as a wedding officiate and live dove release provider I attend dozens of weddings every year from the most lavish to the most modest and I assure you that the guest favors are the very least aspects of any wedding I've attended. However, having said that, the most favorable favors are those that have a practical purpose or are extremely personal. The photo booth is always a huge hit as everyone at the reception from the youngest members to the older folks have a great time, its a fantastic way to fill in the dead space while everyone is waiting on the after ceremony photos to be taken and the neat part is the bride has a wonderful keepsake because generally she'll receive a copy of every photo taken and all of her guests get a copy of their personal photo as well. And no, I don't rent photo booths! Edible treats are fantastic as are useful items like flip flops at a beach wedding, a home brew of some sort, or a neat little souvenir such as a picture frame with a photo of the bride and groom. Skip elaborate programs- you venue will be littered with the cast-offs: disposable cameras - no on ever gets them developed: fragile little dried flowers, sea shells etc.-they get broken in the luggage. Better yet spend the money on an open bar, a better DJ, an extra appetizer. And while all those extras like chair bows, glitter, smoke machine, etc, look nice in theory, no one remembers them but a fantastic signature drink, bountiful amounts of great food, terrific music that everyone can enjoy, and a fully developed décor that delivers a lot of bang for the buck even if it id concentrated in only as few areas.
The favours I most remember, and liked best were charity donations - the couple had carefully chosen a number of charities, and tailored the charity to the guest; so people they knew from sailing got RNLI donations, people who had been to school/university with them got ones from a book and reading charity, and the ones they worked with (they're both in healthcare) got cancer research ones. It was lovely to ask others what they got; and stated conversations, as everyone wanted to know the connections. I'm thinking if doing something similar myself, but have to work out what to best give who!
My fiancé and I are thinking about providing Koozies for our guests as a favor. If anyone would give a friendly response regarding this idea, then that would be fantastic.