(Closed) Are Wedding Favors Necessary?

posted 6 years ago in Favors
  • poll: Are Wedding Favors Necessary?
    Yes! It's nice to take something away from the wedding. : (42 votes)
    29 %
    No. Waste of money and people usually don't take them. : (104 votes)
    71 %
  • Post # 3
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    5833 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Personally, I don’t think they are, especially if it’s something impersonal like sweets/chocolates. And TBH even quirkier, more personal ones (like I’ve seen cute little ceramic hand-painted doves, with the guests name and the wedding date on a tag round their neck, which looked pretty) are likely to be forgotten about/discarded as soon as people get home. Much as couples seem to like to think that their gifts will be ‘treasured’, I’d hazard that in 99% of cases guests are like ‘Aww, thank you, how cute!’ then forget about it the next day (harsh but true IMPO).

    I really don’t know if we’re bothering with them. If we do, I’ll probably combine the place setting with the favour eg I was considering silver wine glass charms with guests names on, which double up as key-rings if they want to use them. We’re only having 50 guests though.

    Post # 4
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    1566 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I have been on the fence on this as well.  I am probably not going to do them.  If I do it will be some type of food/candy item. 

    Post # 5
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    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    it’s funny because I feel like when I think about my wedding they have to be there, but I couldn’t care less about if someone else had them

    Post # 6
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    92 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    The only favor that I actually liked was chapstick. All the others were just throw aways or cheap candy. What’s the point?

    Post # 7
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    481 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have always thought that it is nice to make a charitable donation in liu of a wedding favour (which you can tell your guests about, or leave a small note with each of their menus). I think that’s what we will do. 

    Post # 8
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    418 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I struggled with this and in the end decided not to. We’re having a small wedding, so I’m going to send a photo with a thank you later as a sort of favor. But no, they’re not getting anything that night.

    Post # 9
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    5668 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’m not going to vote because while I don’t think they’re a requirement I do think it’s “nice to take something away from the wedding” and will be doing them. They’re not a waste of money to me.

    Post # 10
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    19 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I don’t think they are necessary, many people think they are junk to take home.  I’m doing personalized M&M’s made from their site.  Simple and easy.  Cuz really who needs another small candle, sugar almonds, or other crap haha.  Many people do the fill your own container from a candy bar for their favor.

    Post # 11
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    45388 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Most are a waste of money. I either don’t take it home at all or put it in the box in the hall closet to go to the thrift shop on the next trip.

    I mean really! What makes brides think that someone wants an ornament, picture frame or any other chachka with your name and wedding date on it? Maybe your Mom or Grandmother?

    If you feel like making a donation to your favorite charity, just do it. You don’t need to tell your guests about it. It has nothing to do with the wedding.

    Post # 12
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    6895 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    What I generally hear is that edible favors are the best and most universally liked. We are doing edible favors; nothing too big or expensive, but something we do think people enjoy in general, with a note of thanks and “something to keep them awake” on their drive home. At all the weddings I’ve been to, edible favors are the only ones I’ll take and I’ll usually enjoy on the way home.

    Post # 13
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    2657 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Not nessesary but I love getting mine together. I am doing small chocolate brown boxes with ribbon. Inside it will be personalized M&M’s and 2 honey sticks stuck into the ribbon. 

    Which is perfect. Everybody loves food, but if I got something else, people wont like it, or they will be thrown away,or its just not them,etc. I love reading and was thinking about doing a bookmark favor, but I realized the bookmark is ME, not most of my family and friends though. I know at least half of my guests who wont even take the bookmark home with them. They just arent readers.

    I was also thinking about doing other things. But in the end, chocolate is what I decided. Food is everybodies thing!! lol

    Besides, I have never been to a wedding that had any favors at all, so this will be different for my family and friends. I want to give my guests a little something.

    Post # 14
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    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think it really depends what the favor is. Something that can be used or eaten (candles, chocolate, almonds, matchbooks) are helpful. Something that is specific and personalized (cd of wedding music, picture frame engaged with the couple’s name, etc) is more likely to be left behind.

    Post # 15
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    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    I don’t think they’re necessary. I don’t really notice if there aren’t any, and I only take them if they’re edible. 🙂

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I plan on having a cupcake wedding cake. We plan on boxing all the cupcakes to give to the guests as favors. Since our wedding dinner has 9 courses that includes a final dessert course, FI and I figure the guests will be too full for cupcake/wedding cake after all that food.

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