Favors aren't required for weddings, but we love them here at the magazine. They're such a great way to "say" something nice to your guests. Plus, they're just fun to create.
But I'm not alone in noticing that some guests are avoiding the favors completely; they "accidentally" leave the little wrapped gift box on the table behind them as they leave the wedding.
They've got enough candy dishes or picture frames, or they don't think they'd actually use the tiny wind chimes with the couples' names on them. (That's why our favorite favors are flavored -- even if someone doesn't want the edible treats, their neighbor probably does.)
Favors often absorb a lot of the couple's time and creativity; they are generously given. And few of these guests would return an actual gift, because they know that would be hurtful and rude. But favors must feel different to them; impersonally presented, perhaps they come across like an optional prize. And so some people deliberately leave them behind, hoping you'll think they simply forgot, and hoping you can use them better than they can.
How do you feel about the idea of guests declining a favor?