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Are Wedding Favors Necessary?

If you’re planning your wedding and keeping a close watch on your budget, you might be wondering “are wedding favors necessary?”

This is a very common question that many brides ask as they’re trying to determine the best use of their budget. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer.

Technically, you are not required to give your guests a wedding favor at your wedding. Likewise, most guests will not expect to receive a wedding favor. However, giving wedding favors is a nice touch and a meaningful way to show your appreciation for their attendance.

This article will take a look at the question of “are wedding favors necessary” and also share some tips for giving out wedding favors on a tight budget.


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The Reason You SHOULD Have Wedding Favors

The sole purpose of wedding favors is for the bride and groom to express their gratitude to guests for taking time out of their day to attend the wedding and reception.

Even though the couple will send out thank you cards to their guests after the wedding, a small wedding favor is a thoughtful way that the couple can thank their guests for their love and support.

The Reason You SHOULD NOT Have Wedding Favors

The most common reason why couples choose not to have wedding favors is that they are on a tight budget and cannot afford to purchase the gifts.

This is a very legitimate concern. Even though most wedding favors are fairly inexpensive, the unit price must be multiplied by the number of guests in attendance.

For example, if your wedding favor costs you $1.50 each but you’re planning on having 300 guests, your total cost for wedding favors will be $450 (not including shipping and any packaging you might want).

If you really want to give your guests a wedding favor, be sure to have section in your wedding budget specifically for wedding favors. This will ensure that there is enough money available to give each guest a wedding favor as a token of gratitude.

Inexpensive Wedding Favor Ideas

If there is a concern with the wedding budget, it’s important to note that wedding favors do not need to expensive or extravagant. Here are some great ideas for inexpensive wedding favors.

A really simple and inexpensive wedding favor idea is to give a single flower to each guest. If you are already working with a florist for bouquets and centerpieces, you can discuss your options and negotiate an affordable price since you are already purchasing from them.

Alternatively, you could give your guests an artificial version of one of your wedding flowers. These can be rather inexpensive and can also serve as a lasting reminder of your wedding.

Another way to keep wedding favors more affordable is to discuss your options with wedding favor distributors. Many of them likely have closeout items available as well as discount items.

Lastly, never forget to check out wedding favors on Amazon. There are some very inexpensive options that would work great as a wedding favor for your guests! Here are a few examples.

60-piece Key Bottle Openers with Tags. View on Amazon.

1oz Pure Honey Jars. View on Amazon.

100-pieces Rustic Candy Boxes. View on Amazon.

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Hi, I’m Kristin. While I haven’t found my Prince Charming yet, I’ve been dreaming of getting married for a long long time. I started this site as a place to record all the things I’ve found and researched in preparation for my own wedding someday. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

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