Wedding favors aren’t usually the happy couple’s favorite part of planning a wedding. Many couples opt out of doing favors altogether, especially if they’re working with a tight budget. Others end up throwing together something at the last minute because they don’t want it to “look bad” that they didn’t provide favors. According to tradition, wedding favors are an expected part of a wedding reception, but realistically it’s not usually something that guests will miss, so don’t worry about being remembered as that terrible wedding that didn’t even provide favors.
If you’re thinking about skipping the wedding favors because you’ve run out of time, you’ve run out of money, or you just can’t think of a thing to give away, here are some ideas for your wedding reception:
(1) If you’ve run out of time: leaving wedding favors to the last minute isn’t the end of the world. Many couples end up doing their wedding favors in the last few days before the big event. Quick favor ideas include items that you can find at your local grocery store, such as a individually-wrapped candies, individually-wrapped fortune cookies, or scratch-off lottery tickets. Tape these items to a small note that says something like “A kiss from the happy couple” if you’re using Hershey’s Kisses or “Luck and love from Nick and Ellen” if you’re using lottery tickets.
(2) If you’ve run out of money: wedding favors don’t have to be expensive. Any of the grocery store items mentioned above should cost you only $1 or less per item. However, if even that is out of your budget, consider making a donation to a charity in lieu of giving each guest an actual favor. Donations can run anywhere from $20 to $200 depending on what you’re comfortable with. At the reception, just put a note at each seat that says, “Because you’re celebrating our day with us, a donation has been made to X charity.” You can include information about the charity and why the two of you chose it, but you don’t have to tell them how much you donated. Just be sure to actually make a donation!
(3) If you can’t think of anything to give: many people just aren’t a fan of traditional wedding favors and the thought of giving away magnets or wedding bells doesn’t appeal to them. Don’t feel like you have to give away the same things as everyone else! You can be as creative as you’d like to be! At weddings, I’ve received Fortune-Telling Fish, jars of flavored honey, CDs of music used at the wedding, and gift certificates for movie rentals stuck to bags of microwave popcorn. If you’re having a destination wedding, consider choosing something that’s important to the locale (such as local sweets). If the two of you have something that you’re really into (like a particular hobby or sports team), give your guests something affiliated with that. The sky is the limit when it comes to wedding favors, so go wild!