I hear it all the time. We’ve spent so much already and favors are just one more expense. You know what, you’re absolutely right. So, you have a few options: skip them completely, find a favor that doesn’t cost much that your guests will like, or (my personal favorite), make them do “double duty”.
Why skip them: If you’ve gone all out and you have a swanky wedding where your guests aren’t even into the concept of a favor then don’t bother! I’ve seen couples order a late night snack for guests to take with them or pack a sweet and salty snack bag for when they get the munchies later. You know your guests, so if you’re struggling on thinking what they’ll want you’re probably in this category. It’s okay to skip it if you know that your guests are happy with a great celebration.
Another option is a small favor that means a lot to your guests. FYMcouples have this option because of FYM|Custom. Recently, we designed a personalized votive candle holder, with an LED candle to match one of their wedding colors, in a favor bag that went with their wedding flowers, a matching tag and color matched tissue paper for a couples wedding. For each couple the cost was $1.75 since FYM made it in-house (and yes that included our profit). The couple spent a total of $70 on favors. For the favor, bags, tags, and preparing that’s a steal! This even includes the set up and distribution of the favors at their wedding. Other options are: DIY mints, honey, and other favors you can find that couples can share. Constantly check websites for great deals and look at DIY options on Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Style Me Pretty Weddings.
Double Duty is my personal favorite because guests get to use them during the wedding, you get photos of them, and they take them home! Use them to seat your guests if you have a buffet. If you have escort cards then you can introduce them in cocktail hour. Drink markers are a fantastic idea because they can be moved easily from one drink to another. If you want to use them as an escort card without putting the meal choice and table on them:
Megan loves a challenge, Blog, game on. A B.S. in Marketing, M.S. in Administration & Supervision, a Certified Wedding Planner, Certified Event Planner, and Certified Party Planner.