What's Typically Included in Gifts & Favors > Wedding Favors
- 1 favor per guest, both at the bridal shower and at the wedding
Additional Cost Items to Look Out For
- Display tray, tiered platter or installation on which to display favors
- D'cor for favor display tray
- Sign for the favors table
- Table and linens for the favors table
- DIY supplies for homemade favors
- DIY wrapping and label supplies for homemade favors
- DIY printer ink for homemade labels
- Custom packaging via favors site
- Premium flavors for edible favors
- Refrigeration for edible favors
- Cost of liquor, wine or microbrew favors
- Travel to get beverage favors
- Favor order delivery
- Rush delivery
- Tipping for delivery workers
- Replacement fees in case of bad DIY or damage
- Delivery of favors to event site
- Assistant's work in setting up favors, and in removing remaining favors
- Extra favors as keepsakes
- Dessert bar sweets, bowls, vessels and scoops for the dessert bar to double as a favors bar.
- Dessert bar take-home containers, baggies, twist ties and labels for optimal dual-use as a help-yourself favors bar.
Why Does It Cost This Much?
Favors are, quite simply, a higher priority now. Dollar-store items are not going to impress in our current wedding world of top-name truffles, champagne minis and cashmere favors. It's not unusual to see bridal shower favors include a lovely perfume or other indulgence. And where couples used to offer a 2-pack of truffles, they're now springing for the 12-pack.
The number of favors needed, blended with this focus on quality and brand name, makes this a pricier-than-expected category.
We're no longer in the era of skipping favors and just making a donation to a cause. Couples who do opt to make a donation still offer their guests some kind of takeaway, even if it's just a baggie of sweets from the dessert bar.