(Closed) How Important is giving your guest wedding favors?

posted 9 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Ahh the great debate!

I myself go back & forth on this topic. I think favors are a nice gesture & fun to have, but they aren’t 100% essential either. My mom and I had this fight because she wants me to give favors, but I feel the $100 meal is gift enough.

I’ll probably cave & give out favors, but I wouldn’t ever think poorly of a bride if I left her wedding without a favor.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

I’m just making chocolate covered strawberries and putting them in a white box. I found some really cheap white boxes that you can get personalized in my wedding color font @ koyalwholesale.com. I hope they don’t melt, but hey at least I tried. I plan on leaving them in the freezer until the day of the wedding. Honestly I go to weddings sometimes and either forget to grab a favor, or never use it and end up throwing it away. I say it doesn’t matter, but if I didn’t I know my mom would totally flip out.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

i went to a wedding two weeks ago with no favors and didnt think anything of it

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

if it’s not in your budget, you don’t have to. people go to your wedding to celebrate not to get free gifts 🙂

Post # 7
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Honey bee

On a scale of 1-10, favors rank a 0. They are not required by any means and people don’t miss them if they aren’t there. If you can’t afford them, then skip them. I’ve never once been to a wedding that had favors and no one mentioned anything about them either way. I did attend an anniversary party though where the edible favors were in plain sight and they had to force them on whomever was still around at the end since no one took any. Unless they’re edible, most either get left behind or thrown in the trash once the guests get home. Save your money and put it toward something the guests will actually enjoy such as food/drink or dj. Or put it toward your photography.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

so happy to hear I can get away with this 🙂 I can’t even decide on what to give everyone. I think I will save my money and nix this.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think they’re required.  At 1/2 of the weddings I’ve been to, my favor gets stolen :o(  And a lot of stuff, I just don’t want/need.  A CD of your wedding music?  No thanks, I don’t even have a CD player anymore ;o)

I think we’re going to do daisy shaped cookies to go with our theme, but I wouldn’t mind going without either.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Per Emily Post:  “wedding favors are a charming custom but are in no way required or expected. Don’t let a retailer pressure you into an unnecessary expense. If giving favors is meaningful to your family heritage and if it is not adding a financial burden to what the bride’s family is already providing, by all means go ahead. After all, its your wedding!”

Looks like it is not poor etiquette to not provide a favor! Who knew?

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Well, I’ve been to a bunch of weddings and for the most part I can’t even remember which ones had favors and which didn’t, isn’t that bad?!  I think if you have some extra dinero, and you want to do it, and you’re aware that not everyone is going to want it, then go for it.  But if not, its totally not a necessity.  I’m still not sure that I’ll be doing favors, I’m leaning toward no.  We’re on a budget and it doesn’t seem like many others care either. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

No wedding favors here.  The guests can take the programs as their favors!

Post # 13
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18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We didn’t do favors at our wedding and I don’t think anyone cared!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

As a guest I would totally rather get no favor than get a really lame favor that will just end up in the trash.  …so I definitely don’t think that favors are necessary, and I never expect them at weddings.  That being said, I still think it is possible to make very nice and thoughtful favors on a tight budget.  It just requires a little work and creativity.  So, if favors are important to you, I’m sure you can still find something that works in your budget…

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I really don’t want to have them. I’d prefer to print up a bunch of “in lieu of favors, a donation has been made to…” but my Mom’s insisting that we can’t send people home empty handed, that they’ll expect something. She wants little bottles of wine or champagne. As long as she’s paying for it — whatever.

Whoever posted about people forgetting them is right. I dunno how many times I’ve left a wedding and forgotten the favor, or seen tons of them still lying around.  

I do plan on leaving a ton of water bottles on a table on the way out so people can just grab them on their way home/to their hotel rooms. Does that count? haha

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are not doing a wedding favor!

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