Door Prize Ideas for favors at wedding

posted 2 years ago in Favors
Post # 2
5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

HeartsandSparkles:  IMO it’s a waste. Your wedding is not a carnival, and your guests aren’t there to win prizes. Are you having any children there? Why not use that money to get special favors geared towards them instead?

Post # 3
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I think it’s an awesome idea. Better than giving people candles or candy or something else they won’t use. Who doesn’t like to be excited about the possibility of getting free stuff? I would try to stay gender neutral though, as I would be really mad if my SO had the winning ticket and he won a Kate Spade purse vs. a Go Pro (because I’m not girly at all, and I’d be dying to get my hands on the cam). I love this idea, I might steal it for my wedding!

Post # 4
6678 posts
Bee Keeper

As mentioned, a wedding is not a carnival or a children’s party with the need to give consolation prizes to those who realize that all the attention is not focused on them. IMO it’s not just that it’s  unnecessary, it’s inappropriate to the occasion. 

Post # 5
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I went to a wedding this year that had a variation on the door prizes like you describe. They used gift baskets, each based on a hobby of theirs. for example one had a bunch of different board games and a few different types of candy, one had a handful of dvd movies and popcorn, and one had various outdoor gear since they both enjoy running/hiking. With something like that you could pick a theme and then fill it to whatever budget you have.

Post # 6
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Eh. This sounds like more effort than its worth and comes off a bit random and awkward in the middle of a wedding.

But, I guess if you have money to burn…..

Post # 7
512 posts
Busy bee

HeartsandSparkles:  I think it’s unnecessary.  I don’t think door prizes and raffles are something that’s expected or required at a wedding.  That is something that I would expect at my company Christmas party.  I think it’s a big expense you could save one.  But, that’s just me.

Post # 8
2455 posts
Buzzing bee

HeartsandSparkles:  What about a top shelf bottle of liquor or wine? Or maybe a spa package. Event tickets? (Sports game, concert, comedy club…)

Post # 9
6632 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011


HeartsandSparkles:  How about instead donate the funds you are going to use for the “door prizes” to charities or someone in need. I agree with PP this is a wedding not a carnival. 

Post # 10
716 posts
Busy bee

Before you think about a budget for door prizes, can I ask, are you providing your guests with the finest food and drink? Are you providing your guests with all applicable pleasantries, i.e. door to door transportation, climate items (shawls, fans, sunscreen, bug spray), etc.? Are you paying your bridal party’s expenses? Have you given an extra special donation to your church or religious officiant, if applicable? Have you put aside money for generous vendor tips? Is everyone absolutely well fed, comfortable, and well compensated?

Post # 11
3649 posts
Sugar bee

jamb:  I absolutely agree. Reminds me about my response to most favors; I’d rather have the money spent on the food, room fans, chair cushions, etc.

P.S. Some people give out prizes to the lady who catches the bouquet, and man who catches the garter, rather than to have him put the garter on the lady’s leg, or avoid an awkward dance together.

Post # 12
108 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve been to weddings where there are tons of games that the guests play and it’s like Wedding Olympics with lots of prizes or gift cards. It’s always been fun in my opinion. How about a gift card for that amount or a Keurig maybe? I absolutely don’t think it’s a waste if it’s what you want and can make it happen. I would LOVE the Go Pro but I’m pretty selective with purses and for such a pricey item, I feel like that could be hit or miss. What about a Clarisonic? People love those.

Post # 15
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

HeartsandSparkles:  I think this is a great idea and I know the guests will enjoy it. It’s a little Different and exciting! I would make a chocolate basket? or snacks? Or fancy food and oils from William sonoma maybe? Go for it!! and if a guy got the girly purse, it will go to his date or the closest female I’m sure.

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