A wedding favor is a small gift couples provide their guests. These tokens are not only a way to thank guests for coming, but can also be a lasting memory of the day they were part of. They add a personal touch to the day and will make your wedding something your loved ones will not forget.
Some of you might be thinking: “Why should I thank my guests, I just paid for their meal—they’re the ones that should be thanking me.” Well, that might be true, but think about all that your guests do too: attend engagement parties/bridal showers, arrange travel plans, book hotels, purchase shower/wedding gifts, and sometimes take time off work. So although favors are not necessarily expected or mandatory, sending guests home with a thoughtful memento is a meaningful gesture.
But what exactly should your favors be? After attending a wedding I’m sure some of you have wound up with a knick-knacks that will inevitably be lost in a junk drawer. Favors are an added expense to a wedding day, so we’ve put together a list of some of the best favor ideas we have seen.
The Edible Favor
You really can't go wrong with this one--who doesn't love a tasty treat to take with them at the end of the night? The possibilities are really endless: A s'more kit (seen above), whoopee pies, popcorn, hot cocoa mix. But our favorite edible favors are the ones that lean into the local offerings like Maine maple syrup, Stonewall Kitchen Wild Blueberry Jam, or artisanal infused olive oil.
The Donation Favor
In lieu of providing every guest a favor, some couples opt to use the money they would have spent to make a donation to their favorite charity or organization. What better way to celebrate your love than helping to make the world a better place?
The Practical Favor
We all love going home with something we know we're are going to be able to use. Bottle openers and personalized koozies are some of the most popular favors we see. But we also love the idea of sunglasses passed out at a sunny ceremony location or flip flops provided for tired dancing feet. In winter months keep your guests cozy with fuzzy socks or, if you're feeling ambitious, hand knit hats.
The Creative Favor
Everyone wants their wedding to stand out, and favors are a great way to set your day apart. Don't be afraid of getting creative and think outside the box. Homemade candles, your own custom spice mix, coffee grounds, maybe even a bloody mary kit for that inevitable wedding hangover are all great ideas. Let love grow and provide your guests with seeds to plant, not only will it liven up their garden, but also be a lasting testament to your love. In the gambling mood? Give every guest a $1 scratch ticket and a (lucky) penny--hey odds are that someone will win!
Remember: favors don't have to be extravagant gift baskets. You can't go wrong if you keep it simple and personal. We can't wait to see what ideas you all come up with!