Are you looking for a wedding expense to cut? Take a deep breath and read the next phrase with an open mind: skip the wedding favors. I know that favors have become a mainstay of wedding culture, but I think this is one area where we can start pushing the pendulum of consumption culture back in the direction of restraint. Less consumption is not only good budget management, it’s good planet management.
Your guests will enjoy your celebration just as well if they don’t have a trinket to take home. Some will actually appreciate not having a trinket to take home.
Jewish weddings do have built-in opportunities for mementos. If you have kippot (yarmulkes) or bentschers (booklets with blessings for the meal) made up for the ceremony and reception, let guests take them home as reminders of your wedding day.
Mementos that arise naturally from the event carry more meaning than items that aren’t essential to the celebration. The kippot and bentschers will be more than merely trinkets in a drawer. Your guests might actually use them in their lives, and every time they do, they’ll think of you and the day they celebrated your wedding.