(Closed) How necessary are favors?

posted 9 years ago in Favors
  • poll: How necessary are favors at a reception?
    Totally necessary : (8 votes)
    8 %
    Nice touch, but not necessary : (69 votes)
    68 %
    Not worth the effort : (24 votes)
    24 %
    Other (explain!) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think, that the booth is plenty and more fun than most favors!  Really, I think most of the time favors are a waste of time and money (unless it’s good tasting food or something someone can actually use.)

    Post # 4
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    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    I’ve been to lots of weddings and never once seen favors. No one missed them either. I attended one wedding though where the favors were supposedly the birdseed that was tossed at the couple as they left the reception but that didn’t make sense to me since it wasn’t actually for the guests. In which case it isn’t a favor. I also attended an anniversary party this last weekend where the couple’s daughter-in-law who put the party together assembled edible favors and had them in baskets in plain sight and no one touched them. Anyone who was still there when they cleaned up was sent home with all of them.

    As a guest, I wouldn’t miss them or expect them. Even if money isn’t an issue, it’s perfectly fine to skip them. If you’re on a budget, they are the first thing that can be cut.

     

    Post # 6
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    122 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    @fiftyfootbride-  I agree with you- really don’t think they are necessary.  We aren’t doing them.  I was going to and then realized that i was just trying to think of something for the sake of doing something, not because it was something I loved or really wanted to do.

    @mandalynn17- my fiance is from Medford, OR and most of his family is still there (sister, nephews, grandmother, etc).  Small world!

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @sunflwra – It is!  Most people don’t even know where it is on a map!

    Post # 8
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    368 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I’m kind of on the fence about this one. I mean the bride/groom paid for your meal, drinks, etc and hopefully you’re giving a gift so I think it evens out. But I think it’s important to acknowlege that they support you. I don’t know but I have to have them.

    Weddings were you get anything inedible I feel like were a waste. I don’t take that stuff home, so save your $$

    Post # 9
    Member
    129 posts
    Blushing bee

    I think favors are dumb, really…I much prefer the idea of making a donation to something that means something to you and your man.  Heart Association, Cancer etc. 

    Post # 10
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    1205 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think we’re skipping the whole favor thing.  Just not something I’m willing to shell out $$$$ for.

    Post # 11
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    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Every wedding I’ve ever been to has had favors. And most of them have been cheesey. And I don’t think they are necessary. We are doing S’mores favors because we love to camp and have bonfires and my soon-to-be maiden name is pretty close to the word s’mores. Edible favors are always my favorite!

    Post # 13
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    23 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m glad people feel that’s not necessary.  I’ve been trying for the longest time to find something that’s us AND that people would like.  Other than food, I couldn’t think of anything… 

    We also thought about making a donation.  We’re still debating which organisation to give it too.

    Post # 14
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    2271 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We weren’t going to give any favors at all. Then I came across the American Meadows web site and found these nice full-sized seed packets of wildflower seeds with the title Wildflowers from Our Wedding and a nice paragraph on the back thanking guests for attending, etc. 200 packets for $70 and since the wedding was held in a garden and I taught botany this summer, it seemed to fit. Seemed quite popular although we do have a 2 dozen left.

    Post # 15
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    647 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Weird, but the last 2 weddings I’ve been to (the couples had no idea who the other was) both did Hershey’s kisses tied up in tulle.  It seemed like a lot of work to me for something that a lot of people don’t even expect anymore.

    Post # 16
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    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We’re having a candy bar, and that’s everyone’s favor. We considered it partial entertainment as well, though, and we were dead set on not doing a favor that was not edible.

    I wouldn’t bother with a favor if you’re not gung-ho on the project. Honestly, no one’s going to miss if if you have the smilebooth!

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