When it comes to wedding favours, we can all agree we’ve received good favours and pretty bad ones. Deciding on what your guests may want as their thank you is not easy, but think about the time and money they are spending on and with you. We have compiled a list of the 5 worst favours we’ve seen and hope this guides you as to what to choose for your wedding.
Wedding guests love getting food – that is, food they can snack on during the reception, like chocolates or a cookie. If they need to worry about the food expiring if they leave it in their car all night or if it’s going to take away from the wedding feast, it’s probably not a good idea. The other issue with food is that you may not be aware of everyone’s allergies and intolerances. You don’t want them to feel embarrassed when they need to pass on the favour or have them feel left out.
These are items that you couldn’t possibly use in day-to-day life, unless you don’t mind having 4 or 5 salt shakers or 3 napkin holders on your table. Dishes are borderline in this category because you usually one get one, which makes matching it with what you already own a near impossibility. However, if it a nice one-off decorative bowl, you could always use it to store nuts or hard candy.
Yes, the guests know they are at your wedding. They don’t also need something in their house that is engraved with your initials or names as it will be hard for them to use it for themselves in the future. Want a shot, brought to you by Mark and Teresa’s 2014 nuptials? What about a glass a wine, courtesy of John and Amanda’s 2012 wedding day? The wedding favour should be more of a thank you gift and not a souvenir.
Your guests will not understand what they are receiving. Some may even be offended. If you have a inside joke with your partner, save it for the gift giving during the morning of the wedding. Don’t choose something that will make others feel awkward, just to get a laugh.
Yes, we have been to wedding where guests receive absolutely nothing. Your guests have shown you their love through supporting you and your partner on your special day. Thank them properly with a small token of your affection and gratefulness. If budget is an issue, Party City, David’s Bridal and even Weddingstar have some great favours for under $1 per person.
Bonus: Cheap and Easy Favours We’ve Liked
• Mints, Chocolates, Sunglasses, Socks, Purse Hook, Keychain Ring, Jam, Jar of Honey, Crossword book, Notebook, Fancy Pen, Candy Bowl, Cookie, Mason Jar, Wine Stopper, Measuring Tape, Compact Mirror, Magnets, Deck of Cards
by Sarah Zoschke