Favors are they a must? And if so what is a good wedding favor?

posted 2 years ago in Favors
Post # 2
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think favors are a waste of money. I didn’t have them at mine and no one noticed/cared. The only favors I’ve ever gotten that were cool were chocolate (of any variety really) and flower seed packs from a garden wedding. 

Post # 3
3644 posts
Sugar bee

I want nothing for a favor. Honestly! The weddings that I go to with favors I sometimes don’t take them, or if I do take one, when I get home I put them into a box for charity. I would rather the money that was budgeted for favors be used elsewhere. i.e. guest food.

For example, my family attended a wedding where they were given a lightweight, personalized tote bag, as a favor, which no one thought was very useful. One was tossed before packing to return home. My husband’s has been sitting on his pile at the kitchen table, since he attended. This was a wedding where the cocktail hour only had 3 passed hors d’oeuvres for food (and my family was served only one of those); everyone was very hungry well before dinner time.

Post # 4
585 posts
Busy bee

Dchalifoux2012:  Wa had no favors and no one even noticed. But we also had an open bar, so if they complained I would have kicked them out. Kidding, kidding of course.

Post # 5
1032 posts
Bumble bee

My favorite one was where a couple made a donation to their favorite charity. It was touching. 

Post # 6
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Dchalifoux2012:  we were going to do favours but then decided to put that money towards a photobooth. The photobooth will print the pictures that people cN take home witht hem and. Note on them saying thanks. Think it is much more fun than a normal favour and didn’t break our budget getting the booth.

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Post # 7
105 posts
Blushing bee

No, they are not necessary, though most weddings lately have some kind of favors. I would vote for something edible in nice packaging – chocolate, candy etc., so there is no need to bring home some kind of “useful” or “sentimental” items for which people have no use at all. If anybody doesn’t like chocolate, there are always kids or grandmas around who will happily have one extra.

I had candies in personalized packaging as favors, and they were put in small boxes with guest names on them, serving as seating cards too.

Post # 8
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

nobody will notice if you wouldn’t have favors….and I agree that saving money on food or drinks in order to buy favors is not necessary…

however, if your budget allows and you really want to give favors to your guests do something edible…

we did  chocolate truffles and everybodyy loved them..nobody threw them in the garbage or left on the table..

Post # 9
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m only having a small number of guests so I handmade earrings for the women, and ordered steampunk-style fox pocket watches for the guys.

Post # 10
5812 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Dchalifoux2012:  In the past is was considered “something you should do”. Recently, it’s really up to you, but it is nice. But if you are going to do it 1)make it edible 2)dont be totally cheap. I went to a wedding that the favor was a Hersey Kiss rose-one for every two people. So one Hersey Kiss per person. 

Post # 11
2051 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We did not have favours and no one of our 120 guests even mentioned it. I really don’t think you need to unless you care about doing them. 

However if I had done them I saw some packets of wildflower seeds which would have gone perfectly with our wedding. 

For a more geeky idea, at one point DH and I were considering LEGO mini figures. 🙂

Post # 12
6674 posts
Bee Keeper

Favors are and never have been obligatory at weddings. To me, they are more appropriate to kids parties, where the guests need something to console them for not being the center of attention.  I wouldn’t waste the money, but if you feel you must, I’d probably go with something edible.   

It’s actually  considered inappropriate to advertise that you are donating to a charity “in lieu” of favors. Just donate, don’t link it to favors by telling  people you were planning to give them something but decided against it!  A hosted wedding reception is a  thank you to your guests for coming. 

Post # 13
745 posts
Busy bee

I agree that favors aren’t necessary.

We may skip them. Originally I’d thought about doing a cute wrapped macaroon or two at the seat for each guest, but we have so much food that I don’t want to add more. 

Post # 14
248 posts
Helper bee

we donated to teh american cancer society. they sent us scrolls for each place setting saying it was in honorof my fiances mom

Post # 15
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Dchalifoux2012:  I skipped them too. I dont think anyone minded. Waste of money IMO

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