All in FAVOR(S)? Yay or Nay? Wedding Favor Advice!

Hi everyone! As we start to hop into busy season for weddings, it's always nice to discuss some common questions our couples have when planning their wedding: to have favors or not!

While we want to make sure appreciation is shown to our guests for attending, oftentimes a lot of money, time + effort is put into these thoughtful gifts for them to unfortunately be left behind. If favors are important to you + your soon-to-be-spouse, we say go for it! If not, it's a great way to save a couple hundred bucks or allocate those funds elsewhere. 

royal icing cookies wrapped for wedding

Photo by: Bumby Photography

One thing we know for sure, all guests love something to snack on! Cookies with the names of the newlyweds, a treat from the restaurant you went to on your first date, or even a hangover kit loaded with electrolyte water, advil + comfort snacks are all great ideas. No matter what, if its edible, we know they are going to be a hit! 

Are you planning a wedding where you have many guests traveling from afar? A welcome bag placed into their hotel room upon check-in would serve as a great start to the celebration while also doubling as a favor too! 

Is your wedding themed? That's a perfect way to have a favor double as decoration (like these Golden Snitch favors made out of Ferrero Rocher chocolates for a Harry Potter wedding Bri organized a few years back!) Not that creative? No worries! Just load up a table with a bunch of desserts + doggie bags + let your friends take some sweets for the road.

golden snitch chocolate wedding favors

Photo by: Kartsie Photography

 wedding favor macarons wedding desserts on white tray

Photos by: KT Crabb Photography / Bumby Photography

wedding cupcake station

Photo by: Amy Slogar

Recently, there have been some really fun wedding trends that act in place of favors, but also double as entertainment, such as a cigar bar or a caricature artist sketching pictures of your guests to take home. Are you crafty? We have even had some couples make their own favors, like these wooden spoons pictured below made by the Groom himself or DIY can coolers!

gold charger with succulant plant

clear charger with wooden spoon favor grey can cooler favors

Photos by: Castaldo Studio / Debra Eby

cigars in box at wedding sketch of bride and groom

Photos by: Jason Mize Photography / KT Crabb Photography

To ensure the favors are seen by all, make sure to have them displayed appropriately. Our favorite options for displaying favors is either at each place setting or placed upon display near the welcome table. This not only ensures that guests will find them easily but will also be the most visited places throughout the night + give your family + friends a constant reminder not to forget their gift before departing for the evening. Remember, a little signage goes a long way! 

wedding table with gold chargers and favor bags

Photo by: Erika Grace Photography

wedding favors in bag

Photo by: Bumby Photography

At the end of the day, no matter what you decide to do, just remember these are supposed to fun + stress-free! Bring a bit of your personality + interests into them + they will be adored by all!

Stuck on having a favor but unsure of what to do? Check out some popular wedding favors here