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Please help! What were your wedding favors?

Okay so heres the deal. I liked the wedding favor mason jar idea where they get to drink out of the jar and bring it home. However I have heard great and negative things about this approach. What are your thoughts or past experiences? 

Also if I change my mind and do a different favor what are some ideas or favors you did or have seen? I can't spend too much money as I am on a tight budget. (I do like the kuzie ideas bc my fiance likes to collect them) 

Thank you for your time and help!! 
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  • ShesSoColdShesSoCold bend over and I'll show ya
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    Okay so heres the deal. I liked the wedding favor mason jar idea where they get to drink out of the jar and bring it home. However I have heard great and negative things about this approach. What are your thoughts or past experiences? 

    Also if I change my mind and do a different favor what are some ideas or favors you did or have seen? I can't spend too much money as I am on a tight budget. (I do like the kuzie ideas bc my fiance likes to collect them) 

    Thank you for your time and help!! 


    Edible favors are always best. I have no use for one mason jar, or most of the other cutesy crap people give away.

    My favor was cupcakes. Most everyone took at least one. My MIL made these votive candle things and two people took them. Two. My mom and my grandma.

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  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's
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    We gave out chocolate bars for our favor.  Edible is always best.

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  • edited December 2015
    Just curious, did you have a wedding cake too?  And then give out cupcakes for your favor? 
  • Thank you!! Maggie- Did you give out the same chocolate? And did you personalize it any way? Like the wrapper or anything? 
  • ShesSoColdShesSoCold bend over and I'll show ya
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    Just curious, did you have a wedding cake too?  And then give out cupcakes for your favor? 

    We had cheesecakes and gelato. But there's nothing wrong with a wedding cake and cupcakes. Generally the [edible] favor is taken with the guest to be eaten later so no reason not to double up on cake.
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  • levioosalevioosa Southern California
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    Edible favors are the best.  Anything cutesy or referencing the day specifically is probably going to end up in the trash.  Your day was sweet, and I really liked being there, but I don't need a random mason jar, and I don't need a koozy with your wedding date on it.  Honestly, I'd rather you took the money budgeted for favors and put it towards upgrading the bar or appetizers.  Although, I wouldn't say no to chocolate bar favors.  Because chocolate always wins. 


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  • We are having lottery tickets in envelopes that say "For richer, for poorer", and we have a cotton candy machine for something edible. The lottery favors cost $2 per person between the ticket and the envelope.

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  • spockforprezspockforprez Virginia
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    No favors for us.

    CMGragain said:
    What were my wedding favors?  I didn't have any.  They weren't done for weddings in 1976.  Favors were for children's birthday parties.

    Is that really true? I thought the traditional sugared almond favors were an old Italian wedding custom.
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  • Mason Jar - cute but I know as the bride I kept losing my drinks during the night because I would take a few sips of my drink, put it down because I wanted to hit the dance floor and the forget where I put my drink.

    Koozie - I think that's a know your crowd thing. In my family they aren't a popular thing so my guests would have ended up leaving them or taking them & throwing them away

    What I had - Chocolate heart shaped suckers, huge hit. A friend made them for us as a wedding gift. We should have had a bunch left over to take home because she made extra in case any broke, but there wasn't a single one left over. She put them all in individual bags to cover the chocolate and tied with ribbons in our wedding colors. They looked so cute on each of the plate settings. And they were yummy too.


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  • AddieCakeAddieCake Beyond the Wall
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    We used a lot of river rocks for our wedding. They were in the centerpieces, guests signed them instead of a guest book, and they were used as our escort cards. 

    So we did chocolate rocks wrapped in tulle, tied with ribbon, and placed in little white buckets. 
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  • JamieLynn913JamieLynn913 Watertown, CT
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    We are doing cake pops. I actually got the idea from my best friends wedding. My fiancé and I came to the conclusion we couldn't justify spending money on something people would probably never use (over the years we've received some questionable favors for attending weddings) and my friend was like do cake pops! Hers were a HIT and when I say hit I mean people were taking other people's and hiding them so they could have more! Delicious and nothing went to waste!

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  • No favors for us.

    CMGragain said:
    What were my wedding favors?  I didn't have any.  They weren't done for weddings in 1976.  Favors were for children's birthday parties.

    Is that really true? I thought the traditional sugared almond favors were an old Italian wedding custom.
    Yes, and they were featured at many non-Italian weddings too, but not as "favors".  I also remember those little soft rose shaped mints.
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  • We're doing a candy bar. Because a sugar rush sounded good to DF and that's been the one thing he's really wanted to be involved in planning. He brought it up with these lists of candy, how much they'd cost, how to display them.... and if he did all that to just bring it up, why am I going to complain?
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  • If you're on a tight budget they're a good thing to skip - If you still want to spend that money, upgrade something else such as have a larger portion of cake for your guests or upgrade a protein option on the menu or a wine option...

    We had 6oz. Honey Bears as our main favor with a note "Thanks for Beeing here!" (I grew up on a Honey Farm and was wearing a bee pin that my Granny had given me as my something blue, and we had a "Nuk box" as our card box - it's a smaller beehive we use when starting up new hives for those who don't know what that is so it was part of a theme).  We also gave out chocolate mints from our favorite steak house back home at the end of the meal.  For the kids we purchased McDonald's toys... 

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  • JoanE2012JoanE2012 Exit 21 (Jersey!)
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    We did chocolates.  If you're going to do something, make it edible.  Sure way to be a crowd pleaser.  Anything else is a knick knack that most people don't need.
  • labrolabro Hotlanta
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    We did gourmet cookies from a local bakery (all of our family and many of our friends traveled from OOT so it was important to me to find something local). The packages they came in were personalized with a little tag that said "Thank You" and had our names/wedding date on it.  



  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's
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    Thank you!! Maggie- Did you give out the same chocolate? And did you personalize it any way? Like the wrapper or anything? 
    I made personalized wrappers and everyone got the same kind of chocolate bar.  I stuck with simple milk chocolate, no nuts.

  • Ours were 2 little chocolate truffles in a little white box with a ribbon tied around in the same color blue as the bridesmaid dresses  I don't recall any being left behind.
  • We did matches at MIL's insistence (she likes to collect them from all weddings as a keepsake). It was a surprisingly big hit - a lot of people took multiple little matchbooks even though they had our name on them. I think we only had about 5 matchbooks leftover, which was surprising to me!

    I actually forget that we even had favors since I didn't buy them or plan for them - it was all MIL. Edibles or consumables are the best ones. This board tends to favor edibles, but I have to confess I almost never eat or take the edible ones!
  • We did trail mix in 8oz jelly jars with a personalized label on top (easy to peel off, thank god) and a ribbon around it.  For those with nut allergies, we did pub mix (kind of like Gardetto's).  In hindsight, I would have skipped them altogether, over half of them were left (I think some people didn't see them), and I got the fun task of emptying and washing all the leftover jars (5 dozen) and reselling them.  And I still have 2 large ziploc bags full of trail mix in my pantry.

    So yeah, I think if you do something edible, make it nice, and probably on the sweet side or something like fancy popcorn... don't cheap out if you are gonna do it.    
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  • thisismynickname2thisismynickname2 City By The Lake
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    Since OP has questioned personalizing, I'll add this-- I wasn't planning on doing favors, but my MIL found a great deal on small 4-pieces boxes of chocolate that are a popular regional treat. The boxes were decorated with our city skyline, and our wedding had skyline view, so it was perfect. So, I didn't do a darn thing with them- each place setting just had a box of chocolate.
    If your area has regional treats, this is a nice idea- rather than so-and-so's wedding emblazoned on a thing, it's more like getting an area souvenir. 
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  • OliveOilsMomOliveOilsMom South Jersey
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    We made chocolate covered pretzel rods.  We purchased the pretzel rods, chocolate, food safe bags, ribbon, and tags.  The tags were from Michaels and just needed to have them created in Word.  There was a template to download.  So we were able to create our own personalized tag, that we attached to the bags with the ribbon.  We made enough favors for 115 people.  We took almost none home with us, just the extras that we had given to the venue anyway.  We spent about $50 on them.  We waited for sales on pretzel rods, my mom got the food bags and tags off ebay, I bought the ribbon on sale at Michaels, and I bought the chocolate on Black Friday with a coupon at Michaels - just ensured the sell by date was after our March wedding.
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  • I had a friend who did mason hard with handles and we love them! I know it was the same cost as if they bought disposable drink wear so I appreciate that they reduced waste and gave us something to take home!
  • MobKazMobKaz Chicago suburbs
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    CMGragain said:
    No favors for us.

    CMGragain said:
    What were my wedding favors?  I didn't have any.  They weren't done for weddings in 1976.  Favors were for children's birthday parties.

    Is that really true? I thought the traditional sugared almond favors were an old Italian wedding custom.
    Yes, and they were featured at many non-Italian weddings too, but not as "favors".  I also remember those little soft rose shaped mints.
    I married in 1978.  We had engraved matchbooks, as did just about every wedding I attended back then.  I guess I presumed that was a favor.  I cannot tell you how many friends and family I knew back then that kept a brandy snifter or other vessel on the bar in which to hold all these matchbooks.

    What I DON"T remember was receiving a favor at a birthday party.  Gifts were for the birthday child.  Why would I expect to get something for someone else's birthday?  But then, I also don't remember getting anything just because a new sibling was born, or I got an "A" on a report card, or performed household chores. 

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  • MobKaz said:
    CMGragain said:
    No favors for us.

    CMGragain said:
    What were my wedding favors?  I didn't have any.  They weren't done for weddings in 1976.  Favors were for children's birthday parties.

    Is that really true? I thought the traditional sugared almond favors were an old Italian wedding custom.
    Yes, and they were featured at many non-Italian weddings too, but not as "favors".  I also remember those little soft rose shaped mints.
    I married in 1978.  We had engraved matchbooks, as did just about every wedding I attended back then.  I guess I presumed that was a favor.  I cannot tell you how many friends and family I knew back then that kept a brandy snifter or other vessel on the bar in which to hold all these matchbooks.

    OMG, I hadn't thought about these in years until I read your post.  Yes!  My parents had them, aunt and uncle, both sets of grandparents.  So. Many. Matchbooks.
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  • Heffalump said:
    MobKaz said:
    CMGragain said:
    No favors for us.

    CMGragain said:
    What were my wedding favors?  I didn't have any.  They weren't done for weddings in 1976.  Favors were for children's birthday parties.

    Is that really true? I thought the traditional sugared almond favors were an old Italian wedding custom.
    Yes, and they were featured at many non-Italian weddings too, but not as "favors".  I also remember those little soft rose shaped mints.
    I married in 1978.  We had engraved matchbooks, as did just about every wedding I attended back then.  I guess I presumed that was a favor.  I cannot tell you how many friends and family I knew back then that kept a brandy snifter or other vessel on the bar in which to hold all these matchbooks.

    OMG, I hadn't thought about these in years until I read your post.  Yes!  My parents had them, aunt and uncle, both sets of grandparents.  So. Many. Matchbooks.

    ... and they're a functional favor!!  Even if you don't smoke, they're awesome to have around because I don't need the 300 pack of them!!
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  • SK40509SK40509
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    We did little mini bottles of wine with custom labels (ordered them online, not too expensive) and they turned out great! I would agree with what other people are saying though, something consumable (whether food or beverage) is definitely the best!
  • Agreed, go edible.

    I also agree that if you are on a budget, you can skip favours.

    We had a candy bar. We had baggies and ties, so guests could take candy home, but most of it was eaten during the reception! 

    Myself? I wouldn't do anything with one mason jar. I wouldn't go out of my way to use it to drink when I have a set of glassware. Kuzi- maybe. But we have one already that only gets used occasionally... and I don't really want something that has a random wedding date written on it. 
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