Wedding FavorsWhether most couples realize it or not, guests sometimes have to go to serious lengths to attend a wedding. Some have to take time off of work, while others may have to travel long distances to reach the destination. Even those closest to the happy couple tend to put in a lot of effort to make sure the big day goes off without a hitch. For many years, one of the best ways to say “thank you” to guests for their attendance is through a favor bag where the marrying couple can provide heartfelt gifts.

While it has been something of a tradition for many couples, there is also a modern push away from these gift bags. In order for you to see if the decision is the right one for you and your significant other, take a look at these pros and cons and make the best choice for your needs.

Showing Some Love 

One of the best reasons to think about offering gift or welcome bags to your guests is because it is a fantastic way to show your appreciation to those in attendance. As mentioned, guests often have to go to certain lengths to attend a wedding. By providing gift bags packed with fun, practical, and sentimental items, you can show everyone that you and your partner are very appreciative. Plus, creative types can have a lot of fun putting together these bags and discovering the perfect tokens of affection to pass to guests.

On the flip side of this, you have no way of knowing guests will actually take their favor bags at the end of the night. A wedding can be a whirlwind of emotions, dancing, and drinking. When the time comes for guests to leave, many may not remember to snag a bag before departing. This means all of your hard work could be for nothing and you could be left with dozens of unclaimed bags you don’t know what to do with. Handing the bags out when guests enter can be a simple solution worth thinking over.

Share Your Favorite Items

Another pro to giving out favors at your wedding is the fact you can load the bags with exciting items you absolutely love. Have a particular hand lotion you think everyone should try? Buy a bunch of samples and put them in your favor bags! Anything you want to share with your guests can be a great addition for your favors. Plus, this allows you the opportunity to put a personalized touch on all the gifts you hand out.

Another con to think over, however, is these favors are going to cost you money. Sure, you may love this particular lotion, but it also may cost a small fortune to get enough samples for all of your guests. When you’re already pushing your budget to the limit, you may want to think about nixing the idea of favors. This can help you save money and not force you to go above and beyond for guests when you don’t have the spare cash.

Breaking Tradition

Finally, many couples opt for favors because it is a tradition. When everyone in your family gave out favors for their events, your relatives are going to expect the same from you. Though it might be nice to appease your family members, you also might find breaking with tradition is more practical for your needs. Do what works best for you and your partner, rather than following in the footsteps of all who married before you.

Favor bags can be a wonderful way to show guests your appreciation, but they can also add an expense to your big day. Do your research and see what’s best for your event to make the right decision for your wedding.


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