Wedding Favors - A Gift For Your Guests
Wedding favors are one of the most traditional ways for brides and grooms to extend a gesture of thanks to their wedding guests. Guests may travel from near and far to attend your wedding and favors are a great way for them to bring home a little piece of your special day. No matter how conventional or unique; expensive or inexpensive the favor may be, the thought behind it will certainly be graciously accepted. Be creative and choose a favor that reflects your style and personality.
Today, favors aren't only consisting of candied almonds wrapped in tulle. Couples may opt for just about anything. Often times the favor may reflect the personalities or lifestyles of the couple-- personalized CD's for music lovers; mini potted plants or personalized seed packets for the green thumb; bookmarks for the avid readers-- the list goes on and on. Do a little searching and thinking before making your choice. Do you want an edible favor your guest can delight in immediately? Or maybe you want something your guests can take home with them and cherish for a long time. Practically anything makes a great favor, especially if you've put a little thought into it.
Here are just a few ideas:
1. Frames (small)- use as a place card holder at each place setting or hand them out with a snapshot of you, your new spouse and each guest at the wedding. This is also great for holding a copy of your favorite poem.
2. Chocolates- foil wrapped hearts, gourmet pieces, truffles, gold coins or bars. Wrap in tulle, cellophane, tiny mesh bags, or nestled in little boxes- embellish the boxes or bags with ribbon or tiny silk flowers.
3. Seashells- for your beach-themed wedding. Choose a variety of different shells (small to medium in size). Wrap a ribbon through or around the shell along with a small card attached imprinted with your names and wedding date.
4. Candles- for the romantic. Place small votives, tea lights or tapers at each place setting. Wrap in ribbon or raffia and attach a small card with your names and wedding date printed on it.
5. Bookmarks- for the bookworm! Be creative…choose from silver plated, pewter, brass, wooden or any kind of other unique bookmark or clip.
6. Ornaments- for the December wedding. Try to purchase ornaments wholesale for a better bargain. If your budget is endless, choose a variety of different ornaments, or have each one engraved.
7. Mini vases- fill each vase with a very small floral arrangement. Set them at each individual place setting. This will not only be a wonderful favor, but it will also double as part of your reception decorations.
8. Candy- candied almonds, kisses, mints etc. Wrap in tulle, cellophane, mini mesh bags, small tins or nestled in a small box wrapped in ribbon.
9. Cookies- (for the baker?) Sugar cookies, biscotti or your favorite homemade recipe. Wrap in cellophane, decorated mini bags or small tins. Attach the recipe with your names and wedding date on a small card.
10. Cookie cutters- Attach sugar cookie or shortbread recipe with your names and wedding date imprinted on a small card.
11. Coffee- place sample packets or decoratively wrapped whole beans of your favorite brew at each place setting.
12. Mini potted plants- for the green thumb. Place the plants at each place setting or set them on a table so that guests may choose one as they depart from the reception.
13. Personalized CD's- for the music lovers. Include your wedding song and other favorite tunes you would like to share. Personalize the sleeve with your names and wedding date. You could also have a few of your favorite pics printed inside. If one of you is an artist you can draw the cover picture.
14. Soaps- place differently shaped cuts of soap in a mesh bag or in a small basket. Wrap with ribbon or raffia.
15. Misc.- lace bags (filled with birdseed, rice or confetti), wedding bubbles, mini bells.