Wedding Favors

posted 2 years ago in Favors
Post # 16
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Blushing bee

The only reason we are doing wedding favors is because it is included in the venue package (it’s a winery/vineyard, so we get to personalize a pint or wine glass for our guests to take home). I would echo what others have said: If you want to do a dessert bar and have little “take home bags”, that would work… but honestly, I have been to weddings with no favor, and not thought anything of it! They’re there to have a good time and celebrate with you and your love! That’s what really matters. As others have stated, most of the time people don’t end up taking them. So, if you do choose to get one.. make sure it’s something you like and wouldn’t having a lot of haha!

Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I agree with PPs that favors can be skipped and aren’t missed, but I think edibles are always popular. I hate the monogrammed stuff with the couple’s name and date of the wedding.

We’re planning on doing donuts from a local donut shop for our favors in a few different flavors but I’m considering skipping them since I’m afraid they won’t get taken home.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

thattallweirdo :  My suggestion would be to make sure it is something you wouldn’t mind having extras of! People will forget them and you will end up taking the extras home.

I usually like the consumable favors because I do not need a koozy or a wine glass with someone elses names on it. We didn’t want them to be wasted. We made our own mead and bottled it as our favors. (If you don’t know what mead is, it is fermented honey, so kind of like a wine made from honey instead of grapes-and no, it isn’t always sweet) Darling Husband and I both enjoy mead and it keeps well for a long time, so we don’t mind having the extras at home.

Some other ideas: mini Champagne bottles, small wine bottles, flower seed packets(“let love grow”), macarons, biscotti, candy, mints(“mint to be”)…

ETA: I attended a wedding that had a popcorn bar as you walked out and could package up your own flavors of popcorn which was a huge hit! Also, another idea would be, if you’re havibng a photo booth, find out the dimensions of the photo print paper and get little frames as the favors so they can frame the picture.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

thattallweirdo :  Im doing these cookie bags, changed to a light pink bow. and we are putting a big bakery cookie in it. I think ediable favors are the only way to go personally. 

Post # 20
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Unless it is culturally important that you have them, favors are often a complete waste of money.

Many people will not take something homemade- who knows what the health standards are in your kitchen?

No one wants a piece of junk that you buy on a wedding site for $1. That corkscrew or bottle opener will likely break the first time it is used.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

We’re not 100% decided, but I think we’re leaning towards skipping them.

Post # 22
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Honey bee

thattallweirdo :  If you are going to have a favor, popular opinion here at the bees is get something edible. Othewise, high chance it will get tossed afterwards by many people. I’m the minority because I like any kind of favors and I do keep them all.

And funny thing is, I’ve read here so many times that the last wedding they’ve attended have no favors but every single wedding I’ve attended still has favors and I attend about 3 weddings per year. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Such cute ideas on here! I’d love to get homemade bbq sauce or wee coffee packets.  That said, Fiance and I weren’t going to do favours (particularly bc we’re having a DW), but when we were sourcing placecards Fiance fell in love with the calligraphered agate slices.  So they’re kind of doubling as placecards and favours. 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

We are skipping favors. My open bar for all my guests is my favor to them. wink Lol. But when I have gotten favors at weddings, I like consumable ones. They’re probably the only useful favor.

Post # 25
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Helper bee

anothernewbee16 :  that’s really cool, I wonder why not many people took them – did you have them at each table setting or all on a table?

I’m making miniature containers of tea leaves and minature bottles or whiskey. The tea leaves came about after I realised that not everyone drinks alcohol so added that in.  So I will place each favour at each table setting but have a couple spares on a table incase people want to swap.

I agree that consumable favours are safest, the last wedding we went to, we got wristlets with the couple’s name and wedding date on – when would we ever wear these?? Other weddings had no favours. 

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We skipped them and I don’t think anyone noticed at all. We had a late night snack buffet with take-home boxes (there was a lot of food left over) so any type of edible would have been pointless, and anything not edible seemed like a waste of money that no one would actually take home. 

Post # 27
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Busy bee

matches

We did matches… Something small that I thought people would actually use. They were customized with the date on one side, and our initials on the other.

Post # 28
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Busy bee

thattallweirdo :  i love favors when I throw parties. I enjoy the small details and diy. I know not everyone is like that and that’s totally ok. Edible favors are very popular. Pick something that ties with your theme or your wedding season. I wouldn’t stress though:)

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think edible or bust! But our venue includes a late night snack for people to take home (popcorn bar with baggies) so we are just skipping.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

FH is insisting on a venetian hour towards the end of our wedding, so we are ordering cookies and pastries from a local shop, and leaving boxes out as an option for people to take home.  We are not doing favors besides that, because honestly, a bunch of people don’t take them anyways, and I dont want to be stuck with a crap ton of stuff that I don’t need or want.

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