Post # 1
I am toying with the idea of not giving a favor to our wedding guests. Honestly, who keeps them anyway?? Is this a big faux pas?
I have been thinking though, rather than wedding favors, making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society…
Post # 3
I am finding that this is becoming a more common thing lately, I too toyed with the idea of donations in leu of favors, but in the end i came up with the perfect favor for us and am going with that instead. I think it’s a great idea tho 😉
Post # 4
Yes..what a great idea! We nixed favors too and donated to St. Jude. We put a card near the gift table with a note saying:
“In lieu of favors, a donation has been made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Thank you for sharing our special day with us”
No one said one thing about no favors and if anything, really admired how classy it was to donations instead.
Post # 5
Nobody is going to miss favors. I, personally, don’t care for the whole “in lieu of favors” charity thing. I would rather that someone gave to a charity in annomity, and just celebrated their wedding without favors.
Post # 6
@tksjewelry: You took the words right out of my mouth. This.
Post # 7
I doubt they’d be missed and a donation is a good choice in lieu. The only favor I was ever thrilled about was sparklers. Who doesn’t love sparklers?!
Post # 8
I am in the minority because I do like wedding favors and do use them if they “useful” or I eat them if they are edible. People loved the favors at my wedding and I even got requests from people who couldnt attend sking if there were any left overs. Also people used to fans I gave out for the rest of the summer. If you cant afford them then skip them, but if you can afford to make something personalized it will be nice.
Post # 9
For months I raked my brain over the perfect favor. About 6 weeks before, I realize that the best thing I could think of was WAY out of budget. At that point we decided not to bother and no one missed them!
Post # 10
If I’m given some useless tchotchke as a favor then I more than likely won’t even take it with me but if it’s something edible (and by edible I mean really edible… not those little candies that break your teeth when chewed) then I always take it and enjoy it. I much prefer edible favors over just about anything else for this reason. I personally don’t have any issue with donation favors as long as the donation is actually made. I know two couples who claimed to make a donation in their guest names in lieu of traditional favors and they never gave a penny. I think it’s a great alternative if you’d rather give back to a good cause over providing your guests with favors that really aren’t necessary.
With that said, I like favors but I wouldn’t be offended if the couple didn’t give any. Our guests raved about our favors for weeks (orchard fresh mini apple pies) so I was really happy that we decided to do them but I have friends that didn’t bother and no one seemed to really mind.
Post # 11
No one will miss them! Honestly, I would rather not receive any favor than get coasters or a beer koozie with the couple’s names on them… I don’t mean to be rude, but more often than not I end up throwing the favor in a drawer somewhere, never to be used. I always feel terrible, but so many of them are just impractical or weird!
I think the best favors are edible, if you do anything at all! Homemade caramels, little truffles, etc. Guests really don’t need a “souvenir” from weddings.
Post # 12
I think its fine to go without favors. Some of them are super useless – I mean, I don’t really want a koozie that says “Megan and Jeff Forever” on it haha
A friend of mine did a donation to St. Jude and did little placards at the table and I thought it was thoughtful!
We had favors but they were kind of non-traditional and fit in with our wedding. We had a silver Christmas wedding, so I had a fun ornament for each guest at their place setting. Nothing big or fancy.
Post # 13
We’re not doing favors either. We’ll be doing cake pops, and a candy buffet to match our theater theme. There will be some things that will be wrapped with our names and the date on it, like pretzels and lollipops, but other than that, no favors for us.
Post # 14
I think favors are a nice thing to have IF it’s going to be something useful. Edible favors are definitely the way to go if you are on a budget. My Fiance LOVES to cook including making his own sauces etc… so we decided to package up his favorite BBQ sause and decorate the bottles. Cute, useable, and 100% us.
I think a donation is a great idea especially if you guys are both into charitable work etc…
I also think it’s ok but a little “thoughtless” to go without favors.
Post # 15
If you can’t afford them, SKIP IT! We didn’t do favors and guess what…no one seemed to notice. They were too busy drinking from the top shelf open bar and dancing to our DJ’s tunes. Spend the money on things that people care about the most…
Personally, I have only received one favor that I ever cared for…it was an AMAZING cupcake. Other than that I just got a bunch of junk that I threw in a cupboard the next day.
Post # 16
We’re not doing favors either. We honestly can’t afford anything that would be worthwhile for the guests. We are doing a sweet table, though, so guests can take those home!