Some people have really strong feelings about wedding favors.
Waste of money is one shared thought about them. I guess that’s the main complaint, right? Trying to think what the other cons might be. Time sucker?
I personally think they are a sweet gesture. I think we all know how I feel about certain favors though….anything that’s a permanent keepsake with YOUR name and wedding date on it? No one wants something like that except maybe your mom. If it has some actual use, then maybe.
Example of such favor? My cousin (and MOH) is an English professor, PhD student and has an obsession with books. Her mother is an artist. For her favors, my aunt painted a landscape of their wedding location (The Rock at Morro Bay) and copied it into an image, which they made into laminated bookmarks. It’s a pretty little bookmark that I occasionally use (I have a tendency to lose them, so use them sparingly), and more importantly, it made sense to the bride/groom and has an alternate use.
Here are some things you should consider regarding favors:
- Location. I can’t tell you how many Unfake Brides put their favors in a location where guests completely missed them. Think it through. The best location is right in front of their faces, like at the table where they sit.
- Size. No one wants to lug around a giant jar of jam, particularly women with tiny little clutches. Men won’t care. If a high number of your guests are traveling to attend your wedding? Think of a gift that can be thrown into a suitcase and make it through security.
- Cost. Food is cheap. It’ VERY DIYable, even if you are a crafting jack-ass, all hooves and no thumbs, even you can pull off a bag of candy and a sweet note of thanks.
- If you don’t have a small notion of thanks, please make sure you thank everyone for coming, either en masse, or individually. It’s just the polite thing to do.
Here are some easy DIY favors I found that sparked this post! It was on this splendid blog called Such Pretty Things.
Lindt truffles wrapped in crepe paper tied with ribbon. Easy. Fast. Cheap.
What kind of favor are you planning to do? What did you do? Was it fast? Easy? Cheap? Meaningful? What was the best favor you ever got? What was the worst?
My fave: Truffles from a small Chicago chocolatier that I personally loved – as did the bride!
The worst: A heart shaped bottle stopper. I like it well enough, don’t get me wrong. It’s cute and it works. However, it means NOTHING to me regarding the bride and groom. I wish it did.