Quick survey/question : what was the best wedding favour you have received?

Hello everyone,

Just curious to know what people like to receive as wedding favour. 

I feel that there are 2 teams : team FOOD (biscuits, chocolate etc.) or team SOMETHING TO KEEP (candles, coasters etc.).

Which team are you and what was the best wedding favour you have received as a guest?

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  • I'm Team Food.  If it's not something easy enough to consume on the spot or shortly thereafter, I'm leaving it there.  Biscuits, chocolates, fancy pretzel sticks, all my favorites.  If I don't eat it, it's a nice treat for the kids at home.

    I have absolutely no use for packets of seeds, a shot glass with someone else's wedding date of it, a jar of jam, a CD of someone else's fav songs, etc. I also dislike alcohol as a favour.  I don't drink, my OH doesn't drink much at all, and a lot of folks our age are in the broody mindset, so it's not a favour I like to see.  Even for those who can and do, I think a lot of the alcohol favours I've seen are very personal/ specialised flavours and not necessarily popular with the masses.

  • MrsMcSMrsMcS Posts: 235

    I'm Team Food too. I have no need for yet another keyring, and things like candles or coasters I would rather choose for myself - and definitely wouldn't choose one with someone else's wedding date on it.

    A good in between option is foodie things you can take away - the nicest one I've had was a small jar of loose leaf tea - but you do need to consider if they will fit in a suit pocket or small clutch bag - if not, most will likely get left behind!

  • SammykateSammykate Posts: 3,298

    Definitely food. Kitty said it very well and I've been to plenty of weddings where the tables have been littered with unwanted favours. These are always 'things' like seed packets, candles, shot glasses. They are cute and tempting but people just don't want them or can't be bothered carrying them around. I disagree on the alcohol front as I think they will get drunk at the wedding, as long as it's not something really weird!

    Go for food and something a little unusual that people might not have had before- macarons, gourmet marshmallows, champagne lollypops etc. The only food favour I've ever left on the table was a milk tray chocolate. I didn't want to eat it then and it wasn't worth carrying around.

  • MrsGtoBMrsGtoB Posts: 677 New bride

    I’m the opposite there is always plenty of food so I see that type as a waste.

    Alcohol is always a winner though

    The last wedding we went to didn’t have any favours which was strange

     

    x

  • QueenDQueenD Posts: 325 New bride

    Thanks ladies!

    I'm team both (it's cheating I know ) :

    love the idea of 1 last sweet treat for my guests but also love the idea of something they can keep.

    I completely get how you guys feel about favours not really relevant to you & with someone else names & wedding date on it but what about if it was something with your name?

    Something like these? Love the fact that it's multi purpose : decor, name card & favour. Would you guys still be Team Food?

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  • MrsGtoBMrsGtoB Posts: 677 New bride

    I really like the right hand one, think I have something going similar on my Pinterest board.  We are doing a personalised message to each guest incorporated in their place name with a shot (each guests preference) to be taken all together after the speachs. Kids will have a soft drink version.

    I think if you go down the take home route you just have to be prepared for a lot to be left. 

  • MrsMcSMrsMcS Posts: 235

    Sorry but I'm still Team Food. The wooden name things are pretty but I have no idea what I'd do with it afterwards! I think a lot would still get forgotten/left behind tbh, and then what would you do with them? At least leftover food ones can be eaten :)

  • All the weddings I had been to either had chocolate, sweets or candles as wedding favours. I wanted something different so I have gone for gold wooden names that will act as place names as well as favours. It also saved us money doing this.

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  • HelenNHelenN Posts: 123 New bride

    We're doing home brew Sloe Gin favours for the men, we've bought tiny little glass cork top bottles and the Gin has been mixing since October (Wedding in May).

    The women are getting little bath salt test tubes with dried flowers in, in cute little hessian bags, a bit like this... small enough to pop into a handbag and take home. 

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    Any kids are getting 2 little test tubes full of sweets and then 1 with a hot chocolate mix in (powder, mini marshmallows, choc sprinkle). Might even do a few more of the hot chocolate ones to put on the sweet table for people to have before bed or the next day (hotel wedding so most of our guests are staying over). 

     

    Any Sloe Gin or bath salts left behind will be happily taken home by me ☺️

  • Lyn18Lyn18 Posts: 20

    We’ve decided against favours, although you can keep them cheap we decided it’s likely just something that people will leave behind. I’ve been to a few weddings were I can even remember what the favours were... that’s not being ungreatful it’s just there so many other things going on, and the tables are so full of other things, plus by the time the meal is over I’m keen to get on the face floor and just forgot to pick it up 😂

  • SammykateSammykate Posts: 3,298
    QueenD wrote (see post):

    Thanks ladies!

    I'm team both (it's cheating I know ) :

    love the idea of 1 last sweet treat for my guests but also love the idea of something they can keep.

    I completely get how you guys feel about favours not really relevant to you & with someone else names & wedding date on it but what about if it was something with your name?

    Something like these? Love the fact that it's multi purpose : decor, name card & favour. Would you guys still be Team Food?

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    They are both cute but honestly I can still see them being left on the table. I wouldn't know what to do with the wooden name thing and the candle wouldnt fit in my clutch bag. I'd probably carry it around for a while with good intentions and then lose it.

    I do agree that there's usually enough to eat that I don't need a chocolate or sweet favour, but if it looks tasty I will make the effort to take it with me for later. I do see a lot of people scoffing them right then before the meal!

    I actually also did both. I did Lindt chocolate hearts, of which we only found 2 left and took them home to eat later. I also did these cute small gold badges that said things like 'I ❤ this wedding' 'where's the bar' 'I kissed the groom' etc. Loads of people wore them all evening and I didn't get any returned to me with the rest of the table stuff by the venue. Not sure if they just chucked them or if that means people took them!

  • britbirdbritbird Posts: 1,461 New bride

    My sister got engaged in NYC, so did a bit of a nod to that.  I travel to the US for work a lot, so each time I went I got a different sweet.  We then made up bags with things like Hershey's kisses, Jolly Ranchers, Tootsie Rolls, Reeses, etc.  Everyone loved it, and it doubled as a name tag on the tables.  We are having my cousin, who owns a gin and vodka company, supply little bottles of salted caramel vodka and raspberry vodka.  

  • We're doing booze favours for the majority, and the few that we know don't drink are getting a small slab of chocolate with their names iced onto it. Booze or chocolate will almost universally go down well. You may get the odd outlier but hey, you can't please everyone!

    At the end of the day though they're a favour so do what you like. Guests don't have to take them if they don't want them and they should be cheap enough that you aren't out masses of money if they don't.

    I'm a big proponent of the idea that you should do what you want. It's YOUR wedding (as long as it's not unreasonable!)

  • QueenD wrote (see post):

    Hello everyone,

    Just curious to know what people like to receive as wedding favour. 

    I feel that there are 2 teams : team FOOD (biscuits, chocolate etc.) or team SOMETHING TO KEEP (candles, coasters etc.).

    Which team are you and what was the best wedding favour you have received as a guest?

    xx

    Team Food.

    In my experience as a guest and also working occasionally at a wedding venue, I think its blindingly obvious that the best favours have always been the ones that can be eaten/drunk/used straight away - traditional favours like the 5 almonds (which actually represent something... remember that?!), sweets, or little bottles to pimp a drink always go straight away, but 'keepsake' objects are often left on the table at the end of the night.  

    Small toys, gadgets, fancy names etc may look lovely, but if they're not absolutely amazing or incredibly useful, a lot of people simply don't remember to pick them up or bother to find somewhere to put them to take home.

  • I cannot remember any favours that I have used or even stick in my memory? Lost count of the number of useless seeds I have been given....I don't even have a garden!! Most food based ones are almonds (boring and overdone) or have other nuts in and I am allergic. So another vote for alcohol here! Sorry but saying "most people our age are thinking about babies so we wouldn't want alcohol..." how silly! Actually one favour that we received that we still have was a little slate heart on a string that had our initials on...we have hung them up in the bedroom. 

  • QueenDQueenD Posts: 325 New bride

    Thank you guys, giving me a lot of feedback here, love it!

    In France & Ivory Coast (where I am from), tradition for weddings or Christening etc is to give guests a bag of dragée (sugar coated almonds) so my parents want to take care of those for us but I personally love to have something to keep when I go to a wedding so I also want to do that.

    However if half of it will be left behind, there's no point.. food for thought food for thought

  • LizzieBHLizzieBH Posts: 196
    Sammykate wrote (see post):
    I also did these cute small gold badges that said things like 'I ❤ this wedding' 'where's the bar' 'I kissed the groom' etc. Loads of people wore them all evening and I didn't get any returned to me with the rest of the table stuff by the venue. Not sure if they just chucked them or if that means people took them!

    Cute idea! Sammykate, do you mind me asking where you got them from?

  • Mrs-17Mrs-17 Posts: 87 New bride

    Another vote for team food or alcohol here! If I can eat or drink it, then it's perfect. Anything I'm expected to keep is either left on a table, or chucked in the bin the following morning when I discover it in my bag. Whilst I think it's a lovely idea - and most 'keep-able' favours are very pretty -  they just aren't to our tastes or don't have a place in our house, and I'm not one to keep things for the sake of it.

    We did shots for our favours, in mini jars with thank you stickers on - we had 4 pregnant ladies in attendance and they each had a box of fudge so they didn't feel left out! I also disagree with a PP who mentioned age and broodiness - because unless someone is actually expecting, not many people will avoid alcohol altogether.

  • SammykateSammykate Posts: 3,298
    LizzieBH wrote (see post):
    Sammykate wrote (see post):
    I also did these cute small gold badges that said things like 'I ❤ this wedding' 'where's the bar' 'I kissed the groom' etc. Loads of people wore them all evening and I didn't get any returned to me with the rest of the table stuff by the venue. Not sure if they just chucked them or if that means people took them!

    Cute idea! Sammykate, do you mind me asking where you got them from?

    Yes sure I got them here: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/twentyseven/product/pack-of-fifty-badge-wedding-favours

    I wanted the pastel coloured ones but Hubs over ruled me and we got the gold and black ones, which did look really nice in the end. I got a kick out of seeing people wear them during the wedding and in the photos! In fact, if I did the favours again I wouldn't bother with the chocolate hearts and just do the badges attached to name cards. But that's mostly because it was about a zillion degrees on our wedding day so I know the chocolate got kinda melty...

  • QueenDQueenD Posts: 325 New bride

    Oh these look really cute Sammykate, really liking it!

  • ducklingduckling Posts: 116 New bride

    I think favours are a bit unnecessary, but if you want them I’m team food, all the way! Have has posh marshmallows, a cake pop (bride and groom themed), booze, chocolates - all good, although beware chocolates if its hot, my friend did Lindor truffles and they squished everywhere!

    That said, I went to one wedding (OH’s friend) where all the men got flavoured vodka and the girls got jam! The girls on my table were all raging, some of us nicked the vodka when the boys were at the bar 😁 Why on earth they thought that we wouldn’t want a drink too, I have no idea... I dont think many of the jams made it off the table either!

    We’re not doing favours. We are doing a free bar though, I figured that’s the best favour I can give! 

  • I'm torn, the food/booze favours are all really nice but you're providing food at a wedding anyway so would you need another food item? (Just my thoughts)

    We're torn between putting a small slab of chocolate with the guest's names on or bubbles (!!) x

  • SadieeeSadieee Posts: 1,781 New bride

    Team food/alcohol!

    If it's a keepsake I either leave the favour behind (by accident or because it doesn't fit in my bag) or if it does make it's way home it probably ends up in draw somewhere and never looked at again :S 

    We are either doing candycanes or none at all (had family & friends ask why we are bothering with them when guests dont really care lol)

     

    I also agree with a previous poster, the idea that certain ages wont want alcohol because they are broody is bizarre to me! You can't plan your favours around the idea one or two guests may or may not be thinking of getting pregnant, and really one small shot of alcohol is not going to affect someone trying to get pregnant? If they really don't want it they can bin it or pass it on to someone who will drink it 

  • QueenDQueenD Posts: 325 New bride

    Thank you so much everyone, appreciate your help x

  • The best wedding favour I‘ve receive was from a friends wedding Around a year and a half ago. It was a £1 scratch card - obviously most people didn’t win anything, but I’m sure a lucky few would have won a few pounds.

    Honestly, if my friend wasn’t attending my wedding next year (soon to be this year!), I’d have probably done the same! But I don’t want to copy 😂

    It was neither food or something you can keep - but I think most people liked the idea (of course you can’t please everyone!).

  • IbizaIbiza Posts: 3

    team something to keep

    I assume youll be feeding guest so extra food is redundant, it usually goes in my purse and gets squished (ewww) although I dont mind traditional almonds for their historic meaning (plus they dont squash or melt)

    alcohol or preserves might be ok (like jams or sauces in jars)

    I like little things to keep, I havent received many before though only really a pin badge once

  • QueenDQueenD Posts: 325 New bride
    Nottinghamshirebride wrote (see post):

    The best wedding favour I‘ve receive was from a friends wedding Around a year and a half ago. It was a £1 scratch card - obviously most people didn’t win anything, but I’m sure a lucky few would have won a few pounds.

    Honestly, if my friend wasn’t attending my wedding next year (soon to be this year!), I’d have probably done the same! But I don’t want to copy 😂

    It was neither food or something you can keep - but I think most people liked the idea (of course you can’t please everyone!).

    Yes I saw this idea a while back with a message saying something like "we have been lucky in love, so sharing our luck" something like that. We did like the idea and thought how cool it would be if someone won a big amount on our big day, that would be amazing!

    But then because half of our guests are from abroad we thought what if they don't have enough time to cash it, most of them fly back the next day after the wedding etc. so we were not sure if it would work for us..

  • QueenDQueenD Posts: 325 New bride
    Ibiza wrote (see post):

    team something to keep

    I assume youll be feeding guest so extra food is redundant, it usually goes in my purse and gets squished (ewww) although I dont mind traditional almonds for their historic meaning (plus they dont squash or melt)

    alcohol or preserves might be ok (like jams or sauces in jars)

    I like little things to keep, I havent received many before though only really a pin badge once

    Think we will go for both - I'm struggling to choose  we will probably do the traditional almonds (my parents want to get that for us as it's normally given at weddings in France where I'm from) + something to keep.

    I as a guest love something to keep too. Now I just need to find the best "thing to keep".. and that's another struggle haha

  • QueenD wrote (see post):
    Nottinghamshirebride wrote (see post):

    The best wedding favour I‘ve receive was from a friends wedding Around a year and a half ago. It was a £1 scratch card - obviously most people didn’t win anything, but I’m sure a lucky few would have won a few pounds.

    Honestly, if my friend wasn’t attending my wedding next year (soon to be this year!), I’d have probably done the same! But I don’t want to copy 😂

    It was neither food or something you can keep - but I think most people liked the idea (of course you can’t please everyone!).

    Yes I saw this idea a while back with a message saying something like "we have been lucky in love, so sharing our luck" something like that. We did like the idea and thought how cool it would be if someone won a big amount on our big day, that would be amazing!

    But then because half of our guests are from abroad we thought what if they don't have enough time to cash it, most of them fly back the next day after the wedding etc. so we were not sure if it would work for us..

    I also think it could be quite awkward if someone did win big - would the person feel obligated to share it with the bride and groom since they payed for the ticket? And should they? 

     

     

  • QueenDQueenD Posts: 325 New bride

    Didn't think about that.. we wouldn't accept it but I do get what you mean, they might feel that they have to share it with us.. 

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