I love the idea of succulent wedding favors as much as the next person, but let’s be realistic. How many people want to carry a plant home at the end of the night, let alone fly with one if they’ve traveled from out of town? You want a wedding favor that you can easily transport to the hotel or even in in the car, and that’s going to mean something you can pack or throw in your purse. Anything else is going to seem like more trouble than it’s worth.
One thing you should definitely know is that wedding favors are NOT required. They are generally an added expense that is often overlooked by guests, but not by your pocketbook. Why spend an extra $300, $500, and yes..sometimes thousands of dollars on a gift that guests might not even grab (and then you’re stuck with 50 tote bags you’ll never use). Why not put that money towards a wedding photo album or jazz band during your cocktail hour? Heck, I even think putting it towards a welcome bag would make more sense.
I’m not on a mission to get you to forget wedding favors all together. If you have the budget (or the DIY skills) to have something fabulous I say go for it. They are ALWAYS a nice touch and the guests that do take one definitely appreciate them. Which is why I’m writing this post! If you’re going to have wedding favors why not make them not only convenient, but something guests can actually use or get excited for?
I’ve included a few of my recent wedding favors ideas, below. As a side note, I try to generally stay away with anything that has your initials or wedding day front and center. I think people will be MUCH more prone to use something like a tote, coaster, or koozie if it doesn’t have other people’s named on it. Instead, think about using an emblem or design from your wedding invitation. Even a unique phrase would be fun to use as well. If you love the idea of having your names and wedding date printed or engraved on a wedding favor, then by all means do it!! It’s all about personal preference…you can’t go wrong either way.
Do you have a fun idea for a wedding favor you think guests will love? Let us know what it is in the comments section!