Favors Aren’t Our Favorite

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.

Womp womp.

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


Image via Style Me Pretty / Photo and favors by Winnie at Beau-coup

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?


Mrs. Wizard

Wedding Date:
June 2012
To Follow or Not to Follow (The Registry)
Tonight We Are Young. So Let's Sway Together
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    iammcdibble 995 posts, Busy bee @ 10:33 am

    Don’t love favors either, the only goot ones are food.

    I am planning on doing a candy bar, but along those lines, I definitely think the cookie idea is an excellent one. I don’t know many people who turn down free cookies.

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    melissa, Guest @ 11:29 am

    I love your favor idea! We’re having a photo booth and we will be giving them a bookmark sleeve to put their photo strips in. they can use it as a bookmark. We are also having a 24 foot dessert table too!

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    misssemi 371 posts, Helper bee @ 11:35 am

    Edible favors are the way to go, in my opinion. I’m toying with the idea of meringue mushrooms to go with all of the birch, fern, moss stuff we’ll have going on, and our reception venue overlooks the woods…but I’m planning from afar and I’m not sure I’ll have the time the week before the wedding to make and assemble them.

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    milissae 149 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:21 pm

    We are making birdseed ornament favors. The tag will read “Hang on a tree at your home to hear spring birds sing”. Our rustic them is nature, trees and birds.

    The cost to make 100 favors, About $35. Of course that is not including the hours of my time!

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    pharlley 27 posts, Newbee @ 1:41 pm

    AGREE!! When deciding our favours, we looked at all things practical, and settled on reusable shopping bags! The key thing to the success here was that we did not use either grey or purple (our wedding colours), we ordered them in black. The best part– THERE IS NO MENTION OF ME, FIANCE, OR WEDDING DATE!! Because, as you mentioned Miss Wizard, no one gives a hoot about your date except you and maybe your parents!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:37 pm

    I totally agree with your philosophy on favors! We did the same thing (except with a dessert table). I think people preferred it to a ‘traditional’ favor 🙂

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    Teirk 50 posts, Worker bee @ 7:56 am

    I was against favors for the same reasons you outlined, but was open to the idea of edibles/consumables – homemade pickles or homemade soap, for example. My mother hit upon the perfect idea of homemade infused olive oils in little glass bottles with corks. Sold! We buy olive oil by the gallon and I am obsessed with glass jars and bottles. It hits all the right buttons for me and I’d like to think people will get some use out of it! Currently on my way to the Strip District to load up on cheap rosemary, yay!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:46 am

    Super smart! It’s a win-win for all.. get rid of extra cookies, and not spending much money on the favors! I would totes hoard up on all those cookies. 😉

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    SaraKD 96 posts, Worker bee @ 12:26 pm

    We are making tile coasters for our favors. Each person will get two. There is no date or anything on them. They will be in our wedding colors, I had planned on doing black and white but couldn’t find any paper I liked. Who can’t use coaster? What do you think? I still have time to change the favors.
    Here is a link:

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. Would you be happy getting these?

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    Scottish 78 posts, Worker bee @ 8:44 am

    I love this “truthbomb” post about favors. haha. I totally agree with your reasoning but for some reason I really want to find some awesome favor for my guests. No idea what that will be yet, but I’m not giving up hope yet!

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