- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
So, I hate favors. I honestly think they’re a waste of time/effort most of the time because they go unnoticed or unused. I get that some people think of it as a way to thank their guests for coming, but what better way to thank a guest than to throw an awesome party!? Also, I’m planning to do thank yous at each seat, I’ll thank each person for coming when I see them, and we’ll send out thank yous after the fact as per usual. So, I don’t know that an extra thanks is necessary.
That being said, like any bride, I really want my guests to have a good time. So, I was thinking of providing little “comforts” throughout the night in lieu of doing traditional favors. And I want to know your opinion, do you think that’s okay or do you think favors are non-negotiable?
This is what we already have in store:
1) Welcome bags at hotel for all guests staying there (we have a good amount of out of town guests), which will be filled with some treats, water bottles, shuttle times, etc.
2) Silk fans with our name & date on each seat at the ceremony. We’re getting married outside at the end of July, so I imagine these things will come in handy.
3) Bubbles at each seat at ceremony – I’m not sure if this counts as something for the guests because I think it might be more for us and a photo op. But I digress….
4) A basket of flip flops (in our colors of course) at the reception so that anyone with uncomfortable shoes has an option other than being barefoot.
5) The florist is providing a basket of goodies for the bathroom–hairspray, deodorant, perfume, etc–for free.
6) An ice cream bar – probably definitely unnecessary, but the venue threw it in for free and my inner fat kid is SO excited for this part of the reception.
7) The venue will be setting up a departure station (also free), where they’ll serve 2 types of cookies along with coffee, tea, and bottled water for guests on their way out. Since we’re having a ridiculous amount of food to begin with, I was thinking of getting to-go boxes and putting stickers on them (i.e. “thank you from the new mr. & mrs…”) – that way guests can fill up the boxes with cookies for later on or the next day if they’re already stuffed.
Those are definites. I am also toying with the idea of doing a photobooth because I always wanted one, it would be fun for our guests, and we’d all get to keep the photos as a keepsake. But I don’t know that it’s in the budget, so let’s pretend it’s not – are the items I listed above enough or do I need traditional favors? Do I need the photobooth? Should I make a donation to charity? Should I give little chocolate truffles? Should I quit worrying and move on to something else more important…?