(Closed) What’s the best wedding favor?

posted 12 years ago in Favors
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My whole thing is: Do People Really Need Favors???

Most of my guests are coming from out of town and we are planning a destination week of events as well as I’m creating gift baskets for them when they arrive to their hotel. I’ve thought of doing mini bottles of wine since my dad makes wine, but the costs really add up.

I like the cookie cutter idea. I can say though from experience though that a lot of times the favors aren’t taken by guests. Infact, I was at a baby shower today and I just realized I never took one of the adorable favors! LOL! 

Post # 33
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree on the "is this even necessry?" I’ve been going back on forth on eliminating them all toghether, but I did’t want to seem cheap either! I’m having a Christmas wedding – so the ideas I’ve heard were hot chocolate mix (in a cute little package), christmas cookies/cutters, and ornaments (obviously).

My main worry is that people won’t take them or won’t realize that they ar the favors. How did people solve this?

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

we’re doing a cookie bar and handing out hangover kits (though my mom refused to let us call them that!) at the end of the night. and i think i might be baking dog cookies for the cookie bar too. (i don’t want our furry friends to skip out on the fun!!)

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

As far as favors go, I am copying my sister (which luckily she seems to take as a compliment).  She had little boxes of chocolates (we are having them locally made), all of which disappeared, many of which were eaten at the reception. When people opened them up, I guess they just couldn’t wait!  She also did the custom Yankee Candles.  Almost all of them disappeared; I’m sure if there were any left over a few of the women took more than one.  I was thinking about doing custom match boxes to go with the candles, as I know most of our friends are the kind of people who pick up a handfull whenever they still have them in a restaurant or bar.

Post # 36
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I like things that are tangible I could use and are also a nice memento. My favourites were rum cake wrapped in japanese paper set in a beautiful japanese dish. It was a Chinese-Jamaican-Japanese combined wedding. I now use the dish for sauces – soy sauce etc.

Another was sweet tarts inside small double happiness tea cups. I used the tea cup to hold my rings until I broke it the other day 🙁

With asian dishes, they are quite affordable when you buy them in bulk from Chinatown or from China – and you can definitely haggle the price down!

Post # 37
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I’m doing these coasters with a picture of us in it.  I think I’m going to put the date of the wedding in the corner of the picture.  They come in a two pack so they end up being pretty cheap. 

 

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Post # 38
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We ordered corkscrew openers and wine stoppers for our guests. The men get the corkscrew openers and the women get the wine stoppers – so if they come as a couple they get a set. We got the corkscrew opener for $1.40 and the wine stopper for $1.25 (they were on sale at the time). You can check out: http://www.bluerainbowdesign.com. It’s a wonderful site and their customer service is superb. I think it’d be really cute since you’re getting married at a wine vineyard. 🙂

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I think I have finally made a decision about favors.  At first I wasn’t going to have them, but decided I can make them with a personal touch.  Here is a picture of our favors (lower left hand corner).  We are filling them with Island Punch (purple) Jelly Belly beans, tying them with a purple ribbon, and the note will read that a donation has made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Douglas County in their honor.  I am on the event planning committee and I wanted to include them in some way.

Is it too cheesy?

Post # 40
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2008

We wanted to do a donation since I couldn’t see giving something that may sit and collect dust.  We are donating to the Arbor Foundation (planting a tree in each person’s name).  My Fiance wanted to give saplings but I knew many of our family would throw them out (hence defeating the purpose). 

 Now we have a new idea….we’ll still do the tree per person and I’ll make decorated acorn shaped cookies.  That’s a lot of 3 inch acorn shaped cookies to make the week before the wedding! ;P  Thank goodness I really love baking! ;P

Post # 41
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’ve gotten a koozie (i had to explain what this was to several of my friends) with a bride and groom skeleton with the words "Til Death Do Us Part"

Needless to say, it soon made its way to the trashbin.

I think anything you can eat is great– or even just use everyday is great. I’m such a packrat that I have random favors that several no purpose but to remind me when people got married.

I also love Mrs. Lovebug’s favor idea. So cute!

Post # 42
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2007

We endedup doing three different things: Champagne Splits one of our favorites Sparkling Wines from Napa (for the kids, we did Sparkling Cider splits) all in velvet wine bags, chocolate gold coins in mini velvet bags for the tables, and candy buffet.

  

Post # 43
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think anything consumable is nice. I hate getting candles or nicknacks – I have no use for them. Donations to charities are nice too.

Post # 44
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2006

 

<font face=”Times New Roman” size=”3″>I am having mini champagne bottles on each table as guest favors.  If you know anyone that is a manager at a restaurant, ask them to hook you up with the guy they get their liqour from.  I am getting this for only $35 per case!  Then, we will print our own labels and attach them.  I think it will be cute.  Good Luck!</font>

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

none at all.

Post # 46
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Worker bee

The last two weddings I attended they had a jar of homemade jam for each couple which was a nice idea.

I do agree with most of the above posters that something you can comsume is best. Try not to use too much wrapping that will be thrown out, and limit it to one favor per couple (not per person).

I love the idea of plants, flower bulbs, etc. We’re giving out evergreen seedings as it is a winter wedding and we live in a climate where evergreen seedings would grow easily.

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