It has long been a tradition that the bride and groom give their guests a small gift or memento to take home in remembrance of the occasion. It was once assumed that the bride and groom and anything they touched, were lucky-so favors were a way of spreading the luck.
In the past, a favor has been anything from a boxed up piece of groom's cake to elaborate handkerchiefs embroidered with the happy couple's initials. Popular favors today include candy-coated almonds, chocolates or other candy, miniature bottles or wine, candles, picture frames, personalized CDs, small potted plants or handmade keepsakes.
While many couples fret over what to give as favors, and while they can be a lovely and generous gesture, it should be said that favors are actually quite unnecessary. Your guests should not expect them, nor should you feel obligated to provide them. They are a nice personal touch when the favor has a significant meaning for the bride and groom, but otherwise they are an extra that easily tacks on another hundred dollars-or much more-to your budget . Think of the weddings you've been to: Oftentimes you tote home a dust-collecting item you might just as easily have done without.
As a favor alternative, some couples make a donation on their guests' behalf to a local charity. But rest assured: Many celebrations have gone off splendidly without favors-if you decide not to give them, most of your guests will not miss them or even notice.
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