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Wedding 101: Favors


Your mother and grandmother will remember a time when wedding favors were always Jordan almonds or groom's cake tied up in a little white box. Today, the humble wedding favor has become a major décor element, an opportunity to showcase your personalities as a new couple, and leave guests with a treasured acknowledgement of your gratefulness for their support.

Incorporate favors as part of your decorations: Use the opportunity all the space displaying these guest thank yous will take to your advantage. Display favors as apart of your décor. Fill vintage cubbies with sweetly wrapped cookies or use your escort cards as gifts. 

Incorporate your theme: Think about your wedding theme and play off that when choosing gifts. If you’re having a winery wedding, think about giving guests wine cork key chains or wine keys. 

The packaging is half the fun: Creative packaging elicits admiration and can further express your wedding theme.

Monogram minimum: Keep monograms to packaging. Wedding favors are gifts to your attendees and should be given with the same thought as you would for a birthday gift. A note when printing out the couple’s names or when using monograms: traditionally the brides name comes first.

Don't forget the kids: Use special wedding favors for young children to your advantage. Give a bag of small items to entertain them, such as crayons or a disposable camera with a “Wedding Photography Scavenger Hunt”.

9 Wedding Favor Categories:

  • Ecofriendly - personalized packets of seeds or flower bulbs are a perfect complement to garden weddings or environmentally conscience couples
  • Eatable – packages of sweet or savory treats, to be eaten promptly, such as warm cookies, or prepared later, such as a custom spice rub
  • DIY – the possibilities are limitless; homemade jams, bath salts, infused oils or spirits, granola, lip balms, CD’s with songs that are special to you and feature songs that were played on the dance floor during your reception
  • Local fare – send your guests with a little piece of home by showcasing regional fare; apples or smoked salmon reflect the bounty from sea to shore for a Washington wedding
  • Double duty – favors that do more than one job; personalized mason jar cups to be refilled throughout the evening with guests drinks will help minimize the amount of glassware your have to rent, hand-held fans are perfect for warm-weather weddings, place cards - photo booth pictures and frames, potted succulents
  • Seasonal - planning a wedding around the holidays? A Christmas ornament for guests will remind them annually of your special day.
  • Beverage & Bar – from credit card bottle openers, to beer cozies, to mini tequila bottles, guests will toast you time and again when they use these
  • Children’s favors – kids activity boxes that include activity books, treats, crayons, cameras, mini puzzles, scavenger hunts, etc.
  • Tote bags – customized canvas tote bags will be sure to be used again and again and a great option for destination weddings


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