(Closed) How much is ok to spend on favors?? What are your favor costs??

posted 7 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

It really depends what you can afford & what kind of wedding it is. Mr Rugbee & I agreed that pretty much the only thing people are going to remember from weddings directly implicate them: food, bar & favours, so we spent a little extra on those three (well a LOT extra for the bar… but anyway)

My favours were a little under 10$ per person. I bought ceramic mugs from discountmugs.com with our profiles on them & filled them with cocoa & coffee (cause it’s freaking january). Each guest got a mug. I hate when they do 1 per family. What are you going to do with 1 freaking mug anway?!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

There’s no “right” amount. Spend what you can afford. I’ve seen favors for as cheap as $0.50 upwards of $10 a pop (and I’m sure beyond). Ours were $5 each for our orchard fresh mini apple pies.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re making cookies for everyone (which is very cheap) but making a donation to St. Baldrick’s which is a charity for children’s cancer. The owner of our reception venue had a 2 year old daughter die of brain cancer and St. Baldrick’s is very dear to him, so we’re making donations on behalf of our guests.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

That’s awesome, PP but also very sad.

 

@EricaRenea:  What kind of wedding is it?  What theme do you have?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It just depends what will fit not the budget and theme. 

Ive always wanted Rok Candy (and it’s a bonus the colour we have to get so happens to be my fav favour lol) so I’m doing a little box of those each decorated to our theme. As its costing me about $3.50 each. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We did homemade raspberry jam and our place cards were cross-stitched Christmas tree ornaments, so they kind of got two.  There was enough jam for everyone (and then some!), but the ornaments were 1 per couple.

The ornaments cost about $1.50 each and the jam would have been about $2 if we had to buy all the ingredients (the jam was a gift, we just bought the jars).  Darling Husband and I did the packaging ourselves with bits of leftover stuff from other aspects of the wedding.

Choose something that suits your personalities, your theme and your budget!

Here is our jam and you can kind of see the ornament too:

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

i think it depends on your budget vs. the # of guests…we are having about 250 ppl.  our favor is going to be Jones soda…the cost for us is just under $1.50 per person.  We are doing Jones soda because that’s FI’s (and soon to be mine) last name.  if we were having a smaller wedding, i would probably spend more on favours.

Post # 10
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Honey bee

Th PPs covered it. We figured $2 per person and made a donation in that amount.

Sometimes its the little things that add up. you may buy some cheap candy, but then you have to buy a box, ribbon, tags etc so when you choose something be sure you figure out all the little costs as well.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

they should cost whatever you can afford and think looks nice… can’t afford something you like- try the donation approach… you can even have “free” favor cards printed by vistaprint!

Our favors are going to double as placecards/escort cards as well and are only costing us approx. $1.50/pp… not bad for a 2-in-1!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

we are doing a photobooth, and that’s serving as their favor.  the photobooth is $1950, but comes with unlimited pictures and a print for EACH person in the picture.  so it wouldn’t matter how many guests we were having, but at roughly 220 guests it’s costing $8.63 pp.  however, that photobooth is also doing quadruple duty – it’s a favor, it provides entertainment, it is serving as a guest book, and it creates a memory for us because we get a copy of each picture.  if we weren’t doing the photobooth, i would probably skip favors entirely.  i personally enjoy edible favors at a wedding just because i love snacks, but if i was going to spend $3 pp for a few cookies or something that would cost me $660 and i don’t think it yields $660 worth of enjoyment.  i usually don’t remember peoples’ favors, or don’t use them.  

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I vowed (hahah) to not spend more than $2 per person on favors. Our original idea was a small bottle of Autocrat coffee syrup for each couple, wrapped up fancy of course. This went well with our RI themed wedding (it’s the official state drink, well 1 of 2). Now we’re doing a candy buffet – $2 per person

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

we made a $300 donation to the american heart association. my father died of a heart attack a couple of years ago. We had two framed poems that explained it to our guests. We had 270 guests so it was a little over a dollar a person

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I will be spending $12/guest on handmade chocolates boxed/wrapped.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are having a photobooth – $895! – where all the guests get to keep a copy of their photo, as well as add a copy to a scrapbook for us. For them, however,we would like to do chipboard picture frames in different vintage-y shapes that will also serve as their placecards so they know where to sit at the reception. We can get frames for as cheap as 4/$1.50 on etsy, or even have a friend of ours make them for us for probably even cheaper than that. Even tho the pictures technically serve as favors, we thought the touch of a frame to put them in would be kinda cool – esp since it’s so cheap! We’d have to buy paint and ribbon to decorate the frames a little, but that’s what the dollar store is for!! 😀

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