ProBride: How to Choose a Favorable Wedding Favor
How to Choose a Favorable Wedding Favor
How many weddings have you gone to and didn’t take the favor with you? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Wedding favors are tricky. You might feel that you need to provide them, but your guests are the first ones to judge them. So, how do you choose something that’s worth it?
As a bride:
As I was making my wedding website on theknot.com I saw several ads for their online shop. I clicked through just trying to brainstorm what I could do for favors. I saw lots of picture frames, wine glasses, coasters, and tea light holders. At first thought, a wine glass could be nice, or maybe a tea light holder. A tea light holder could help dress up the table. But someone once told me, think about your guests. If they come alone, they won’t have a matching set, they just go home with one. That statement always come to mind and I chose not to pick anything that came as a pair. Another thing I didn’t want was something of poor quality that would fall apart within days.
As a planner:
I continuously see favors left behind. Either people don’t care for them, or people forget about them. Simple as that. They just aren’t that memorable. Now, do I think they are needed? I think they are a nice gesture and make for great pictures. If you are one that wants more of a meaning behind it then take the money from what you would spend and donate it to a charity or cause that’s important to you. Just put a little note on each table letting your guests know. If favors are still an interest then I would highly suggest a food or drink. I’m telling you people will not leave food or drink! Alcohol and sweet treats are always a hit. Doing something sweet can be as easy as having a dessert bar and buying little bags that say “thank you”. If you’re creative, it’s always fun to try to make up a witty slogan for the bags.
Another thing you could consider is a photo booth. People very much enjoy taking quirky photos of themselves and the more people you can get in the shot, the better. You can have one picture saved for you, the other for the guests to take home. This way it serves as a guest book and favor all in one. For this case, you could provide a frame to fit the photo. It’s a complete package!
No matter what you’re thinking of doing, you should spend no more than $3-$5 dollars on a favor. Honestly, if you can get less than that I think thats great – as long as the quality is there.
Farrah is a Certified Professional Wedding and Event Planner (CPWEP).
Her company Simply Azure Events helps brides create stress free breath taking weddings.