(Closed) favors and guest gifts?!

posted 6 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Stick to the favors if you want to give something to everyone in general.  I am Italian and never heard of family gifts before.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@mayflowerbride13:  No problem.  Weddings are expensive enough and times are different/harder these days.  I think it’s completely acceptable and understandable that family gifts won’t fit budget right now.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

I’ve been to a ton of weddings (none Italian) and I’ve never heard of such a thing.  I say: skip it!  Play dumb and if people complain, then they complain.  I’m sure those same people would find something to complain about if you DID have gifts. 😉

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m Italian and this has been pretty common in my family (especially in NY weddings).  At the last wedding each family got a nice serving platter.  To keep costs down, I won’t be doing it.  Although my parents were slightly horrified when I said chocolate favors are enough!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love charity donation favors.  But if you’re right about the guests just wanting to get free stuff, they aren’t likely to appreciate that.  If you don’t want to do the gift, don’t do it!  No need to stress. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mmmmmm I would be thrilled with truffles.  Did I mention my love of chocolate favors before? 

Have you run the charity idea by FMIL?  I hate to say it, but if she’s that insistent about gifts I don’t know if your idea will appease her.  If that’s what you and your FI want to do, though, stand firm about it.  Is FMIL contributing financially?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@mayflowerbride13:  We put tea in test tubes for our favors: some thing like this-

Wildflower seeds!

I think that’s what you’re talking about? PM me if you want some more info; I got a great deal on glass test tubes, I bought cork caps for the test tubes, and I bought tea in bulk. I would say the whole thing cost about $75 total for 150 guests but I bought organic tea, so you could probably save even more money if you bought cheaper tea. The test tubes themselves you buy in bulk and are SUPER cheap.

You are not expected to offer any favors at all, and I definitely don’t think it’s a must for you to offer gifts for families in addition to favors. But anyways, figured I’d share my experience in case that’s what you’re looking for! It doesn’t take too much time either.

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