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Gina
Beginner July 2021

Can we can the wedding favors?

Gina, on May 17, 2021 at 3:52 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 22
Is it time to ditch the tradition of wedding favors?


22 Comments

Latest activity by Sexypoodle, on May 21, 2021 at 12:27 AM
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    Master July 2019
    Hannah Online ·
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    Yes. I didn't do them for my wedding almost 2 years ago. Most weddings I've been to, they cut them. Otherwise, I've seen like...those personalized m&ms or some other edible treat. But the shotglasses, succulents, etc. often get left behind.
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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa Online ·
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    Absolutely! Wedding favors are totally optional. If not interested in doing them, or if trying to cut costs, getting rid of favors is a great option. If you want to do them, there's nothing wrong with that at all, though they are not required by any means.
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  • Rebecca
    Dedicated July 2021
    Rebecca ·
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    We’re skipping them.
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  • AJ
    Super October 2022
    AJ ·
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    Yep! Totally optional to have them!

    I'm doing little jars of honey and they will be on my guests plates so they are more likely to take them... if they don't then they will get used by me and my FH.

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  • MK
    Expert September 2021
    MK ·
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    Absolutely! The party and the four course meal are favor enough, IMO!

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  • Jasmin
    Savvy July 2021
    Jasmin ·
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    Our photobooth is their favor. I've been to weddings who have and have not had them and I tossed the crap I was given at the "have" weddings.

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  • Lexi70
    Savvy June 2022
    Lexi70 ·
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    We are doing snacks they can take home.: Philly soft pretzels
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  • Leah
    Savvy May 2021
    Leah ·
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    Yes. The only reason I have them is because my grandma bought some for a wedding shower she was hosting last year for me before Covid. Since they are already purchased, I figured I might as well try to get rid of them. Otherwise, I was not going to have any favors. Most people won't notice if you don't have any favors.

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    VIP January 2019
    Maggie ·
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    At this point, I sincerely hope that those still doing favors are only doing it because they REALLY want to and have a specific gift in mind they want to give their guests.

    Anyone who is doing it because they (or a friend/family member) thinks they should or that guests will be upset if they don't get a favor, please be assured, there's no actual con for not giving favors (but plenty of reasons against doing them).

    On all of the posts that ask, "What's the cheapest favor I can buy that everyone will love!?", I always want to respond: save your money; your guests won't care.

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  • Emily
    Devoted June 2021
    Emily ·
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    I’m doing mini homemade pies (because I’m a baker), and it’s an inexpensive way to say thanks. I’ve been to plenty of weddings that didn’t have favors and I didn’t think anything of it, so you’re fine!
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    Expert April 2021
    Melody ·
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    We didn't have them and nobody said anything about it. I've worked tons of weddings and usually about 75% of favors get left behind. If they're edible, about 25-50% get left behind on average.

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    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    Absolutely! i have been to weddings where they didnt have any

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    Devoted September 2022
    Carissa ·
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    The only favors I really understand are customized can koozies, and thats only because they're practical- keeps everyone's hands from getting cold all night. If I do anything, that'll be it.


    I worked as wedding serving staff for years in college. A large majority of the favors were left behind, even the koozies.
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Yup! Totally fine to ditch.
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  • Rebecca
    Master August 2019
    Rebecca ·
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    We skipped them. A lot of our friends still did them, but favors really seem to be ... going out of favor.

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    Super July 2023
    Eniale ·
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    I am of two minds when it comes to favors:

    It is completely fine to skip them. You shouldn't have them just to have them. No one wants coffee measuring spoons with your names on them. For the average cost of wedding favors, you could have a really cool food or beverage station at your reception, which you and your guests will enjoy far more, and that you won't have to transport/put together/dispose of leftovers.

    However, if you truly have something really special that you are passionate about sharing with your guests, go for it. Examples of what I mean: a local vineyard wedding that the favors were mini bottles of a wine that the vineyard made themselves, which you couldn't get anywhere but there; little jars of blueberry honey from the blueberry farm where the bride worked; a tea blend with a tag that included a special kanji of the couple's names combined that the groom's grandmother made (the couple met at a tea shop, and the groom's family was Chinese.) These are thoughtful and special, and it meant a lot to the couples to share them with their guests. This is the only time I think you "should" do favors.

    Otherwise, skip them. Put that money toward a wedding upgrade or a nice dinner on your honeymoon. Your guests won't miss them.

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  • Michelle
    Master April 2021
    Michelle ·
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    We did chocolate covered toffee & hand sanitizers. Bought the toffee from a local candy shop & the hand sanitizers from Bath & Bodyworks. We had zero left over! Our guests loved them!
    Having favors are totally optional- it’s a personal preference.
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  • Brittany
    Dedicated June 2021
    Brittany ·
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    Definitely skip the favors. I've seen pictures where people put out a sign that they've made a donation to a charity in lieu of favors and I think that's great. We're using potted plants for our centerpieces and we're going to offer those to people who want to take them home. Whatever plants we have left over will be easy to donate or give away.

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  • Florida Marlins
    Expert October 2017
    Florida Marlins ·
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    Unless it is a commercially prepared food item that I like, I skip. No more koozies, lol.

    Feel free to ditch. They are a new thing, never saw them in the 80's and 90's (I was married the first time in the early 90's and it was NOT a thing, lol)

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    Devoted August 2020
    Tina ·
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    Can we can the wedding favors? 1
    This is the favors my mom made only like 3 of 55 was left. And she added candy and the photobooth strips
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