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#1 bashigyal

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    Posted 04 December 2008 - 04:16 AM

    Question...I see lots of brides using straw raffia fans during their ceremony. But I haven't seen anyone choosing to use bamboo fans. Just seems those raffia fans are so "common". What does everyone think of the straw fans vs. the bamboo ones? And if you considered both, was their a reason why you chose the one that you did? The bamboo fans are definitely more expensive, so I'd love to hear from anyone who chose those and what about them made the price difference worth it to you.

    The straw fan:
    Natural color Medium-size Palm-leaf Hand Fans / Pack of 10 : Unique Wedding Favors - Wedding Reception Favors - Bridal Shower Favors

    The bamboo fan:
    Bamboo Fans / Pack of 10 : Unique Wedding Favors - Wedding Reception Favors - Bridal Shower Favors

    Thanks!

    #2 katrina

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      Posted 04 December 2008 - 09:51 AM

      i just clicked on both of the links and the only difference i could see between the two was the handle

      #3 ErinB

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        Posted 04 December 2008 - 10:13 AM

        I'm with Katrina. I didn't see much difference.

        I used Sandalwood fans. I thought these were pretty, needed little extra adornment and were super easy to pack because they fold flat.
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        #4 bashigyal

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          Posted 05 December 2008 - 01:56 AM

          Quote:
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          i just clicked on both of the links and the only difference i could see between the two was the handle
          Yes it seems it's just the handle (looped vs. straight) and that the end of the bamboo fan is pointed vs. rounded on the other. Didn't know if there was a difference in the actual straw used...the bamboo one just looks a little nicer, classier, and less common and I always like to use "different" things than others do just to be more unique.

          #5 katrina

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            Posted 05 December 2008 - 10:39 AM

            well imo, unless all of your guests have already been to a DW, the fact that you are using some type of straw fans is already unique... just because it's common to all of us on bdw doesn't mean it's common in the "real world".. just my 2 cents!

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            Yes it seems it's just the handle (looped vs. straight) and that the end of the bamboo fan is pointed vs. rounded on the other. Didn't know if there was a difference in the actual straw used...the bamboo one just looks a little nicer, classier, and less common and I always like to use "different" things than others do just to be more unique.


            #6 sunstarsmoon

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              Posted 05 December 2008 - 10:46 AM

              I really like them both, but to keep costs down I will be going with the Raffia ones.
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              #7 bashigyal

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                Posted 05 December 2008 - 04:51 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by katrina
                well imo, unless all of your guests have already been to a DW, the fact that you are using some type of straw fans is already unique... just because it's common to all of us on bdw doesn't mean it's common in the "real world".. just my 2 cents!
                Very true. I guess with this specific product it's different for me as I'm Jamaican with lots of family and friends there (same for my FI) and so it is very common at outdoor weddings there to use those fans. Not so much as a wedding favor, but for practical purposes, they do. So that's why I thought of trying to choose a different fan than the usual. But you are right, those coming from the states won't know the difference.

                #8 soon2bePowers

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                  Posted 06 December 2008 - 03:30 PM

                  It looks like the only real difference is the price. I would image that a lot of people go with the cheaper ones, but things really add up!!

                  I am using the raffia ones.

                  #9 yumyum90

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                    Posted 19 May 2010 - 04:14 PM

                    I like both of them, I guess the difference i how you would decorate them. The colored ribbon looks really good on the raffia fans, and the bamboo fan handle is smaller so i guess it leaves less to be deocreated.

                    #10 Jennybell1

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                      Posted 19 May 2010 - 07:44 PM

                      I used the collapsable wood fans from Michaels and there are 18 in a book for just over $20.00 but got a coupon from another BDW (mayanlily) and was able to save 50%. I bought two boxes and I love them bc they wont take up any space in my luggage or the guests luggage on the way home.
                      I am adding some ribbon to mine along with a tag that says thank you on it as well and placing them on the chair prior to the wedding on the beach.

                      GOod luck deciding!!




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