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home : weddings : adventures in planning   May 25, 2016

11/29/2013 1:36:00 PM
Kat's Wedding Journey: Favors
Kat found a great deal on miniature figurines of the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty to use as wedding favors. Submitted photo
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Kat found a great deal on miniature figurines of the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty to use as wedding favors. Submitted photo
Kat McCullough

Today my very helpful mother flew in to New York to help me with the last-minute wedding details. The main item on the itinerary today was wedding favors for our guests. Due to a very adorable Pin by Kate Spade I was set on giving my guests little silver Empire State Buildings or Statues of Liberty. Cute on the table and a free souvenir! Acquiring them was actually a bit more of a challenge.

These little Made-in-China statues retail for around $4-8 each at various souvenir stores around town, and that’s just a crazy amount considering they’re probably mass manufactured for about 50 cents each. I’d done some research and checked on eBay, at online stores, and even contacted various wholesalers to no avail. It was going to have to require a trip to Canal Street.

If you’ve never been to NYC, Canal Street is basically a big mall meets a Grand Bazaar in a far-flung second world country. On this magical Chinatown street you can get basically everything: an “I (heart) NY” shirt, a lovely faux Louis Vuitton, a bootleg DVD, even a questionable diamond ring, and bartering is encouraged. My mom declared, “Oooooo! This is free trade at its best!”

My plan was to go to every shop and ask for the statues at 4 for $10, way less than the asking price. If they said no we’d move to the next shop (there are roughly 500 million). We got way lucky and 140 figurines appeared for $2.50 each. Later as we were taking off the price tags we noticed they were completely randomly marked $4 to $8. Sweet!

At a summer wedding last year my fiancé received a set of spice rubs created by the couple. Other cute ideas I’ve seen are water bottles, tote bags, cookie cutters and one-time use cameras. My favorite though — donuts. Show me a person who doesn’t like donuts, seriously.

What’s the best wedding favor you’ve received?

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