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If you’ve ever wondered… what’s a wedding favor? You’ve come to the right place! At its most basic level, wedding favors are small gift ideas for wedding guests.
In this blog post, we’ll explore this topic further including these other frequently asked questions about wedding favors:
• Is a wedding favor truly necessary?
• What is the average price of favors?
• What makes a wedding favor popular?
• How can you personalize party favors?
• When do you need to order favors for weddings?
• When do you give them to guests? At the ceremony or wedding reception?
We’ll answer the big question on every couple’s mind: do you need favors at all? Plus, we’ll dive into what a wedding favor is NOT so you know exactly how to find the perfect one for your event.
Let’s get started!
What’s a wedding favor?
First things first, what is a wedding favor? A favor is a small gift of your appreciation given to guests at your wedding. It is a way to say thank you for attending your wedding and gives your guests something to take home with them.
A wedding favor isn’t an elaborate gift; it can be, if you wish, but guests typically do not expect anything outrageous or fancy. Some of the best wedding favors are simple ones, to be honest.
What is it NOT?
I feel it’s important to address whats a wedding favor AND what it is not.
A wedding favor is not a competition.
It is not something you need to buy in order to prove anything to anyone, i.e. how much money you have to spend, how you’ll dazzle them with a cool take-home present, etc.
You can spoil guests with an upgraded favor, and if you’d like to, go for it! However, if you’re worried your favors aren’t as pricey as others, here’s some good news: you do NOT have to spend a fortune on wedding favors to make a good impression. :) I promise.
Is a wedding favor necessary?
Although a wedding favor isn’t an absolute essential the same way food and drinks are, it is a good idea to provide them to your guests. I highly recommend giving favors if your budget allows.
A wedding favor isn’t just an additional task: it is a nice memento for guests to take with them to remember your wedding.
What is the average price of favors?
The price of wedding favors is typically anywhere from $1 to $3, with the average price around $2 each.
For favors that are a bit more customized, you can expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $7 each. If you go higher than that, that’s OK; however, don’t go overboard if you’re not comfortable doing so within your budget. Guests really don’t expect anything super-pricey. :)
It’s OK to go cheap on favors, as long as they are made of good quality. Honestly, if you’re considering something absolutely useless that you don’t even like, it’s actually better to skip them and spend the money elsewhere (add an entree, upgrade the decor, etc.) to be more useful to you.
Guests do not need a trinket or item that will collect dust.
Instead, look to functional take-home party favors even if they’re cheap in price. I promise, there is a treasure trove of good affordable favors out there if you look hard enough!
What do you give as wedding favors?
What makes a favor popular? While you’re asking what a wedding favor is, also consider how a favor should be useful for guests. After all, a token of your appreciation shouldn’t just be a thing that sits on a shelf.
Instead, a wedding favor is something the guests should be able to use in some way: enjoy it as a dessert, use it to open a bottle, light it to cozy up a room, plant it to grow flowers, etc. That’s how you can ensure YOUR wedding favors will be enjoyed and well-received by guests.
A wedding favor can be anything you’d like to give guests. Focus on usefulness and yours will rock!
Some popular options of tried-and-true items guests always appreciate include the following:
• a slice of wedding cake to take home
• soft pretzels (for “tying the knot”, how cute!)
… and more. You can browse our list of useful wedding favors to inspire you.
How can you personalize wedding favors?
It’s easy to dress up a simple favor and make it yours. We spotted these personalized tags and ribbons at Minted and you can customize your favor with the prettiest favor stickers or tags.
For instance, if you want to give candy favors, all you need to do is get these boxes; they’re easy to assemble. Choose a color that suits your style.
And lastly, you can choose a pouch to put favor fillers inside. This dip-dyed style is very on-trend from here.
Next, you’ll head to this collection at Minted. Choose whether you’d like to use a tag and a ribbon OR a sticker tag. They offer both!
In addition to choosing the style you like, you can also personalize the back of the tags. Here’s one example:
Here are a few other styles to consider:
You can choose different shapes to draw attention to your favors and make them unique.
Here’s a popular option: a perfect square!
Prefer a sticker? Use any of these unique styles and silhouettes to customize your favors. Choose labels like these!
If you decide to get favor tags and stickers from Minted, you can even coordinate them to match other pieces of your wedding day-of stationery. It’s so easy!
When do you need to order favors?
As soon as you decide what you want! If you’re choosing edible ones, be sure to order them while they are freshest. If you choose candy that may melt, like chocolate, do not store it for a long period of time so it won’t melt. And be sure to put them together ahead of your wedding so you’re not stressing out a week beforehand!
When do you give them out to guests?
You can place them in a basket at a table of the reception with signage instructing guests to take one. Or you can place a favor at each place setting to ensure guests don’t forget to take theirs home.
Now that you know the answer to whats a wedding favor… do you know what you’ll be giving to your guests to say thank you? We’d love to hear about it!
Also, if you have more questions on the topic, just ask in the comment box below.
This is a sponsored post with Minted.