(Closed) Guest Favors, need opinions!

posted 8 years ago in Favors
  • poll: What favor would you rather receive at a wedding?
    Whiskey or pint glass with our names and date on it : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Glass with, "Cheers to all the wonderful times together. Past, present and future" on it : (9 votes)
    20 %
    Reusable tote with the saying, "Live, Laugh, Love" on it : (22 votes)
    50 %
    Donate to a charity in honor of our guests : (11 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
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    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Personally I can not stand getting Tchotchkes at a weddings.  I love “you” and am happy to celebrate with you, but I dont want something with your name or date all over it… i wont use it, and its a waste of your money.  Id rather seem a couple Im celebrating either donate money to a charity in the name of family and friends of the ” X” wedding or  if they must, Ive seen somepeople give out some sort of candy. At least its edible… Were doing donating.. Its a personal choice obviously but I always see most people leave them on the table, throw them away etc.  my sister gave out heart shaped bells that doubled as the place card holders… Really?? What am i going to do with your stupid bell (sorry mini rant!) ok hope this helps good luck! 

    Post # 5
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    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I would love the tote. I agree, I probably wouldn’t use anything with names on it. Unless it was edible.

    Post # 6
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    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I like the idea of the glasses with “Cheers to all the wonderful times together. Past, present and future” or the totes. I would prefer a glass just because I love glasses and mugs with sayings on them, but either one would be great to get.

    Post # 7
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    4518 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    To be honest, anything I’ve gotten at a wedding with the couple’s name on it, I have thrown out. Even when these people were in my own family! It doesn’t mean I don’t love them; rather it’s that my space is limited and I don’t have room for an odd glass (or whatever the item is), particularly one that is so specific to someone else. I’ve been to several weddings where the favor was a donation to charity, and I’ve always been happy about that. If you want to get something material, I’d go with a generic saying, like the “live, laugh, love” tote.

    Post # 8
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    1030 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I love the idea of something edible – it’s extra dessert. 🙂 My brother and SIL had m&m’s custom made with their initials on them as a favor.. you say “aww, how cute!” and then eat them. Nothing wasted!

    Post # 9
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    4518 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    ps – re: potentially offensive charities, that’s a legitimate concern, but I do think you can find some that are universally acceptable to people. For example, I recently went to a wedding in a beautiful park, and the couple donated to the park’s preservation society for our favors. I think as long as you stay away from the super political charities (e.g. no donations to “free gaza”), you’ll be safe.

    Post # 10
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    396 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I’m with stillme! I never keep anything that has other peoples names on it! I just think it’s strange to have that in your house or to hold on to it.

    Post # 11
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    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Jerseygirl23: Offended about charities?? Well hey to each there own I suppose… its the first time Ive heard this… but thats sad… Anyways, I agree someone else said if te fam is that insistant on having your names on it, My friends did a box of 2 candies each piece was a hometown staple and it had a little story and whwatever it in.  The story was sweet about their hometowns etc and it was edible.

    @stillme: Agree with you on the random glasses and odd items out.. Someone gave us those measuring spoon that said a pinch of love etc.  Cute but I have measuring spoons. 

     

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Donations to charities =/= favors. You can write that in lieu of favors, you’ve donated to x, y, and z, but do not do it in their name. If someone donated to the national pro-life association or something (if that even exists) and slapped my name on it, I’d be pissed off. Just my .02!

    You can’t go wrong with food favors, but please, leave the names and dates and monograms at home. I have never taken a “labelled” favor with me.

    Post # 13
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    My personal choice would be the glass with the cute saying (but not the one with your name/date – I’ll throw away any favor with a name and date on it).  The cute saying on a pint glass would be closely followed by the re-usable tote.

    Personally, I’m not a big fan of the donations for a favor idea.  Giving money to a charity shouldn’t serve as a favor for your guests.  In my mind, the favor is supposed to be a small thank you for attending your wedding and being a part of your special day.  And I just don’t see how donating money to a charity that many of your guests will have zero tie to is a thank you to them.  I am totally for you and your FI making donations to charities you’d like to support on your own time but not as favors.

    Post # 14
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    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I voted for the glass without your name on it but I actually loved the tote idea. The only problem was that I doubt the fellas would like the live love laugh on it. I know my fiance wouldn’t use something like that so then I would end up with two totes…..although maybe some of your female guests would like that 🙂

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I like the 1st two options of glasses! We grab glasses like that when we go different places so all our everyday glasses are pretty eclectic! I think that is a fun favor and people would be able to use them. Plus if anyone doesn’t show or leaves theirs then you have more to enjoy for yourself lol! 

     

    Post # 16
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    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I would never use something with the bride’s/groom’s names or wedding date on it again. And our cabinet is already overflowing with kitchen wares in our tiny, tiny apartment so I’d have to go with the tote. At least I could use that for groceries. But honestly? I’d rather just have some chocolate, a charity donation, or nothing. I’m not over the moon about any of the options.

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