Advice on Favors

posted 9 months ago in Favors
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We just did small bags with chocolate inside. Cheap, easy, and everyone loves food. People are way more likely to take edible flavors than anything else.

They are also completely unnecessary and totally skippable if they don’t fit in your budget. I only did them because my mom was excited about them and paid for them.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I second edible favors.  

I don’t mind coozies, but I have so many from weddings (to have and to hold and to keep your beer cold), that I now don’t even take them.  Most things with the bride and grooms name or wedding date gets left behind by me.

i also like scratch off lottery tickets and they can be put in a card that says “we feel lucky to have found each other and we hope you are lucky as well.”  Or something along those lines.  That’s $1-2 max.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

I would skip the coozies.  I never use those, so they end up in the trash.

I would look at edible favors — a bag of chocolate, a cookie, a cupcake

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

We did salt and pepper shakers for our wedding favours and we did one set per couple 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Fiance and I weren’t going to do favors. But then we decided to be stingy on the appetizers and have a food favor for people to eat too. So we’re only having 1 appetizer (cheese and crackers) and our favor will be a goody bag with 2 boxes of theater candy. (Everyone will get different types. They are things like m&ms, twizzlers, etc). It works out to $2 a person, still way cheaper than adding a second appetizer option to our 30 min cockatail hour!

If favors aren’t in your budget just skip them. People really won’t notice or care.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 Skip the favours. No one will miss them.

Post # 8
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Newbee

Unless I can eat it, I usually end up bringing home a favor and then throwing it away.  We are having breakfast for dinner at our wedding and initially wanted to do jam, but our budget is tight as is.  We are likely skipping favors all together.

IF we don’t skip them, we are getting married in a theater and will pass out boxes of movie theater candy ($1/each) with a label on it inviting people to our reception and with a map. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Unless favors are terribly important in your culture, skip them entirely. Most are a complete waste of money. Anyone who is going to negatively judge your wedding because you don’t give out a koozie, some cheap chocolate, or a corkscrew that will break the first time you use it, is not someone whose opinion should matter to you at all.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

We are giving out heart shaped tea strainers. They were less than $1 each from AliExpress. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee

A couple of heartfelt ideas that suit a tight budget:

– Baby succulents in small ceramic pots customised with your initials / wedding date (chat with your local plant centre, they may be able to order bulk for you at wholesale price)

– A literal favor/favour. Hand write a personalised favour for each individual/couple/family and seal it in an addressed envelope on their table. Favours like ‘A spare bed and warm meal next time you visit CA’ or ‘Brunch at Orlando’s’ or ‘A day at the beach’ – the latter is great for nieces and nephews.

Happy planning!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Stick with the edible favor – the jams, and skip the coozies and the coasters.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

bride1993 :  Honestly, I hate wedding favors. The little trinket-y stuff with someone elses wedding date or someone elses name or someone elses initals just isnt something a lot of people enjoy. I would not waste the money.

My Fiance however, likes the idea of the gesture. So we found a compromise of edible favors. We are doing Rice Crispy Treats, because they are his favorite. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I’m doing personalized shot glasses filled with candy (they work out to $2 a piece) and antique key bottle openers ($1.75 a piece)

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I’m doing splits of bubbly.  They cost $2.50 a piece.  I got business cards that match all our wedding stationary that say “Cheers, ctbxbee & FI” printed, I hole punched the cards and tied them around the necks of the bottles with ribbon.

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