(Closed) Affordable wedding favors

posted 4 years ago in Favors
Post # 2
3723 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

People will likely throw away any non edible favor you give them. People almost always prefer an edible favor. I would find it odd to be given wine glasses or bottle openers at a dry wedding. Chocolates or cookies wrapped up to go will always go over well. 

Post # 3
1017 posts
Bumble bee

I prefer food favors.  As a guest, I have no use for anything personalized with the bride & groom’s names, wedding date, etc.  Those favors all end up being left behind or in the trash at home. 


How about a small favor box with your favorite candy or a cookie or two inside? You could do navy favor boxes with gold foil wrapped chocolates inside?  Michael’s and other craft stores have inexpensive favor boxes and bulk candy for 50 guests won’t be that expensive either. 

Post # 4
227 posts
Helper bee

I received handmade soap at one wedding, which is sort of an edible (at least it’s a consumable) and I loved that. We got succulents at another wedding, which I know is super trendy but I loooooved them and have kept them going two years later. I did end up with several, because many got left behind, and the bride was pushing them into my hands when we left.

At one wedding we got caramel popcorn. There was nothing caramel popcorn-y about the wedding. I found this odd. So if you do do something someone can eat, at least have it tie into your “theme”. (That being said, anything alcohol related at a dry wedding feels a little off to me.)

We gave our guests little 3oz jars of local honey. A few got left behind, but for the most part I think they were a hit. I saw a few kids pop the tops and just eat the honey right at the table. You do you, guests.

Post # 5
4798 posts
Honey bee

No one will miss the favors if you don’t have them.  If you’re on that tight of a budget, then just skip them since it doesn’t sound like you have money burning a hole in your pocket.


That said, I would never want a personalized glass (I assume you mean with your wedding info).  I own wine glasses.  I also own a bottle opener.  Unless you want to take a bunch of your favors back home with you, stick with edible.  Even if someone doesn’t like that particular edible favor, you’ll likely encounter people who do and are willing to take two, but people generally don’t need multiple bottle openers.

Post # 6
3588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We didn’t do favours and I doubt anyone missed them. If you do want something then perhaps a little heart-shaped chocolate on each plate. It doesn’t have to be complicated 🙂

Post # 7
167 posts
Blushing bee

We were thinking of doing stemless wine glasses too! Ones that double as a place setting as it will have the guest’s names on them, which saves us some cash as we won’t need place settings, and additional glass wear hire!

I think if the favour is personalised to the guest then I think guests tend to like them more than if they were to have the bride and grooms wedding details on the favour.

But I agree with a previous poster who said that nobody would miss them, I went to a wedding where the favours were donuts, I didn’t get one because one lady came up and took 12 haha, but I didn’t mind that I didn’t get a favour!

Post # 8
1017 posts
Bumble bee

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olivebutton :  Yes, something with the guest’s name or mongram is ok, but please don’t make your guests use 1 wine glass all night and then take a dirty glass home as their favor.  That’s just gross.  If you want to do them, fine, but don’t do them to cut down on stemware rentals!! 

Post # 9
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I also couldn’t figure out what to do for favors, but ended up doing edible favors. I agree that all wedding personalized stuff is just being thrown away for the most part. I have ordered similar boxes in my wedding color and will put a few chocolate candies. I figured if any guests won’t take them I’ll be happy to have extra candies for next


Post # 10
7 posts
  • Wedding: May 2018

We’re doing milk and cookies! Getting cute mini milk jugs or milk cartons (haven’t decided) and putting labels on them! And my momma is making our favorite cookies from scratch that we love!

Post # 11
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - State Park

You’re fine to skip favors. If you want them, I always keep matchbooks and koozies. And it’s no big deal if you end up with 1000 extra matchbooks, just throw them in emergency kits. 

Post # 12
5168 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

If you don’t have the budget just skip them, favors are the least important part of the day. 

Post # 13
276 posts
Helper bee

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crae09 :  We live in Colorado, which is very famous for its never ending craft beers (plenty of which will be offered at our open bar). Our wedding them is vintage, so we ordered a batch of assorted skeleton keys that are actually bottle openers (perfect for our family and friends who are ALL craft beer connoisseurs lol) 

We also had some custom tags made to attach to each one that says something like “Love is the key to happiness…and the ability to open a bottle” This will let folks know its not just a junk key, but something useful. And at the bottom is of course our names and date.

The keys were about $40 for 60 (ebay) and the custom made tags were literally $6 (etsy). I say if they dont all get taken so what.. they will still make for very nice decor for the reception..and well, we will give leftovers out for Halloween, Christmas, and birthdays the following year.

I also cannot agree that people wont enjoy/take a non edible favor. Maybe its just the Colorado beer but I swear every wedding Ive been to all the personalized koozies, chalkboard mugs and bottle openers etc were always taken. 

Heres a pic to give you the idea. The keys are really heavy, and the heads are different shapes and sizes. We ordered copper ones to go with our burgundy/gold/copper wedding colors. 


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