A lot of the wedding expo raffles are lousy, like $200 off if you book a $2000 photography package, good for one night only (I'd won that before and had to turn it down). A lot of them are just sale prices that they give to everyone the next day anyway because we have to register with an Email address. (I have a separate Email account just for bridal info). But a few wedding vendors give actual take away gifts, like the florists might give away one of the bouquets they brought as a sample, some limo companies give away a bottle of Dom Perigon, and the grand prizes for the bridal show company is a complete honeymoon vacation package or cash (I won $200 cash once).
So when Adam and I were looking around at the wedding vendors I saw a woman selling bells and commented to Adam, "They're new; I know most of the vendors by now but never saw bells. My nana used to collect bells so they get me a little sentimental..." etc. I picked up one of the bells and there was a $35 price tag for a little 3 inch bell and I thought, "Huh, glad I have my wedding favors picked out, no way could I swing that." But I enter pretty much every raffle, so I put my ticket in that one too.
So I’m now the proud owner of a $500 bell. And a good story behind it. The question is, how (or do I bother) do I incorporate a hand bell into my wedding? The thing is LOUD. I’m having about 15 guests, not 500 that need quieting down at some point. Readers, any ideas?