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Favor Ideas for a Geeky Wedding?

Cliff posted more than 11 years ago | from the something-to-pass-out-to-the-guests dept.

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Rachel Grey asks: "I'm getting married in September to a fellow geek (in the MIT chapel, no less), and we're trying to find geeky wedding favors to give at the reception. Ideally these would cost $4 or less and would provide some instant fun for the guests, so that it doesn't matter if they actually take them home. Some good ideas we've had so far are tangrams (available in bulk for a little under $1/set) and micro Hoberman spheres ($4 apiece). Any more ideas?"

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oooh loddy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5141347)

you know you wish you were me

How geeky? (4, Insightful)

lowtekneq (469145) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141352)

Why not do something in the spirit of OS, such as having one big "thing" and everyone having a "piece" this would involve everyone and could be fun. I'm sure that someone out there has an idea on what this "thing could be"

So how geeky is this going to be? Did you propose on slashdot? Is the wedding going to be webcast?

Re:How geeky? (4, Funny)

isorox (205688) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141782)

Is the wedding going to be webcast?

Is the wedding night going to be webcast?

Re:How geeky? bloody monster vermillion tampon (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5142201)

who would want to watch two geeks fuck besides a sexless, fat, cat loving anime masturbating loser fucking fag on caffeine pills fomr think geek? go back to jerking off to sarah michelle gellar and catching up on dragon ball z.

Re:How geeky? (3, Funny)

Zapper (68283) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142175)

> such as having one big "thing" and everyone having a "piece"

Ooh, ooh... I know; a wedding cake.
:-)

Re:How geeky? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5143850)

Or, how about the bride [cityintherain.com] ? ;-)

Re:How geeky? Death to FAT BITCH CUNT RACHEL (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5145498)

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Manual Dexterity Tests? If that doesn't work... (3, Funny)

trentfoley (226635) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141364)

Try a six-pack of champagne and a funnel.

I've been watching too much Futurama lately...

Chinese finger torture (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5141397)

is always fun! Of course... so is string, or paper, or anything if you know what to do with it.

Silly putty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5141383)

Or little water guns... but that might be messy.

Ah, screw it. Little bottles of alcohol.

How about mini Rubik's cubes... (3, Interesting)

kommakazi (610098) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141413)

Mini 2x2x2 versions are $5 or mini original 3x3x3 keychain versions are also $5...little more than you said it should cost but they would be entertaining for sure.

not that much.. (3, Funny)

bje2 (533276) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143199)

nah, the little key chain ones aren't that expensive...i've seen the 3x3x3 key chain rubik's cubes sold in dollar stores...they'd be fun...until everyone gets frustrated and starts hurling them across the room...

Piles of lego type building blocks (5, Interesting)

friedegg (96310) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141437)

Just buy a bunch of lego type building blocks in bulk (real ones will cost more), and dump piles on each table. People can build things, and trade pieces, etc. Lots of fun.

Re:Piles of lego type building blocks (2)

Spoing (152917) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143219)

Put a pound or two of Lego shaped candy on each table. They are a good, playful, conversation starter and double as a snack.

At a New Years party, I brought a bowl and they were a hit. The candy stacks like regular Legos, comes in the basic block sizes (2, 4, and 8), and taste like smarties. Sugar...gooood!

Note: If your guests start to get naked, it's not my fault. Blaim the boose.

Re:Piles of lego type building blocks (2, Informative)

Spoing (152917) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143451)

Concord Confections [concordcon...onsinc.com] makes one version of a Lego shaped candy named "Candy Blox";
  1. Candy Blox multi-pack box [discountcandy.com]

    Same, different store [madal.com]

Concord also makes Bubble Blox, though I don't know if these are Lego shaped or not.

Trivia: Concord also makes Doubble Bubble.

Re:Piles of lego type building blocks (1)

elemental23 (322479) | more than 11 years ago | (#5144714)

If your guests don't start to get naked, you're doing something wrong!

Not THAT geeky - YoYo (1)

kwerle (39371) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141458)

The only wedding favor I still have is a yoyo. Much fun was had by all...

Silly Putty (3, Interesting)

McDulay (601420) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141479)

How about different colors of silly putty? You can buy bulk quantities of putty from Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld, http://www.puttyworld.com/index.html [puttyworld.com] . You could then give everyone a portion, and they could play with color mixing and other fun uses for putty.

mini remote control cars (1)

gaminRey (569220) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141511)

while they are a bit more expensive, you could get those little handheld remote control cars, maybe putting one per table or some. They are so simple, yet so cool.

Re:mini remote control cars (1)

bandy (99800) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143245)

And by buying them, you support spam marketing. No thanks.

one word (0, Redundant)

Enrico Pulatzo (536675) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141530)

legos

Nintendo Watches! (1)

vandel405 (609163) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141609)

Nintendo Watches are cheap, nerdy, and the coolest!

Re:Nintendo Watches! (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141698)

The only Nintendo watch I've ever seen is the Starfox one and the shop wanted A$90 for it. To what are you referring?

Re:Nintendo Watches! (1)

vandel405 (609163) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141990)

Around the time nintendo came out with the gameboy they also came out with a zelda and mario watch. You konw those hand held games (the really old cheap ones) that tiger used to make were it was more like a grey and black screen with ~30 randomly placed leds that were each the shape of an object in the game and it played by the different LEDs lighting up? They were like that, but watch form.

go to home depot (1)

yarbo (626329) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141642)

I got my roommate a Flint sparker lighter thing at Home Depot for $3.50 or so. It's fun to play with, although I'm not sure if the sparks are dangerous. basically you squeeze a handle and it rubs flint against a piece of metal.

the wedding pics (4, Interesting)

zogger (617870) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141647)

--burn the wedding pics and small vid clips right there at the wedding / reception and give out copies on cds. You can get the blank labels printed up now in advance so they are semi pro looking.

Re:the wedding pics (1)

Cy Guy (56083) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142710)

Depending on the time available in advance, you could consider rolling your own distro that would allow the pictures & vids to be added then burned.

Ideally guests would leave with a bootable distro on CD where the backgrounds and screensavers would be from the wedding itself. The one drawback is the potential that some guests have Macs.

Friends of mine filled the wedding hall with all sorts of family photos and photos of the time since they got together, but of course the guests couldn't take these home with them. With advance planning these could be scanned and added to the Distro/picture CD.

Re:the wedding pics (2, Insightful)

travail_jgd (80602) | more than 11 years ago | (#5144603)

I'd advise against having a bootable distro. While it seems like a good idea now, in a few years the distro will be dated may not be able to support the latest hardware. (Of course, that assumes the CD-Rs actually last that long:) And who will do the troubleshooting if if fails to boot properly on Uncle Fred's PC?

Also, people will have their own software for viewing pictures and movies. Why force a slideshow on someone who'd rather view the pics in Photoshop, MS Photo Editor or Gimp?

My parents got married there.. (2, Insightful)

EvanTaylor (532101) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141682)

and had my father's memorial service there... Its a beutiful place, and I hope you have the wedding during good daylight so the light comes in through the moat nicely, its very pretty. Goodluck

Matchbox? (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141691)

How about the Matchbox version of Lockheed-Martin's X-33 "Venture Star"? Unfortunately they don't do much other aerospace (if any).

Does you budget stretch to $6.50? (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141712)

Etch A Sketch pens are $6.50: www.playthingspast.com - Novelty Pens - Toys.

(Maybe you can get a bulk discount?)

Multi-meters? (4, Insightful)

human bean (222811) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141723)

If you look around in wholesale surplus places you can often find the little calculator-style multi-meter in black plastic folding case for less than five bucks. Have a printing shop foil stamp the plastic cover. Duct tape is good, too...

Re:duct tape? (4, Funny)

anticypher (48312) | more than 11 years ago | (#5145373)

Kinky!

I'm sorry dear, I didn't realise what my geek friends would do with that much duct tape. We can try apologising to your brides maids again, can't we? I know those photos didn't make it too far on the internet, the link just got posted to a little visited site called slashdot. I'm sure those photos will never again surface to embarass your best friend. But you have to admit, they were right about being able to duct tape your father to the ceiling and the sticky would hold him in place. Honey, please tell me you are going to use that carving knife to cut me loose from all this duct tape, right? Please!

Some day we'll all look back on this wedding, laugh nervously and change the subject.

the AC

American Science and Surplus (4, Informative)

megabulk3000 (305530) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141750)

A good browse on American Science and Surplus [sciplus.com] should find you geeky and weird things for low-cost.

Re:American Science and Surplus (2, Informative)

webmaven (27463) | more than 11 years ago | (#5145273)

Another good source is Edmund's Scientifics [scientificsonline.com] .

Give me a fucking break already... (0)

tha_mink (518151) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141763)

Yeah...hehe...we gave everyone at our wedding a copy of Loaf [xemacs.org]

My Big Fat Geek Wedding (4, Funny)

nano2nd (205661) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141890)

Does anyone else find it kind of telling that an article on X-Box posted at 02:47 has 106 replies whereas one about weddings posted three hours earlier only has 22?????

We geeks need to do more procreating or we'll just die out!!!

Re:My Big Fat Geek Wedding (1)

Sven-Erik (177541) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141956)

Why do you think geeks invented In Vitro Fertilization? ;-)

Re:My Big Fat Geek Wedding (0, Offtopic)

damiam (409504) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142683)

Does anyone else find it kind of telling that an article on X-Box posted at 02:47 has 106 replies whereas one about weddings posted three hours earlier only has 22?????

Not really, considering the Xbox article was on the front page and this isn't.

mini laser pointers (1)

Ratso Baggins (516757) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141923)

Dim the room... LIGHTS!

Re:mini laser pointers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5142286)

Just don't invite any police officers. They take a dim view of 'laser tagging'...

Re:mini laser pointers (1)

MarvinMouse (323641) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143984)

... and the bride and groom are blinded instantly by the hundreds of kids who shine it at their face.

Rock! (2, Interesting)

Capt. Mubbers (206692) | more than 11 years ago | (#5141951)

When my friends go married a couple of years ago they had sticks of rock with their names written in it, just like "Blackpool Rock".

you are a fucking FAG geek freak vermillion blood (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5142084)

you are a fucking geek fag. you fucking ass. you come to fuckdot, a bunch of fat sexless losers and ask them how to make your weeding more loserlike. what a fucking dork. fucking fag.

MIT? what are you two geeky fuckin janitors? you fucking asshole. you want to ask how to have a geeky crack at sex. you know, your fat geek bitch, you need to roll her in flour to find the wet spot, you fuck, you probably look like FUCKING FAT COWBOY NEAL. fucking fag.

death i hate you, and your wedding. and you suck. Boston would be better off without you, so FUCKING LEAVE. you defile MIT, you fucking loser fag.

I AGREE WITH THIS POST (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5142293)

But I am the bitch (0, Troll)

badlemming (644091) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143068)

...didn't you notice my name is Rachel? It's not clear to me how I could be a fag too. Care to clarify, or would you like to just fuck off and leave me alone? Either option welcomed. (why i reply to these things is beyond me, sigh)

Re:But I am the bitch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5143196)

I wish I had some Mod Points...

MOD THAT ONE UP PLEASE!!!!

Lameness Filter was triggered by this post... lol.. I'm lame...

Re:Rachel Geek Cow Tampon vermillion Chub (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5145228)

Hi there pasty white skinned fat chubby breasted LOTR Star Trek Star Wars loving cunt with questionable hygiene and armpit hair. You can be a fag, a transsexual, a hermaphrodite. I don't know. But if you do have a cooch, I know I wouldn't want to see it. And to clarify. GET OUT OF BOSTON, you fucking cunt. How about that. An if I ever see you down there, I'll throw you in front of a T train. And MIT janitor bitch maid you can both fuck off and leave everyone else around you alone. Pig fat bitch.

Failure. Fat, pasty failure.

Kinder Eggs (3, Informative)

mikemacd (84328) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142174)

How about the Kinder eggs. You know the chocolate egg with a small capsule inside with a toy you can build. http://www.kindersurprise.com/ [kindersurprise.com] Guaranteed to keep people entertained for moments.

Re:Kinder Eggs (1)

Drakin (415182) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143278)

Ironically, those can't (legally) be imported to the USA for some strange reason. No clue of the reason why... but right on the shipping boxes it's stated that, and if you look on the website, of all the countries that their sold in, the United States isn't one of 'em.

Re:Kinder Eggs (1)

permaculture (567540) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143484)

Choking hazard?

Re:Kinder Eggs (1)

Drakin (415182) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143731)

I doubt that's the reason... they'd be pulled pretty quickly from the market in most countries if that was a true issue.

Glow in the dark condoms (-1)

odyrithm (461343) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142187)

work everytime. Especially when everyone gets drunk and starts running around in the dark with them over there heads.

Custom CDs of music or Free Software (1)

TREE (9562) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142335)

Make a CD of the wedding music, or your favorite songs, or make a theme. If you have a decent color ink-jet printer you can print cd labels and case inserts pretty cheap. Total per cd will be about $2.

Or if you want to be legal, you could burn and give out your favorite Linux distribution, or that GNUWin2 cd.

Mini Tetris (2, Informative)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142381)

I purchased a bunch of keychain Tetris games a few years ago in Portugal. They were about $3 each. I think that Bandai makes one but it might be more expensive. Less portable but also cheap are the "talking brick game" things that are slightly larger than the original gameboy. If you are lucky you will find one that speaks Spanish. I bought those in Brazil (yes I know they don't speak Spanish in Brazil) for a few bucks each. You should be able to find some Hong Kong or Taiwan based exporter on the web where you can get stuff.

Another option is the Rubik's cube. You can buy a mini cube or a 2x2x2 cube for pretty cheap at www.hessport.com. Just remember to make a small initial purchase to get 10% off all subsequent purchases.

Congratulations and good luck!

Re:Mini Tetris (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5142458)

I second the Mini Tetris on keychain idea. Sounds like the geekiest idea that will provide the most fun in the long term, and it sounds like you'd spend a fortune!

On ebay they're $8.50 each + shipping http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item =3002036744 [ebay.com]

but I found them here for only $4 each http://www.oshealtd.com/tetrisjr.htm [oshealtd.com]

Mod up the parent for good links! (1)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143138)

That looks just like my version. It is a pretty good Tetris game actually.

As for spending a fortune, isn't that what weddings are for? Seriously. Also the article suggests that $4 is an acceptable price point. I can guarantee you that EVERYONE will take home their mini tetris. Even if they don't want it they will know someone who does.

Modified Kids Toy (1)

CaptCanuk (245649) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142436)

Modify one of those air powered ping pong ball shooters to fire packets of rice. That way, geeks with bad arms and those who throw like girls (including girls), could get a better shot at you as you are leaving...

What sorts of geeks? (1)

Canthros (5769) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142453)

A buddy of mine gave out screwdrivers (as in hand tools, not mixed drinks), but he's a mechanical engineering geek, so that sort of thing might not be totally to your taste.

Weird but neat (1)

Chanc_Gorkon (94133) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142498)

Mousepads. Either get someone to put some text on it, or do it yourself. You could even have some nice, non-wedding clothes pictures done up before hand and out those on them.

NOSE FLUTES!!!! (1)

Muad'Dave (255648) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142639)


They're a blast!! You can get them here [tuvatrader.com] (click on Miscellaneous Stuff), here [musichouseshop.com] , here [thewhistleshop.com] , or any of these places [google.com] . Adults and kids love them!

A Contrarian Suggestion (5, Insightful)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142667)

I would humbly suggest that, unless your families are geeks as well, you take it easy on the geek themed stuff. Hell, my family IS geek heavy (3 civil engineers, 2 electrical, 2 mechanical, 1 ceramic, 3 nurses, 2 physical therapists, geologist, and environmental science) and we gave traditional favors - Italian, to be exact.

Remember that favors are NOT gifts from the couple to the guests. They are tokens and remembrances. They should trigger fond memories when viewed in the future, not provide a distraction for the attention span challenged during the toast.

Re:A Contrarian Suggestion (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5142823)

You gave away Italians?

Where can I get free Italians for my wedding?

*snicker*

Re:A Contrarian Suggestion (1)

badlemming (644091) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142954)

(This is the original poster, I created an account) Yeah, I'm a little worried about the nongeeks, but I keep reading all these articles about how nobody really likes favors and they don't all get taken home. Anyway, your point is taken. I have an idea for something that *might* appeal to all... but I want to post it on the top level...

Re:A Contrarian Suggestion KEWL? vermillion! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5145287)

KEWL? Is that a fucking attempt to be l33t. Fucking asshole. What a fucking jerk.

Fucking loser. Maid at MIT loser. Rachel JEW KYKE HEBE HYMIE is "MAID in BOSTON"

Hi there pasty white skinned fat chubby breasted LOTR Star Trek Star Wars loving cunt with questionable hygiene and armpit hair. You can be a fag, a transsexual, a hermaphrodite. I don't know. But if you do have a cooch, I know I wouldn't want to see it. And to clarify. GET OUT OF BOSTON, you fucking cunt. How about that. An if I ever see you down there, I'll throw you in front of a T train. And MIT janitor bitch maid you can both fuck off and leave everyone else around you alone. Pig fat bitch.

Failure. Fat, pasty failure.

Bookmarks. (3, Interesting)

FroMan (111520) | more than 11 years ago | (#5142804)

My wife and I did bookmarks. Sure, its not terribley geeky, but perhaps you could do something in theme. We had a couple bible verses. You could try doing something similar, but use something like the GPL on it or something. :-)

Another idea is to use a love letter or something you sent him/her on the book mark. In retrospect I could have used the first email I asked my wife out on a date with. It went something like this:

int ask_for_date(char *me, char *you) {
if (boyfriend(you) == true)
return APOLOGY;

if (!free_friday(you)) {
rain_check(me, you);
} else {
return wanna_head_out(me, you);
}
}

But if you have anything similar to that, like a love letter or something that you both share and put it onto/into a bookmark I think its pretty cool.

(btw, that all compiled down into the wrong byte code when it ran, she did have a boyfriend, but I still got a rain check. :-)

Re:Bookmarks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5143143)

Such desperation in women these days. It's saddening.

Re:Bookmarks. (1)

FroMan (111520) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143893)

Actually, she had a couple other folks ask her out the same week I did. She was anything but desperate. You see, we met in a programming class and got along fairly well in class. It was actually a couple months before I finally got to pick up the rain check. We dated for two years, and married a year and couple months later.

Granted replying to and AC who probably still downloads his women from usenet... anyways.

Re:Bookmarks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5144922)

Look buddy, we've seen you code.

She was desparate.

Re:Bookmarks. (2, Interesting)

booch (4157) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143565)

At my brother's wedding, they gave out heart-shaped cookie cutters with a recipe attached. Something like "love cookies", probably some poem too. I still have the cookie cutter, and use it whenever I'm trying to woo a woman. Anyway, the recipe is cool, because geeks like to make things and experiment. And the cookie cutter is useful, keepable, and brings back memories when they use it.

Actually, Slinkies are looking good (3, Interesting)

badlemming (644091) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143117)

Thanks for the comments so far. :) I'll definitely be looking into silly putty, nose flutes, and the little Kinder toys in the chocolate eggs. Lights are a nice idea but won't be very fun because the whole thing is going to be in daylight... I shoulda said that. And things that are too puzzley, like the Rubic's cubes, might just scare off the nongeek family members. Darn nongeeks.

Anyway, sometime yesterday we also got the idea of slinkies. They provide a nice range of nerdiness depending on the user... to some they're just something fun to flip from hand to hand, but you can get as deep into the physics of the things as you want. And if people get sozzled enough they can run slinky races down the stairs at the hotel.

Re:Actually, Slinkies are looking good (1)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 11 years ago | (#5144415)

> Lights are a nice idea but won't be very fun because the whole thing is going to be in daylight... I shoulda said that.

Three words for you:

"Dry Ice Fog."

(Or even two words: "Smoke generator". :)

Both go very well with laser pointers, day or night. (I suppose keeping the kids from aiming the laser pointers at nearby aircraft would be a problem, though. A smoke generator and a pile of laser pointers would be great at the reception, though.)

Re:Actually, Slinkies are looking good vermillion! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5145301)

Fucking loser. Maid at MIT loser. Rachel JEW KYKE HEBE HYMIE is "MAID in BOSTON"

Hi there pasty white skinned fat chubby breasted LOTR Star Trek Star Wars loving cunt with questionable hygiene and armpit hair. You can be a fag, a transsexual, a hermaphrodite. I don't know. But if you do have a cooch, I know I wouldn't want to see it. And to clarify. GET OUT OF BOSTON, you fucking cunt. How about that. An if I ever see you down there, I'll throw you in front of a T train. And MIT janitor bitch maid you can both fuck off and leave everyone else around you alone. Pig fat bitch.

Failure. Fat, pasty failure.

wedding customized... (4, Funny)

bje2 (533276) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143256)

wedding customized condoms...you know, condom's where the package says "Dave & Rachels Wedding, January 24th, 2002", or whatever is applicable...

Ideally these would cost $4 or less and would provide some instant fun for the guests, so that it doesn't matter if they actually take them home.

i'm sure you could get these for under $4 a piece...and hey, the reception could definetly become "instant fun" if people start using them!

Re:wedding customized... (1)

matt_wilts (249194) | more than 11 years ago | (#5144065)

>wedding customized condoms...you know, condom's where the package says
>"Dave & Rachels Wedding, January 24th, 2002", or whatever is applicable...

Better still, print that down the length of the condom. When it says "DaRWin2" it's time to remove it...

Matt

quasi-geeky toys (1)

bandy (99800) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143277)

The local skating rink has these flashy LEDs mounted on rare earth magnets for $2.50 a pop - their use is to turn off the lights and let the rink be a sea of flashy thingies.

The other good cheap but fun one would be to hand out kazoos and hope that a critical mass of people end up inspiring the crowd to play a piece together.

Other kinds of party favours... (3, Insightful)

checkyoulater (246565) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143303)

How about saving money on geeky favours and buying the universal party favour: Alcohol. Lots of alcohol. It wouldn't hurt to invite as many women as possible. This will only help the chances of the other geeks at the party. What do MIT geeks really want? Drunken women or geeky flashlight keychains?

Re:Other kinds of party favours... (3, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 11 years ago | (#5144442)

> What do MIT geeks really want? Drunken women or geeky flashlight keychains?

This is Slashdot. The answer is "And that goes double if you're talkin' about the funky blue ultra-bright LED kind."

Swiss Army Knives (1)

jkidd (552837) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143496)

I gave Swiss Army Knives to my grooms men. What geek doesn't need a good Swiss Army Knife.

.. and which hasn't already one ? (1)

arska (145934) | more than 11 years ago | (#5144426)

.. and which geek hasn't already one ?

Make them do something with it (1)

bluGill (862) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143550)

The tardition at weddings (at least around my area...) is that the couple kisses everytime someone bangs their soon on their glass. Many recient wedding have required the guests to instead sing something, which is a lot more fun. (more so if they can't carry a tune. Anyone over 7 should be shot for attempting the Barney song though)

In your wedding make them do something with the gift instead. Mess up all the rubiks cubes, and only kiss when shown a solved one for example. Warning, make sure half the cubes are something simple like the donut holes, people will be mad if it can't be done, but if there is something simple, and they can try a few neighbor's cubes until they remember the trick they will think it fun.

Re:Make them do something with it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5144055)

Good idea.... Please refer to the suggestion in post #5143256 for some ideas...

Legos (2, Informative)

chrysrobyn (106763) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143701)

What we did was buy some $9 2000 piece lego crates and dump them on the tables. They were colorful enough for the non-geeks to appreciate, and kept the geeks/nerds and kids busy while those who were more "sophisticated" could talk. Our reception had the fewest kids crying at it that I've ever heard of for 100 people -- and people stayed later than average, too.

If you're sponsoring an open bar, don't do the legos.

Hopefully, Mike will forgive me. You can see a few pics of our reception here [mikesusan.com] .

Re:Legos -- GREAT wedding cake (1)

badlemming (644091) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143766)

Ha ha! I love your Lego cake picture [mikesusan.com] . What a simple idea... but it really works.

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Re:Legos -- GREAT wedding cake DEATH (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5145374)

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Archie McPhee's!!! You have to call them!!! (1)

Dolemite_the_Wiz (618862) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143788)

You have to call this place!!! Tell them that you are putting together a geek wedding, they will be able to help out. They have TONS of stuff that would be awesome.

Here's the link. [mcphee.com]

I'd also get some Futurama items too.

Dolemite

LINUX!!! (1)

maxphunk (222449) | more than 11 years ago | (#5143822)

Why don't you burn linux distros for everyone? Maybe throw some FreeBSD in for flavor... CD-Rs are virtually disposable, so the only real cost would be the time spent burning them. Since your wedding is in September, wait until August so you can give all your non-geek (and geek) friends and relatives a nice shiny new version of your favorite distro.

Re:LINUX!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5144520)

Why don't you burn linux distros for everyone?

groan.... :)

I konw! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5143851)

Seeing what higher education gets you these days, how about some nice applications at Burger King (seeing that McDonalds is closing...)

Why are you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5144105)

asking the government for permission to have sex?

Sexual favors are free (1)

typical geek (261980) | more than 11 years ago | (#5144113)

and would be highly appreciated by most geeks.

Maybe you can invite lots of desperate elementary education coeds and serve lots of alcohol!

My Big Fat Geek Wedding? (2, Funny)

johndiii (229824) | more than 11 years ago | (#5144159)

Sorry, couldn't resist that.

Seriously, though, I thought of those little XXX In a Box things that they sell at the checkout registers in bookstores. Like Zen Garden in a Box, and so on. I'm not sure if you could get them for your target price, but they would make cool favors. You could pick one that you like, or get a variety. They might be cheaper if you could get them in bulk.

You could try these:

Desk Toys [yahoo.com]

Mini Kits [runningpress.com] - this appears to be the original source for the kits.

Congratulations and good luck with your wedding!

Don't buy anything: Make a donation (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5144161)

Do what my wife and I did: don't buy silly trinkets. Instead, we placed cards on each table stating that we'd spent the equivalent amount of money ($1000) on donations to two charities (The Canadian Cancer Society [cancer.ca] and the Huntington Society of Canada [hsc-ca.org] ).

You could do the geeky thing and make a donation to the EFF [eff.org] or something.

Don't know if it's geeky (1)

dar (15755) | more than 11 years ago | (#5144269)

but it sure is fun. Whoopee cushions. If you get them at www.branders.com you could even have your names and the wedding date put on them.

Got to have the right kind of friends to appreciate them though.

dar

Knoppix CDs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5144273)

Customized Knoppix GNU/Linux CDs with some MIT and couple-specific media files on it. If you really want to go for the gusto, customize some of the games to incorporate pictures from the event. Dirt cheap if you burn them yourself.

Boutonnieres or Wedding party gifts (1)

ShieldWolf (20476) | more than 11 years ago | (#5144397)

Congrats, I just got married myself this past September. For my side of the wedding party (males) I got everyone a webcam. I thought it would be cool to let everyone keep in touch with each other, and the price was right: $C45.

Surely you can find something wonderful at (2, Informative)

theora55 (257778) | more than 11 years ago | (#5144614)

Archie McPhee [mcphee.com] . And if not, you'll have fun shopping.

chocolate (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5145019)

My husband and I gave out slightly geeky favors when we got married 13 years ago. A candy-making store searched their catalogs and found a floppy disk mold (5.25 inch, and thicker than the real thing) for us. We ordered floppy disks in dark chocolate with crispies, peanuts, and plain. The candy store shrink-wrapped each one. We created labels for 5.25" floppies on a dot matrix printer - with puns about combining our last names, and cute and humorous filenames on the 'disk'. The candy store attached the labels for us, and delivered the 'favor disks' to the reception place, which put them in the fridge for us.

We handed these out 1.5 hours into the reception, and geek and non-geek friends made lots of puns about them, and had fun with the idea.

We made enough extra to bring to workplaces for people whom we hadn't invited to the wedding.

keychain LED's or lasers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5145360)

glowsticks
rattlebacks
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