Growing up, I remember having attended several weddings, mostly of relatives, of aunts and uncles and later on older cousins. As much as I was looking forward to the cake, I was interested in finding out what they were giving away to the guests as a token. It was always some kind of trinket -- a tiny figurine, a bell, a heart shaped something -- always etched with the bride and groom's names and wedding date.
As a kid, I would always be amused by these gifts, seeing them as a toy I could play with or show off to the kid across the street. As I grew older and attended more weddings, I found they served nothing else after the party and always left me thinking of what to do with it. I can't just throw it away, I mean, it's new and still has some sentimental value I guess, it just seems such a waste to toss it aside. So it would just end up as clutter.
Of course, those celebrations were special but after everyone has eaten, after the toasts have been made and everyone leaves, life goes on. If anyone wanted to remember what a great night that was, all we had to do was just that -- remember. We didn't need the figurine or the tiny bell to help us relive the good times, with the names of the bride and the groom that everyone already knew.
If the purpose of the token was to extend the couple's gratitude, you'd think it would have been more effective had they given something the guests could use, even consume. That would be delightfully appreciated knowing the bride and groom actually gave it some thought to show how they appreciate their guests taking time out of their busy week to be with them.
You know guests would eat (a lot), dance until their feet ached and drink like there's no tomorrow. So with these in mind, why not think of something they might use or actually need when the party's over or the morning after. Some tea to ease their belly, some foot soak to soothe their tired feet or a hangover kit. Now that would be a heartfelt "thank you."
Happee Body offers favors geared towards relieving your guests' sore bodies and throbbing feet and help them recover from the unusually competitive dance off the night before (it's a whole 'nother world dancing in heels my friend). They'd be thinking "Damn, they thought of this too? That is awfully sweet."
Instant hero moment.
What other cool favors have you received?