(Closed) the age old question.. guest favours!

posted 6 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Honestly, I hate most favours. I just think they end up being knick knacks that people won’t use and will just end up collecting dust.

Can you do something that is edible maybe? I know the Fiance and I were thinking of giving each guest 2 truffles, that way they can eat them at the reception or take them home – they most likely won’t go to waste!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think those are cute! I like the idea of giving them to family/couple rather than individual and it’s something unique. The weddings I go to will give you candy, cookies, or jam. Which you can’t have for a long time to remember the wedding and the idea is cheap and tacky in my opinion. I am having only about 100-125 so I was thinking of coozies, but I like your idea too! Could you put your monogram or date on that sticker?

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Those are really nice coasters!! I’ll tell you what we’re doing, and maybe you’ll like it! It has been super cheap for us! We took champagne flutes (.85 gbp each), dipped the top in glue and silver glitter, then took a metallic silver pen used for writing on glass and wrote each guest’s name on the front, and on the base we wrote our names and the date! It’s something that they can take home and display, instead of something like a bottle stopper, you know?? Just an idea! 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Well I think the fablers should mean something to you and kind of reflect what you and your fiancé are interested in. I like the coozies idea because a lot of my family/friends tailgate and coozies are always a must. We will have either a cute saying with our names/wedding date or just our names and wedding date. We were also thinking of doing a candy bar, only if I can find the time to coupon and shop for a good deal on candy. But you could have your fiancé do a sweet bar with homemade sweets. Anything that is unique and reflects y’all as a couple would be perfect!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

*favours. Darn autocorrect :p

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

I feel like favors are always hard. Many people say to skip them but I always notice when I attend a wedding and they skip favors. We had a fall wedding and did Christmas ornaments with no names or dates on them. They were hand made with materials that have meaning but we didn’t want to make them overtly about our wedding in hopes that people would use them and think of us but not need to put our names on their decor. That being said, I have no idea if people used them, many family members have told me they did but that’s a given IMO.

As a guest, I like the kind of favor I can use and think of the couple but something that will not collect dust. One friend did salad dressing that they made and bottled which was cool and unique but not air plane friendly. I always like chocolates – great midnight snack. I also like when the favor serves another purpose like place card, one used sand dollars (and each place setting contained a card explaining a sand dollar legend). Another used antique keys which was reflective of the bride’s love of antiques.  

To answer your question, coasters with your name on them would likely be something I take home because it is easy to transport but will eventually get purged as a dust collector just like any branded giveaways I get from trade shows and such. I would much rather you spend the $3 on something else and skip the favor in that case. I never complain about a skipped favor, especially if it means upgraded cake or cocktails. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@natbat:  I really like the chocolate bar idea! Especially if you could leave the wrapper undeneath, people with allergies could still see whats in there.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I always appreciate food favors over “thing” favors b/c a lot of times favors that you can’t eat get thrown out, left behind, or not used. The favor at the last wedding I was at was a deck of cards and hershey kisses bundled together in a cute little baggie. The B&G were avid card players, so their favor reflected who they are and people really liked it.

“The weddings I go to will give you candy, cookies, or jam. Which you can’t have for a long time to remember the wedding and the idea is cheap and tacky in my opinion.”

Ugh. There is NOTHING cheap or tacky about candy, cookies, or jam and many bees have given out these items as favors, myself included. I gave out chocolate covered preztel rods that my mom and I personally made together in her kitchen. Food favors are ALWAYS a hit with most guests!

So, OP, go with what you think your guests will enjoy the most! If the price is right on something you like, then just go for it. For what it’s worth, I’d use those coasters. But I’d prefer to have food! 😉

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I hate favors in general so take this with a grain of salt, but those would go straight into the trash. Not because they aren’t cute, they are. But they don’t match anything in my home and most people have either toss away coasters that are plain or sturdy ones that match their decor. I think for that amount you could find something that would appeal to more people for sure. 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i only like edible favours. 

i find that with nicnac favours, only about 10-20% of guests really like and use them.  just to be courteous, only 50-60% will take them home and 40% will throw them out.  that’s 80% waste.

 

@natbat:  your fi is a chef!!  how perfect!!  i would love to have something that he personally made as a favour.  the fudge idea is great.  or cookies, or truffles.  these could be so less expensive than the coasters.  which btw, i would never use.  they’re a cute idea but the doilie look is more of my grandma’s taste, not mine.

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