Post # 1
Bees, I’m driving myself crazy thinking about favors and I need help! I know this has been debated on the boards before, but I could use some input here!
Originally, I wanted our favors to be magnets. Business card size, with our chickadee motif on them, for guests to put on their fridge. But with so many people doing STD magnets, (we did not) I thought it might be kind of weird to have them at the wedding.
So then I thought about making buttons (pins) with our chickadee on them. Wouldn’t it be cute if all our guests at the reception would be wearing buttons? But would anyone pin a button on their nice dress clothes?
So my next thought…I know they say “when in doubt, go edible.” But I am not a fan of Kisses or Jordan almonds (no offense to the girls who are using those; it’s just not my thing) and I can’t think of anything else edible that’s cheap or unique.
So now I’m thinking to scrap favors all together and use the $$ somewhere else in the budget.
Of these options, what’s your favorite?
Thanks for your help, bees! I love that I can always come here for answers; no one else besides brides can really understand how this stuff can take over your brain.
Post # 3
I vote for scrapping the favors. Of all the weddings I have been to, the only favor I used was something edible. Other than that, I either left it at the venue , or it went into the bag for goodwill donations as soon as I got home.
A lot of dress fabrics are too fragile to put a pin in- I would leave it on the table.
I’m in the group that thinks we’ve gotten way too carried away with the whole favor idea.
Post # 4
To be honest with you, I think magnets and pins are a complete waste of money. Actually, I think most favors are. Fiance and I decided to go with custom koozies from custominc.com. They ran about $2.50 each which is pricey but it’s something all of our friends and family can use. If we weren’t going to do that, I wanted to do donations in honor of our guests to the SPCA or something. Every wedding I’ve ever been to, I’ve never used the favor.
If you’re going to invest in favors, I’d make it something practical.
Post # 5
Personally – I leave all favors that are not edible. None of them are useful. I don’t see a need for favors but my mom really wanted something simple and edible. We designed personalized Hershey’s bar wrappers online and are doing the personalized chocolate bars as favors. I’m actually quite excited about them. And you can put the wrappers on different types of Hershey’s bars (not just milk chocolate) along with things like crunch bars and such if you wanted to mix things up.
Post # 6
I voted nothing. I MIGHT put the pin on during the reception, but then, truthfully, i would probably just throw it away when I left. I would have no reason to wear it again. And edible is ok, but I usually don’t ever eat them! We aren’t doing favors and I think its perfectly fine. I have never actually gotten something at a wedding that I was excited about, so why waste the money?
Post # 7
I appreciate something edible like chocolates or jordan almonds… but I think I’d like it more if the couple just spared the expense. I also think donations are nice.
Post # 8
Contrary to popular belief, favors are not required and no one will miss them if you skip them. Your guests will much rather that you put that money toward good food/beverages/music and/or your photography.
Most favors get left behind and end up being a huge waste of money for the couple. They are the very first thing that can and should be cut if you are on a budget, as everyone is. If you absolutely must have them, go edible.
Post # 9
I scrapped the idea of favors for our wedding because i feel the same way. In the too near future they end up in the garbage. If anything food is the best way to go. Maybe you could do a candy bar. That way you dont have to get the cliche’ candys and your guests can have choices too!
Post # 10
I agree with the ladies, scrap them unless if you’re having something edible. I never take mine and never notice if they aren’t there.
Post # 11
Def just roll the money into the reception, for a signature cocktail, or a candy buffet, or a charity donation. Nobody except other engaged people even notice favours, I think.
Post # 12
I voted “nothing” because
1. “something edible” is cheesy and majorly overdone. Unless it’s Jordan almonds (which also have a tradition and a meaning connect to them), it doesn’t make sense to me.
2. both “pins” and “magnets” aren’t something you would use.
I’d rather have nothing… OR something I can USE OR something that has a symbolic/traditional meaning at least for the couple who is getting married.