What is Included?
Thinking of what your wedding favors will be should be easier when you have first agreed on your wedding theme. For example, if it is a beach wedding you can hand out colorful beta fish in small fish bowls, or perhaps dried out starfish or bright sand dollars. If your wedding takes place outdoors or in a garden you can give out small pots and seeds that will grow into flowers that match your wedding colors. There are also many religious themed favors you can buy to hand out to your guests. Your choices of what goodies to give should always have some significance to your big day and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
After you've agreed on your wedding theme, make a list of ideas on what you can give out as your favors. When you've done that, think which items on your list would be something you would like to receive yourself. All too often guests are given objects that they don't want, so they're quickly discarded. Think of something that is preferably practical or if not, edible!
Practical Favors: Give your guests something they actually consider useful so that they will make it on the trip home. Some popular ideas are:
Edible Favors: Give out something you know your guests will loveâ¦to eat! These are some failsafe options that won't make it past the wedding reception:
Although your options are limitless, we would be remiss if we did not mention some favors guests will most likely NOT want to see waiting for them at their reception table:
Monogrammed items are personalized for you, not your guests. This doesn't really inspire them to display it in their own homes.
Items with your wedding date - Not advisable for the same reason as monogrammed items. The exception to both these rules are for edible favors.
Koozies - While they can be called a practical gift for a small percentage of your guests, they also scream tacky! Most of these won't even get out of the reception, let alone the hotel room when they check out.
Visibly cheap or plastic items are worse than nothing at all! Assembling and packaging handfuls of candied almonds are the go to affordable alternative when you have no budget.
Single items that would normally be used as part of a set like a single drink coaster or champagne flute will likely not be used by the vast majority of your guests.
Before you go out to your local wedding and party favor outlet, first be clear on how many pieces you will need, your wedding theme and colors, budget, and style. They should be ordered around 1 month before your wedding date. This will allow you time for corrections and assembling/packaging the pieces if needed. Now that you have some ideas of what wedding favors you want, let's talk about the different options on where you can get them!
Retail Favor Stores - Local wedding favor and supply stores can be found in every major metropolitan area. These outlets will have the latest products available for your review. The benefit of going this route is that you can hold the product in your hand and instantly know if it will match your theme, or if the one on the next shelf is even better. There is no guesswork on colors or sizes, and you will have a better chance of scoring a deal or discount when speaking directly with the business owner. Most of these stores also have an online presence, so pricing is more or less in line with purely online storefronts, and you know the product is in stock and will be delivered in plenty of time.
Online Retailers - The growth of online retailers selling wedding favors and supplies has exploded, and couples can now buy virtually any type favor from anywhere on the planet! As businesses don't have to invest in a physical storefront, prices are often lower, but couples should be aware that product inventory and delivery issues may become a problem, so be sure you allow yourself extra time when ordering.
DIY - The ultimate way to save on costs, making your own wedding favors may seem like a good idea to save money. However the assembling, labeling, gluing, and printing of hundreds of favors may be biting off more than you can chew. Be sure you know what you're getting into by creating a few samples with friends first to make sure the savings are worth it.
Regardless of the wedding favor or where it is from, remember that you will still need to wrap it up somehow before presenting them to your guests! Whether a colorful ribbon or box or shiny container, creatively wrapping your favors gives them a personalized look that your guests will love. If you choose to give out edible goodies, remember that they may need special packaging to absorb grease stains, etc.
Key Points to remember:
In 2019, the average cost for wedding favors spent by couples across the US will be $250, which is around 0.8% of their total wedding budget.
Pricing for wedding favors primarily correlates to how many guests are being invited, and how much you are willing to spend per guest. The cost per piece is multiplied by the number of guests to arrive at your total budget/cost.
Before you begin your search think of what your wedding theme and colors will be. Doing so will not only save you time on your search, but will increase the livelihood of your guests actually keeping the favor beyond a day or two.
There are countless options to choose from, but keep it relevant to the event. The rule of thumb on your search is to ask yourself if you would want that item. Many couples give out a variety of unwanted favors. Edible favors are often the best.
How you get your wedding favors may accept the price, but often the benefits associated with purchasing from a local wedding store or outlet far outweigh saving some money from an online only retailer based overseas.
Remember to factor any time that will be needed for assembling and/or wrapping the items in an attractive manner for your guests.