Are there alternatives to favors?

|||Are there alternatives to favors?

Q. Are there alternatives to favors? Do we have to have favors?
A. Favors are traditional for formal parties. A little way to say thank you to your guests for coming. If you’re having a very casual vow renewal, then you could forgo them if you really don’t want to do them. You can also think creatively about they kind of favor you would like to give. Some quick ideas include:

A classic favor is a piece of cake to take home, simply have the cake cutters box up pieces or do them ahead of time with a similar cake.

If your guests will need to take a toll bridge between your ceremony and reception locations (or on their way home), the appropriate number of tokens wrapped in a swatch of fabric makes a unique wedding favor.

If you have a favorite charity, you could make a small donation in each guest’s name and make small cards for each place setting to let your guests know about the donation.

Alternative ideas to favors include providing some extras during the party such as a crafts table for children, placing classic games such as mini checkers sets, crossword puzzles, or dominoes at each cocktail hour table, or after a long evening of dancing serve a “closing” round of light, fun snacks such as milk and cookies, mini burgers and hot dogs, or light breakfast fare during the last 30-60 minutes of the party.

2017-02-08T07:52:49-05:00Ask an Expert, Favors|


  1. Carlette Robinson February 14, 2015 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    What does the minister say when the father walks the “bride” down the aisle again? Is this appropriate for a vow renewal?

    • Karie February 26, 2015 at 11:14 am - Reply

      It’s wonderful to have your father walk you down the aisle again. This time he’s there to support you rather than “give” you away. Your minister might opt to say something like:

      Officiant: Who support these individuals as they renew their vows? — The designated person or persons respond: I do or We do. – A great option for including your children and/or parents.

      Officiant: Who has the honor of presenting this woman to renew her commitment to this man? — The designated person or persons respond: I do or We do.

      Officiant: Who supports this couple in their decision to renew their vows? — The designated person or persons respond: I do or We do.

      Officiant: A successful marriage is made up of two people, each putting the other before themselves and giving to that person 100% first, last, and always. However, as Name and Name’s journey continues to unfold there will be opportunities and challenges that will strain, and perhaps even weaken, them. As the seasons of their love change, sometimes strong as the autumn harvest time, and sometimes tender, tentative, and fragile as the springtime shoots that brave the frost, they will need the continued support and caring of all of you who have come to celebrate the commitment of these two people to one another. So as they renew their vows today, I ask all of you to take a vow in their presence and in the presence of each other. Do you pledge to continue to honor and support their marriage? Do you pledge to be neutral and support them equally? And will you always be there for them and embrace them with the love of family and the joy of sharing your lives with them? — The designated person or persons respond: “We will.”

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