Wedding Favors – Fresh, Fun and Fabulous Ideas

Check out some fresh ideas 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. Visit the official A classier approach is to include a nice note (handwritten if possible) thanking guests for attending the festivities. 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.

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.

Destination Weddings. If you are having a destination wedding, or many out of town guests attending your wedding, provide favors that celebrate your location. A Vegas wedding can include a personalized set of dice or cards. A New England wedding can include small bottles of maple syrup, miniature stuffed lobsters, or small “ship in a bottle” trinkets. If you are getting married in Napa Valley, try wine cork screws, miniature bottles of wine, or wine charms. Tropical Wedding ideas include little bottles of sunscreen, tropical dried fruit, exotic flowers, or something that highlights a local craft or specialty – i.e. pottery, special spices, or native foods.

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 pashmina wraps on the back of the ladies’ chairs to protect them from the chilly night air.

For a tropical wedding, include exotic flowers with hairpins for the ladies to put in their hair. For Him: 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 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, a ball & rubber paddle, mind games, decks of cards, marbles, dominoes and jacks. Mad Libs, trivia cards, or fun little books also make a good gift. Encourage conversation by creating a mini scavenger hunt for each table to locate their favors.

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.

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