Friday, April 23, 2010

Do Me a Favor

We finally finished creating our favors this weekend. Like our invitations this was another project that we've been slowly working on since about February. I know that a lot of people think favors are a pointless waste of money. And while I agree that most people could care less about receiving a favor at a wedding, me being the greedy bitch I am, I always like getting a little something. It makes me feel like a kid again going home with a goody bag at the end of a party and who didn't like goody bags? So despite the fact that it would mean shelling out even more money on our already limited budget I knew that I wanted to give our guests some kind of favor to thank them for coming to the addition to the free food and booze.

After going to a good number of weddings in my lifetime one of my favorites of all the favors I've gotten is the personalized mixed CD. It's always fun to see what kind of music a couple will pick and sometimes you even end up introduced to a song you weren't familiar with before.

Kristian and I both agreed right away that we wanted to give personalized CD's to our guests with songs that have been meaningful to us and our relationship. It was a lot of fun picking out the songs together and deciding on the order of the playlist. Though admittedly we both had to make a few compromises since we our taste in music is not exactly identical. Ultimately we are both really excited about the song choices and I think a good majority of our guests will really like it.

While looking for some ideas online I came across this picture via google images to use for inspiration.

It seemed easy enough to re-create on our own. So I found the CD cases via Bliss Wedding Market. Then I purchased some fuchsia ribbon online and finally I was able to buy some personalized damask labels via a seller on Ebay. With some help from the boy we came up with these CD holders.

As for the inside we decided to include a thank you note in the right side pocket and then the actual labeled CD inside the left pocket.

*click on the photo to make larger and see the song list*

It's been a fairly easy, yet tedious project but I have to give Kristian props on this one because he's done a lot of work on these including burning all 100 CD's and creating and affixing the CD labels which I just did not have the patience for. It was also a relatively inexpensive project, overall it broke down to around $2 per favor which isn't bad. I think it's a fun, little gift to give our guests as thanks for celebrating with us and I hope that everyone enjoys our song selection.


Jen said...

I'm one of those in the "forget the favors" camp, but I have to agree that this is a good one if you are going to give them! At least this is something people can really use after the wedding, you know? And I love your song list! OMG, all those songs are great! And the CD's and the cases came out amazing. Be proud that you have crossed this off your list and are giving your guests something lovely to take home with them!

Krystal said...

Wow, what an amazing project completed! The song list is top notch. :)

LauraLou said...

I love your song list and the packaging is adorable! We're donating to 2 charities that are meaningful to us in our guests' honor, but we're letting them choose which one of the 2 they'd prefer.

Lexilooo said...

I think this is such a fun idea! One of my friends did this for her wedding last fall, and it is such a good mix of songs! I listen to it in the car :)

carrie1 said...

I totally was going to do this for my next wedding. =)

Although I am sure I will have to do two disc, one for the older crowd on for the younger crowd. =)

They came out fab though! =)

Nicole-Lynn said...

We're doing the exact same! haha I won some Beau Coup giveaways and already have the sleeves, and won some stickers from UPrinting and put our monogram on them. Just need the CD's and Ribbon. I love the idea and have received them as favors at weddings and love them too :) Yours turned out great!

april said...

Nice! My brother-in-law and his wife did this for their wedding (though ended up doing it for the rehearsal dinner because they couldn't finish enough in time to give to all the guests). I listen to it every so often. They did cheap little glassine envelopes and printed a pretty label which you could see through the envelope.

We did bookmarks that matched our invitations. I actually lost mine (but have one in my scrapbook), but I liked that it was all me. As soon as I saw them, I had to have them. I like the idea now to donate the money to charity, too. I was invited to a wedding last year that did that.

Kristen said...

Ha! By fiance and I were just talking about this yesterday! We are thinking of doing a CD too..we are getting married on New Years Eve and thought a CD of some of the top songs of the year would be a cool favor :-)

bananas. said...

I love it!!!

I am a big fan of the mixed cd favor, espesh when the songs all rock.

You did great on the packaging. The little thank you note idea is genius! Your guests will appreciate it.

KLaw said...

Great idea ladycakes!!! These are fabulous!

Lauren @ten23designs said...


Great playlist... I wish I knew you & was coming so I could get a copy. :o)

Ela said...

I love it! Love so many songs you picked out.
We got one from a wedding a few years back and I still play it.
You did a fabulous job with the packaging, hon!