(Closed) What do you think about wedding favors?

posted 6 years ago in Favors
  • poll: Are you investing in wedding favors?

    Yes, it's a nice touch.

    No, it's a waste of money.

    Haven't decided yet.

  • Post # 2
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    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I have rarely loved a favor I received. If it’s food, I’ll generally eat it, but it’s not super special. I’ve thrown a lot of other things out.

    I did favors at my wedding for sentimental family reasons. It was a wasted $300 IMO.

    If you really want to do them, do food. People usually will eat it.

    Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper

    I love getting them, because they’re usually treats.  But in the end, I didn’t have any.  Everyone was traveling – I made them a nice welcome bag but nothing else to drag home.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    nice touch but yes kind of a waste of money.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I like the idea of favors, though I have left some on the table in the past. My opinon is based on what the favor is. Like you, I don’t really want something with the couples names and wedding date on it. That might seem rude, but I am unlikely to take home a shot glass, wine glass or candle holder and use it around my home.

    We are setting out two different favors at our wedding. Both will NOT be engraved or have any other wirting one them. A wine stopper and a bottle opener. We will rotate them seat to seat so people can trade if they prefer one or the other. Our outlook on our choice is that we know a lot of people will actually use this, and it is also something that if a bunch were left over, we would glady take home (both our moms called dibs on extras already).

     

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee

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    skier11:  We bought our favors online for $20 for 100. Matchboxes, which we found on sale. Necessary? No. Nice to hand something out? Sure. And for $20, why not? You don’t have to spend a ton of money on them. 

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

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    skier11:  I personally love favors from other people’s weddings, but will not have them at ours. It seems like 50%+ get left at the venue, and we just don’t want to waste money on something that isn’t appreciated.

     

    The best favor we received was a little bag that contained a bunch of stuff from the area (most of the guests travelled to be there, we did not). So there was Starbucks coffee, marionberry jam, a white chocolate macadamia cookie, and something else that I forgot. We liked that there was a little card explaining everything, the Starbucks was obvious (it was a Seattle area wedding), but I didn’t know that marionberries were a PNW exclusive, and the cookie was a nod to their honeymoon in Hawaii. We thought it was super cute, but the jams and coffee are still sitting on our kitchen counter and only one cookie was eaten.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    I skipped them. I didn’t want to spend the money on something people really won’t use. It seems like the moms, couple aunts and grandmas are the ones who like them. Instead I had hershey kisses on the tables. We had plenty leftover.

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    We didn’t have any.

    I think they’re generally kind of pointless, unless they’re edible.

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

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    skier11:  I feel like favors are an optional extra.  They can be a fun touch, especially if you have a good idea, but they aren’t essential and most people won’t miss them.

    In my family favors are traditional (we are Italian) and I know my aunts and grandmas do actually care about saving them, so I did have them.  Since our wedding was in Mexico we did colourful maracas that has our name & date on the back.  I completely understand and expect most people to not bother taking them home, which was totally fine.  For those who wanted to, they had something, for those who did not they used them on the dance floor and had a lot of fun with them.  They weren’t especially costly (I think $250 for the whole batch including delivery?) so I didn’t think it was a big deal.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    Unless you get something edible, its certainly gonna end up in the trash, but who cares. Like someone else said, its just a fun extra. I dont actually think people use the favors they get, however, that doesnt make them not worth getting.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    The only favor I really enjoyed and use on a regular basis is measuring spoons! They are heart-shaped and list the measurings like “1/2 teaspoon of love” and are pretty good quality. We’ve had them for something like 6+ years!

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    They can be thoughtful however the tendency to personalize the gift seems like a waste in my eyes.  As much as I support whomever’s wedding I am attending I don’t really want a memento of THEIR wedding date after the fact.

    Post # 14
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2016 - Maui

    We are having a beach wedding in Hawaii and have sunglasses for favors they were only $100 and my Fiance and i have cheap sunglasses from different events weve been to so its kinda personal. Hopefully our guests like them! 

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    I’ve received those heart shaped measuring spoons too; we love them! The only favors I’ve liked from weddings were edible ones and not all of them were even good. My Fiance and I loved the two weddings we went to that had homemade jam. We wish we’d snagged more!

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