Send wedding guests off with favors that convey your sincere gratitude for their attendance at your wedding. According to The American Wedding, favors have been around for centuries -- when the European aristocracy would send guests home with a small gift box called a bonbonniere. These boxes were typically filled with sugar cubes, an indulgence at the time. Fill your favor boxes with some of your favorite treats such as items from the region where you were married or that represent you as a couple. Make the favors yourself to add a bit of love to each.
Fill your favor boxes with local treats. Out-of-town guests especially appreciate sampling what your area has to offer. For example, if your town is a destination for saltwater taffy, fill a favor box with candies from a local confectioner. "Real Simple" magazine says to use an “out of the ordinary tag,” such as a map of the town, for more flair. Boxes can be filled with fudge, pralines, candied popcorn and other sweets found at your downtown market. Wisconsin is known for its cheese, so couples from the cheese-loving state might offer a local variety of cheeses in their favor boxes. Kentucky couples can provide their guests with a sampling of local bourbons.
Share the bounty with your guests. Sometimes the simplicity of a beautiful, ripe pear with a thank you note is all you need inside your favor box. Intimate Weddings says to check with local farmers' markets or local farms to procure bulk purchases of fresh fruit, which can often save money. If you are having a rustic-themed wedding, create a coordinating favor by filling your box with colorful cherries and securing it with a piece of twine. Finish with a craft paper tag for a look that blends yesterday with a bit of the outdoors. Package plants, seeds or flowers inside your favors for your guests to take home to grow. Martha Stewart says that when you give seeds, include the planting instructions on the back of the box so the guests know how to grow their pop-up garden. Attach a tag to the box of seeds with your names, the date of your wedding and the phrase, “Love Grows.” Small succulent plants as well as herb plants fit inside a box and allow a guest to enjoy her favor long after your wedding.
Even though your guests most likely eat dessert at your wedding, some work up an appetite on the dance floor. Give each guest a take-home dessert conveniently wrapped in a favor box to enjoy on the way home or the following day. Give a box that contains two glazed doughnuts or a decadent fudge brownie. “Brides” magazine says to offer your guests cake in a jar, such as pumpkin. You can choose a seasonal cake like strawberry shortcake or stick to one of your favorite cheesecakes. Packing the favors could be a do-it-yourself activity for the bride and bridesmaids the week of the wedding.
Produce a one-of-a-kind gift for your guests. Fill your favor box with custom soaps made from the ingredients and fragrances that the two of you have chosen. Homedit says to create your own flavor of vodka for your wedding guests. Use fresh fruit to infuse the vodka, strain it and pour it into sterile glass bottles. You can also create other custom-flavored beverages like lemonade. Share a blend of coffee beans that you enjoy drinking. The key to a signature gift is the labeling, so make sure to create a label that identifies the item but also lets recipients know it has been custom-made for them.
- The American Wedding: A Brief History of Wedding Favors
- Real Simple: 10 Creative Wedding Favor Ideas: Regional Treat
- Intimate Weddings: DIY Wedding Favors: Fresh Fruit
- Martha Stewart Weddings: Wedding Favor Ideas: Floral and Plant Ideas
- Brides: Pumpkin Cake in a Jar Wedding Favor
- Homedit: 35 Cute and Easy-to-Make Wedding Favors