Like many wedding traditions, gifting a favor to wedding guests is a long-standing one. Some records say it goes as far back as the 16th century when couples gave “love knots” and boxed sweets for good luck.
Modern couples are no different than newlyweds of the past - the bride and groom want to find the perfect favor, the one that is personal and says “thank you” in the most heartfelt way. But all too often, favors get discarded or left behind.
Luckily, there are some fun, practical, and pretty favors on the market to choose from. We have selected five unique wedding favors that have gained in popularity this year and are sure to wow your guests.
There are many great things about succulents - one being that they can double as place settings or centerpiece decor. They make for adorable guest favors, especially when put into a planter that reflects the wedding day theme. They are also easy to take care of and guests can display them in their homes or office. Succulents can be found at your local garden supply stores. If you want to dress up the succulents with a mini flag like the one above, here is a great tutorial.
Move over candy bar, here comes the stationery! What? No one uses paper anymore? Of course they do! In fact, people love getting a bit of good old snail mail and stocking their desk drawers with notebooks and sticky papers. Set up a stationary bar at your wedding and encourage guests to pick up some colorful pads of paper, personalized notebooks, stickers, and fun letter paper. Peruse craft stores for affordable paper products or shop online for a variety of notepads, cards and stickers at the places listed below.
Everyone loves a sweet treat, savory snack, or delicious drink. Since guests will likely indulge in wedding cake and on those scrumptious dinner items you have planned, skip the candy bags and cookie containers. Instead, gift them an edible they can use when they get home, like blended hot cocoa (tutorial here), mini olive oil bottles, or a homemade spice blend packaged with a recipe.
Remember the days of mix tapes when you would put together a soundtrack of songs and give them to friends? Cassettes might be long gone, but the mixtape is making a comeback in the wedding world. For this favor, purchase thumb drives for each guest and load your wedding soundtrack on to it. For a special bonus, record a video giving your thanks for their attendance and include it on the drive.
Tote bags are a come-in-handy kind of favor, as guests can use them long after the wedding is over. Give them as is or fill them with welcome goodies like edibles, mini bottles of champagne, and beauty products. Welcome bags are especially nice for out-of-town guests and destination weddings.