Wedding Favors – Fun and Fabulous Ideas
Check out some fresh ideas that we have seen at previous weddings that are guaranteed to make an impression on your guests. Some key items to think about – wedding favors do not have to be personalized with the bride & groom’s names & wedding date. A classier approach is to include a nice note (handwritten is best) thanking guests for attending the festivities.
A Candy Buffet. Remember the satisfaction of going to the candy store and filling a bag with your favorite treats? Offer guests a walk down memory lane with a table piled with mouth-watering candies such as M&M’s, chocolate covered nuts, gummy candies, cookies, and hard candies (all in your wedding colors of course). Include cute little Chinese to-go boxes so guests can take home their treasures. If you’re allowing children at the wedding you can be sure that they will be at the table!
A Doughnut Station. Yup, you heard me. An actually station that makes fresh donuts and a topping area. They’re not that big and can fit on a small table. It doesn’t always have to be healthy right?
Go Green. Think of the environment and “Go Green” for wedding favors. Some ideas include giving away miniature potted plants (ivy, pansies, fresh herbs), flower seed packets, soy candles, or organic tea packets with a tea strainer.
Invitations Keepsakes. Your wedding initiations printed on 100% recycled paper with wildflower seeds built in. After the wedding you plant the paper and flowers pop out.
Destination Weddings. If you are having a destination wedding, or many out of town guests attending your wedding, provide favors that celebrate your location. San Diego Wedding ideas include little bottles of sunscreen, dried fruit, flowers, or something that highlights a local craft or specialty – i.e. pottery, special spices, or native foods. Even consider discount passes to local theme parks or your favorite restaurant.
His and Hers, If you plan on having a smaller, intimate affair, consider “His & Her” gifts. For Her: Give her tootsies a rest by offering flip flops or slippers for dancing. Are you having an outdoor wedding? Lay wraps on the back of the ladies’ chairs to protect them from the chilly night air. When asked what men would want for a wedding favor, two answers reined supreme: alcohol and sports. Golf aficionados will enjoy personalized tees or golf balls. If the groom is a baseball fanatic, give everyone a package of baseball cards.
For adult-only weddings, try shot glasses, wine cork screws, cool coasters, pilsner glasses or beer openers.
For Some Fun, Receptions can often be filled with awkward moments as people are assigned to sit with perfect strangers for a span of three to four hours. Ease the pain by providing fun favors that can help initiate conversation other than “so how do you know the happy couple”. Think back to your childhood and give everyone a fun old-fashioned game such as tic-tac-toe and mind games. Mad Libs, trivia cards, or fun little books also make a good gift.
Holiday/Theme Weddings. If your wedding occurs near a major holiday, incorporate your favors with the holiday theme. In keeping with the theme, often times favors tend to double as table decorations as well. For Christmas, give everyone a beautiful ornament. For New Year’s Eve weddings, include a tastefully wrapped party popper & noisemakers. Mardi Gras weddings should include fancy masks or glass beads for each guest.
Keep it simple and keep it fun!
We hope this helps,