Favors Q&A

I have a very tight budget, and I really can't afford to give favors. Do you have to have them?

They are by no means mandatory. So if you can't afford something you really like, just let 'em go. Your guests won't even notice. But there are a few ideas that can be pulled off on the cheap. Get two things for the price of one: Your florist can design breakaway centerpieces, so each guest can take home a tiny bouquet of flowers or a pretty plant. And some of the most guest-pleasing favors--a sweet little bag of candy, tiny packets of flower seeds--are also some of the least expensive. Lastly, some brides opt for making a donation to their favorite charity, and print up cards that read: "In lieu of a favor, a donation has been made to the ASPCA." You'll help out a good cause with the money spent, and your guests will be touched by your generous spirit.

What's the best way to distribute favors? Should we hand them out personally or leave them by each place setting?

It depends on what the favor is and how it's packaged. If the favor has a scent, don't set it on the table, since it may interfere with the aromas during dinner, advises Joyce Scardina Becker, of Events of Distinction in San Francisco. If it's scentless and comes in attractive packaging, you can leave it on the table, above each guest's place setting. If you're big on presentation, hand the favors out personally or have them distributed individually to guests by the wait staff.

We're confused. Should our favors be ordered per person or per couple?

It all depends on the favor. If you're boxing something simple and sweet for guests to take home (M&M's, almonds, or other candies in your wedding colors, for instance), give one package to each guest. If, however, you're distributing a pricier item like silver votive candleholders, you can distribute one to each couple.


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