Wedding favors are not just souvenirs to remember the couples’ wedding date, but rather a Thank you from the wedding couple for attending and to take part of their special day.
I hear it many times, “Is it necessary to have wedding favors?” I’m going to say no, it’s not necessary and wedding favors is one of those items that can be easily eliminated from your wedding to do list. Chances are the wedding favors will get left behind on the table or even get thrown away. So if you’re on a tight budget, you can eliminate it.
But if you choose to keep “wedding favors” on your wedding list, try to get something that’s edible or useful. For example, I went to my cousin’s wedding; they gave out chopsticks – Useful. Another wedding I attended, they gave out an ornament type of thing with a winding music box to each guest – not so useful; i mean what am I going to do with it? My family and I each got one, so we have 4 in our house…just sitting there. And then there are the popular ones, chocolates – it’s just eh; nothing special. And believe me, I saw a lot of lonely chocolates still sitting on the table as I was leaving the reception for the night.
If you want to have wedding favors for our guests but don’t want to spend too much money – that’s okay! Wedding favors doesn’t need to be expensive nor does it have to be for each individual guest. Nowadays, I’m seeing more and more self-serve candies (aka “Candy or Sweet Bar”) wedding favors. I think this is an absolute great idea. Choose a few of your favorite candies and set them up on a table. Have individual bags ready so your guests can self serve and take it back home. The reason I like this idea is because, even if there are leftovers, it’s okay because the candies you selected are the ones you like to eat anyway, so in the end it’s not a waste. Guests are happy because of the cute arrangements and they have their options to take home the favors or not. So it’s a win-win situation for both the guests and the wedding couple. I’m also seeing more and more DIY wedding favors – it’s cheaper and it is truly a gift that express love and appreciation since it’s homemade!
For my future wedding, I think I will definitely have some sort of buffet whether it’d be candies, cookies, or whatever that will remind TBD.
What about you – what kind of wedding favors have you gotten (good / bad)?