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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Battle of the CD Wedding Favors

Some say they are great, others say they are tacky. They are illegal too…is it worth it?

CD Wedding favors have become a hot topic on wedding message boards. People saying they are tacky and get thrown out, other people insisting that their guests loved their CD favors that they gave out. Most people are confused as to whether or not it is actually illegal to make and distribute them.

Okay, first things first, a CD wedding favor can be great. If the couple met at a guitar lesson, a CD of classical guitar songs might be the perfect favor. If the theme of the wedding is Hawaiian, a CD of island songs could be fun. Appropriate themes like these and clever packaging make CD favors a very attractive do it yourself favor.

Speaking of packaging, printable CD labels can be bought for cheap at office supply stores, as can jewel cases or other decorative and customizable CD sleeves. Read our Wedding CD Labels & Wedding CD Covers article for instructions on how to create personalized packaging. A photo of the two of you, your names and date…these are all elements that make the CD wedding favor seem like the perfect favor. But are they?

Here are some things to consider when deciding whether or not to go the CD wedding favors route:

With just 50 different guests at your wedding, you’ll have 50 different tastes in music. Even though you both love the songs you selected, they may not have wide appeal for most of your guests. Is Grandma Bertha going to like that Radiohead song you included? Wait, does Grandma Bertha even have a CD player? Not that you have to please everyone though, and if the songs you select are really a part of the two of you that people will “get” then by all means go for it!

It takes time to burn all those CDs. A. Lot. of. Time. Not to mention that you will want to check each one in case some of the CDs don’t “take” as you know happens when you burn those darn things. You don’t want any guests to get a bum CD!

Legal and ethical issues should be considered too. Yes, it technically is a copyright violation to burn CDs and distribute them even if you aren’t getting money for them. Combine this knowledge with the fact that your names will likely be somewhere on the packaging, and there is permanent evidence who did it! Okay, so they music industry isn’t going to crash your wedding and arrest you because of those CDs, but you might think about ethics since you are, in essence, stealing. If you have anyone in the music business coming to your wedding, skip the CDs, things like this are sensitive these days with all the layoffs. Speaking of layoffs, with the music industry hurting so bad right now you never know when they will start prosecuting people for those wedding CDs to prove their point.

If I haven’t scared you off of the idea by now, then CD wedding favors could be the right choice for you! For those of you who want other do it yourself wedding favor options, go back to the do it yourself wedding favors page.

CD's are normally given as wedding favors but you can still add some uniqueness in it by it's CD cover and your choice of songs. It's very affordable and easy to make.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Homemade Bath Scrub Instructions

A scented bath scrub makes an excellent gift for bridesmaids and hotel guests. It is the perfect skin smoother for the bride too!

* 3 cups epsom salt (or coarse sea salt)
* 1 cup almond oil (or canola oil or olive oil)
* Essential oils for fragrance

bath scrub ingredients

To make your own bath scrub, measure out your salt and pour into a large container or pot. Measure the almond oil (or olive oil, etc) and slowly pour into the salt while stirring. Finally, add the essential oil to the desired strength.

Essential oils can be mixed and matched to create unique scent combinations for the bath scrub. I used grapefruit and lemon which was a bright, refreshing scent. Consider trying green tea with tangerine, or lavendar with sage. Remember though, if you are giving these as gifts, try to stick to scents that others might enjoy. Citrus and minty scents are liked by most people, for example, and most fruits are a good bet too.

bath scrub instructions

There are many containers you can choose for your bath scrub, just make sure that it can be sealed enough so it doesn't leak! Clear glass containers are lovely, and if there is no color to your essential oil you can add just a drop or two of food coloring to your bath scrub. (Just a drop or two will not stain skin when you use the scrub).

bath scrub labels

I printed out tags for my bath scrub gifts and attached them to the jar with ribbon. You can also print on sticker paper and make real custom labels. You can make up your own name like "Betsy & John's Lemon Heaven Bath Scrub" and you can list ingredients and provide instructions.

bath scrub homemade

These are great bridesmaid gifts and also would be perfect as a hotel gift for out of town guests, or as part of a gift basket. Have fun making your bath scrub & don't forget to make some for yourself too. What better way to relax from the wedding planning stress and get your skin silky smooth!

Bath scrub as your wedding favor is so unique and it's inexpensive. Your visitors will surely love it.

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