(Closed) Waste of money?

posted 6 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

They’re supposed to be a thank you to the guests for attending.  How that qualifies as cheapening an event, I have no idea.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I like EDIBLE favors 🙂 they don’t make me think cheap but more like SWEET- can I eat this before dinner?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Wow! That’s quite a strong opinion on her part! I personally loved our favors and feel like our friends and family enjoyed them too. We had a little bag for each guest with homemade Oreo truffles as an edible favor (people liked having those during the time before dinner began) and we also ended up making a donation for each guest for the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation. They sent us cards for each guest that explained a donation had been made in their honor. This was meaningful to us since my husband just lost his Grandfather due in large part to Parkinson’s a few months back and I believe it was a way for us to honor him. Everyone really seemed to love the donation favors a lot (and the edible ones as well). I don’t see what’s cheap about favors in the least and I say if you want them, go for them! It can be a really nice way to show you and your fiance’s personalities and what you care about as a couple. 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I definitely wouldn’t go so far as to say they cheapen an event, but honestly, unless they’re something edible, I never take favors with me. I really don’t need trinkets with the couple’s monogram or wedding date on it, which seems to be the majority of what’s given at weddings I’ve been to. But food favors? I’m all about food!

Also, I do love the charitable donation idea. I went to a wedding that made a donation to the SPCA in lieu of favors and I thought that was such a sweet gesture. Oh, and photo booth strips! I definitely partake in the photo booth fun at weddings and take the pics with me.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Her reasoning seems off, but honestly I’m not going to someone’s wedding for the cheap candles, or frames, or candy I can take home. I am going because I am excited that they are getting married. So I don’t think they are in any way, shape, or fashion a “must” but if you have them I don’t think it “cheapens” anything. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i’m not doing favors.  i’ve been to a jillion weddings and the best i’ve seen were hand dipped in white chocolate oreos in the wedding colors.  mostly because i was hungry.  no one will ever use or appreciate a monogrammed anything as a favor to remember your day.  most of the time they are left on the tables and thrown out. 

i’m going the money i would have spent on favors toward something else the guests can enjoy.  not sure what yet.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

That’s nuts…. And FWIW I give favors for pretty much every party I host – birthdays, showers, holiday parties – and my guests not only appreciate them, they very much look forward to them.  They are not a “must” but being thoughtful and thanking your guests with a small gift is never going to “cheapen” any event.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it depends on the favor.  Edibles tend to be more appreciated since they aren’t engraved with someone’s name and wedding date… but not always (there are going to be people who don’t like chocolate/candy/almonds/whatever).

I think jordan almonds are a nice sentimental favor, even though I don’t like almonds.  I don’t remember where I heard it, but you’re supposed to put 5 almonds at each place setting; each almond has a significance:  health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and one more that I don’t remember.  Also, almonds are bitter sweet, just like life, and the candy coating symbolizes wishes that your life together is more sweet than bitter.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We had a candy bar and a photobooth as our favors. Our guests loved them.  We got personalized candy jars for everyone that doubled as their escort card. I don’t know how this cheapened my wedding….

I say do whatever makes you happy. And on a personal note, I do expect a favor when I attend a wedding. Nothing big, but I do expect to see something.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it depend on the venue. If it was a supper classy wedding then the favors I am having would probably cheaper the decor. I am having a casual picnic wedding so I think it fits.

I am having Hershey kisses in a touille bag with a tag that says Thank you for sharing our special day. I just wanted a little something to say thanks and they aren’t difficult or time consuming to make.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@lucyv2003:  I actually never considered it a favor either until we went to a wedding, and like I said I expected a favor to take home, and when I realized there was nothing except the really cute photos I had taken that evening I thought DUH that is the favor.

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