Do I Really Have to Give Wedding Favors?

Etiquette, Favors & Gifts
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What if you can't afford to hand out wedding favors to your guests? Can you scrap the idea altogether, or should you suck it up and use your creative powers to find a cheaper option? Wedding planning can present some genuine dilemmas—that's why our etiquette experts are here to answer your toughest questions.

I really can't afford to give favors. Do you have to have them?

They are by no means mandatory. So if you can't afford something you really like, just let 'em go. Your guests won't even notice. But there are a few wedding-favor ideas that can be pulled off on the cheap. Get two things for the price of one: Your florist can design breakaway flower centerpieces, so each guest can take home a tiny bouquet of flowers or a pretty plant. And some of the most guest-pleasing favors—a sweet little bag of candy, tiny packets of flower seeds—are also some of the least expensive. Lastly, some brides opt for making a donation to their favorite charity, and print up cards that read: "In lieu of a favor, a donation has been made to the ASPCA." You'll help out a good cause with the money spent, and your guests will be touched by your generous spirit.

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