Allow me to do you a favor.

When figuring out where to trim the wedding budget, in my opinion, favors were one of the first things to go out the window. No one remembers them, no one feels slighted if they aren’t provided, and most people don’t even bother to take them home at the end of the night. Waste. Of. Money.

“But no!” my parents insisted, “You have to give everybody SOMETHING!”

Enter the ubiquitous photo booth. There’s a reason photo booths are everywhere these days – they’re fun! At least, they’re fun when you’re in your mid-twenties and selfies are still a thing. At any event I’ve been to – wedding or otherwise – that offered a photo booth, it was packed the entire time. Plus, the event coordinator at our venue recommended a photo booth rental company that offered us a great deal since we booked so early. Favors – check!

Not so fast. “Those aren’t favors,” my parents moaned. “We have elderly people coming. They won’t use a photo booth!”

You mean my ninety-year-old great aunts aren’t going to put on oversized sunglasses and hats and cram into a photo booth for a hilarious/adorable picture? Boo.

Anyway, back to the drawing board. The frontrunner following the family brainstorming session? Stress balls shaped like a bride and groom – I kid you not. (If anyone reading this entry would be genuinely thrilled to receive a wedding-themed stress ball as a favor, please reveal yourself if you exist, only I’m pretty sure you don’t.)

For the record, I live in a two-bedroom apartment. When (not if!) people don’t take their favors home with them, guess who has to find a place for them? Me. So I would beg my parents to find a place for them in their more-than-two-bedroom house, someone would drop them on the dining room table to collect dust, and then someday, someone would decide to clear off the table, and everyone would get in a fight because no one would want to find a place for the favors because they don’t belong to anybody, and everybody’s day would be ruined.

Right. So. How do we best guarantee people will take their favors home with them? Make them edible!

Enter Katlyn, the genius and wonderful wedding coordinator from our venue. No matter how dumb my questions are, she always answers them quickly and nicely. Her suggestion? A candy bar.

Those of you who have been to the Jersey Shore probably remember the candy shops that are practically on every corner. Salt water taffy, fudge, caramel popcorn, and chocolate-covered fruit are staples. So it made perfect sense to stock our candy bar with treats that are synonymous with the Jersey Shore. The best part? I won’t hate it if we have to take any leftovers home.

Candy bars are a really popular favor choice, and I understand why – there is a little something for everyone. Plus, you don’t get stuck with a million tchotchkes because no one wanted a stress ball emblazoned with your monogram.

So, on the subject of favors: love them, hate them, must have them, didn’t bother with them? What are your thoughts?


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