Wedding favors: to have or not to have? While wedding favors are a great way to give a small token of appreciation to your guests, they are by no means essential. If you are on a tight budget, or choosing between a favor and something else that can enhance your guests’ experience, it is best to forgo the wedding favor. But if you are able to give a wedding favor, below are some tips adapted from thespruce.com to make sure your guests cherish these thoughtful tokens.
Choose Something Meaningful
A wedding favor should make your guests remember you and your wedding. If you cannot think of a small gift that really represents who you are as a couple, then it is better to allocate your funds towards another aspect of your wedding that guests can enjoy. For instance, putting your money towards a photo booth, a caricature artist, or a band, will significantly enhance your guests’ experience and make them remember your wedding far more than a meaningless gift.
Donate to Charity
Instead of giving guests something they can take home, consider making a donation to charity in their name. A charitable gift -- especially to a charity that means something to you personally -- is far greater than any material item you could give someone.
Choose Something Useful
Consider giving a wedding favor that guests can use so it does not end up being discarded. For instance, candles are a great gift that can remind guests of your wedding -- plus, many people use candles on a daily basis! To make this gift even more personalized, you can pair your candle favors with a customized matchbox.
Do Not Make Your Own Edible Favors
During the days leading up to the wedding, you will be consumed by fine-tuning all the details. The last thing you will have time for is baking small treats for all your guests. Since edible gifts need to be fresh, it is not possible to make these far in advance. If you are set on edible wedding favors, considering hiring someone to make them for you or order them to be delivered on the day of your wedding.
Distributing Wedding Favors
The most efficient way to distribute your favors is to place them at guest tables. Make sure that you purchase 20% above your guest count just to be sure there is enough for everyone. If you choose to offer favors as your guests leave, try to have someone distribute them at the door so guests do not take more than their fair share.
Include a Thoughtful Note
You should always offer a note along with your gift. The note does not need to be elaborate -- just a few, simple words expressing your gratitude for your guests attending and celebrating your special day with you. Your guests will appreciate the effort and acknowledgement.