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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing Wedding Favors

Aug 26, 2014

With so many tasks to coordinate for your wedding, selecting and purchasing your wedding favors may or may not make it to the top of your priority list. But this seemingly simple task can turn into a major headache if you make one of these top 10 common mistakes when ordering your wedding favors. Read this list to avoid the most common errors and make ordering your favors easy and worry free.

1. Ordering Your Favors Too Late
Most items will take time to process before they leave the warehouse to ship to you, plus it takes time for UPS to deliver to your neck of the woods. Make sure you calculate processing time + transit time to know exactly how much time you need before hand to place an order. If you’re ordering personalized items, you may need even more lead time. And don’t forget to take into account time to assemble or gift wrap them – you’ll need the favors in your hands a few weeks before the wedding.

2. Ordering Your Favors Too Early
There’s nothing like the excitement of being engaged and getting things on your wedding planning checklist checked off – but if you order your wedding favors too early, you run the risk of them getting damaged from sitting around your house (dust, fading from the sun or broken from Rover crashing into the box), getting stale (if they are edible) or not ordering enough, needing more and having them items be discontinued because you ordered them a day after your engagement, 2 years ago. The best time to order your favors is about 2 months before the wedding.

3. Ordering Too Few
With your budget on your mind you may be tempted to order less, but ordering too few and having to re-order more at a later date may result in you meeting minimum quantities or paying a higher per piece price for a lower quantity. A great rule of thumb is: 1 favor per couple or per single. So if your wedding has 100 people consisting of 45 couples and 5 singles+1’s – you will need 55 favors – NOT 100. The only exception to this rule applies to edible favors only: give one edible (candy bar, brownie, cupcake, etc.) per person.

4. Not Reading The Details Of The Item
Always check the size, details, color and any pertinent information located with the item description. Computers often give the illusion that items may appear bigger than they actually are. That’s because websites take photographs up close to show the intricate details of smaller items. Monitors are notorious for displaying colors differently too. So, always check all the details listed so you aren’t surprised when the item arrives.

5. Not Reading The Return and Damage Policies
Personalized items, custom made to order items and edibles are often not able to be returned. Items which are received damaged may need to follow special procedures such as calling to report the damage when the item arrives and not two months later. Read all the fine print so you’re not surprised by it. And if you’re still not sure, contact the company before ordering!

6. Not Double Checking Personalization Information
Let’s face it, we all make typos! However, the order processor on the other end of the screen is not a mind reader and probably doesn’t know you misspelled your fiancé name Philip, when his name is actually, Phillip. Avoid costly errors by double checking everything you order that is going to be personalized.

7. Inputting the Wrong or Incorrect Contact Info On Your Order
Double check your contact information – providing the wrong email, telephone or even address can delay your order, prevent UPS from delivering it to you or cause the order to be cancelled. Companies need the correct information to make sure your order arrives to you timely.

8. Having A Friend or Relative Place An Order For You
Often well meaning friends or relatives will place orders for the couple but accidentally order the wrong items, incorrect quantity, color, style or even personalization. If a friend or relative wants to order your favors for you, make sure to look over the order, order the items while your with her or double check the order confirmation.

9. Not Inspecting Your Order When It Arrives
No wedding company wants to make mistakes – we want to make every bride happy! But mistakes do happen occasionally and that is why it is important to check your order immediately when it arrives. The box could have been mislabeled, UPS could have played football with your package, or the packer could have misread the item number and pulled the wrong item. We’re not saying this happens often – but in order to fix any issue that may come up – the quicker you inspect your package, the quicker the company can resolve any problems.

10. Not Calling With Specific Requests
If you have a tight deadline or a specific request such as to leave a package with a signature required – call the company and speak to a representative directly – especially if it is a time sensitive request.

Happy shopping!

- Team Little Things

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Erica is an 11 year veteran of the wedding industry and is the owner and founder of LittleThingsFavors.com.Her advice has been featured in the books: How To Plan Your Wedding and Enjoy It! Experienced Wedding Professionals Share Their Secrets and Planet Wedding.Follow her on Google +
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