My sisters did simple things for theirs. one did homemade bath scrub with sugar. One did a candy bar with a little box to fill. One did candles. I'm planning to do something from Etsy. they have good ideas. We're doing a rustic theme so I'm thinking something made with wood. Also separate items for kids. I found wedding reception activity kits for kids with coloring stuff, bubbles and an activity packet. For 50 people, we're spending under $100.
We were going to do koozies, but opted to just do some personalized cookies instead at the end of the night! I really think favors are more of a know your crowd thing and also definitely can be something planned for last minute if in the budget, but I think for most people, they aren't expected or missed if you choose not to have them!
They are pretty unnecessary and I did them happily for my first wedding and will do them happily for this wedding 😂. For my first wedding I did hot chocolate cones (hot chocolate mix in an icing bag) at their seats and two tea light candles in a bag with their names on it with their table numbers to help them find their tables. For this wedding, my FH loves the outdoors and we’ll be incorporating nature into our ceremony with a tree planting unity ceremony. So we’ll be giving saplings as favors
Most people skip them. The ones that do have them end up with expensive leftovers. Even the edibles get left behind. Put the money towards the guest experience: good food, free drinks, great dj or towards photo/video.
I’ve been a guest at weddings where they couldn’t get people to take regular candy home. So that cemented the idea of skipping them.
We did Turkish Delights. It's something special and unique to us and who we are. I put a few in small cellophane bags and added a little ribbon and a small tag that I had designed myself. The tag said: It has been such a delight to celebrate with you today.
I absolutely loved the idea and think it was super cute. But maybe that's just me. Noone actually commented on it and more than half got left behind (I think guests just forgot and maybe there weren't displayed very prominently). I don't know what happened with the leftovers. I guess someone who helped clean up took them home. I don't mind. We didn't spend a much of money (less than 50 Dollar for 90 guests including bags and ribbons) and I still love the idea and it was something unique to us.
I prefer eating favors. My favorite at one wedding was homemade jam. Super yummy. But most weddings I've been to didn't have favors and that was totally fine. I don't think it's expected or necessary.
We didn't do them, but there have been some I've seen as a guest and really liked.
- Pens. I've heard quite a few people say they hate them, but I write almost exclusively in pen so they're super useful for me. I still have 2 that are working (one from May 2014 and one from Feb 2020), and it was really fun to go through the wedding planning process for my wedding using pens I had received as a guest at someone else's wedding.
- Literally anything that is dessert. I've got a massive sweet tooth...
- Drink koozies. My husband and I both quite enjoy good beer, and it's always nice to have something to keep the beer from getting too hot or our hands from getting too cold!
I feel they are kind of unnecessary too, so when we discussed it, we decided if we got anything, it would have to be an item that could do double duty, something edible or single-use, and something we'd be happy to keep ourselves if people left it behind.
We've chosen to have biscuits instead of place names - so each guest will get a coffee-flavoured biscuit with their first name (and maybe an initial if needed). We like coffee biscuits so any left we'll eat ourselves, but people do like things with their names on so maybe they'll be taken away. And, because we needed place names anyway, it seemed like a good idea!
We had rosemary infused olive oil that was made and packaged by our venue. Everyone loved it! We only had 4 left over and they were from the 4 no-shows, and we took them home. Even guests that left before the favors were out asked if they could have a bottle.