Wedding must have?

posted 3 years ago in Favors
Post # 2
675 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Nope, not necessary. I find more and more weddings choose not to have wedding favors, because many guests just choose not to bring them home.

I didn’t have wedding favors, and instead, had a sweet corner where people who do like sweets could pack them into little bags and bring them home. No leftovers.

Post # 3
1149 posts
Bumble bee

I would recommend going without. I don’t think anyone would miss it. I certainly didn’t when I was a guest many times.

Post # 4
2027 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Not necessary in the slightest! Go without. Your guests won’t notice one way or the other.

Post # 5
1283 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

If you want to have a favor, an edible thing is always nice.  We’re doing little jars of kumquat jelly, since kumquats are the special fruit of my FH’s hometown.  But that’s largely because we like kumquat jelly and want to share it with our guests, not because favors are necessary.  Nine times out of ten, I end up throwing them in the trash if they can’t be eaten.  We don’t drink out of cans so we have no use for koozies and I’m picky about stuff matching so having one odd wine glass or coaster really bugs me.

Post # 6
8283 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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soontobe101 :  My sister didn’t have any and I honestly don’t think anyone noticed!

Post # 7
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018


We didn’t have favours, and tbh noone even noticed! 

Nobody needs a coaster, bottle opener, fridge magnet or random trinket with someone else’s names & wedding date on.  Noboody needs another ornament or pot of honey/jam/chutney.  And very few people remember or bother to pick up something that takes up space in a handbag or pocket and take it home with them.  I used to work at a wedding venue and the only favours we weren’t collecting up and either chucking or taking home ourselves at the end of the night were the instantly edible ones – ie chocolates or sweets. 

Save your money, and feel good about going a little way to help saving the planet by reducing your consumption and waste.

Post # 8
2246 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

No to favours. They always get left on tables. We had a candy bar with hard to find sweets. It was so popular! Lots of people took little bags home with them.

Post # 9
27 posts
  • Wedding: October 2019

I must be overly sentimental because I love wedding favours 😂 I keep them all too from weddings I attend and look forward to them!

Post # 10
1011 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

In real life favors are not a big deal. I’d say if you have something that you really want to do and it’s in your budget then do favors. But don’t go looking for what favors to do. 

Post # 11
3102 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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soontobe101 :  I don’t think they’re “necessary” per se but they are a nice touch!  As long as its not a (self- aggrandizing) “donation” declaration under the guise of being a “gift” for the guest..  

Post # 12
392 posts
Helper bee

We did two fancy pieces of chocolates from a local place in a small box with a sticker with our initals on it. 

My favorite favor was a bottle opener that looks like an antique key. I think they had a ribbon tied around them with a thank you message? I keep it on my keychain and took another home to keep in my drawer that my date didn’t want 

Post # 13
2819 posts
Sugar bee

I skipped favors, so I’m firmly in the “not necessary” camp. 

Of the wedding I’ve been to, I think about half have had favors. Usually they are stuff I don’t want. The only time I remember being excited about them was when the favor was to take the tealight holders and champagne glasses on the table, because they were things I actually liked and could use in my home (e.g. they weren’t personalized), and since my date didn’t want them I got a set of two. 😉  

Post # 14
14024 posts
Honey Beekeeper

They are not in the least bit necessary. Strictly speaking they aren’t even etiquette endorsed. The reception itself, and greeting everyone personally are your thank yous. 

Post # 15
1026 posts
Bumble bee

Nope. We didn’t have any. No one complained as far as we know. 

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