When you've been in the wedding business for long enough, like myself, you tend to notice the little things that tend to make you say Hmmmm.

I've been DJing for about 10 years, mostly weddings, and can tell you firsthand that weddings are stupid expensive. It's supposed to be a day of love and gathering that has evolved into a flourishing industry of financial decision making rather than a day of happiness.

Now, don't get me wrong, it's still a glorious day that you'll never forget, and I'm just as guilty for being a wedding DJ, but if there's one simple thing I could help save you some money, it's wedding/party favors for the guests.

If you've been to a wedding recently, you know all too well of those key chains with a skeleton key on it that says "The Key to Our Heart" or those tiny glass mason jars filled with M&Ms with the bride and groom's initials on it or even photos of the bride and groom that say "Thank you for being our guest" or something cheesy like that.

There's nothing wrong with these little mementos as they signify something to remember the day, but if you only knew how many people did not take theirs home or even cared about it in the first place, you would be amazed.

I'm usually among one of the last to leave a wedding at the end of the night and I can't even begin to tell you how much money I've seen go straight to the trash, in the form of wedding favors that nobody wanted.

I can tell you with full honesty that the only favor I have used and benefited from were beverage koozies that get used at least a couple of times per week when I'm out and about on my kayak.

Other than that, if you're looking to save a little bit of money on your big day, drop the little things and ignore the party favors. Your guests won't even notice, I promise.

It's a day of love, not materialistic items such as favors. Let that settle in for just a moment, you'll be happy you did.

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