Officially, the answer is "No." Wedding favors are certainly not a requirement, even if they are incredibly common. (Of course, we sure do love them here at Martha Stewart Weddings!) You'd think that guests wouldn't care much either, especially since so many of them leave the favor behind.
However, when my mother-in-law was stressing over what favor to give at the reception for her wedding anniversary, she pooh-poohed my suggestion that she skip it altogether. "These people expect to get something," she said. And a simple bar of chocolate was not going to be enough; it needed to be worth more than $8 and less than $15, she insisted.
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