(Closed) What is the point in favors?

posted 9 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

The point is to show thankfulness for the well wishes & gifts your guests will be getting you.

Favors don’t need to be expensive- they can be as simple as wrapped homemade cookies w/ a thank you tag or even leftover cake. Food favors are always a big hit & never go to waste!

Some people feel they aren’t necessary, but it is a nice guesture to show your thanks for all the effort that your friends & family put into your wedding day!


Post # 5
16 posts
  • Wedding: January 2010

I’ve also seen people donate to a charity in their guests’ name/honor.  Then, they provided the guests with a little note on the donation, to where, why, etc.  I’ve seen it done in a real classy way.  Perhaps choosing a charity that’s close to the both of you and not something random.  One of my friends suffered from diabetes and other complications and they gave a donation to a diabetes foundation.

 Hope that helps.  That might make it easier to hand out.  You could print the note on nice paper, roll it up and tie with ribbon, place it in a basket for guests to pick up as they arrive. 

Post # 6
75 posts
Worker bee

This past weekend I was at a wedding with no favors whatsoever. I am fairly close with the bride so I knew that the wedding was on a strict budget. In fact we were got a B-list invite.

It was really weird not to see a favor. Can I just say that people notice that? It’s not that we’re greedy we just want a little something to have as a favor. I agree that they dont’ have to be expensive.  


Post # 7
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It isn’t necessary, and many people are opting not to have favors. However, if you aren’t offering them a meal, may I ask where the majority of the budget is going? Small little candies can be affordable and not take up a lot of room. I would be irked if I went to a wedding where NOTHING was for the guest, i.e. no food, no favors etc… If I saw that thousands of dollars went into other things like flowers or decorations. This may not be the case in your situation but it is something to consider. Weddings are expensive for guests too, between gifts, travel and attire, it is nice to walk away with something.

Post # 8
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Since we are having a garden wedding and I teach botany (amongst other subjects), we are giving packets of wildflower seeds that say WILDFLOWERS FROM OUR WEDDING, with a little note thanking folks for sharing our day. Since we are not getting the seed packets personalized, these packets are running 35 cents apiece. I am just putting them in a basket so guests can help themselves.

Post # 9
497 posts
Helper bee

They have the same point as a thank you gift for your bridesmaids or an elaborate will-you-be-my-MOH card…you don’t HAVE to do it, but if you want to, it will always be noticed and most times be appreciated.

Post # 10
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My fiance and I decided to donate to a charity of our choice instead of buying favors for our guests that will likely get left behind or thrown away in a few months. We plan on writing a small note and placing it at each seat or in our program somewhere. Our families think it’s a great idea and we’re very excited to give some money for a great cause.

Post # 11
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are also making a donation to a research foundation in lieu of favors.  We’re placing nice cards on the reception tables informing our guests of the donation.  I have been to many weddings, and I can’t tell you how many dinky coasters, cheap frames, candy boxes, pens, fans, etc etc I have thrown away! 

@bluespurs, I like the idea of seed packets!  🙂

Post # 12
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

You can always make something small that serves multiple purposes so you don’t feel like its going to "waste".


I made little name tags with everyone’s name out of clay and am putting them on fishing wire like a key chain, this will serve as a favor as well as place cards

Post # 13
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

From the official etiquette standpoint, favors aren’t required. So if you’re serving food and drink, you’re pretty excused from giving favors. The thinking is you’ve already thrown the party, so you really don’t have to give guests something to "entertain" them. 

I was intending to skip favors, but I’m leaning toward the candy buffet with take-home bags now. It’s a pretty visual element and this way I offered something. 

Post # 15
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’ve never understood the point of favors – it seems like half of them get left behind anyways, or people make fun of them.

Post # 16
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yay, another down under bride! 

We are having a very similar wedding in Auckland, just a small afternoon ceremony at the public gardens and a 3 hour reception with cocktail food. Since people aren’t assigned any seating we are going to put out a big bowl of chocolate hearts (covered in foil in our wedding colours) and pop it on the guest book table for people to munch on or take home.It will kinda serve as desset as well since we are only serving cake after the food.

On a side note, my Fiance wanted to get married the day you are but I told him I wouldn’t wait that long haha so we are doing it on 10 October this year.

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