Wedding favors are a warm-hearted way to thank your wedding guests and to provide a souvenir of the occasion. Mostare petite, portable and, frequently, edible. When you are considering wedding favor ideas, remember that this gift can be anything as long as it’s from the heart.
When wedding favors appear at place settings or the entrance to your reception, they make guests feel appreciated and welcome. They offer the chance to show your creativity and to personalize your gratitude. But make sure your choice can be easily produced in large numbers.
One wedding favor idea that is becoming more popular is to make or assemble your own favors, especiallyif you’re on a tight budget. If the quantities needed are too large for just you and your fiance to produce, make it a special occasion for the wedding party to relax, be creative and share memories.
Wedding favor ideas can come from any event. If your wedding falls near a holiday, use that holiday for your favor. For example, the Christmas bride can give candy canes, small Christmas stockings filled with sugared almonds and other seasonal treats. Cookies can be decorated to match any holiday theme — eggs for Easter, flags for the Fourth of July or champagne bottles for New Years.
Use your theme, if you have one,to inspire your wedding favor ideas. For example, a casual country wedding might feature herbal sachets or boxes of candy decorated with wild flowers. If you are an avid gardener, a small silk flower wrapped in ribbon that matches your wedding colors, or a colorful cupcake lining filled with fresh strawberries, might be perfect. Things like scented soap, potpourri, votive candles, herbal tea and seed packets can be wrapped in tulle and tied with ribbon.
When it comes to wedding favors, presentation is just as important as substance. How you package your sweetened almonds, for example, will help set the tone for your celebration. There are many ways to present a small gift, and some relatively easy research can point you in the right direction. Check out bridal magazines, gift catalogs and crafts books. Also, confer with your florist, gift registry specialists and other experienced wedding professionals. Hobby and craft stores also are fertile ground for inspiration.
If you have room in your budget, bakeries can produce miniature wedding cakes or cupcakes, complete with names, dates and special messages, for you to give as favors. Some other wedding favor ideas include personalized fortune cookies, candy bars and other treats.
Whatever wedding favors you select, make sure to personalize them. Include a note thanking your guests for sharing such a special occasion. If you have a favorite poem, quote or piece of Scripture, you might include it with your favor. It’s also important to personalize your favors with your names and the wedding date. You can put these details on ribbons, tags or the wrapping.
By attending your wedding, your guests give you their time, attention and best wishes. The wedding favors you give them are small, but important, gestures of gratitude.
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