(Closed) Waste of money?

posted 9 years ago in Favors
Post # 32
538 posts
Busy bee

Some guests may not appreciate them, but I disagree that favors cheapen the event. Her opinion seems to be very negative, because the other side is that favors are a thoughtful gesture from the bride and groom in thanks for the guests coming to celebrate this special day in their lives. Not to mention, it’s insulting to all the brides who’ve put so much time and effort into making/preparing/DIYing their favors. How does one call the time and love put into favors – cheap?

Post # 33
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I can see where she’s coming from to a point. We aren’t doing wedding favors either. The reception is itself the wedding favor. It’s a “Thanks for celebrating our special day! Here’s some food, booze, and music on us!”


Post # 34
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I dont think it would ever cheapen it unless you have really bad favors like football ornaments or something. lol. As others said, edible favors are the best and photobooths. Things like bubbles, etc usually just get left behind.

Post # 35
9869 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think it cheapens the occasion, but a ton get left behind!  Edible favors are the best, because people always like food.

Post # 36
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I actually love saving the wedding favors I’ve received at each of my friends and family’s weddings. And I got a lot of compliments on my pretty candle favor and lollipops.

Post # 37
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i don’t agree with her but i do believe that the wrong favor is a waste of money.  i am not a fan of engraved items with the couples names and dates on them. i generally like edible favors but i think there are a few cute and useful non-food favors too. 

i did boxes of french macarons from one of the best french patisseries in vegas.  they were really popular with the guests even though I personally do not care for macarons.  i also had a photobooth but I didn’t consider the photobooth a favor.

Post # 38
727 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it would only cheapen the event if it was a “cheap” favor. I agree with several posters that anything edible is a huge hit. Who doesn’t like a delicious treat?

We didn’t do any type of favor and we didn’t hear from any of our guests “Where is my favor”? Personally, when I go to a wedding and I’m at my seat staring at the little do dad of a favor I think to myself “What the heck am I going to do with this thing? or will anuone notice if I leave it behind. Is the bride going to chase after me with favor in hand telling me “You forgot your favor”!!!

I know I’m not the only bride on WB who has chosen NOT to do favors and never looked back thinking I should have.

Post # 39
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Everytime ive ben to a wedding where its a trinket or something with there name on it ive either left it on the tables or taken it to seem nice then chucked it when i got home. (Just being hounest). Its never going to be as sentimental to your guests as it is to you. I say scrap it and use the money in other places.

Post # 40
8 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it depends on what it is, I went to a wedding that gave a cheap small frame and no one took them cause we have no use of them, especially when there is a sticker with the name of the bride and groom. 

We’ve decided to give out something that people can use or appreciate, we were going to do some chocolate favors but ended up with lucky bamboo! 

So I guess, whatever your favors will be just think, if you were to get that from someone else wedding would you want it or not.

Post # 41
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I wouldn’t say it cheapens the wedding, but I’ve seen some bad favors. I used to work for a promotional merchandise company so I got all kinds of trinkets (koozies, keychains, etc) so I would never take those kind of favors. I also don’t want anything with someone else’s name on it. But I’ve seen some favors that are really great. Best favor I’ve ever had was some chocolate truffles. The grooms father owns a chocolate shop and he made special truffles for their wedding. they were amazing!

Post # 42
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We have a photobooth, we’re doing boxes with beer truffles/Buckeyes, and bottle koozies.  I feel like the photobooth is more entertainment than favor (plus it’s our guest book), and Fiance insisted on the bottle koozies but we’ll just have them available at the bar for people to grab when they get drinks.  Only the candy boxes will be on the tables.

So a bit of favor overload here, but hopefully the guests will enjoy them!


ETA: I didn’t really answer your question, did I?  Bottom line – looking back at how much we spent on all of these favors, part of me wonders if we should have allocated the money elsewhere.  Favors certainly aren’t necessary.  But the ones we’ve chosen are making us happy, and that’s not a waste of money.

Post # 43
3330 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Favors definitely don’t cheapen the event! I enjoy them, but they’re also not necessary. DH and I bottled hot sauce from our favorite local restaurant, and everyone loved them. I think they’re best when they’re either edible or personalized to the couple (as in, meaningful, not just monogrammed!)

Post # 44
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)

I am burning 100 cds of our favorite love/dance songs, and stamping a custom sticker to it’s face listing the songs. For 100 CDs and cases/stickers/wrapping/…..we are looking at $80. Not bad….and people will most likely take these with them and play them in their cars.

Although most people have IPODS most people dont have the setup in their cars.

Post # 45
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

How about doing a favor that the guests can actually use? For example, my best friend did Mason Jar Cookies (pre-made mix) and it was absolutely adorable! The guests could actually use it versus something with the couple’s name plastered on it. 

Post # 46
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i dont think it cheapens an event. I did cake pops for my favor and everyone loved them.

Dont worry about what she thinks or I think. Decide for yourself what you want to do and go with it and don’t let anyone else tell you your wrong because its your wedding.

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