Does there have to be favours? I haven't seen any that I like, and am unsure if I will ever.
So i guess the questions are; do I have to have favours?, What did you do for favours?
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I did a candy buffet instead of traditional favors and it seemed to be a hit. Plus, now I have the decorative apothecary jars as decor in our house.
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Be careful, though, not to choose something that would be very controvercial, such as donating to stem cell research or something like that. Right now, donating to Haitian Relief would be a cause that people would be comfortable with.
Favors are not at all necessary. They are just a nice "extra" if you happen to have the resouces and a good idea. Edible favors seems to be the favorite. My DD and SIL had a scratch off lottery ticket and a penny in an envelope at each place. The guests enjoyed it but I wouldn't exactly call it a favor.
I would think long and hard about making a donation and then leaving a note for the guests as a pp suggested. This comes off as very AW....."Oh, look at me, I made a donation to my favorite charity (and I get a tax write-off) and now I'm going to try to make people think I did it for them." Many guests, myself included, want to choose which charity they make a donation to. Everyone has the favorite charity and as good as someone's may be, someone may be personally opposed to that charity.