(Closed) WEDDING FAVORS – are they really necessary?

posted 5 years ago in Favors
  • poll: do I need favors?
    ABSOLUTELY! : (3 votes)
    4 %
    No ... people won't mind/notice : (60 votes)
    76 %
    yes but you can do something inexpensive (elaborate below) : (16 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5969 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I count being invited, fed and the opportunity to eat cake favor enough, please don’t feel obligated to give me something with your initials on it that I’m supposed to take and actually put to use…it’s odd and awkward…and expensive…

    Post # 4
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    951 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I honestly can’t think of wedding favours I’ve received that I’ve really enjoyed. The only ones were homemade snacks like a bag of jelly beans or squares. Something monogrammed would unfortunately not mean very much to me as a guest.

    Post # 6
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    933 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I don’t think favors are necessary but I do like them. I don’t see why it would have to be a several hundred dollar expense.  Maybe you could get pens or pencils with a funny quote on them. It would be less than $1/person and you can use the extras at home.

    Post # 7
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    8426 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m not much into favors really unless they are edible….LOL. I don’t like personalized stuff really so I only vote favors if its something edible. I love the candy to-go bars that everyone seems to be doing these days!!

    Post # 8
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    5479 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Favors are certainly not required 🙂  If you decide to do something though, it can be simple & inexpensive.  Many people prefer edible favors like cupcakes, cake pops, chocolate covered strawberries, cookies, etc… really anything. 

    We liked the idea of a candy buffet, but didn’t want to shell out that much money.  We also didn’t want to pay for big floral centerpieces, so DH came up with the brilliant idea to have candy bowls on the tables that would double as a favor and a centerpiece.  We had a little baggie with a ribbon (that had our name & wedding date… MIL was bent out of shape that we weren’t having our name and wedding date plastered all over everything, so this was our compromise) and the guests could go to different tables to get a few pieces of different kinds of candy.  I was a teensy bit skeptical at first, but it turned out to be a huge hit and our guests raved about it after.

    Let me see if I can find a pic…

    Post # 9
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    1573 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I don’t think favours are neccessary, and I really don’t think anyone will miss them if you don’t provide them.

    However, if you do want to do something, a friend of mine (and I am also considering doing this) went to a local berry farm, and picked bushels of strawberries, and she and her hubby spent an afternoon making jam. I think this is relatively inexpensive since the berries are pretty cheap, and then all you need to purchase is the gelatin, sugar and jars. 🙂

    Post # 10
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    694 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

     +1 to pretty much everyone on here! Honestly we arent doing them either. I just felt like it was an extra and unecessary expense. Some of the older genereations might wonder but really I dont think its a big loss at all!

    Post # 12
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    1586 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We’re not doing favors, but we’re doing decorations that will be taken home. We are going to decorate with water beads in a vase with a light at the bottom to light it up. It’ll sit on a mirror and have the center image (in the bag) surrounding them. The lite cubes are reusable ice cubes, but they are also perfect lighting. I purchased some stickers to personalize them, so everyone goes home with a personalized favor, but we’re letting them serve a different purpose.

    Post # 13
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    1586 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We’re not doing favors, but we’re doing decorations that will be taken home. We are going to decorate with water beads in a vase with a light at the bottom to light it up. It’ll sit on a mirror and have the center image (in the bag) surrounding them. The lite cubes are reusable ice cubes, but they are also perfect lighting. I purchased some stickers to personalize them, so everyone goes home with a personalized favor, but we’re letting them serve a different purpose.

    Post # 14
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    1245 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We did not give favors, and nobody missed them.  It’s definitely an expense you can cut.

    Post # 15
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    3755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m not doing favors, my budget is tight enough already. My cousin did individual wine bottles and had a TON left because no one took them. Other favors I’ve received that collected dust – shot glass, photograph holder (not a frame, just one of those metal wires that holds one photo), I don’t even remember the favors at other weddings. The candy ones are good, usually eaten before the night is over. But I’m not even doing that. IF there is any money left in the budget, we’re doing a candy table which will have bags with printing – favors, done. 

    Post # 16
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    1328 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Honestly I’ve throw away so many favors from weddings, I think for the most part they are a waste.  If it’s candy or something I’ll end up eating it, but a certainly wouldn’t miss it.

    A recent wedding I went to had a little sign at each table that said something along the lines of “Thank you all for being here.  In lieu of favors a donation had been made to these charities in honor of guests that couldn’t be here.”  There were two charities listed, for illnesses that family members had died from.  I thought that was a nice alternative since the money will go to good use.

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