Your favorite favor you have ever received as a guest

posted 6 months ago in Favors
Post # 31
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The best favor I ever received was a full bottle of wine.

Favors are completely optional, so if you decide to use the money to donate to a charity of your choice, just do it. No need to tell your guests about it, unless you normally publicly announce all your charitable gifts.

Post # 32
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Busy bee

I like the idea of a charitable donation and bringing awareness to it, but I would leave off the phrase ‘in lieu of favors’. It’s presumptuous to say that. First, no one expects favors, and second, while a donation to a favorite charity is great, it really doesn’t count as a favor. 

For my wedding, we really didn’t want or need anything, so if and when people asked, we said we’d be happy if they made a donation to the charity of their choice in our names. Well, most people ended up giving us gifts or cash anyway, and we were very grateful, but a couple of our guests donated to various charities and detailed them in their wedding cards to us. Those were the most memorable! 

Post # 33
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Sugar bee

Calling attention to your donation in lieu of favors is just so smug.

Skip the favors. Make the donation. Don’t brag about it.

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

No favor has been particularly memorable to me. If I had to pick, it would be a wedding that had a giant candy bar where you could make your own bag and take it home. However, I would prefer no favor at all over another coozie/shot glass/bottle opener/etc. 

We did mini champagne bottles at my wedding, mostly because I thought they looked cute at the table. I have no idea if anyone actually liked them. We put a lot more time/money/effort into our welcome bags and heard really great reviews on those. Everyone appreciates a welcome bag with snacks/bottled water/pain relievers for the next day. 

Post # 35
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Honey bee

Best? Beer glasses. They did have their names and wedding date engraved on it. We use them all the time. It was a fun wedding and nice to remember it. 

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

Cookies wrapped up to go!!

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

I’ve never attended a wedding that gave favors. I think it’s been a while since I went to a wedding and favors weren’t as common in the past..

For my wedding, I am having custom engraved leather luggage tags made – but, with the name of the guest on it. 

It’s a destination wedding with a short guest list. Since everyone will have to travel to attend, I thought it was a nice nod. I figure people will remember where it came from; I don’t need to put anything about our wedding on it. 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

We had  a candy station with expensive lollies. It went down a treat 

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

i like the idea, but are you fully expecting all your guests to donate, are you collecting money, or is it something they can donate through an online fundme type account? is this in lieu of wedding gifts?

with it having sentimental value, and im guessing a lot of your guests will know some of your past, i do find it as a sweet and appropriate gesture in your case. But people sometimes spend a lot of money to attend, travel to weddings, on top of possibly giving a gift, and now they are asked to give a donation instead of receiving a favor. It just might not go over too well with some in my opinion. 

 

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

techmom :  i was thnking she was wanting a donation from guests instead of wedding gifts. Which would seem perfectly fine. but the card example she posted seems off, if its in leau of favors i would expect that to mean the bride and groom are forgoing favors and using their money for charity, and using the place setting as a way to tell guests they aint receiving anything…

Post # 41
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

happybridetobe1 :  truffles. Local honey.

Donating to a charity is a laudable thing. If that is something you want to do, do it. However don’t tell your guests that you did that instead of giving them a little present. It’s not a gift to them for you to donate money to a charity of your choice. You can totally skip favors and spend that money to donate; in this day and age no one actually cares much about favors. 

Post # 42
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Sugar bee

happybridetobe1 :  sweet potatoe fries and sliders being handed out at the exit doors. 
I have never seen people so excited lol! And after an open bar for several hours it was very appreciated! 

Post # 43
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Busy bee

I don’t really care for favours at all.. maybe unless I can eat it. 

Even then – I don’t really see the point. 

The Charity donation is good, have seen that before.

I was giong to do a tequila Bride’s toast – but have nixed that and have just booked singing waiter/chef instead for a bit of craic before Desserts. That is my favour!

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2021 - British Columbia, Canada

I’ve received little pots/jars of honey from a couple of weddings before and loved them! I left them in my desk at work to add to tea 🙂 Another favorite was bars of local, organic soap. A friend made mini smore kits (with mini marshmallows, tiny chocolates and cinnamon toast crunch cereal) and while they were gorgeous, they were very time consuming for her to make and unfortunately got very stale by the time her wedding rolled around.

Post # 45
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Bumble bee

happybridetobe1 :  I have never kept or used wedding favors. Use that budget for more food or drinks for your guests. 

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