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Dedicated June 2021

Wedding favors

Angie, on May 20, 2021 at 8:51 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 6 83

Are you doing them or not? And why? I think it's fun, but a waste of money. I've never used any wedding favor I've gotten in the past. There are some favor ideas that I would like to do, but it's extra money to spend on something that I'm not sure people even really care about. What do you guys think?


Latest activity by Traci, on August 23, 2022 at 9:14 PM
  • Nicole
    Devoted August 2022
    Nicole ·
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    I'm skipping favors. Planning a wedding is a lot of work and stressful. Every way I can, I simplify, and this is one of the many little things I decided to take off the list!
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  • C
    Devoted September 2022
    Carissa ·
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again- the only favors I think are reasonable are can koozies. And not even because they'll be used again, but because they're practical for the night. No one wants their hands to get cold and wet. Are they expected and over done, yes definitely. But useful and relatively cheap.
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  • Liz
    Devoted June 2021
    Liz ·
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    I know I know everyone has said skip it in all the forums. But, I still think it’s a nice thank you gesture for guests. I’m giving succulents in little pots. I figured if theirs extras I don’t mind taking them home for a succulent garden and I know others who’ll take extra off my hands. I’m only doing one per family or couple. Not one per person!
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  • Emily
    Devoted June 2021
    Emily ·
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    I’m a baker and I’m making a mini apple pie for each guest, but that’s very unique to me and my husband (our story was meeting at an apple orchard). I think simple, edible favors or koozies or shot glasses are the way to go, but totally not necessary.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
    Michelle ·
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    We tossed around the idea of family cookbooks. But otherwise we would not do favors. Most will get left behind, including edibles. Put your money toward the guest experience (good food, free drinks, good dj) or photography/videography.

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Skip ‘em. Not necessary anymore and unless edible, guests will leave behind.
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    Expert April 2022
    Fred ·
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    They are fun , you're right ... but they will get left behind, edible or not. We're skipping them because of that.

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  • Victoria
    Devoted June 2020
    Victoria ·
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    We’re hand making wood ornaments. What’s left behind are getting tossed in a bonfire the next day lol
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  • T
    Devoted August 2020
    Tina ·
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    My mom made small boxes and put in candy and photobooth strips

    Only like 1% left the boxes. So maybe 3 of 55?
    If you want to skip it you can. Bulk candy in little bag works even as a favor. Whoever leaves it then you can have the candy. Wedding favors 1

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  • Stacey
    Super May 2021
    Stacey ·
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    We had edible favors from an awesome local sweets company (caramel & chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered Rice Krispie treats, peanut butter Buckeyes). We had 108 favors for 78 guests and every single one was taken.
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  • Elizabeth
    Dedicated August 2021
    Elizabeth ·
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    I definitely recommend food or wine! I think it's a nice gesture to provide favors, but honestly, no one will use a shot glass with "Mr and Mrs Smith" on it. However, if it's not in your budget, loved ones won't be offended if they don't receive a favor. At the end of the day, it's your decision!
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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
    Sexypoodle ·
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    I think it all depends on what the favor is. It can’t be cheesy or useless. And if you can’t afford it… certainly skip it!

    We hired an artist who paints quick 5-minute watercolor portraits of guests/couples. So they’ll be able to take them home and it’s a personal keepsake.
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  • K
    Devoted July 2021
    Kendra ·
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    Skipping them. They are one of those things the bride and groom care way more about than the guests.
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  • A
    Just Said Yes June 2022
    Amber ·
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    It looks very nice, I like the idea itself. Some people make them themselves, but that's if you don't have many guests. I could make one, but I don't have time for it. I've seen budget options under $10, but they are too simple.

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  • E
    Super July 2023
    Eniale ·
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    As a guest, I only take favors that are edible. And if the edible favor comes in some kind of monogrammed/branded item, I throw that out. When one of my friends got married, the favor was cookies in a glass etched with their names. I took it, and threw the glass in the trash after I left. I don't keep items in my house with other people's names and wedding dates on them. I also don't take anything that requires care or effort like plants, seeds, etc.

    I have seen very thoughtful and cute favors at weddings, so for me it depends. If there is something very special that a couple is very passionate about sharing with their guests, then I'm for it. One of my personal favorites from a past wedding, the bride worked at a blueberry farm that also kept bees, so the favor was blueberry honey from the farm. This was very cute and personal (and also edible).

    But if it's just some cheap trinket to give the couple another excuse to see their names printed on something, I think they should be skipped.

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  • Hilary
    Just Said Yes June 2021
    Hilary ·
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    We’re doing them! We are getting married in Colorado so we made koozies with the “Welcome to Colorado” logo. We also got Mountain shaped soaps that say “Love you to the mountains and back.” We also got flip flops for guests as well for dancing. People might not always use the favors, but I feel like I have always remembered every wedding favor I ever received and it brings you back to that moment! ❤️
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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa Online ·
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    We're doing mini jars of chocolate covered cherries for our favors! We were able to find everything for fairly cheap, and we figured that if there are any left over, my fiance and I will enjoy them.
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    Lady ·
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    We did not have them. Although we did have way more cupcakes than guests so we encouraged people to take some home (which they did!)

    Favors I have actually enjoyed: pretty box of truffles in wedding colors, homemade apple pie shots in tiny mason jars, matchbooks (very old school, but I NEVER have enough matches). Basically anything edible is a good choice

    Favors that are not the best imo: Koozies (these are fine, but I already have an entire kitchen drawer full of koozies, nobody really need more), trinkets, anything with your wedding date, glassware, blankets, flip-flops or coasters

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  • M
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I did them! i like the idea of favors when hosting events in general, personally. but you're right though its not necessary so you can skip it

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  • Kinsey
    Just Said Yes July 2022
    Kinsey ·
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    We have been going back and forth on this very topic as well! I think what my fiancé and I decided on is to skip the traditional favor since we are one of the last in our friend group to get married (everyone already has sunglasses, shot glasses, bottle openers, etc from previous weddings).

    We are doing a photobooth so people can take their strips home with them, we'll also be making a donation to our favorite charity in liue of spending money on favors.

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