FROM DARCY

Martha Stewart Weddings - - CONTENTS -

As your wed­ding date draws near, you’ve prob­a­bly given some thought to fa­vors. There’s ac­tu­ally no “wed­ding rule” say­ing that fa­vors must be given, but I per­son­ally think they’re nice, and when I en­ter­tain, I al­ways like to send guests off with a lit­tle some­thing. On that topic, here’s a ques­tion I hear a lot:

How can I make sure our wed­ding fa­vors are mean­ing­ful?

If you’re do­ing fa­vors, of course you want to of­fer one that means some­thing to you—and to your guests—so it won’t just be dis­carded. Ask your­self these ques­tions.

What lo­ca­tion do you both love?

If you both grew up in Ver­mont, you could give lit­tle bot­tles of maple syrup. A cou­ple en­gaged in Paris might give mac­arons. Think of where you met or where you’re mar­ry­ing, and seek out lo­cal trea­sures.

What is your shared pas­sion?

Do you do the crossword on Sun­days? Give cus­tom puz­zles with per­son­al­ized pen­cils. Wine lovers could mono­gram mini bot­tles. Love Ve­gas? Why not slip scratch-off tick­ets into es­cort cards? Al­most any graphic can be turned into a framed print— Minted ( minted.com) is a great source.

What causes are close to your heart?

Con­sider sourc­ing re­spon­si­ble, sus­tain­able prod­ucts from ven­dors such as the Lit­tle Mar­ket ( the­lit­tle­mar­ket.com) and Ten Thou­sand Vil­lages ( ten­t­hou­sandvil­lages.com), which sup­port com­mu­ni­ties around the world. Or make a do­na­tion to a char­ity or so­cial en­ter­prise in lieu of fa­vors, and give guests a to­ken to mark it, like a pink flower for a Breast Can­cer Re­search Foun­da­tion ( bcrf.org) do­na­tion. Or do both: OneHope ( one­hopewine.com) of­fers mini bot­tles, and part of the prof­its feeds chil­dren in need.

What can serve dou­ble duty?

Fa­vors can be com­bined with other de­tails: Slide es­cort cards into lug­gage tags for a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding. Book lovers can make place cards from cal­ligraphed book­marks. Or make take-home cen­ter­pieces of small plants or bud vases with sin­gle blooms.

What would be use­ful right away?

Go en­tirely out of the fa­vor box and think about what is most prac­ti­cal. Maybe give in-palette wraps to women and pocket squares to men (it’s like mak­ing ev­ery­one part of your wed­ding party!). Per­son­al­ized phone charg­ers (fully charged, of course) adorned with a cus­tom de­sign or your wed­ding hash­tag are handy. Or you can try think­ing about end-of-evening or next-morn­ing needs: a ride pass for a car ser­vice, dough­nuts from a lo­cal shop, or a cof­fee gift card. All are just lit­tle ways to treat your guests.

Darcy Miller, Editor at Large In­sta­gram: @dar­cymiller

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