(Closed) Favor costs

posted 10 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

First of all, I’m impressed with your finding!  It sounds like this chocolate bar goes perfectly along with the theme of your wedding.  That being said….$5!  I could not imagine spending $5 on a favor for my guests, but I have a large guest list and am sticking to a (small) budget.  We have decided to forgo favors, b/c I have never been to a wedding where I have looked at/enjoyed the favor after the day of the wedding.  We felt this money could be better spent elsewhere.  In my opinion, unless you have a small guest list or an unlimited budget, this price is high.  If it’s something you really want, you’ll find a way to make it happen, but keep in mind the impact a chocolate bar favor will have versus the impact something like really great photos will have.  One other thought: if you really want to incorporate the chocolate bar, have you considered making pieces available to your guests?  Maybe offering it with dessert or setting little dishes with pieces of it on the tables?  This would be a way to have your chocolate and cut down (significantly) on cost.  Good luck! 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

It depends in part how many people you are planning on having at the reception. I see $5 and think WHOA! but if the wedding is small and it’s really important to you both, it is doable. Have you considered giving them just to wedding party as part of their gift? Or if they are available in a smaller size that might be a little more pocket friendly? There are a lot of options out there! Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hmm .. well, it does sound perfect.  But if the price is right depends on a lot of other things.  How many guests?  Spending $250 on 50 guests is a lot easier than spending $2,000 on 400 guests.  Look at your budget, if it’s something you really really want, can you cut back somewhere else to fit them in?  Have you checked online to see if there’s somewhere you can get it wholesale?

 As to whether your guests will appreciate it … that’s up to you to decide about your guests.  I personally can’t imagine chocolate with salt in it being tasty, but if you’ve got adventurous guests, you might have a whole group of converts ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

It really depends on your budget.  $1.00 to one person is the same as $5.00 to another.  For me, I couldn’t even deal with $1.00 per guest for favors with all I was spending on the rest of the wedding, so I chose to make my favors for less than 50 cents each.  If you are concerned about the price I’m sure there are many other cheaper options.  If money is not an issue, then I say go for it!  As for your guests "appreciating" it, well it has been my experience that guests appreciate favors they can eat more than favors that end up in their junk drawer.  So you are on the right  track!

Is this the bar you are talking about? http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/product/goji_exotic_candy_bar/exotic_candy_bars

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

The Goji bar is totally delicious! I would be thrilled to get that as a favor…I think it’s my favorite Vosges flavor. Are you sure there are no mini versions? I’ve seen mini versions of some of their other chocolate bars at the store.

As for the $5 question, it’s all a matter of budget and priorities, as the other posters have said. My brother and SIL paid $5 apiece for their favors (personalized, regulation-size Ultimate frisbees), but they were the big splurge in an otherwise very budget-friendly wedding. My Fiance and I are budgeting $2.50 for favors but will be spending more than my brother did on other areas, like catering.

Post # 9
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342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Those look soooooo yummy!  If there’s ample room in your budget, then why not go for it?  My only worry is that you would spend $5 per favor and then some of your guests wouldn’t really appreciate the favor.  I know I’m guilty of forgetting about or losing edible wedding favors every now and then.  For us, we’re keeping our favors to about $1 a person so that we can spend more money in other areas.

Post # 10
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95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i LOVE Vosges! i would be so thrilled to get that as a favor.  With that said, it really depends on the size of your guest list.  Also, keep in mind who is attending your wedding.  If the majority of your guests aren’t huge chocolate lovers I think it would be a waste. Good luck with your decision!

Post # 11
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121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers

What swayed me on spending more on my favors was the practicality factor. I didn’t want to spend $2-3 on something that people would most likely throw away. So I spent the extra money on an edible favor that had a bit more utility and was more meaningful to both Mr. C and I. Though I do think it depends on the couple and your budget.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

If it fits in your budget, I don’t think there’s an upper limit on what’s appropriate to give. We didn’t do favors, but I also don’t think it’s strange to spend $5 each either – especially when I’m sure that a yummy chocolate bar will be enjoyed!

Maybe the company sells bite-size versions? Worth checking their website, if you haven’t already.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Wow that looks delicious! Still, I think $5 each is a lot to spend. If you’re ordering a lot from a specific company, it might be worth it to call them and inquire about a bulk discount. Also, the affordability does depend as others have said on how many guests you are expecting. At least if guests don’t take them you’ll enjoy your leftovers, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

On the one hand, $5 is a bit steep at least for my budget (sounds like if you’re debating it, it’s a little on the high end for you too).  On the other hand, edible favors are always appreciated and you know they wont go to waste!

 Is there any sort of compromise?  Can you find chocolates that aren’t as pricey but give the same effect?  Can you find somewhere that would give you a bulk discount>?

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

My favors were $5.50 each–a box of chocolates that Darling Husband adores.  I honestly wanted to forego favors entirely, but Darling Husband really wanted them and since he didn’t have many big wedding-related desires, we went ahead and forked out the dough.

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