Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)

Question: Recently, I attended a family friend’s wedding and was seated with my parents. When it was time to leave, I didn’t want to take the wedding favor — a drink koozie with the couple’s names, wedding date and a cute illustration —  but my mom forced me. Are you supposed to take the wedding favor if you don’t want it? 

Answer: As a person who owns 3,468 koozies, I absolutely relate to your inclination to pass on the favor. However, couples take the time to pick out, customize and pay for their favors, so it’s up to us as guests to show our appreciation by taking them home. Even if once we get there the items go to the giveaway or recycle bin or are otherwise tossed. 

Do you have a solution to share or a wedding etiquette question? Respond in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.com.