One crafty wedding: favors

One advantage of Pete’s and my year-and-a-half engagement was that we had plenty of time to dream up handmade objects for the wedding. Wherever possible, we made instead of buying—because it agreed with our budget and because we’re both of the DIY spirit. So, finally, let me show you one of my favorite wedding crafts. The favors, with an epilogue:

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

—William Butler Yeats

This was one of three poems read in our wedding ceremony. Wanting our favors to be thematically relevant, we created custom magnetic poetry kits with the words to the poem, and packaged them up a la this Martha Stewart idea.

We ordered white muslin bags, and with the help of Rit dye in Golden Yellow, dyed them our wedding color. I’d like to thank the month of April for giving me a 70-degree day so the bags could hang outside to drip dry.

Favor bags4

Favor bags3_twine

The magnetic poetry pieces arrived in perforated sheets, so we had to break the words apart and insert them in the bags, which we then tucked neatly into these white boxes.


Bag & magnets3

Favor box4

And voila!

Favor box3The paper and ribbon are the Paper Source’s “Curry” shade,
also used for our invites and programs.


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