February 21, 2019

Skipping Wedding Favors: It’s Completely Acceptable!

If you’ve ever thought about skipping wedding favors, do it! I promise you’ll be happy you did, as most favors don’t make their way home with guests. You’re already taking care of your guests with cocktails, dinner, and desserts. That contribution is plenty thanks on the wedding day for their thoughtful attendance.Many brides feel as though they are socially required to purchase or craft guest gifts, but this just isn’t the case.

Skipping Wedding Favors: It's Completely Acceptable! Here's why nobody will notive you don't have wedding favors. 

Nobody Will Notice You Don’t Have Favors

You do not have to have favors. I repeat, you don’t need favors. Your guests won’t remember if you don’t give favors and they won’t be upset you aren’t providing any. In fact, they probably won’t even notice their absence at all! 

As someone who attends more than a dozen weddings each year, I know guests don’t miss favors. I can honestly say that most favors end up left at the wedding, thrown in the trash, or overlooked entirely. The only favors I see consistently used are small sweets, boxed or wrapped, atop each place setting. Even the packaging for that seems wasteful, as you’d be better off with an adorable dessert display without box or wrap costs.

Coffee bean escort cards for a coffee lovers wedding at BRICK in San Diego with flowers by Bloom BabesThe North Chapel wedding ceremony in San DiegoBride and groom luxury wedding portrait in San Diego at a BRICK wedding, Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

Better Ways to Use Your Budget

The average cost of wedding favors ranges anywhere from $173 to over $450 for designer favors. Personally, I’d rather allocate that money toward an extra honeymoon night or add another hour of photography coverage to my wedding. Or even make my bouquet larger. Perhaps, forgoing favors could allow you to invite an extra couple or two to your wedding.

Bride with burgundy blush and ivory bouquet in long sleeve Marchesa Poppy gown, beaded and feather embellished wedding dress, Pampas Grass Wedding in San Diego on Film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

If you truly find yourself eager to include favors at your wedding, go ahead, with caution! Think long and hard about whether your guests will make use of them and that the money spent is worth it. Just know that skipping wedding favors is more than fine :)


I totally agree! However, my sisters insisted on having some sort of favors so I decided to get small edible favors that our guests will actually use!

this is so True, I made some research, and I’m not doing favors in my wedding, I want to keep it simple and save the money for other vendors.
great website!