We have finally agreed on the berkats for our adult guests! after months of “berkat da cari belum?” from my ever kancheong mama, we have come to a decision to go tradisional! simple and cheap2 is the way to go 😛 and you will noe what we have chosen later in this entry.
actually kan, we have made a list of what to give our guests and list the pros and cons to weigh our options.
1) kek berkat/cupcake/mini cupcake in box
Source: Chic Wedding Favours
practical cos its edible but a bit pricey i think(?) referring to the quotations i received back in 2011 when i was planning for my engagement.
2) hand towels
Source: The Giggle Guide
practical cos towels can be used as face towels, or kain lap lap also known as kain buruk LOL! and cheap2 too, can be bought ready-made from Jaybee. but I gave hand towels to my guests during my engagement back in September 2011 already and i dont fancy repeated items. ngada2 eh!
3) paper/cloth fans
Source: My Wedding Reception Ideas
practical cos they can be used on hot weather like these days. makcik2 and lady guests will like la, dunno abt the men though hehehe!
4) sambal belacan (it was something that i thought of suddenly LOL!)
Source: Wahyu Brand
practical cos it is edible and can be kept for a few days maybe months also. but the usual sambal belacan we consume (from Wahyu Brand) costs ard $3(?) if im not wrong. $3 times 1200 guests equals $3.6K eeyerrr! dunno whether they take bulk orders or not, might be cheaper but i never ask for quotations.
5) hard-boiled eggs
Source: Love in November
practical cos its edible and cheap2 and good2. can ask the caterer to boil the eggs for us and we can pack ourselves. cheap labour!
6) pulut kuning with hard-boiled eggs
practical cos its edible but i dunno whether they are cheap2 and good2 or not.
i did not liaise with any vendors who provide these as they are not one of my top choices. the normal plain ones are ok-priced la, maybe that’s the market rate. but those with fillings are above $2 dollars already. first got to know about pulut berkat with fillings from the reliable Kahwin Khronicles 🙂
filled with beef rendang YUM!
7) tea/coffee bags/pack/sachets
tea bags are common but coffee ? i think not. i’m sure most adults are coffee drinkers and will be happy to receive these as berkats but 1 where got enough right hahahaha! to beautify them to make them favour-worthy, u can stick a “Thank you” sticker on each box or coffee sachets. LOL! imagine kasi guests only 1 coffee sachet eh?
as you can see from my list, there is a common factor; which is Practicality. we want the berkats to be as practical as possible so that our guests will appreciate them. i have received countless mugs and cawans which are practical yes but if da banyak sangat, buat semak dalam our kitchen cabinets dun you think? we have 6 mouths in the household only you noe. and yes, i will admit that my family has thrown berkats that we found of no use.
other berkat ideas i have in mind were;
Source: A1 Wedding Invitations
Source: Do You Need A Favor
Source: I Do I Do
but, meh… we do not want our guests to chuck our favours in one corner after our event day. very wasteful la, you spent an amount of money on them to be chucked away and collect dust.
so our choice practical berkat for our guests is HARD BOILED EGGS! or berkat telur. yay! cheap2 and good2! and very traditional! gone were the days that people gave away hard boiled eggs in simple packing, nowadays you see chocolates la, mugs la, kain la, rarely hard boiled eggs. so we decided on hard boiled eggs cos they wont burst our budget (i hope HEH) and guests can eat them and end of story.
so when i saw this,
Source: Kahwin Khronicles
i IMMEDIATELY fell in love with the traditional way of presenting the berkat. so cute or wat rite! however, when i tried to source online, i could not find any reliable sources. I whatsapped my mama and she fell in love as well (SCORE!) we attacked Joo Chiat Complex but left empty handed.
so if any of you girls noe where to find these cute little woven boxes, please please PLEASE tell me.
Favour ah please?