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Do you really need Wedding Favors anymore? We're getting behind their meaning and your budget to decide if Wedding Favors are necessary for your wedding. 
Unique and Cheap Wedding Favor Ideas. Do you really need them?

Hello there Bride to Be and THANK YOU for being here! {see what I did there?} Wedding Favors are all about saying “thank you” to your guests simply for attending your wedding. If you want my full opinion on them, login to your Teachable ECourse Lecture for Project Block 5, in The Project Block System.

What are Wedding Favors?

Wedding Favors are traditionally small gifts couples given out at the wedding reception as a means of saying “thank you” from the couple. They are a token of appreciation and serve as either a memorable keepsake or have a purpose beyond the wedding day.

How much should you spend on favors?

As a general rule, most couples spend anywhere from $1 to $3 on each wedding favor. I strongly recommend that you proportion out your spending based on your guest list. In the Guest List Excel Spreadsheet Mini-Series, I explain how the best way to control your budget is to control your guest list. Favors are the perfect example. On Sheet 2 of that Spreadsheet, you can tinker with your budget and calculate yourself an estimate. If you have 100 guests, you might be okay spending $3 each. Whereas if you’re pushing a 300 headcount you’ll want to lean more toward only $1 each. You should also consider a 1/Household could {just like your invitations} if the favor is a keepsake. A family of 5 with two adults and 3 kids probably doesn’t need 5 individual keychains or shot glasses.

Do you give favors to each guest?

How do you communicate the amount per guest to your guests? If you are giving one favor per guest, present each gift at each place setting or as part of the table centerpiece. If you decide to give each couple a favor, label the wedding favors with the couple’s or family’s name and place them on a table so that guests can pick them up upon entering the reception.

Where do you put wedding favors?

If your favors are plentiful you can distribute them freely and arrange baskets of them at the reception entrance. Place a sign next to each basket with the words “Please Take One” for directions. More on Behavioral signage with Project Block 19.

Do you really need wedding favors?

And here we get to the fine print… While giving guests wedding favors is a nice way to thank them for joining you for the celebration, they’re not required. Wedding favors used to be a mandatory thing, but now they’ve become optional in the way we typically see them. Couples are realizing that after a night of eating, drinking, and dancing, guests aren’t thinking about keepsakes or knickknacks on their way to the parking lot. This means you’ll have to figure out what to do with the 77 shot glasses that no one took home.

How to Coordinate Wedding Favors

It is still required {per etiquette} to thank your guests for attending the wedding and celebrating with you. You just no longer have to break the budget buying them something that looks like a gift. Through proper coordination you can plan for your favors to serve multiple purposes and dramatically reduce their expense. You can do this all while staying etiquette-savvy and under budget.

READ: How to Coordinate Wedding Favors | Project Block 5

Some of the Green-Eyed Girl “Money Saving Mantras” actually directly apply to favor planning. In the bonus READ above I review our most prominent money-saving tips for all of your wedding planning: 

  • Make every purchase fill multiple needs
  • Make choices that are sustainable after your wedding
  • Go Green and Save GREEN”

These three practices will save you a ton of money throughout the whole Wedding Planning Experience. Good Luck Bride to Be! And remember, #GEGBridesRock

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