Post # 1
We are getting married at a Japanese Gardens with the reception in the restaurant at the same location. The fee for the garden wasn’t cheap (quite a bit more than a church would be), but it includes our use of the gardens for pictures & also allows the guests to tour the gardens between the ceremony & reception (or they may opt to go straight to the cocktail hour). If someone was to pay to walk the garden on their own, it’s typically $5.
Since they are able to walk the gardens (and will be provided with the program for their tour), do you think a favor is still necessary?
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Even if they weren’t able to tour the gardens, a favor still isn’t necessary, IMO.
Post # 4
I agree with danadelphia, favors are nice but certainly not required. The fact that you are providing entertainment for your guests is just another way of extending hospitality, in the same way that a favor does. Do what is right for you and your budget!
Post # 5
A month after the wedding, your guests probably won’t remember/care about the favor they would have gotten anyways. Don’t do it if you don’t want to, especially if you can’t afford it.
Post # 6
It’s not so much a budget thing. It’s more that I think they can be a bit wasteful….I’ve never kept a favor from a wedding (unless it’s candy or something like that!). Just seems a bit frivolous.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
I don’t think they’re necessary either.. both for financial reasons and the one you stated.. wastefulness. You’ll be ok either way in my opinion.
Post # 8
this was a concern I had myself, but mostly for budget reasons. My FI and I are footing the bill mostly for our wedding and I dont want to spend so much money on food and entertainment and turn around and give them something to go home with, you know what I mean?
Post # 9
Honestly I’ve never been to a wedding where I’ve received a favor and never thought anything of it! I’ve even been to a couple over-the-top fancy weddings, too.
Post # 10
Favors are absolutely not necessary. Personally the only favors I like are edible ones, so we’re giving out handmade chocolates. I agree that few people keep them, and no one will really notice if you don’t do them.
Post # 11
I think you might end up getting a split gallery if your thread gets a lot of traffic.
I think that people are moving farther away from favors.. they are not required, but you will still run into more traditional people who expect a favor…
Can’t make everyone happy! You could attach a note to the maps that say, as a gift from the bride and the groom, tour the gardens for free all evening… or something like that, to call it out specifically as their favor!