(Closed) Anyone else think Favors are sort of a waste?

posted 12 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

No, in my opinion favors are not a waste. Wedding favors can take many forms from cookies to charity contributions and everything in between. Hopefully they are something the bride and groom feel shows their guests gratitude for supporting them on their big day. Wedding favors are gifts to the guests to thank them for attending- I think they are a great gesture and can really add a nice, personal touch to the celebration. Definitely not a waste.

Post # 4
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Favors a waste?  You betcha.  Your wedding director deserves a kick in the shin.  A snack toward the end of the evening is a much better way to spend the cash (taco bar, pizza), if you really have that much cash in your budget burning a whole in your pocket.  Or your suggested upgrades are also good ideas and will be appreciated way more.  I’ve been to a lot of weddings and worked at a lot of weddings (caterer) and people like a good meal, good liquor, and some good music to shake their tails to.  Most of the rest is unneccessary fluff that is only noticed by a few (and often left behind on the tables).

Post # 5
9 posts

We arent doing favors.  My crowd will likely toss them in the trash.  I got quite a few upgrades and thought that was a better way to budget.

Post # 8
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Absolutely. I think the celebrating takes precedence over the kitschy stuff that you get at a wedding to take home. I’d remember a bad meal sooner than I’d remember a cute favor. If I remembered the favor to begin with! I’m not doing favors and I’m sure they’re not going to miss it with the great music, food and all night open bar.

Post # 9
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

If you spend that money on a photobooth, those pics can be the favor.

I think this is a regional thing – in some areas it’s done, in some it isn’t. I’ve been to a lot of weddings around the country and can not remember a single favor I’ve ever received. So yeah, I’d call that a waste of money. 

Post # 10
117 posts
Blushing bee

I think it’s a total waste.  I’ve gotten wedding favors at most weddings I’ve been to and they all end up in the trash eventually.  and the money really adds up so i would much rather spend it elsewhere.  the only wedding favors that I thought was an awesome idea was little bottles of champagne at every seat with a personalized label.  It was favor and alcohol in one.

I don’t think anyone would criticize you or think less of you if you didn’t do favors.

Post # 11
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

nobody will miss them. we are doing them because my Future Mother-In-Law already bought all of the packaging and we are using cheap candy to fill them

Post # 12
11 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

We are making a very personal favor, and that’s the only reason we’re giving one away. We are musicians, and so we’re going into the studio this week to cut a cd. We’re spending a LOT on it, but it’s something we wanted to do anyway and it’s special to us. We’re recording 5 love songs together, will package it very inexpensively, and give it away to our friends and family at our wedding. Since we met in a band it ties into our personal story.

 I think if your favor doesn’t mean anything to you – DON’T DO IT. That’s when it’s a waste of money!! If we weren’t doing this, I would not be doing anything.

 I love the idea of a late night pizza or taco bar!

Post # 13
48 posts

                             We are doing something personal as well-if I hadn’t (accidenatlly) found these in a cooking magazine ad, I wouldn’t have bothered with them. I love the late night snack idea-or if your reception doesn’t run late, upgrade something.

Post # 14
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I agree, I think favors are wasteful.  The problem is the older more traditional crowd sometimes "expects" them.  When I mentioned to my Aunt we were going to forgo favors (as well as children) I could tell she was offended (by both equally). 

  To quiet everyone we are giving away our favorite almond cookies that are homemade by my Mother-In-Law and myself to quiet those who feel favors are necessary.  


I  envy you brides from modern families…

Post # 15
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

we’re doing favors….for two reasons 1) obligation 2) adds to the theme

we have korean wedding dolls that are going to be set out at each table.

we also have korean fans that will be placed on the chairs for the ceremony since its outside and most likely sunny and hot (assuming it doesn’t rain)

it did cost more than your average favor i.e. bag of mints, but it was mainly to give the wedding/reception its theme.

we’re also not doing any flowers for the wedding or reception to cut costs.

so the favors really are the main things that set the theme of the whole thing.

Post # 16
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I think it depends on the favors.  We had little boxes of chocolates, handmade by a local company – not one was left at the end of the evening, and lots of people said that they couldn’t wait to eat them until they got home.  We also had wrapped votive candles and custom match boxes, which I was a little less sure about, but they also disappeared – every one – and I have had quite a few emails in the weeks since the wedding asking what the candle fragrances were (we used Home Sweet Home and Lemon Lavender from Yankee Candle) as people liked them so much.  We also got a lot of comments on the match boxes.

We tried to pick out things that we thought the majority of our guests could use – a nice candle is useful to most people – and a lot of our friends compulsively collect match boxes.  And of course, you can hardly go wrong with good chocolate.  If you can think of a favor that you feel your guests would like, then it’s a nice idea.  I do also agree that I have gotten a fair amount of useless junk as favors at weddings over the years, which is why we didn’t even consider most of the stuff available.

Possibly one of the most useful functions of favors, as emmkae says, are as table decor.  We wrapped ours in colors that coordinated with the rest of our decor and with our table linens, and they looked lovely.  I think the tables would have looked a bit bare without them, as we didn’t go for the elaborate centerpieces that some do.

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