In some ways, the now-established tradition of giving favors to those who attend your nuptials is quite strange. After all, you just bought your bridesmaids, groomsmen and all your guests dinner and drinks. You provided entertainment and sought to ensure they were happy and comfortable… and now you give them a gift at the end of the night? Nice!
Of course, it’s all a part of the day. We all want to send our guests off home with a smile on their face and, most importantly, a memento of the day. We open up our marriages to share them with others; it’s no surprise we want that memory to last in the form of favors.
When it comes to choosing the favors for your own wedding, you have several options. As ever, some of the decision-making process comes down to budget – but we’re not going to tangle with that. Instead, let’s examine the concepts behind the areas you can source your favors from. That way, regardless of your budget, you can find a concept that suits you and spend whatever you see fit within the confines of it.
Concept One: Traditional
Traditional wedding favors with be sugared almonds or foil-wrapped chocolate. Something small and delicate that can sit prettily on the table during the meal then subsequently dropped into a handbag as guests leave. It’s the perfect option if you’re otherwise sticking with tradition.
Concept Two: Comedic
Not all weddings have to be serious and focused on true love and nothing but. If you’re a couple with a sense of humor, then it makes sense to incorporate that into your favors. Silly posed photos in frames, novelty gadgets, and custom bobbleheads all give a sense of whimsy to your favors while still achieving their main goal.
Concept Three: Cheerfully Inexpensive
Note ‘inexpensive’ rather than ‘cheap.’ Disposable items make for great wedding favors, such as paper fans or small bags of nostalgic candy. You can keep it simple and still make an impact. You’re trying to make people smile, not provide them with a favor worthy of being an heirloom they pass through the family for years to come!
Concept Four: Digital
Our lives are lived online in the 21st century, so why not harness that for your favors? You can still provide guests with a physical piece of card, on which you can print a QR code. When scanned, this could link to a website where you plan to post pictures and memories of the wedding day itself. You could also link to a specific playlist that you’ve set up of songs that were going to be at the wedding or a YouTube dedicated channel for people to upload their own footage. It might not be a favor in the conventional sense, but it will keep the excitement going even as you head off on honeymoon.
Concept Five: Personalized
If you have a small guest list, then it might be viable for you to look to personalize gifts. Wine bottles, magnets, and pens are common choices – all embossed with the names of the guests and perhaps your wedding date. At least they won’t have an excuse for forgetting your anniversary, anyway!