Post # 1
Ok so I am a tight budget bride. I really dont know what to do about favors. I am having 120 guests. I considered a candy bar but then I have to buy a ton of candy and if i do the candy bar I want boxes with monogram stickers… I dont want bags or anything else has to be the 3x3x3 boxes. But that just gets pricey and annoying *Im burning out on wedding planning*
My question is do I have to do favors. ive been to 5 wedding in the last 5 years all close friends and i remember favors at 2. I cant remember if they all had favors cause i never paid them much attention and only 1 of the 2 favors i remembered actually liked.
is it tacky to not do favors? Do people expect them. the FI’s family is pretty traditional.
All of the cheaper favors look cheap… and a waste of money… and I dont wanna cook treats or anything.
Post # 3
I voted other, because I don’t think you need any at all. I’ve only been to one wedding that had favors, and they definitely weren’t missed.
Post # 4
Im not doing favors! In any wedding I have helped with before, people never take their favors, or so many are left behind!
We are hoping to do the photobooth and/or candybar as our favor!
Post # 5
I have a really tight budget as well so we are not doing favors =)
Post # 6
@Libragirl: Anyone else care to chime in?
Post # 7
I wasn’t going to do favors, until I saw These. I’m doing little boxes with a sticker that says ‘Let Love Grow’ and our names/date. It’s going to only cost like .50/person because I got the boxes really cheap on cyber Monday from the Knot.
It’s totally up to you. I was just so enamored with the wildflower confetti that i HAD to have them and make them work.
Post # 8
I am doing favors for less than .30 cents each (I budgeted $30 and I have 100 or so guests)! Here’s what we’re doing: We are printing little tiny booklets with 4 of our favorite family recipes printed in them–2 from my family and 2 from his. I will print them on plain white paper and tie the pages together with colored ribbon. Printing will cost less than $2, ribbon is about $2 a spool, and of course the time it takes to type it, print it, and then tie it all together.
I’m especially fond of my idea because it’s not just something generic that will be forgotten quickly like a candle or a small box of candy. It is something special that reflects the joining of our families that can be used for years and years to come!
Post # 9
We’re tight budget as well and not doing favors. I don’t think it’s necessary.
Post # 10
What about doing a donation to a charity that is important to you instead? That way you can choose a denomination that works for your budget and put the money towards a good cause.
Post # 11
I second what kelmac said. We’re doing a donation to the ASPCA for our favor and just making a sign for near the guest book. Or, ASPCA also will send you cards that tell the guests that you made a donation in their name as a favor.
Post # 12
@kelmac I love the idea of a donation… one could print the announcement regarding the donation on a nice cardstock or something. The actual denomination never really needs to be made known.
Post # 13
I see you’re in Philadelphia, and I don’t know if the Youngstown/Pittsburgh tradition of a cookie table has spread that far, but we are going to get plain white chinese takeout boxes and decorate them with our names and wedding date in our colors. We are going to have them on a table next to the cookie table so that guests don’t have to smuggle cookies home in their purses (like EVERYONE always does, lol!) It will be cheap and useful, instead of something that will probably get thrown away immediately without having a real purpose.
We’ll probably also make a sign for the table that says something along the lines of, “Thank you for celebrating our marriage, please take some cookies home to enjoy…” blah blah blah.I have 3 years to figure out the wording 🙂
Post # 14
from what ive seen on the bee, most people prefer candy favors.
i wouldnt say you are required to have a favor and ultimately it is your choice.
but i did go to a wedding last month and remember thikning “no favors?” then not another thought about it.
i dont know what your budget is but FH and i are paying for everything ourselves and we really dont have a budget and are just buying things as we need them but id say we arent spending any more than 3,000 on our wedding..crazy i know but it can be done.we are doing little 3×3 boxes with candy inside. it is a pretty cheap project.
Post # 15
I did a candy bar and it’s not cheap. Here’s my opinion for what it’s worth:
Your guests are attending your wedding to see you and your FI get married and to celebrate that occasion. They are not attending your wedding for your favor. I would say, if it’s not in your budget, I honestly don’t think it will be missed. I wouldn’t miss them if they were not provided.
Post # 16
I still don’t understand how donations are favours……