Wedding favors are one of those things that I’ve seen wasted more than enjoyed. Collecting them at the end of the night makes me cringe.
When you’re sticking to a budget you want to be mindful of every dollar and cent you’re spending while also making sure your guests feel the love.
How do you find wedding favors you can afford?
If you’re dreaming of a photo booth or specialty dessert or espresso cart or flip flops for the dance floor or another “activity” or add-on, position it as the favor. With the right signage, you can thank your guests for coming while you surprise and delight them with a wedding favor you can afford.
Hopefully, your guests are having almost as much fun as you are at the wedding. They’re on the dance floor, they’re catching up with family and friends they haven’t seen in ages. They’re not going to notice or really appreciate the sweet you boxed and placed at their place setting. When it’s time to head home and they’re up past their normal bedtime and their feet hurt they will absolutely notice and appreciate a little take-home nibble. I’ve offered cookies and milk, boxed wedding cake, warm pretzels with mustard, slices of pizza and even McDonalds cheeseburgers. Guests won’t stop talking about whatever you gave them just when they thought the night was over.
If you have a large percentage of guests coming from out of town or paying to stay in a hotel to celebrate with you consider a welcome gift instead of a favor. I love local treats that can be gifted on their own so you don’t even have to worry about packaging. Things like a bottle of sparkling cider, local artisan savory treat like pretzels or trail mix or even something you handmake if you have a family tradition you can share with your guests.
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