cookie buffets. You can make your favorite childhood cookies to give it a personal touch.

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Cammie March 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

All your ideas are great.
The only problem is with out of town guests.They won’t want to take these things home. The glass could shatter or bring the luggage over weight limits.

The other two are just too difficult to travel .

If you don’t have out of town guests. all of them would be great.

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meerkat March 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Before you go with anything edible you’d have to consider whether any of your guests have food allergies or diabetes.

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