Better then Favors?

I just thought of something and I wanted to know what you think of this idea...Personally I think most wedding favors are cheesy. Who really keeps the stuff right? It?s just more useless clutter and a waste of money...so I'm thinking maybe I could give out raffle tickets and have a drawing. I could have 2 or 3 really nice gifts that people could use and actually want. So what do you think?
Posted on September 4, 2007 at 11:07 am
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I'm with you. I think most favors are cheesy too. I think the raffle could be a fun twist to favors as long as the "prizes" are something most people would want.

I'm thinking of doing something similar. Instead of a raffle, I'm considering getting lottery scratchers and putting one in a velum envelope with a penny (to scratch with) and sealed with a sticker saying "Lucky in Love...(and the usual 'Thanks for being part of our day...)" I saw it somewhere here or on the Knot. It looks cute all together. I'm thinking out of all those people, someone has got to win something substantial :) making the evening more memorable.

P.S. I like your new pic She1
Posted on September 4, 2007 at 11:22 am
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You could also give edible favors, that way it doesn't equal clutter.
Posted on September 4, 2007 at 1:22 pm
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Cute idea... what are you thinking of using as the raffle items?
Posted on September 4, 2007 at 2:02 pm
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Oh its.nicksknack....I love love love the idea of doing scratchers....its cheap..but fun...and someone could actually win a few dollars....good idea....
Posted on September 4, 2007 at 3:00 pm
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I love the scratcher idea...that is so much fun! We are doing tile coasters with images of places that were special to us during our dating/courtship. We figured that even if they don't like the scenes we selected, they might use them around the house since they don't include pics of us and aren't wedding themed.
Posted on September 4, 2007 at 4:16 pm
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I have no idea what I would raffle. I need something that everyone would want and is easy to pack. I was thinking a digital camera, MP3 player (but I don't know if grandma would know what to do with it ). I'm really not sure....

My FI doesn't like the idea of the raffle anyway...I spoke to him about it last night. He's so negative about everything I've come up with so far. I don't know what to do. Ever since the wedding turned into a wedding he shoots everything down. He still only wants close friends and family. He doesn't even want a reception.....just the ceremony. He's really stressing me out. Even if we had a small wedding, I would still want some sort of party.... Is anyone else dealing with a stubborn FI? My stress level is at a peak, between him and my momzilla, I'm ready to just drop the whole thing, just sign the papers at city hall and be done =o(

I had thought of scratch offs before, but couldn't think of a way to present them.... When I brought the idea up, my mom and my FI thought it was a stupid idea....go figure....
Posted on September 5, 2007 at 12:41 am
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A raffle would be really cute! The person who wins would be really excited. I'm worried that the people who don't win might be a little disappointed? Maybe you can have edible favors, possibly something local and inexpensive?
Posted on September 5, 2007 at 3:18 am
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Aw, sorry She1! Since our engagement, it does seem like things have changed with my FI. Our styles have seemed to change--everything from invitations to a bedset--and he's also much more active and opinionated about the whole planning process. It's been rough, and I just keep focusing on picking my battles. If there are things I REALLY want, I try to show him how important it is to me.
Posted on September 5, 2007 at 6:51 am
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Sorry to hear about your troubles She1. I think the whole wedding planning process is a great test for an engaged couple to see how well they can compromise with each other. I'm also pretty surprised about how involved my FI wants to be with all our wedding decisions; from the cake to the invitations, and even opinions on my wedding dress!! I think it's stressful for us brides to go through, but at the same time really fun to experience how well we work together, eventhough coming to an ultimate decision can be hard.

But I think the raffle idea is awesome! Especially the lottery ticket idea! It seems like it would be inexpensive, depending on how you would present/package the tickets. I like the idea of placing them in a tiny box with a ribbon. This is probably what we are going to do regardless of what the favor is (maybe a truffle or something would work just as well). An iPOD or digital camera seems like it would be somewhat expensive, probably evening out the total amount of money you would spend if you were going to give each guest an individual favor? Hmm, lots and lots of things to think about! Good luck!
Posted on September 5, 2007 at 8:25 am
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She1, I'm experiencing similar woes with my FI. He's in mortage, and as we all know, the industry is currently not so strong. I'm very resourceful and very practical so the budget is always on my mind. He really doesn't have to worry about it, but he seems to have the need to constantly remind me. This aggitates me because it sucks the fun and excitement right out of it for me.

She1, being an artist, you see your vision. Others typically have a difficult time imagining your idea into reality. Tone down on sharing your ideas verbally and instead do it with "proto-types" or mock-ups. Just like your situation with your invites...your Mom probably couldn't picture what you had created in your mind. Just follow through with your ideas, and I'm sure you Mom and more importantly your FI will love them!!! Don't get discouraged. I deal with this too.
Posted on September 5, 2007 at 11:17 am
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Thank you all so much for your kind words and support. It may seem silly, but really this web site is whats keeping me sane right now. I feel like I have no one to talk to about things, except you guys....My mom and I are very close ,but like you said nicknack, she doesn't understand what I'm trying to do... I had a talk with my mom yesterday after she called me up to say what an "impossible bitch" I?ve turned into... when I?ve told her several times "if I can't find what I want at an affordable price I'll pick something else". All I want to do is see if I can manage to get the look I want without breaking the bank. So I spend a lot of time researching and trying to get inspiration. Is this being impossible? All I'm trying to do is get the look for half the price...I keep telling my mom I don't want them spending so much money on our wedding. They gave us the down payment for our house 3 years ago and now this....it's too much. They aren't in the best financial state right now, but every time I come up with an idea to save them money and get what I want, she yells at me WTF!! I'm the one dealing with everything anyway; all I ask is for little support.

As for my FI, he's always imposable about everything until it's done, then he has a good time. So I'm not telling him anything anymore...even if he asks. He can just show up.

I'm so tired of fighting for no reason. From now on, I keep everything to myself.

Thanks again ladies =)
Posted on September 6, 2007 at 3:35 am

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