Post # 1
Having a huge dilemma about favors for my wedding.
I want to do something for the favors, but would like to spend about $1.00 per person/per favor since our other wedding expenses are over our budget but I am not sure what to do exactly. I definitely do not want to do the donation idea. My mom and some others say favors are a waste and we do not need to do them. Any input, ideas or anything would be great!
Post # 3
I would do a donation. If money is really really tight, you can donate only a small amount, but imo it’s better than a bunch of junk no one will ever use.
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
They are a waste IMO, we’re not doing them. I had about the same budget for them and just didn’t find anything worthwhile to spend the money on.
Post # 5
I’d just skip the favors all together. $1/person favors are either going to be tiny cookies, or really junky “stuff” and most folks leave the favors behind if they’re not edible.
No one is going to miss a favor if it’s not given, and if money is that tight, I’d just skip it.
Post # 6
Honestly, nobody will care if there are favors or not. I can’t remember the last time I went to a wedding and was all “WOW! That was the coolest favor ever!”. Needless to say, I will not be having them at my wedding lol
If you feel like you absolutely have to, then its totally possible to do for under $1 each. People love edible stuff! Mints, chocolates, MnMs, and sort of yummy goodness. Then you can personalize them with stickers to make it a little more special.
Post # 7
We had a chinese food buffet so we ordered custom message fortune cookies from KCfortune. We did the regular cookies and got 250 for about $88. They were a BIG hit at our wedding because people loved that they were custom messages and not the typical fortunes.
Post # 8
My friends did seed bombs- took some seeds, old newspaper, put it in food processor… Bam, seed bombs. They put them in cute burlap bags with a note.
I totally forget about favors at weddings. My other friends didn’t give favors and I didn’t realize that until I joined WB and started thinking about past weddings I attended.
Post # 9
You definitely don’t need favors. I’m also with you on not liking the whole donation thing (not really a gift to the guest if you spend the money on someone else). If you want to do them, your best bet, as PP pointed out, is something small and edible (cookies, chocolates, popcorn, mints). Darling Husband and I actually did used books. Every couple of months our local library had a used book sale so we just got a bunch of $0.50 and $1.00 books. I’ve also heard of people doing seed packets or mini pots of herbs (both cute for spring!).
Post # 10
@riss519: if you really want to do favours, you can do really easy, inexpensive diy favours. peanut brittle, chocolate covered pretzel sticks, caramel popcorn, cookies, candy skewers, etc.
the clear bags are usually 20/$1 or so, a bit of ribbon and maybe a printed sticker.
Post # 11
I agree with PPs that favors are a waste of money, especially at $1/person. The weddings I’ve been to have had bad cookies or some other thing that most people leave behind. If you’re already over budget, I’d suggest just saving that money.
Post # 12
Candy bar? You can be economical with that and let guests pack their own little togo bags!
Post # 13
We had a lot of food left over from our wedding – I had purchased some containers (similar to the chinese take out food one’s) and that WORKED. You can put stickers on the outside of them.
or as riss519 suggested….. I purchased my baggies from Michael’s and in the Candy making section they have thank you tag’s. I purchased these sugar cookies that are famous in Baltimore and that was fairly inexpensive. These were for my Out of Town bags and we munched on them while we got ready for the Wedding.
Here is a pic…
Post # 14
Thank you so much everyone for the ideas! I mean we are having a pretty nice wedding and the bar, food, entertainment are all going to be amazing and costing more than we thought hense not wanting to spend more than $1 per person for favors. I just dont want people to think it is rude not having favors and think it was tacky of us
Post # 15
I’d rather have no favor than a donation favor.
I think favors are an extra sweet touch, but do not miss them or think it was rude/cheap to not be presented with one.
I really wanted to do lotto ticket favors, but ran out of time… that’s an idea that is budget friendly! 🙂
Post # 16
Edible diy favors are cheaper if you want to go with something most everyone will like. Or scented candles: always a hit and who can’t use more.