Wedding favors are a lovely tradition meant to express your thanks to guests for participating in your special day. Wedding favors are not required, nor is the lack of favors considered a breach of etiquette.
Unfortunately, while favors should add an elegant touch to the wedding, they can often appear tacky if they’re not chosen with care.
Tackiness is not necessarily a function of frugality; it’s more a matter of taste. Since guests take your favors home, you want to ensure that their parting gift is of the same quality as the experience they enjoyed with you on your wedding day. Wedding favors can also double as table-setting decorations, and add that extra touch of flair to your reception table.
If you plan a few months ahead, you will find wedding favors to fit almost any budget except a non-existent budget. If you want one favor per wedding guest, keep in mind that statistically, approximately 20% of your invited wedding guests will not attend the wedding. If your budget doesn’t comfortably stretch to cover wedding favors for each guest, or if you can’t find anything within your budget that adds to the elegance of the day, you may not have to eliminate wedding favors altogether. Consider giving one favor per couple or one favor per family. You can present higher-quality favors to your guests without breaking the bank.
Assembled wedding favors cost more than the sum of the parts. Why not gather the parts yourself and assemble them a few weeks ahead of the wedding? Invite family and close friends to a wedding favor party, and serve refreshments while you assemble the favors. You’ll find most of the items you need at a crafts store. You do not only build a closer relationship with these people but you as well saved your self from a hefty expenditure.
Order Wedding Favors Locally or Online
The Internet should be your first stop to view every available line of wedding favors. Unless you live in a large, metropolitan area, local store owners will probably order your wedding favors from out of town. It’s unlikely that they would stock large quantities of any one wedding favor. If you want personalized wedding favors, allow even more time from purchase to delivery. The key to ordering wedding favors locally is to start as early as possible.
Even if you want to shop locally, search the Internet to narrow your choices and then to compare cost among the dealers and wholesalers. When you’ve researched your choices, you can negotiate price on quantity orders of wedding favors if you want to purchase them locally.
There are far too many wedding favors available to list each one, but the list above should give you some idea of the range of favors you’ll find locally or that you can assemble with components that you find locally. Many of the suggestions above are inexpensive enough to fit even a tight wedding budget. Use the suggestions as a starting point and brainstorm your own unique wedding favor.