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
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.
(Photo credit: Sherman Chu Photography)