We knew right away that a mix CD would be incorporated somewhere into our day. We've always given CD's at Christmas so it felt natural that we would make one for our big day. It was lovely after the wedding seeing updates and photos of people reliving the day and playing our tunes to cheer themselves up on cloudy Monday mornings.
We used songs which have been recurring themes throughout our relationship and a few songs which would be used on day for our first dance and for walking down the aisle as well as few that reminded us of great nights with friends. We bought these vinyl effect CD's which looked adorable with our custom stickers and sleeves that Dave designed.
The other thing we wanted to do, was tie in the history and origin of the cotton mill we had as our venue. I would have loved to have used the cotton tea towels that are woven on the looms in the mill today, but the cost was prohibitive. So we settled for ordering the tea towels online instead, it wasn't authentic but we made them our own by working out a cute infographic of the wedding and then Dave's wonderful friends at Supersonic Jellybeanz helped us out by screenprinting them for us over the course of a weekend - we couldn't have done it without them. If you're in need of some fun new threads, you should definitely check out their website.
Our infographic had details of where we were going on our honeymoon, key dates like when and where we met, where we were when we got engaged and the various members of the wedding party and who they were. We even included a few details of our wedding DIY projects and where we'd sourced things like the flowers, which were grown 3 miles from our house. I'm really lucky to have a Graphic Designer on hand, Dave's list of jobs was all graphics-based and he did a great job of making all these thing tie in together really consistently.
We hung some along two walls in the reception room on a washing line with old fashioned wooden pegs, the rest I folded and tied with butchers twine and put into baskets by the doorway.
Amazingly, almost all the favours had been taken before people even sat down at the meal and since then we've been asked for extra spares by loads of friends. For those wondering about cost, we made both of these options work for under £1 per favour. We had two different ones (and enough of each) so that the couples wouldn't end up with duplicates, but our single friends could have both.
But, I know loads of couples who opt out of favours altogether, they can be costly and an unneccesary expense for those on a tight budget. We were really fortunate to have friends who could help with the printing as getting that professionally done by a printer would have cost so much we couldn't have managed it within our budget.
Are you planning your wedding, what's your view on favours?