(Closed) For those that don’t keep favors, what have you kept?

posted 10 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Worker bee

I tend to keep programs/invites. And of course, pictures!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2006 - Jericho Terrace - Long Island, NY

i collect all the salt and pepper shakers i get!

Post # 5
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Newbee

The weddings I’ve been to lately have all given out food as a favor – truffles, cookies, candy, honey, spices.  Most brides don’t give out knick-knacks anymore b/c we know they’ll just get tossed at the door.  Maybe try your own spice blend – it will at least last longer than chocolate!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - Bride's family summer home in the Adirondacks

We gave out maple syrup in cute little glass bottles and tea in cute little tins.  That way it was an edible/"disposable" favor and we didn’t get offended if people threw out the containers, but those people that WANTED to have something to keep had a cute little glass bottle and a cute little tin to keep.  Just our attempt at compromise. 🙂

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Hahaha…that’s funny, we got a picture frame and a candle as a favor at one wedding. Of course they were really upscale and the candle was made by a local artist but it was funny to see those used as examples. At every other wedding couples gave out candy or no favor at all. And really, you don’t even have to have one.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

What about small plants…like bamboo or herbs?

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I agree with GreeTeaGuinness on a plant.  Depending on when you’re . There’s a few websites where you can buy pine tree sapplings as favors (giving a gift and helping the environment).  I tossed the idea around my family for both and everyone liked them. FI and I ultimately decided to give money to a charity that’s near and dear to both of us in the names of our guests and have a few cards on the tables stating thanking the guests for coming and with info on the charity (a smaller size so they can take it with them and look up more info if they wanted).

But I’ve been to many weddings where I did not receive a favor and never even noticed.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I agree with AlyOMTU regarding the donation or the tree saplings.  We are choosing a charity in honor of our guests.  I don’t know many people who could complain about not recieving a heart shaped letter opener over a charitable contribution.  

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

AmandaRyan, I get the pressure to have "something to keep forever", but honestly I’ve never seen the point of wedding favors!  We are doing a retro photo booth, and guests can take home their film strip if they want.  This is a little pricey, but I love it.  I couldn’t see spending the money and effort on a little box of almonds or some other trinket.  A side note, I cleaned out my bachelor father’s freezer recently, and wanna know what I found?  My aunt’s wedding favor from 1997 — an engraved chocolate bar.  Guess some people do keep the edible favors forever!!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

The only favor I’ve ever kept was a simple green ceramic magnet in the shape of a leaf. I’ve thrown everything else away.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2007

We gave out mugs and personalized teabags and also had a cupcake centerpiece so at the end of the event, ppl put cupcakes in their mugs.  Hers’a pic:

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

It used to be that the bride and groom getting married was the favor, but during the 1970’s the trinket trend emerged. Wedding magazines and etiquette guides did their best to discourage it, but they ended up having to go with the trend.

We had individual silver ornament boxes filled with Andes mints and Frangos since it was the same ornament box he used to propose to me with. If I didn’t have that, I wasn’t going to do anything since our caricature artist was entertainment enough.

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