We did them, but I agree, they can be a waste. We did it on the cheap getting little plastic fold-up boxes (2x2) from amazon, filled them with love-themed (eg: hershey kisses, sweet-tarts, anything heart shaped, hot lips, etc) or wedding-colour-themed candies from the bulk barn (did a variety of them), and tied them with a ribbon and a little card attached. We placed them at the seats with their name cards as well. I was surprised to find that they were actually taken by the guests and we didn't find too many left behind.
The other thing I got were "Cinderollies" brand ballerina slippers for the ladies to remove their heels and have something for their feet on the dance floor. I bought 10 pairs (including one for me, my guest list was only 60 so that was a fair number) in various sizes and colours, and again, very happy to see they were used! They were not too expensive and appreciated by the guests.
I agree with many above me here. My fiancé and I have decided IF we do them, they should be edible. Everything I have been reading has said favours are the biggest waste of money, and that so many get left behind or forgotten (which can be super awkward if they have names on them). The last wedding I went to had a little box of goodies, and I remember eating it before I even left - so money well spent there! LOL. I don't think it's rude to not have them, it's just practical.
We didn’t do favours and no one even noticed! Instead, we reallocated that money to buy things like rescue flats and shawls, which were a massive hit! I think guests really appreciate things like that more than something they will probably shove in a drawer and forget about.
Edible favours are not a waste if you know the guests will take it home to eat later oe the next day. Yes favours will be left behind and useful for something if it can given as gifts to others than wedding.
Honestly i asked this question as well as my fiancé and i thought it was a big waste of money but then my family started telling us that its disrespectful not too so now we are. Our favours double as seating name placements as well so kinda saving money that way. So as long as your family won't feel this way then don't do it!
I would not bother, out of all bridal stories I have read they said the biggest waste of money was the favours because no one brought them home and they ended up in the trash. The very few that did bring them home, threw it away at a later date.
I would go with a late night snack (which is what I am doing). Like fries, pizza slice, etc. I am doing a poutine bar as a late night snack and the few guests I told so far are super stoked. Because who does not love some munchies late at night while being drunk LOL.
I agree with Malyssa, it should be edible but I was at a friends wedding she had chocolates and not a lot of people ate them. By the end of the night the chocolate lovers were the ones taking them home.
Don't get something they can use at home, most people don't take them or end up throwing it out. I'm having cookies made 1 per person who says no to a cookie? lol. I'm only doing it because my friend is a baker.
From what I have seen over the past year of planning is 99% of planners/brides/ past brides, ect all say, dont bother. Most favors are either thrown out or not taken, so defineitly a waste of money IMO. And as a guest to a wedding, I do not expect anything other than a meal so I wouldn't even notice if there wasn't a favor.
I think if you ARE going to do favors, it should be something that will be consumed or actually used. Best favors to date where a cookie and a photobooth.
Favors I have considered (if we do them) are glasses for all guests (wedding is at brewery, this would also stand as a seating chart/escort card) coffee/tea pouches (I wouldn't care if I had to take some of these home as I like drinking those) or flower seeds.