Every bride and groom want their wedding to be memorable. They put a lot of themselves and their personalities into the details of their ceremony and reception. But, I think one of the most overlooked details of a wedding is the wedding favor. Easily forgotten and often missed by guests, they can quickly feel like a waste of money and precious time. Ask me what favor I received at the last wedding I attended. Just ask me – spoiler – I have no idea. Wedding favors often become the same old thing from wedding to wedding. Candy with the bride and groom’s names stamped on the packaging gets left on the table, and probably eaten by your event planners or thrown away (in the case of Perfect Pair Events, it is definitely eaten by your event planners!). You want your favor to be something both remembered and used by your guests. Something that will remind them of the great time they had at your wedding and the love they have for you and your new spouse. Make your favors something you’re excited to give to your guests instead of another detail to cross off your list. Better yet, call Perfect Pair Events or a planner in your area and let them help you! I want to share some the biggest and best trends in wedding favors right now that your guests will actually enjoy!
Sending your guests home with an edible favor is a great idea. Try thinking of something unique to you as a couple; are you really into craft sodas? Get a personalized label and slap it on your favorite soda bottle. You can even order some and have a picture of you and your fiancé on the label! Check those out here. Or give your guests a local favorite! If you’re getting married in Vermont, give your guests the gift of delicious maple syrup! Or maybe you’re having a beach wedding; give them salt water taffy. Like the honey jar idea pictured above? Order those here!
I don’t know how you guys feel about candles, but I’m a candle fanatic. I’ve actually been in the office all day thinking about where I want to purchase a new candle from tonight because my pomegranate candle is getting low! Needless to say, I’m a big fan of personalized candles as a wedding favor. This is definitely something your guests will be excited to take home and use as opposed to getting tossed in a junk drawer and left for three years before someone decides to deep clean! Last month we received a candle and matches as a small gift from a vendor at our office, and we burnt straight through it in no time! If you’re looking for a gift your guests will love and use, this is great option for you! Order these cute candles pictured here.
I’ll be honest; I’m really biased to the macaroon idea. These sweet little circles are one of my biggest weaknesses. How could resist something so delicious and so pretty! That’s one of the biggest pluses of this wedding favor; macaroons are a stunning dessert! Wrap it in some plastic and you’re done! And with the numerous flavors you’re sure to find macaroons to match your theme. Since macaroons aren’t a dessert you can find in any old bakery, you’re sure to not waste your money and have endless wedding favors left to take home (though you may wish you did!). If you’re local, call Tart Sweet Bakery for some the best macaroons around!
How cute are these key-shaped bottle openers! I can’t tell you how useful this wedding favor is. When I moved into my first apartment complex they gave me a plastic bottle opener as a welcome gift. In no time I found myself scrambling for a way to open a bottle and was so grateful for that gift I had forgotten completely about! These bottle openers will you look great on your table or in a box set aside for your guests to pick up themselves. Also, the small hole at the top makes them a perfect key chain! Buy these unique wedding favors here.
I love this cute luggage tag for a travel inspired or destination wedding. And – bonus – a luggage tag can also double as a seating chart! After all, a lot of your guests may be flying back home; they can put this useful wedding favor to use immediately. I also really like the idea of giving them a gift that allows you to be a part of your guests’ adventures. If traveling is something you’re passionate about what better way to show it than to give a gift that will allow you to be a part of all of your guests’ travels! If you like the tag pictured above you can order them here in a color of your choice.
One of the biggest trends in wedding favors right now is to make a donation to a charity in lieu of a wedding favor. There is normally a card at each place setting explaining that a donation was made in their honor as a thank you for being a part of their lives as well as this a special occasion. I love the idea of finding a way to use your wedding to give back. I hope this is a trend that’s here to stay! If you’re interested in purchasing cards like the one pictured you can order them here. Also, if you’re looking for a charity to donate to, check out No to O. They are a non-profit dedicated to putting a stop to Ovarian Cancer and supporting the women who suffer from it. This March they are starting their annual Flock The Yard campaign. I love this; it is the coolest idea. Every year you are able to adopt or purchase a teal flamingo, and the money goes to No to O to help them continue to fight ovarian cancer. Adopt a flamingo for each table and it will be placed in the front yard of The Historic Broyhill, a local office building, to raise awareness. I love the idea of naming your flamingos and letting each table know which flamingo they adopted! You can find their website here. And if you’d like to use a card similar to the one pictured you can order those here!
Most importantly, remember, this is your wedding. What matters most is what you remember about your special day. If you couldn’t care less about wedding favors, put your focus elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a wedding favor they won’t forget, consider some of these dynamite ideas!