Wedding favors should be thought of as a thank-you

Wedding favors should be thought of as a thank-you gift to your guests for coming and for supporting your new commitment. Ideally, favors will also become memoirs, reminding your guests of your special day once the "hoopla" of the event has passed. Favors can also do double-duty by serving as part of the decorations for the reception hall.


After you've read through this list, you may have an idea in mind that you love-but the best thing to do is figure out which section you want to work with and find something that really shows off yours and your fiance's styles and personalities.


Though most often is given the most weight when selecting the type of favor to offer, some other criteria to consider in choosing an item are:


Inscription - can it display the couple's name and wedding date? 


Durability - can it serve as a memoir for many months--or even years?


Colour & decorative appeal - will it enhance the atmosphere of the reception hall?


Take the couple's personality or interests - is it unique and/or symbolic? Many couples choose to personalize an item of their wedding so that people will have a more memorable time. Personalization ranges from initials to the wedding date, to your full names, and everything in between. 


Ribbon - This is probably the least expensive and the most used way to personalize your wedding. The ribbon comes with your name and/or wedding date printed on 12" lengths. There will usually be a minimum order amount, so if you are having less than 100 guests, you may want to find something else. These ribbons are typically used to tie up the tulle that you put Jordan almonds in. They can, of course, be used for other things as well.


Napkins - This is a very easy way to personalize your wedding, and everyone is sure to see it. Most companies will be able to print several lines on the napkin, which means you can include more information that on the ribbon. You could have your names, date, place, and even a cute saying (ex: "Our love is forever."). Plus, you can be sure that you'll be able to find your wedding colors.


Candy or Chocolate - This is one of the most fun ways to personalize your wedding. There are many candy companies out there that will personalize the wrappers of the candy to have your names, wedding date, or anything else on them. So if you're not on of those lucky few whose initials spell M & M, you're still in luck. 


Gifts - This is by far the most expensive way to personalize, mostly because of the cost of what's being personalized. However, these items can range anywhere from golf tees to jewelry. The more simple gifts, like golf tees, matchbooks, or magnets can be used as favors. Generally, the more expensive gifts are used as thank-yous for the bridal party and any close relatives that helped in the wedding planning. Many gifts that you choose can be personalized, from teddy bears to golf clubs; even if you don't buy it at a place that does personalization, you can find a place that will do personalize outside purchases. This will really give a special touch to the gifts that you give your loved ones.

Favor Ideas!

PRACTICAL IDEAS - bookmarks, matchbooks, key rings, rulers or tape measures, pencils or pens, floppy disks, church keys (bottle/can openers), jar openers (grippers), soda can "huggers", magnets, letter openers, golf tees, toothbrushes, combs, change purses, seeds, flowerpots, light bulbs 


FUN IDEAS - Yo-Yos, Tops, playing cards, rubber balls, puzzle, puzzles


EDIBLE IDEAS - Andes mints, nonpareils, Hershey kisses, mixed nuts, fortune cookies, homemade jam


MULTIPLE/OTHER - potpourri, candles, umbrellas, wallet-size photos of the couple. disposable cameras, sunglasses, tree ornaments, "business cards" of couple, plants or seedlings.


  • Seasonal/Holiday Favors

  • Candy canes

  • Mini Easter baskets filled with foil-wrapped chocolate eggs

  • Little plastic pumpkins filled with candy corn

  • Simple Christmas ornaments

  • Blow-up beach balls with your names and/or your wedding colors

  • Miniature heart-shaped boxes of Valentine's chocolates

  • Miniature watering cans filled with spring blooms

  • Chocolate coins in gold foil

  • SparklersEaster eggs (that you've colored yourselves)

  • Miniature pots of clover (four-leaf?) for St. Patty's Day



  • A copy of a memorable photo you have of you (or both of you) 

  • A pretty picture frame

  • Several sheets of pretty notepaper with matching envelopes, tied with a ribbon

  • Engraved silver keychains

  • Pretty paper fans 

  • Figurines (Precious Moments are popular)

  • Little blank books/journalsMusic boxes

  • The classic: candied almonds (Italian "confetti")

  • A single, amazing petit four

  • A miniature box of good chocolate or a single truffle

  • Gourmet jelly beans

  • Chocolate Kisses wrapped in tissue paper (in your wedding colors, perhaps)

  • Mixed nuts in little canisters

  • Mints with your married monogram on them

  • Licorice (Twizzlers or the assorted, colorful kind)

  • Little tins of butter cookies

  • Honey or jam - that you've canned yourselves or from a local gourmet shop

  • Living  Favors

  • Tree saplings

  • Flower bulbs

  • Donations to the charity of your choice in each guest's name

  • Packets of seeds - your favorite bloom, or one with significance to the two of you

  • Potted African violets (or any other plant)

  • Bottles of bubbles (can be doubled as "rice" when you leave)

  • CD singles (maybe your wedding song, or something classic)

  • Stickers (silly ones, or have a graphic-designer pal design wedding-memento stickers)

  • Super Balls or Slinkies

  • Personalized pens or pencils

  • Calendars (little plastic ones or funny rip-off-the-date ones)


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