Homemade Candles as favors?

posted 2 years ago in Favors
Post # 2
9101 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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justforkeeps :  I think those are really cute. I would definitely take one if I wasn’t travelling, and probably even if I was since they are small and compact. And if you have some left over, you can use them yourself. I say go for it.

Post # 3
33 posts

I love this idea but I may also be biased because I love candles. As long as they are a nice scent I think this is a great idea.. the men may not take one but that’ll just leave room for the women to double up! 

Post # 4
7344 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Honestly I would probably just skip favors. In my experience as a wedding photographer they usually get left behind. Some people will take them but you will likely have a lot more people who don’t take them. I’ve seen about every kind of favor you can imagine and unless it’s somthing super yummy (and in that case they usually eat it right there, it doesn’t even make it home) people tend to leave them behind. 

They are super cute but I feel like you’d be doing a lot of work to potenitally have to take a lot home.

Post # 6
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I’m biased but I’m doing candles in two scents (one more feminine and one more masculine) in 4″ tins for my wedding…so I think it’s a great idea. I have a lot of guy friends that actually burn candles and I figured the ones who don’t won’t really care about favors and then their GFs/wives get two out of the deal 😉

I think re-purposing for leftovers that guests don’t take will be easy too…either burn them at home or can gift later for Christmas, housewarming parties, etc.

Post # 7
13610 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I’d save your time and money. The reception is the thank you to your guests. Favors are totally unnecessary. 

Post # 8
3554 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m very much in the camp of unless I can eat or drunk it, I’m not taking it.

Post # 9
1140 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

I love candles, however I do think they’re a bit difficult to transport afterwards. Glass isn’t great to chuck in a bag, and most women only bring small clutch bags to weddings, so I wouldn’t want to have to find somewhere to put it.

Realistically, I’d probably initially think it was lovely, and then either forget it or leave it because it didn’t fit in my bag…

Post # 10
345 posts
Helper bee

I love candles and I would definitely take one! I burn them quite often though, so people who don’t may not take one but I still think it’s a lovely idea! Especially if homemade!

Post # 11
3589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m sensitive to most smells, and scents trigger migraines for me. But as long as long as there’s a lid on it, I’d just think it’s cute and not take one. Now if they were lit and smelling up the air, I’d be pretty frustrated. Big groups are already hard enough for me because of all the perfume. As cute little favors it seems totally fine. People can take them if they want them.

Post # 12
1461 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

How many candles will you have to make?  Candles can be prepped well in advance, so maybe the DIY aspect won’t be too taxing (unlike elaborate centerpieces)… but my concern with DIY favors is that they can be time consuming and stressful to get done. 

Family and friends are great, but unless they’ve perfomed this particular set of tasks before, they may not know what they’re signing up for/ be less efficient than you’d like. 

Like a PP said, I’d take a candle if I wasn’t traveling, but I wouldn’t bother if I had to put it in my suitcase.  I’ve left many wedding favors in hotel rooms over the years.

Post # 13
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Mountains

I love candles so I would take one! I would probably take a few that other guests might leave behind…

As PP said, take your time and budget into account before you make them and be prepared to take home those left behind.

Post # 14
8268 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I love it! I would definitely take one, even if travelling. Since its not a liquid I can pack it up nice even in a carry on. 

Post # 15
2486 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Honestly I rarely take favors. I would like the candle idea but I probably wouldn’t take one because I’d have no where to put it (I rarely bring a purse to a wedding, usually just a small clutch). I would probably just skip it because I think the money and time can be spent better elsewhere. 

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