(Closed) Deciding on REAL favors we can actually afford. Which would u like to receive?

posted 7 years ago in Favors
  • poll: Which of these "new-budget-friendly" favors would you be the most happy with receiving?
    A journal with a picture of us and slogan on the front : (6 votes)
    5 %
    A tea bag with a slogan tied onto it : (54 votes)
    43 %
    A pair of flip flops with a note that reads "kick off your dancing shoes and enjoy" : (66 votes)
    52 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Sorry can I say neither?

    I wouldn’t actually use a journal with a picture of a couple on it or someone elses’s wedding date.

    A tea bag?  I donno what I’d think, the words “super cheap” come to mind.  I think tea is a good idea but maybe get a little jar to fill with tea, becasue one tea bag would be pretty bad IMO.

    Flip flops seem like a logistical nightmare in the sense that people have different size feet and you’ll probably end up with guests who end up with something they can never wear.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    honestly–we didn’t do favors, and no one noticed. I’ve never received a favor that I was super psyched about…I wouldn’t really worry about it and add that money to something else exciting at the wedding.

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    If you’re trying to cut down your budget, what about cutting favours all together? 

    Post # 6
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I agree, I’m not a big favor person to begin with, and the options presented don’t really appeal to me.

    What about doing a donation to a charity you support in lieu of favors?  You could print up a nice sign for each table and write “In lieu of favors, Katie and Mr. Katie have made a donation in the name of their guests to ____.”  My sister did it at her wedding and it went over really well. 

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @abbie017:  with the donations, you need to be careful what you donate to as the cause you choose could be against someones beliefs/values etc and be offensive to guests.

    I also unfortunately don’t see the appeal in the favours – have you thought about something edible?

    Post # 8
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @bali_y:  Good point.  My sister picked the Alzheimer’s Association of America because it has really affected my family, and also was an issue in her husband’s family.  There are some very non-offensive charities, like children’s cancer research or issues that directly affect the families involved…but yes, there are some that you’d want to avoid!

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I clicked flip flops, but I think the charity option is the best.  Give a donation to something you feel strongly about and have a sign on each table explaining that.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Out of the three choices, I would like the flip flips because I always feel like I need to wear heels to a wedding and I HATE HEELS (There! I said it!).

    As a “budget friendly” way to do favours, we are axing favours, but for important relatives and friends (pretty much everyone isnce we are having such a small wedding!) we are going to mail out a framed wedding picture with a thank you card.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I wouldn’t use the journal. One tea bag is a bit of a let down, and flip flops would be impossible as far as sizing goes.

    I’d skip the favors all together. People probably won’t notice or care in the slightest. Put the savings into something else your guests will enjoy, like nicer food, or spend it in another area of your wedding!

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Another idea is to keep that money to pay for postcards with a picture from the wedding day which you can send to the guests as a thank you after the day.  That kind of favour, although not given on the day may mean more to them to have a beautiful “official” picture of you two.

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I clicked flip flops because I couldn’t see myself having any use for the other two…  but I can see how doind flip flops would be a nightmare! (having to get a good range of sizes to fit all of your guests).  How about something eat-able?  Sweets are usually a crowd pleaser.  

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I love the flip flop idea, but I could see how sizing could present a problem…. Think it would be a fun way to get everyone up and dancing!

    Where would you have them though? On the table or maybe a basket they could pick their sizes from??

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I agree with PPs, stuff with the couple’s name/date/picture on it are definitely things to avoid.  A tea bag would make me think “I have a ton of my own Lipton sitting in my pantry at home right now”, and the flip flops seem like too big of an undertaking with sizing, etc.  I think a higher quality edible item, like a nicer quality chocolate favor or something, would be a good idea if you do favors at all.  I love the donation idea, too!!  We’re doing a big donation to St. Baldrick’s because it’s personal to the owner of the reception venue we picked, and he was a super nice guy who is very involved in that charity, so we felt it would be nice to donate in honor of his 2 year old daughter who had passed away.

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