Matchbox Favors – Cheap/Tacky?

posted 2 years ago in Favors
  • poll: Are matchbox favors cheap and tacky?



  • Post # 2
    1084 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    In before “people only want edible favors!”! (Okay no but seriously that’s all I see on this site haha We had non-edible favors and the vast majority of our guests took theirs and even complimented us on them!)

    I think it sounds cute and pretty practical (like you said, matches are something most people use!) so why not? Wedding favors are just a cute little bonus detail and I know that as a guest, I always appreciate whatever the favors are!

    Post # 3
    236 posts
    Helper bee

    We didn’t technically have favors at our wedding, as we went with the ever controversial donation-in-leue, however we did have personalized matchbooks printed and placed in bowls on the bars throughout our venue.  We did get lots of complements on them, and guests who wanted them could grab a pack or two, and those who didn’t just didn’t take them. Perhaps instead of having a matchbook at each place setting, they could be placed in a bowl in the bar or by the guest book or whatever other common area that may work in your venue.  Remove the obiglation from the guest not to leave them if they do not want them.

    Post # 5
    13567 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I would not call them tacky but favors are not traditional or necessary. Save your money. These were apparently common generations ago when everyone smoked, including at affairs. I don’t see any point to it now. 

    Post # 6
    1458 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    Practical and simple! I like it!

    I like the idea of leaving them in bowls as a past poster said! 

    Post # 7
    1001 posts
    Bumble bee

    I had favors that basically everyone on this site hates lol – I did koozies and a scratch off lottery ticket. Whatever. All my friends do koozies and I wanted to add my own wedding to the collection and the lottery tickets were a little something fun. I also gave out flip flops on the dance floor and they were a hit (people on this site told me not to)

    Honestly, I had a full cocktail hour (enough food for dinner for sure – 12 passed apps and 2 stations), a full 3 course dinner, dessert bar, cake, and late night pizza and soft pretzels. The last thing I wanted to give people was another piece of food.

    I don’t think there was any illusion it wasn’t a cheap little something – lottery tickets are exactly a dollar. A few people won $10 or $20. 

    It was fun!! Who cares if the worst thing people think is “wow a little cheap”. The vast majority of your guests will either think “Oh how cute!” or think nothing at all/not notice. I’d say go for it. 

    Post # 8
    1622 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

    I would love that!! So practical. 

    Post # 9
    152 posts
    Blushing bee

    I’m team favors aren’t necessary but personally, I’d love that as a guest! If you want to class it up a bit, you could do long stem matches in those cute little glass jars – just a thought. 🙂 


    Post # 10
    3815 posts
    Honey bee

    I would love matchboxes and would abscond with any left over! I like the way they look and work, (sliding open), and matches are handy. I also like the retro-ness of them.

    If you had said matchbooks, then I would say “meh”.

    eta: I would put containers of them at the bars and maybe a small container on each table rather than put them at each seat.

    Post # 11
    1233 posts
    Bumble bee

    I like the idea! Very practical! And while it’s personalized, it’s a short term thing that will end up in the trash but after being used so I don’t mind. I much prefer that to a personalized cup or such. Idk why it’d be tacky. Go for it!

    Post # 12
    91 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: Colorado

    I’m also usually team No Favors, but I would for sure grab a matchbook at the end of the night!  Cute and practical. 

    Post # 13
    1109 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    When I read the title I thought you meant matchbox cars haha. I would take how a matchbox!

    Post # 14
    405 posts
    Helper bee

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    aa78912 :  I think they are super cute. Would be especially great if you had a cigar bar 🙂

    Post # 15
    1312 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

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    AnonBee2019 :  

    For what it’s worth, I would be delighted with scratch off lotto tickets as a favor!

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