As a kid, I loved going to weddings so I could collect those candy-coated Jordan almonds that often came wrapped in netting with a ribbon emblazoned with the bride and groom's names and the date. I'd eat the almonds and toss away the ribbon and netting. Didn't everyone? After years of feeling guilty as I threw away cute but pointless wedding favors, I received one that I make regular use of: a mix CD.
Turns out it’s easy and inexpensive to make! Everyone knows it: Weddings can be expensive and take a lot of time to plan. On top of that, a lot of materials – flowers and other decorations, mainly – are used for one day and then tossed. Wedding favors are a perfect example of a wasted product: You probably spent hours tying personalized ribbons around pairs of plastic wedding bands, but do you really think your guests will hang on to those once they get home? Likely, they’ll end up in the garbage. One way to create a memorable wedding favor that won’t get thrown away is to make a mix CD.
- Create a playlist of songs that have been a special part of your relationship along with songs that either of you love or are known for. Throw in some songs that will be played at your wedding. At one I attended, the mix CD the couple made contained “their song,” Bebel Gilberto’s “Summer Samba”; Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” which was the father-daughter dance; and a number of other songs that they both appreciate.
- Burn the songs to discs and make die-cut, personalized labels to stick on them. Packs of blank CDs are crazy cheap these days!
- Easily design a CD sleeve with a free wedding invitation design template. Include your names and the date, perhaps the location and a list of the songs. Maybe even add a thank you to your guests, the story of how you met or how the proposal went down.
Your wedding doesn’t have to be an environmental disaster – by creating a favor that guests will be able to use, you’re preventing a bunch of plastic from ending up in a landfill. That’s a pretty good karmic start to your wedded lives together!