Is a wedding favor a nice gesture of wedding briquette or is it just an outdated concept that everyone but your grandma will view as junk and throw away after the wedding? When you’re planning a wedding on a budget, wedding favors can feel like a lot of money to waste on mementos that might not even be something your guests will want to take home–let alone keep.
Q: Do you have to give out wedding favors at all?
A: Giving guests wedding favors is a nice way to thank them for being a part of your celebration. But they are definitely not required. Having fed your guests for several hours, provided free booze and great entertainment is thanks enough. You’ll definitely want to address all of your guests at some point in the night and thank them for coming. Or, if you’re too shy to speak in front of a crowd, a nice thank you note like the one pictured below is a nice touch. And then there’s obviously the thank you card you should send each guest after the wedding (with some kind of hand-written note). Chances are your guests won’t even notice that there isn’t a table full of favors for them to grab as they leave. And since you’ll be saving money by skipping out on the favors, you’ll have a few hundred dollars left to put towards renting that photobooth you really wanted. The guests will take home the photo strips as mementos of the fun time and the experience will create memories your guests will actually cherish. Don’t you just love it when things work double duty?If you really do want to send guests home with a little something, but don’t want to be left with dozens of little trinkets after your wedding day, then opt for edible favors. Trust me, nobody will complain about an extra slice of cake for the ride home or a savory midnight snack.Work with your planner to figure out the correct number of portions to have available. Or better yet, treat them to a safe ride home
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These stunning wedding reception thank you cards are designed to be placed at each (or every other) table setting. Let your friends and family know how much you appreciate them with an extra special “thank you!” For a money saving tip, try printing your menu on the back–making each one of these lovely pieces of stationery work double-duty.
You can also write a nice thank you note on your wedding program. Budget Tip: to stretch your budget, make everything serve more than one purpose!