Ah, wedding favors. It’s part sweet gesture that some deem mandatory, part knick-knack for your guests to feel guilty if they throw away in a few years. And while you can skip the guilt trip (go for edible wedding favors!), it can still feel like you drain a lot of money in something your guests might not even want. So, the question is, should you bother with giving out wedding favors at all?
Wedding Favors: A Must?
Giving guests wedding favors can indeed be a nice way to thank them for being a part of your celebration. However, you should keep in mind they’re not required – definitely not a must if you decide otherwise. After all, your guests just had a great dinner and spent the night rocking it on the dance floor. Add the free bar and you might not feel like an extra thank you is necessary (beyond the hand-written thank you cards, of course).
If the party was great, there’s a chance your guests won’t even notice the missing table with cutely packaged cookies or date-stamped bottle openers. And we won’t even mention how much money you can save by skipping the wedding favors! You can decide to put them to better use, such as renting a photo-booth or having the band play for an extra hour.
A Little Something Can Go a Long Way
No one at your wedding should feel pangs of guilt when they eventually decide to throw out a useless wedding favor. If you don’t want that to be the case, you can consider something indispensable. Decide not to put more useless stuff out there into the world.
So, if you really want to pack something for your guests, think it through. You don’t want people throwing away your small gift, which is why an edible treat can be a great alternative. Whether it’s fresh scones and jam for the next breakfast, cookies and candy, or a Bloody Mary kit for a hangover – make sure they will be able to get some use out of your wedding favors!
Your planner can help you figure out the correct number of portions you need; keep in mind that your entire guest list might not be still present at 2 a.m. If you choose wisely, you could have a private after-party to dig into the extra wedding mementos once you’ve finally gotten all the pins out of your hair!
Unique & Unforgettable Wedding Favors
It’s easy to wow your guests with these easy, affordable, and memorable treats. You can even make some of the suggestions on our list on your own. Just call your bridesmaids to help and you can be done in no time!
1. S’mores Kit
Talk about useful wedding favors! These are part of the DIY ideas as you can make the kits yourself if you buy the ingredients. However, if you’re feeling particularly stressed, ask your friends and family to get together and prepare the kits. Add a sweet ‘s’more love’ tag and you’re good to go.
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2. Printed Mini Mason Jars
These pretty and petite mini mason jars will make for some perfect gifts. Not only will your guests be happy to take them home, but they can also be part of your creative wedding décor. In addition to wedding favors, you can use the multifunctional jars as makeshift vases for floral centerpieces, part of the candy bar, or as holders of mementos. These jars come with a customized imprinted message.
3. Bride and Groom Oreo Cookies
Are you a sweet tooth? What better way to have your guests celebrate you than by giving them these bride and groom chocolate covered Oreo cookies? Coated in delicious chocolate, each set of Oreo cookies includes one that resembles a bride and one a groom. The cookies are individually-packaged in clear bags so they are very appealing.
The groom cookie design includes matching black ribbon. The bride design comes in two skin tones, and you can choose the color of the center flower. You can use the Oreo cookies as gifts for a bridal shower, wedding reception, or engagement party.
4. Personalized Lip Balm
These amazing personalized lip balm party favors are awesome for all kinds of weddings, especially for the winter ones. We lose a lip balm each week, so help your guests keep their pouts perfect during your wedding and long after. These chic label designs can even be customized with your favorite photo!
5. Mason Jar Drink Glasses
The mason jar glass has become widely popular over the last few years, but this is a unique version. Not only can you personalize it with the printed design of your choice, but you will also receive some exquisite rose filigree white lids with center opening for a straw. No better way to invite your guests to serve up their celebration drinks in style. Note: Straws are sold separately.
6. Boat Wheel Magnet
Having a beach or nautical-themed wedding means every detail must put the guests in the mood for some sunbathing and fresh cocktails. So why not give this little boat wheel magnet as a wedding favor? They also make for some great mementos to announce an upcoming destination wedding. The magnet is creatively packaged on a self-standing card.
7. Tiny Succulents
There’s nothing cuter than succulent wedding favors that you give out in teeny containers. Not only do they make for some memorable gifts, but they’re also useful as you guests can display them in their homes or offices. Mini succulent gifts are the best because they don’t take up a lot of space while also adding a bit of greenery to one’s surroundings.
8. Mini Liquor Bottles
Wine, whisky, tequila, champagne – any of these drinks can make for some really cute favors in the right packaging. Mini bottles of liquor do have a downside, however, since your guests might be encouraged to have a bit too much fun as they make “good use” of their gifts. You can always hand them out only on their way out.
9. Personalized M&M’s
Anything that’s personalized is 10 times cuter and that’s a fact. It goes the same for customized M&M’s that you can wrap in cute bags and give as party favors. Use words and images that are unique to you and your wedding to turn the sweets into unforgettable yet delicious treats.
10. Retro Rounds
These are great for any vintage/retro-themed wedding party. Unlocking these surprising treats requires no nickel. You just have to buy old-school style capsules and fill them with an assortment of favorite goodies. For a perfect finish, add a monogrammed label.
11. Signature Soda Pop
This is a great way to send friends and family members home with a fresh memento of your big day. Attach a stylish straw to a bottle of soda pop and you’re done – the easiest DIY project you’ll ever make. Cheers!
12. Hot Cocoa Cones
If you’re tying the knot at a ski lodge in the mountains, these wedding favors are a must. And even if you’re not, these winter-themed treats will give your guests something extra rich and delicious to whip up when they get home. As for the tiny marshmallows… they’re a must!
13. Coffee Beans Packages
Freshly roasted coffee favors will be most appreciated. You can choose the flavors and you can be sure you’ll get freshly roasted beans. Each party bag holds enough for one drip pot of coffee Favors come fully assembled so you just have to hand them out! Just see how pretty they are!
14. Cute Hangover Kit
Perfect for hangover kits, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, wedding receptions and wedding favor ideas. These are bound to be the talk of the party. Buy these classy bags that have “Recovery Kit and In Sickness and In Health” printed in black; each has a gold foil cross in the middle. The vibrant gold contrasts with the background, catching the attention of your friends and guests. Include an ibuprofen, a small bottle of water (or even Gatorade), and an eye mask for an easier hangover.
15. Instagram Coasters
Coasters are always welcome, right? Another DIY idea, these wedding coasters will feature your favorite Instagram pictures. They are extremely useful, but you should include more meaningful photos (such as landscapes and beautiful destinations) and less pics of your face.