Post # 17
@Inkypoo: LOL–your kids are doing them. Let’s just say I had a slightly different interpretation than the sweetness of getting them involved 🙂
I’m not having favors. I think they’re a nice gesture, but they’re sort of a bonus that’s also “out of sight; out of mind.”
Post # 18
I agree, I didn’t think favors were necessary. Honestly I don’t think people will even think of it if they were or weren’t there.
Post # 19
I love the hot dog cart idea! I couldn’t think of a favor I really liked, so we decided to splurge on a photo booth and our guests will get their photo booth photos as a wedding favor.
Post # 20
I do like the idea of favors! A hotdog is a great substitution! Very cool idea. I think it is always a nice gesture to do something! And a hotdog stand is very creative. People think that no one notices lack of favors, but they do. My guests have taken the time/travel to come, so besides great food/drink, I think it is nice to give them something that says thanks for coming. Thats just me. And yes something edible a not “dust collectors” is the way to go. It is sweet and will be noticed!
Post # 21
ttoooootallly fine. no favors does not make a failed wedding! ha far from it. Spending that money on food, cake, drinks, lighting or something would probably provide you and your guests more enjoyment!
I’m not totally anti favors – we had them at ours but I just think a lot people are pressured to make unique favors that end up being a waste.
Post # 22
Skip them! I think favors are only really great when the couple is excited about them (something personal, edible, or especially cute).
Post # 23
We won’t be doing favors either!! I think it’s totally fine. If we had the money, we’d do a photo booth, because they’re awesome!!
Post # 24
I never pay attention to favors! We didn’t do any and didn’t get any complaints!
Post # 25
As a guest, I’d definitely pick a hotdog at the end of the night over a favor. I’m pretty sure we’re skipping favors too, I’d rather put that money elsewhere. I bet most guests won’t even notice.
Post # 26
@lovebird1981: I had never thought of the photo booth being the favor but you’re totally right! I wasn’t going to do favors b/c no one really cares but really wanted a photo booth. Hopefully we can still afford it b/c welcome to our favors!
Post # 27
The hot dog idea sounds fun and unexpected. I am not doing favors either.
Post # 28
I think you should have favors. If you’re not really into them- I think it’s a neat idea to donate money to a charity of your choice. Or, I’ve seen signs placed on all tables- stating what charity your money was donated to.
Post # 29
@Carpie: I thought about doing the charity thing as well… I personally prefer to see people do this… although someone posted on my board about no favors vs. other options theyd rather not have their name assigned to some charity…
Post # 30
I think favors are nice.
A lot of favors are junk. I don’t want a figurine with your name & wedding date on it. What am I going to do with that?
Edible favors are nice. It can be something small and inexpensive. I just like the idea of having something small to thank guests for coming to the wedding.
I don’t like favors that are donations to a charity. That’s not a favor. The only exception I could see to where it would be ok is if a very close family member died of cancer or something and the donation went to cancer research. This would be a nice way to make a tribute to a deceased family member.
Post # 31
The only reason we’re doing favors is because it’s the only thing my mother INSISTED on us doing. We were fully prepared to skip it and use the money toward something else, but then my mom paid for them. I guess it worked out.
I’ve been to one wedding where there have been no favors, but I was in the bridal party and didn’t notice, but it was a simple, simple reception.
I think the hot-dog stand is a fantastic idea, and you can have a cute sign there that says thank you from the two of you!