When we first started delegating money to different things in our budget, one of the things we did not delegate a single cent to was favors.
It’s not that we don’t appreciate our guests’ time and company, and the effort they’ll make to get there. Quite the contrary, actually. And some favors look totally adorable:
Image via Your Ultimate Wedding Favors
It’s just that, for Mr. Wizard and I both, there hasn’t been a single wedding favor that we’ve ever received that we found worthwhile. (Sorry to everyone whose weddings we’ve attended and gotten favors!)
The favors that are edible — chocolates, fortune cookies, or the ever-popular Jordan almonds — get eaten as soon as we sit down out of boredom waiting for the reception to begin. The favors that are “activities” — seeds to plant, flavored salts, etc. — usually get discarded. The favors that have the couple’s names and wedding date on them — Christmas tree ornaments, wine glasses, matchbooks, etc. — fall under the category of “no one cares about your wedding as much as you”: why would we want to look at our random-cousin-twice-removed’s wedding date every time we wanted a glass of wine? In short, we don’t go to a wedding for the favors, and we don’t find them particularly useful or meaningful, so we decided to ix-nay the favors at our own wedding.
However, we didn’t want our guests to go home completely empty-handed, so we came up with something that will kill two birds with one stone. Remember when I was telling you about our cookie table? Well, one of the classic “problems” (not that this is really a problem, in my book!) of cookie tables is having way. too. many. cookies, and the bride’s and groom’s parents having to deal with the leftovers after the fact. So, to avoid saddling our parents with 200 cookies each, we decided that, in lieu of favors, we’d supply plastic take-home boxes, so that our guests can load up on cookies on their way out. That way they get to take home at least something (and something that happens to be delicious), and our parents won’t have to add “deal with unfathomable amounts of cookies” to their post-wedding list.
What are you doing for favors? Are you letting your guests take home food or desserts from the wedding to minimize the leftovers?