(Closed) Waste of money?

posted 9 years ago in Favors
Post # 17
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If is a useful, I’ll take it (best one was a wine bottle openner), I love edible ones and I’m doing mints for mine. If its something monogramed people might not take it. I just went to one where they did these little lamintated card things with the bride and groom on them, and no one took them!

I think cheapen is pretty harsh, but maybe shes seen some pretty wacky favours!

Post # 18
2969 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I guess whether or not a favor cheapens a wedding depends on the favor. But I don’t think that is a blanket statement that can be made about all favors. I also think that if you want them you shouldn’t let the planner dictate that decision for you. You can find tons of bees pictures on here sharing really creative and unique favor ideas that don’t look cheap at all. 

Post # 19
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would agree with the planner about very few guests appreciating them.  Ours were cute little wedding cake shaped boxes with Lindt truffles inside that were wrapped in our colors.  I liked them and thought they basically added to the table decor.  But maybe only half our guests took them.  My mom was going around and taking all the leftovers for my dad at the end of the night.  If I had to do it again, I’m not sure I’d spend the $300.

Post # 20
2022 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I definitely think favors are a waste of money, hence why we aren’t doing them at our wedding. I don’t think it “cheapens” the wedding if you do have them, though!

Post # 21
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

As other posters mentioned, favors can run the gamut from cute and useful to awkward and useless.  In the end, it is up to the bride.  If having a favor makes you happy do it. But I think brides should step out of the bubble and think about what the favor will mean for the guest.  Pick something universal, practical, and not too trinkety (this is why edibles are so common).  And for goodness sake, avaoid emblazioning the couple’s monogram, names, and/ or wedding date on the favor.  That is an immediate no-take favor for me.

Post # 22
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

That was a little harsh of her, but she has a point that people normally don’t remember/throw them out/or they get eaten when you’re drunk back in the hotel.

We’re doing tic tacs in our wedding colors- about $1 per person. So you can keep the cost down, or skip them- whatever works for you and Fiance.

Post # 23
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t think favors cheapen the wedding at all! It’s a small token for the guests to thank them for sharing the day with you.  Whether it’s a hit or miss, well, I think it depends on the favor.  Edible ones usually go over well, as everyone enjoys a little treat! But as for non-edible, unless you make it practical, most of the time they’re left behind or chucked in a junk drawer.

I’ve been having thoughts about this as well.  At first I was thinking magnets, because everyone has a fridge! But Fiance didn’t like that idea at all, so after doing some searching, I came accross matches.  It’s easy to personalize, and really low cost, and almost everyone can get some use out of them, and you can do a cute play one words with it.. “the perfect match!” or “we’re a match!” etc etc.  If i run out of time with my oodles of DIY projects, I might get them from here:


It’s a pretty good deal with lots of fun options.

Post # 24
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

we will not be havign favors at our wedding. its is very small and we have a small budget and i personally dont like them. i find them a waste of money.

Post # 25
3054 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I can see where she is coming from. People tend to leave them on the table. I know I have done this. However, as far as cheapening the event, no I don’t think she is correct on that. I think having the money to spend on favors is actually a luxury these days.

No, they are not necessary.

I didn’t have any favors, I was on a limited budget and had to decide on what I could sacrifice so I can spend money on things that mattered to me. I opted to spend the money I saved on an open bar. Guests did not miss them.

Post # 27
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you have a photobooth then I say don’t waste a few hundred more dollars on favors.  I used the photobooth 4×6 prints as favors for the guests.  They LOVED it!  Something they will definitely take home.  Put the money towards a candy buffet or chocolate fountain.  Or even better a photo frame for the photobooth prints.  They sell them cheap online.  Even for the strip kind.

If money is no object then do the favors but an edible one in your wedding colors.  Those seem to be more popular now.

Post # 28
712 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I also think favors are a waste of money, though I don’t think they cheapen the event.

Post # 29
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I like things I can eat.  Last wedding I went to had M&Ms with the bride and groom’s faces on them. 

Our favors are going to be little frames for the pics from the photo booth

Post # 30
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I dont’ have much to say here that’s not already been said, but I’ll put in my 2 cents that I am not having favors at my wedding and I never take them home unless they are edible!

Post # 31
2 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

We are doing glass coasters.  They are simple and everybody gets two.  They won’t have our name on there or anything wedding related.  The tag will say something stating its from us but everybody needs a coaster you can use them all the time plus we found them for 79cents so you can’t go wrong.

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