Wedding Favours! Did them? Didn't do them? Show me! Tell my why!

posted 2 years ago in Favors
Post # 2
357 posts
Helper bee

chronicwhimsy:  we got these glass coasters on sale at the Knot’s website that had a little frame in the middle where you can insert pictures. We are using them as table placeholders so it’s kinda killing two birds with one stone.

Post # 3
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Koozies are big in Texas, so here are ours. (Front and back pic)

Post # 4
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We didn’t really do them. We had a photobooth and the caterer did a cookie bar, so people could take home photo strips and cookies if they wanted to.  But otherwise, no.  And it doesn’t really matter how cool the item is, if it has your name and wedding date on it, I probably don’t want it.  Most favors I take home and keep for a while until I don’t feel bad about throwing it away.

Post # 5
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I prefer edible favors, plus 90% of my guests had to travel for our wedding, so I baked a sweet n salty buffet.  I packaged everything up so that our guests could take a few snacks home with them on their plane rides.  I had cheese straws, honey mustard pretzels, white choc. pretzels, caramel chex mix, white choc chex mix, savory chex mix, and strawberry cake pops.

Post # 6
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

chronicwhimsy:  We didn’t do favors.  Why?  Because admittedly, I’ve never been to wedding where the favors were so great that they didn’t end up in the trash (except when they had personalized m+m’s– those were cute and who doesn’t like m+m’s LOL)– I don’t want crappy tasting almonds– mosty favor candy is pretty gross.  And in all honesty– I’m not blaming anyone, but often times it seem like because they get so expensive, you end up with something crappy so they don’t feel weird by NOT buying a favor. 

I don’t care if I get a favor– so by all means– save yourself the $$ 🙂

What we did have (but this was more because of our venue vs because we wanted favors– we didn’t)– was individually wrapped Cake Pops.

We knew we wanted cake pops instead of traditional cake– and the venue wanted to charge $4/piece– and we would have had to waaaaaayyyyy over buy to make sure there were plenty for everyone.  The only way our venue allowed us to bring in our own is if we had them wrapped like favors– so we did just that.  And we had plenty.  But people still opened them at ate tham there.

We didn’t have any other official dessert at the venue- but we did have bowls of candy with bags (again, not a favor, just a little fun at the venue)

I think our all-night open bar was plenty a favor!!  

Post # 7
852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


chronicwhimsy:  My wonderful Mum made slabs of white, milk and dark chocolate fudge which was cut up into little cubes and each person had a bag with two pieced of each flavour. Tied up with ribbon in our wedding colours and a little tag with their name written on. We used it as the placeholder and had loads of positive comments. We took things further and made a personalised menu for each guest which included the food and wine they were eating, and a little thank you note for joining us. I don’t have a picture, but it did look great, even if it did take us forever!

Post # 8
3047 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We decided on favours as it felt like a “Canadian” touch to an otherwise rather Swedish wedding (DH is Canadian, I’m Swedish and we got married there). From the bee I had gathered that people only really get really excited about favours that they can consume, so we went with Canadian Ice Wine.

Basically, we got the bottles super cheap at a local wine store, DH family makes wine so they provided that component, he and his dad did all the bottling and I designed the labels. They were a huge hit and people were super impressed that it was a DIY project, which also meant that they weren’t too pricy. As for your ideas, I think a maple/pumpkin butter sounds like a great favour for a fall wedding!

Post # 9
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


chronicwhimsy:  I am not doing wedding favors, mainly for the reason MrsEME:  stated.  I have been to weddings and get stuff to be in a drawer somewhere.  One is a koozie, will probably never use, one is a glass elephant because the bride likes elephants, another I can’t remember what she had because I did not take it, etc. 

I think the whole concept is dumb, I know so many brides do it, but I see it as a waste of money and to give guests something useless for attending our wedding is mind boggling.

Post # 10
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I bought small boxes of chocolates from a large chain store here (one location was closing so I got them 50% off) I bought enough for one per couple, and my mom is picking up some chocolates from a local chocolate company back home.  I’m either going to bundle it together and tag them for people OR I’m going to put them on a table with a ‘please take one’ and little thank you cards attached.  (i’m leaning towards the former).

Post # 11
1653 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Andthepupmakes3:  we did the exact same, figured photo strips and take home cookies were good enough!

Post # 12
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

we chose to do personalized Jones Soda for o0ur guests. We purchased the bottles at Liquidation world for 1$ each! And there was a 20% off sale so we paid 180$ for 200 bottles. 🙂 We then scanned the label and changed the information to make it about us!!! total spent 200$ for 200$ favors.

Post # 13
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We planned to skip favors because they were not a priority. But then we had an idea we just loved (making a cookbook) that fit perfectly with our theme, gave us a good use for our engagement photos, and was a way to accomodate our freiends and family who routinely requested certain recipes.


Post # 14
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

chronicwhimsy:  we started out not doing favours, for the reasons most PPs listed BUT we ended up with quite a few ‘favours’ 🙂

We had a couple Polaroids floating around and lots of guests took home pics of themselves (even some that were meant for our guestbook LOL). We had platters of Petit Fours as our desserts, with little ‘Chinese containers’ in our wedding colours next to them inviting guests to take some home (to share with their family/if they were too full for desserts). My SIL made these cute ‘thank you for coming’ tags and attached them to the boxes for us.

Then I invited close friends and families (who stayed later) to help themselves to the jars of flowers we’d decorated the place with. My cousins collected jars and bottles and then just wrote simple words/our names/the date on them. Our flowers were simply Sunflower and colourful native Australian wild flowers.

Here’s a pic of the favours from one of our guests.

Post # 15
3113 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

My FI and I were discussing our budget over the weekend and the topic of favors came up. Where I come from, you do get favors at weddings, but in my experience they have been on such a wide range that my FI and I feel like anything goes. My sister did a candy bar, which I hadn’t realized was the favor until after the wedding (I was just happy to get all the free candy)! I was MOH in a wedding that did the personalized M&Ms in a tiny jar with the couple’s names and date. I didn’t think much of them and never really thought, “Ooh, nice favor!” Another wedding I attended there were cupcakes waiting for us at the table (which were our favors), along with a candy bar. Lastly, the wedding I went to in November had jams made by the bride. Those were definitely my favorite favor!

I personally don’t like anything with someone else’s name or wedding date, anything that looks like it came from Oriental Trading or anything mass produced–this is just a personal preference. My FI and I are renting a photo booth, so we are probably just going to have the photo strips as favors. Other ideas we tossed around were dessert or candy bar or mixed CDs (I had the idea to do all the favorite songs of the wedding party along with the first dance song, father daughter song, mother son song, etc.). We’ll see where we are budget wise next year. 

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