(Closed) Any thoughts on NOT providing favors for wedding guests?

posted 6 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think favors are completely non-essential. I’ve been to many weddings with favors and many without them. Most of the time, even when there are favors, many guests leave them behind or throw them out. So, I don’t think it’s a big deal to skip the favors and spend the money on something the guests will appreciate more.

Post # 4
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3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I always put it this way… I notice when there aren’t favors.  But I hate 75% of the favors so I’m never really disappointed if there aren’t any. 

Post # 5
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1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

That said, my thought is that providing an awesome party with music, dancing, dinner, dessert, games and wonderful memories with friends and family is a HUGE favor for our guests.

^^^^^^OP, I see what you’re saying but TBH those things that you’ve listed are expected and I wouldn’t think of that as a favor. Favors are not by any means mandatory, but I don’t think that’s the proper way to rationalize it.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Ellegee:  i agree with this.  I know a lot of guests feel as though they are doing the couple a favor by traveling, getting a place to stay, a gift, and being there for YOUR special day. (I don’t personally feel this way, but I know a lot of people who don’t want to go to weddings but do anyways to support the couple)  

Post # 7
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901 posts
Busy bee

I have always thought favors were stupid and pointless. Nobody likes them, anyway, and they’re a huge headache to make OR an unnecessary expense. 

Post # 9
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I haven’t been to a wedding in about five years. We attended one this summer. The shot glass favors- blah. The print of us from the photo wall/ booth thingy was cool. Honestly I don’t remember most favors and I definitely do not want something with bride and groom names and wedding date. Just my opinion.

Post # 10
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I haven’t been to a wedding in about five years. We attended one this summer. The shot glass favors- blah. The print of us from the photo wall/ booth thingy was cool. Honestly I don’t remember most favors and I definitely do not want something with bride and groom names and wedding date. Just my opinion.

Post # 11
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515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not having any favours. Don’t see the point. Do people really need a cookie in a cute little personalised DIY bag or some silly knick-knack? Does anybody really want to take home a piece of junk with your wedding date on it? No, of course not. I figure I’m providing them with food, drinks, and hours of entertainment and they don’t really need a token gift in addition as a thanks for coming.

Post # 12
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2254 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If it helps, my FI and I are doing a bit of modification on the favors. Initally we were going to do an edible favor like a s’more kit to tie into our theme. Instead we decided to just add it to the dessert bar we are setting up and guests can choose to have their desserts whenever the mood strikes them during the reception or box them up and take them home. 

Post # 13
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953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t really get the value of favors. I won’t do them, unless I have something home made that I sincerely feel the need to pass along. I feel like they’re one of those things this wedding industry kind of picked up and ran with in order to make money. Not knocking anyone who does them, I’m just really indifferent to them as a guest. As a host, I would prefer to spend the money on welcome bags personally. Other people may choose to splurge a little on another aspect of their wedding, which completely makes sense to me!

Just as a side note, I remember giving/getting favors at birthday parties when I was really little. I can’t even remember what they were, just cheap little things, but back then it was *really* exciting. That’s the only time I can actually say I looked forward to the things.

Post # 14
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1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

if you’re going to do a favour please make it edible. what the hell am I going to do with a shot glass with your picture/wedding date on it? Shove it in my cupboard and never see it again.

The other alternative is you could take that money and donate it to a charity that you & your fiance support, like the Cancer Society or Food bank.

Post # 15
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1989 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We did a big candy buffet instead of actual favors. Who wants a random frog figurine with some couples’ name on it? (I feel like i saw that on some wedding show…).  Those who didn’t want candy just didn’t get a favor.  Nobody seemed to notice, or care, or if they did they didn’t say anything to anyone I’ve talked to

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