(Closed) Waste of money?

posted 9 years ago in Favors
Post # 47
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Dec-bride:  I love the cake pop idea. Everyone loves sweets!

Post # 48
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

 I think favors is one of those things that is optional.  I’m having them but am just doing really cute mini white beach chair picture frames.  Already taken a poll from many of my friends(who are coming to the wedding) and they all liked them and said it would be a favor they would def take home with them.  Our names and date are not on the favor though.  Just got small wallet prints made of one of our e-pics(one that is not a close up of us) and put in frame.  That way guests can take pic out and put in whatever they want. 

Post # 49
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think they cheapen the wedding but I agree that they are a waste of money. I’m not doing them. We spent the money on having a super awesome wedding magician instead! So he will go around during cocktail hour and do slight of hand tricks with the guests. It sounds strange but he’s very professional and fun. 

Post # 50
1 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I completely agree with it needing to be something useful. I also thought about getting something that would supplement the wedding and that I wouldn’t mind having leftovers of 🙂

A married couple I know own their own candy business and they make scotchmallows where he has perfected the caramel and she has perfected the marshmallow and they call them Happy Marriage Mallows. I knew they would be perfect and now I have an additional sweet that is in a box they can take home if they don’t want to eat them during the wedding.


I don’t keep magnets or other random trinkets that I don’t use. Also I think some favors just look cheap and when you have spent a lot of money making a reception look nice, it can bring down the elegance.

Post # 51
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t think favors cheapen a wedding at all. As another bee posted, I think favors are a luxury. I will not be doing favors and even if I had room in my budget, I still wouldn’t do it. The only favor I have found use for were a book of matches. It had the bride and groom’s names on it and i ended up having a lot of them because everyone else left theirs. 

@ArmyWife8806:  I completely agree! The reception itself is a favor! It is a big thank you for taking time out of your day to share our big leap.

Post # 52
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I decided yesterday…no favors.

I’ve talked to a number of friends of who have recently attended weddings or had weddings of their own…those that were attendees said “I didn’t take that crap with me, no offense but I don’t want a *random item* with your wedding date on it” and the brides all said “yeah we had so many leftover of x item that it wasn’t worth it” or “you’re throwing a party with booze, food, and dj some jordan almonds aren’t going to win them over, they are there for you.”

Fair point. i’ve kept a few trinkets from weddings for a few months but ultimately they get tossed out when I spring clean or move. I’m there to wish my friends well, not for the porcelain dolls of the happy couple. So I’m going with that and hoping they don’t get pissed off. The money set aside for that will go towards booze/food.

Post # 53
23 posts

I can see how favors can be a waste of money, but not sure if it would cheapen the event.  For us, we’re thinking of having a photobooth (more for entertainment purposes), and for favors either 1) candy bar, 2) seeds/plantable cards (I can always plant the leftover seeds in my own yard ;D), 3) donation to pancreatic/liver cancer research group (FI’s grandma and my own grandfather passed away from those cancers).


Post # 54
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think it depends on what the favors are as far as ‘cheapening’ the event or being a waste, but if done right I think they can be a really nice touch.

Post # 55
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We didn’t do favors (in a traditional sense). We did do a cookie/candy bar with containers for the guests to take the treats home – so that was sort of like a favor. In general I never use favors unless they are edible, but thats just me.

Post # 56
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

i have been to 12 or so weddings in the last 10 years and i must admit up until the last 5 or so i didnt really even know what they were and i left it on the table unless it was something to eat. I remember my best friend got married 7 years ago and she was so upset that everyone left behind the favour (which was a tea light candle) she spent all this time making name tags for them and by the time you add up all the cost it ends up being quite pricey. To be honest i dont even know if i took mine, everyone was so drunk by the end of the night you are lucky to get your handbag. I really do think the food variety are the most worth while. I would not keep  some candle thingy with my friends wedding date on it, i love my friends dearly i just would not keep it, it would sit on a shelf for a token amount of time then i would bin it.


Post # 57
20 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

We are giving guests wonderful welcome packages at the hotel filled with snacks and sunblock and decks of cards, and we are giving out koozies at the bar at our meet-n-greet the night before the wedding (guaranteed to be used around a beer immediately!).  I don’t think we will do additional favors at the wedding itself.  In the past I have always appreciated favors that were snacks that I could eat back at my hotel room.  My favorite was a giant cupcake in a pretty box with a ribbon.  The boxes were in a pyramid display at the exit of the wedding and there was an attendant making sure everyone got one on their way out.

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