Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: Are Wedding Favors a Must Have?

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

Q: Do we need to give out wedding favors?

This may be contrary to what you read or hear out in the wedding world, but I truly believe wedding favors are not necessary.  Let me explain why.

Wedding favors are meant as a little thank you gift to your guests for coming to your wedding celebration.  It’s also a little reminder of the day you shared together.

But, in order for a favor to be worthwhile, it has to fulfill two goals:

1) It needs to be something that means something to the couple

AND

2) It needs to be is something the guest will enjoy as well.

For example, giving a magnet or a keychain with your names and wedding date is not something a guest will want.  Or just choosing some random edible item is not meaningful to you.

Many times wedding favors are a throwaway, something the guests either don’t take home or they dump afterward.  You can’t imagine the number of favors that are leftover when I’m cleaning up after a wedding.

So, if there isn’t anything you want to give that fulfills both needs, I suggest that you don’t give anything.  It’s not worth your time and money to give a favor that isn’t meaningful or useful.

Remember, a favor is essentially a gift, so it should mean something to you (the couple), but will be something the guests will be happy to receive.

Venetian masks as wedding favors at a Italian inspired vineyard wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Sherman Chu Photography)

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