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5 Wedding Favor Mistakes Not to Make

Handing out favors at your reception? Here's what not to do.
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by Maggie Seaver
maggie seaver the knot wedding planning expert
Maggie Seaver
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Maggie Seaver is an Associate Digital Editor at RealSimple.com.
  • Maggie writes about life, career, health, and more.
  • Maggie was an editor at The Knot from 2015 to 2019.
Updated Feb 20, 2019

If you're putting in the effort to send your guests home with wedding favors, make sure it's worth it—for you and your guests. Favors won't make or break your celebration (and they're not mandatory by any means), but they're a super-sweet gesture of gratitude to loved ones who came to celebrate with you. Whether you hand out DIY chocolate chip cookie mix or sunglasses branded with your swanky new monogram, here are a few wedding favor mistakes you don't want to make.

1. Don't Make Them Too Heavy, Fragile or Bulky

You can bet your guests will "accidentally" forget those favors if they're too cumbersome to carry home—especially if they're traveling a long distance. Bottles of wine, awkwardly shaped gift boxes or fragile plants might get left behind for sad, but obvious, reasons. Stick to small takeaways that can fit easily into a suitcase.

2. Don't Keep Them Out of Plain Sight

People will actually forget your favors if they don't even know they exist! Hand them out as escort cards, put them at everybody's place settings or set them up on display near the exits. That way, guests know there's something to take with them on the way out.

3. Don't Splash Your Monogram Somewhere Really Obvious

We love a good monogram, but your friends are less likely to use that pretty picture frame favor if your married initials are stamped across the front in large font. They probably won't want a photo of their new puppy or baby niece labeled with your monogram or wedding date—it's just not practical. Make monograms (or other personalized branding) subtle or hidden on anything from shot glasses to sunglasses.

4. Don't Leave DIY Favors Until the Last Minute

The days leading up to your wedding will busy enough without your having to curate 300 perfectly packaged and labeled wedding favors. If you have the time (like, realistically have the time), favors are a fun DIY project we definitely approve of—but if you'll lose sleep over baking homemade mini pies or pouring handmade candles, we say, skip (or buy) 'em.

5. Don't Stress Over Them

Like we said, favors are lovely, fun and generous—but not required. If you're dipping too far into your budget to send your guests home with out-of-this-world gift bags, you've probably gone too far. Trust us, no one will talk about you behind your back if they don't go home with a personalized set of geode coasters. 

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