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6 Reasons to Skip Wedding Favors and Give Wedding Welcome Gifts Instead

FILED IN: Education, Wedding Welcome Gifts

Posted By: Jamie Kutchman, Founder


When working with engaged couples on wedding welcome gifts, they often ask if they should also be providing wedding favors for their wedding guests. Around here, we are fans of ditching the wedding favors and providing wedding welcome gifts instead. Here’s why…

Skip wedding favors and give wedding welcome gifts

First Impression

Welcome bags are a great way to make a memorable first impression. Guests are checking into their hotels and, in most cases, have traveled quite a distance to be there on the wedding weekend. Arriving to find a special gift waiting for them immediately shows them that they’re appreciated and that they’re in for a very special experience!


Sure, most wedding welcome gifts include sweet treats and savory snacks. But, they also contain practical items that guest may have forgotten to pack such as Advil for the morning after a night of drinking, bandaids for too much dancing, breath mints to keep things fresh, and even earplugs for a good night sleep. We usually love to create mini amenity kits to include within the overall welcome box, welcome basket or welcome bag.


Wedding welcome gifts are also a fantastic way to introduce your guests to the city in which your holding your wedding. For out of town guests, this is a great chance for them to experience local snacks and sweets along with maps showing off local landmarks and areas of interest.

Why give wedding welcome gifts

 One Per Couple

It’s no secret that wedding favors are far less expensive than wedding welcome gifts. However, you have to make sure you have enough favors to cover all of your guests and then some extras in case you have that one guest who wants to take several at a time. Generally speaking, couples provide one wedding welcome gift per couple that’s coming in from out of town. So, while you still might spend more on wedding welcome gifts than favors, the overall spend might end up being closer than you realize.

Forgotten Favors

While wedding favors can be a fabulous way to say ‘thank you’ to your wedding guests for attending the wedding, we often hear that they get left behind by guests. At times, guests may not even realize they are there. Whereas with wedding welcome gifts, guests receive them upon arrival so there’s less of a chance of them going to waste!


Wedding welcome gifts tend to be much more memorable than favors. There’s simply more room to personalize them. For example, you can include sweets and snacks from the couple’s favorite eateries.  We create custom welcome booklets with a welcome note from the couple along with custom maps that feature landmarks in addition to some spots that mean a lot to the couple. We also design the gifts according to the color palette and aesthetic of the wedding.

Why you need wedding welcome gifts

Do you agree with our philosophy on wedding welcome gifts versus wedding favors? We’d love to hear your thoughts on these two very special wedding details. Comment on this post or feel free to reach out via our contact page. We always love hearing from you! 

All images: Lissa Ryan Photography
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