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Wedding Favor Distribution FAQ
by: Michael Kabel

Wedding planning experts and professionals agree that wedding favors are one of the fastest growing areas of bridal fashions. Already a tradition and important part of wedding reception etiquette on the East Coast, wedding favors' popularity is quickly spreading to other parts of America and the rest of the world as well.

Who should give wedding favors?

Modern wedding guests are more or less expecting wedding favors now, partially as an unofficial compensation for their time and energy in attending the wedding. While the often-petite wedding favor is often a symbolic payment more than a literal one, it's still a thought that counts. Many modern wedding favor designers and collections have recently ramped up their elegance and design, making them a thoughtful gift in and of themselves.

A wedding favor is also sort of your proxy at each guest table. While you may not have time to greet and thank everyone at your reception, the wedding favor’s presence will at least make everyone feel appreciated.

How should the favors be distributed?

Distributing the wedding favors once the reception begins is a matter of personal choice and local etiquette. Some brides feel it's better to let the favor greet each guest at the place setting. Others appreciate the subtlety of letting guests take their favors with them, either when entering or leaving the reception.

Putting the favors on each table does give a personal touch, especially when accompanied by a personalized gift tag made out to the guest. This might take longer to set up, but it's worth it for the extra gesture of attention put into getting everyone's names right and placing them personally at the setting.

On the other hand, inevitably some guests forget their favors or simply don't need to keep their wedding favors for whatever reasons. Putting the favors outside the hall, perhaps next to the guest registry, lets people take an extra or two if there are any are left over.

Who should get wedding favors?

Ideally, every guest at the reception, including the wedding party, any children present, and the entertainers should all receive a wedding favor.

Children might receive a special and distinct favor especially for them. These can be put at their place setting if you include a child's table among your dining arrangements or put next to their parents' favors.

Likewise, you may wish to order a more sophisticated favor for the older members of your celebration – your parents and your fiance's parents, for example, or your grandparents.

What type of favors work best?

That's up to you! The best wedding favor is something that reflects the spirit and theme of your wedding. A few wedding favor retailers also offer personalization, so that your wedding favor is a one of a kind keepsake souvenir.

You can also consider how much you want to spend on the wedding favor to make the final estimation of what will work best in your wedding plans. However, keep in mind many wedding favors can be ordered in bulk and delivered well in advance, so you have time to write out the tags and prepare the place settings.