(Closed) Have you ever been to a wedding that you actually liked the favors?

posted 7 years ago in Favors
Post # 46
10223 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

We got a compliments on ours.  We had a very small, intimate wedding & each guest received a nice piece of Godiva nicely wrapped in a small silver box.  Our colors were silver & ivory.  The guests loved them & all wanted to swap with the ones who got white chocolate.  We had extras that got snatched up,too.

Who knew such a small favor would be such a big hit?


Post # 47
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

While it’s a dated concept, I still think it’s a nice gesture for your guests.  I think it can also help make your tables and seating jazzed up! 


I echo everything people have said:  if you order it from a catalog and it’s personalized, skip it.  I think edible ones are the way to go.

There are three weddings that stick out in my mind where I loved the favors.

1.  My friends Ben and Anna got married, and they had mini loaves of “BenAnna” bread for everyone. 🙂

2.  We went to a wedding where the couple gave everyone fancy chopsticks to honor the bride’s heritage.  We love these and like pulling them out of the drawer when we get sushi takeout.

3.  I had two friends who gave out fancy little boxes of matches.  Not a matchbook, but like nice little matches in a box.  It sounds stupid, but they were so dainty and cute… And I always used them to light candles in my house and always thought of the couple.  I’m sure this was inexpensive… And was something just nice and small sitting with a small now at the place setting.

If you can think of something cute to go with your theme, or something edible that is native to where you’re from or holding the wedding, go for it.  

Post # 48
3080 posts
Sugar bee

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carolinabelle:  +1 I didn’t think that was still allowed.

Post # 49
1110 posts
Bumble bee

I haven’t been to many waeddings at all, so I feel like I should remember them really well. But i have no idea if there even were favors. I remember the experience more than what i got.

Post # 50
948 posts
Busy bee

I’ve never been to a wedding that i liked the favor. However, at m wedding, all the favors were taken home. And After my wedding, I was getting emails asking if I had any favors left overs and if I could mail it to them. 

we had  personalized m&ms in our wedding colors in mini mason jars

Post # 51
2361 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think favors are a waste…but that’s just my personal opinion. 

Post # 52
4117 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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futuremrsJR:  Photo booth print outs, candy bar, or cupcakes. Anything else is just kind of “eh” to me. For my wedding, we’re having a candy bar and a photo booth, so that will be the only favors. I’ve seen too many threads on here where people just throw other stuff out or leave it on the table and I am not going to waste my money on anything else. 

Post # 53
2595 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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carolinabelle:  Oh yeah I think we took home like 6 of the fish so they would have a good home Earl is the only one still living. RIP Regina, Renia, Prince Eric, Ariel and Flounder 🙁 I would never give animals as gifts! But it was an under the sea wedding and the bride no matter how much we told it wasn’t a good Idea JUST had to HAVE fish as favors. Sigh.

Post # 54
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Two really nice favors:

1) Chocolate covered strawberries and they looked like a bride and groom the way they were dipped.  But it was one box of strawberries per couple (or guest plus one).

2) A friend who is very close to her family.  Her wedding was in December and her favors were cookie cutters with a family recipe for cookies. I thought it was very sweet.

After reading things on this site, I may cut favors from my wedding.  I never thought about excluding them but it would be a good way to cut costs as I am on a tight budget.  I went to a wedding recently where there were no favors and I didn’t even think twice about it until I got home. It was actually nice not having to have some extra candy or something that would just put away.

I would also not go through the trouble of getting your name engraved. I got a nice glass once with the couples name and wedding date.  But it doesn’t get used a lot because, well, I don’t really want to drink out of it.

Post # 55
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m skipping the favors. Personally I’ve never been to a wedding where I though they added anything, and I usually leave them behind. While I think it’s a nice gesture, I always wonder how much money the couple spent (or wasted, IMO).

Post # 56
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

At the last wedding I went to, the bride and groom set out favor boxes at the tables that had chocolates, candy, a mini bottle of liquor, and a tiny bottle of bubbles. I didn’t see any boxes leftover and surprisingly everyone had the most fun blowing bubbles.  The wedding before that, they gave out homemade madeleines that were insanely good and none were leftover either.

DH is from Maine and I wanted to incorporate something from his home state, so we gave out whoppie pies that were shipped from there.  They were already individually packaged and included personalized tags, so no work was done on our part.  They were a huge hit and everyone was raving about them.  We had about a dozen leftover, but I suspect it was because they were put out after some guest had already left.  They definitely didn’t go to waste though.  I saved a couple for us, gave a few to the staff, and the rest to some my coworkers.

That being said, no one would’ve missed them if we didn’t do favors but I’m glad we had them. Favors are definitely not neccessary, but I say go for it if you have the budget.  Especially if they’re edible! 

Post # 57
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t think they are necessary, especially if trying to save costs, but favours/name places i have taken home and enjoyed include: homemade jam, tea towels, port glasses, homemade cookies, photo frames (with pic of guest inisde as a name place), handpainted stones with name on, painted horseshoe with name on it and chocolates.

Post # 58
1703 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I like edible favors too – something that you can eat as a snack toward the end of the reception. Please no koozies. Those have had their day.

Post # 59
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Funny to see the range of opinions on this. Personally, I don’t like edidble favors- I would rather a couple give nothing than customized M&Ms or chocolate bars. It just seems like such an obligation and neither party really ever cares about it. As a wedding guest I’m going to a fun party, getting dinner, getting free drinks, and being entertained… I don’t need a favor on top of that!

That being said, I do like photobooths and will be using that as a guestbook/favor combo. Otherwise, though, I probably wouldn’t do favors at all.

Post # 60
10 posts
  • Wedding: June 2017

For our wedding back in 1997, we gave out small wooden ships at our 200 guest yacht club reception.  For our 20th anniversary renewal, I’m painting original paintings for each of our 50 guests to serve as placecards and favors.  I think it all depends on the crowd you’re hosting.

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