(Closed) Favors…are they just a waste of money?

posted 9 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We aren’t doing individual favors but we are doing a candy buffet so thats kind of in between.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have pretty much decided against favors because of budget and the fact that I either don’t remember or don’t use the favors I’ve received from other weddings.  We may do suckers/lollipops made in the letters of our initials just because I saw them somewhere and thought they were cute.  I’ve also seen cookies with the monogram done in icing.  Both of these are pretty simple to make and easy on the budget.  Depending on the season of your wedding, you may be able to get something like seed packets or drink mixes (hot chocolate, cider, tea, etc). Good luck!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2008

For our outdoor wedding I scoured the internet for low cost fans, I was able to get very pretty sandalwood fans for less than $2 each, and almost everyone, even the men were using them!  It was a conversation starter too –  with people trying to show off their fan flipping skills (you know like a Spanish lady, where you pull out the fan and unfurl it in one quick motion?)

 

So, if you do want to send your guests home with something physical, like pp said above, something that ties in with the season or setting of your wedding can easily be done on a budget.

 

I once saw in a knot bio a very neat favor display –  the couple were big readers and they had a display of small books –  Dover thrift editions that are usually $1 or $2 each – a very unusual idea!

 

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m a huge fan of koozies (huggers/ beer holders/ whatever you happen to call them), and you can get great deals on them–.89 a piece for 200. You can have them personalized with your monogram, or something along with the theme, or your names and the date.  I think this is a regional thing, but we love getting them as favors, because you can never have enough of them when it’s 100 degrees outside and you’re trying to keep your cans cold!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We haven’t decided on our favor yet, becuase we are struggling with wanting to pick something meaningful for us and useful for the guests. I am a big fan of a simple picture frame (4×6). It can double as a seating card and the guests can use it to remember the day. Another bonus for the frame is that you could just do one per couple or family to cut down excess and costs. I would LOVE if we could end up mailing a pic of the guests (for the frame) with the Thank you card.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We did a large candy buffet and it was a huge it.  And I don’t think thanking your guests for attending your wedding is a waste of money.  If you aren’t keen on favors you could make a donation to a cause that you believe in and leave a card at each place setting describing the donation.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

The candy buffet idea is so cute.  I love it.  And the donation too.   I agree with showing your appreciation to your guests.  You certainly don’t have to make it the traditional stuff trinket box or whatever.  The most practical has to be something edible.  Who doesn’t enjoy a cookie?  And it doesn’t clutter up your house, just your tummy!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Personally for what i can afford… i cut out the wedding favors and instead having a chocolate fountain… something extra the guest can enjoy AT the wedding instead of after… 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My own take on it is that the best way to show appreciation to your guests is to throw a great party, and make sure you talk with everyone and tell them how glad you are they could be there.  I’ve been at weddings with favors and weddings without, and as a guest, I’ve never thought "gee, they didn’t give me a favor, they must not be glad I came."

If there’s something you and your Fiance would really like your guests to have, that fits perfectly with the theme of your wedding and fits in your budget, that’s fantastic.  But I hate to see couples stressing out over the favors and thinking that they have to do them.  Your family and friends will still feel welcome and appreciated even if they don’t get a bag of candied almonds at the end of the evening!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I saw recently online some beautiful boxes shaped in the design of a piece of cake.  Each decorated "slice" box could be arranged to form a wedding cake!  It was really cute! You could gift the guests in the gift boxes the wedding cake at the end of the night.  I’d do that but definitely have and offer another dessert to them after dinner…let them leave with cake!

We may do brownie pops with icing initials on them.  If we do opt for a beach wedding, I would invest in palm fans for the guests too.  One of my fav party favor sites that I’ve used for years for inexpensive favors for my son’s birthday parties is oriental trading (http://www.orientaltrading.com ) and they have some palm fans for a very reasonable price and you could put a logo sticker or monogram on them or a gift tag.  Very reasonable too. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I don’t think favors are a waste of money, but I also don’t think they make or break the big day either!  We did chocolate bars with custom wrappers.  We ended up getting a great deal on them and they were super cute.  We ordered from http://wrappedhersheys.com/ – if you sign up for e-mails about sales, you’ll get an email coupon for 10% off your order total within 20 minutes of signing up.  That covered shipping for us!  The back of the wrapper we chose had our dates for our first date, engagement date, and wedding.  Super cute!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

we decided to donate to a friend’s charitable foundation… we printed a line at the bottom of our menus with this info, and then FORGOT the menus at home on the big day. so no one even knew. i don’t think they even noticed!

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