(Closed) Do we REALLY need to get favors?

posted 10 years ago in Favors
  • poll: Are you getting your guests favors?

    Yes, we want to give our guests a small "thank you"

    No, its an unnecessary expense

    We haven't decided yet

    Other

  • Post # 31
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    We are doing sugar cookies.

    I originally wanted to do shot glasses but then really thought about it and I would never use anything what had someones name on it so why would my guests? I think the candy/food are the only type of favors that people dont throw away

    Post # 32
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We are giving out personalized coolie cups/koozies (depending on where you’re from) they say to have and to hold and to keep your drink cold. We’re having canned soda and beer at our reception so these work for us. they also have our names and date on them. They cost roughly $.50 each and are super cute andI believe they will be used.

    Post # 33
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Its deffinitly not necessary, but i do remember the weddings of people who DIDNT give any…(not to be rude)

    We just did a candy buffet as the favours! The bags had stamps on them that were on the invites, program, tables etc and lots of people ate candies there and packed a little bag for home. I think its a nice way of saying thank you….

    Post # 34
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We are also doing a candy/cookie bar. I forgot to include those with my previous comment. The candy will be nostalgic and the cookies will be made with the sugar and extract.

    Post # 35
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @Selene221 & pb and j I’m soooo glad you don’t think its tacky because I never heard any feedback from our guests.  🙂 I thought it was cute and practical.  We had 2 colors made with our names.  We thought matchbooks were a little geared towards smokers so we got matchboxes!  This makes my day!! thanks!

    Post # 36
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We aren’t sure yet, but probably.  My mom seemed disappointed with no favors and we can do something relatively cheaply.  We’re thinking candy sticks in the wedding colors bundled with ribbon.  It will add to the decorations, and since there will be kids at the wedding, someone will enjoy them!  We might also make a donation to a charity and add a card to the candy, but we’re undecided at the moment.

    Post # 37
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    eh, we’re doing shot glasses ’cause my Fiance wants them (complete with “our” symbol/logo).  (And if you put it in the dishwasher on the top rack, the paint will come off… just sayin’)

    I’m also going to make coasters (enough for the guests to take at least one) with our “logo” on it with the year on the back.  It works perfectly, since I’m an artist and I actually designed it myself, lol.  who knows, I might even “sign” it with my new last name! 

    We’re also contemplating getting custom 20-sided dice (we’re gamers and, come on, they’re just COOL) for our guests too, especially the kids.  I’ll probably come up with a nifty way for them to be “displayed”, too.  (yes, I AM that crazy…)

    The kids’ dice will be in a drawstring bag that I’ve gotta figure out how to customize that I’m sewing with fabric I already have and black yarn for the drawstring.  (the fabric is gold and black…)

    I LOVE favors and love having stuff as keepsakes.  For me, my memories are often keyed to an object, place, or name.  If I see it, I’ll remember the day or event or whatever.  (That’s what comes from having a memory like a steel trap. lol)

     

    Post # 38
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    Helper bee

    I wonder if we’re going a bit too far on favors, we absolutely adore our guests, so a few hundred spent on them if it makes their night a bit more enjoyable, is totally alright with us.

    We’re doing little take home kits of food from the region. 

    Post # 39
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    Helper bee

    Just thought it would be helpful for you to know what favors I’ve taken, if you do decide to go with favors here are some ideas. 

    1) Coaster – not personalized with your names or dates. 

    2) Wine Stopper

    3) Incense

    Post # 40
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We’re making a donation to a local charity and doing little cards that say “In lieu of a favor we have made a donation in your honor to (local charity).  Thank you for celebrating with us!”

    I think favors are an unnecessary expense and I never saved any of the ones I got at weddings.

    Post # 41
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011 - The Providence Biltmore

     I think the only crowd you’ll have an issue with if you cut them is the “old aunts.”  An alternative to buying trinkets is to donate some money to a charity in lieu of a favor.  I have heard that most guests, if receiving a favor, prefer food favors. 

    Post # 42
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We are giving people a small but tasty chocolate each. Edible, simple, everyone likes them.

    Post # 43
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Dollar Tree has the cutest favor boxes for like 6 for a dollar (little miniature brides and grooms) and I am going to fill them with candies…. I didn’t spend alot of money and I it serves as a favor and a second “sweet tooth satisfier” besides the cake.

    Post # 44
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @mszebra, actually most older ladies would not be offended at all if you skipped favors, especially since they were not even heard of in the days when they got married.

    Post # 45
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @snake: well it’s not really a favor but in the UK a small bag of sugared almonds is traditional – however on a table of say 10 – you just put out 5 bags – so it’s not a favor per-se – but they get eaten by the end of the night 😀

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