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In addition to hosting a dinner, drinks, and activities for wedding guests, the bride and groom are traditionally expected to supply personalized gifts to their attendees. But is a modern bride really expected to provide favors when the wedding is a spectacular gift for attendees in and of itself? Our etiquette experts weigh in on the age-old question: to gift or not to gift?
Wedding favors are by no means a necessity for modern nuptials, but the gesture is a simple way to demonstrate how much you appreciate your guests. If the notion that the majority of your guests might ditch their favors is your primary concern, try taking a different route by presenting guests with a utilitarian gift or one that is simply irresistible. If your guests are foodies, think about setting up a take-home dessert table with small bites and candy or salty snacks for the road.
Experiential gifts are also a crowd-pleaser, from photo booth snaps to DIY floral crowns. If materials gifts that may be left behind seem imprudent, consider intangible favors instead. Contributing to the charity of your choice on guests' behalf is a philanthropic and meaningful gesture if you wish to go in a charitable direction with your favors, while simply sharing your DJ's wedding mix with friends via Spotify or another music-sharing service is both fun and budget-effective.