You spend most of your wedding planning time choosing flowers, table decorations, and what everyone in the wedding party will be wearing. These items will be the focus of your day and will be memorialized in photos and albums, but what will your guests have to remember your most special day?
Using Favors on Your Wedding Day
We want to share our favorite wedding favor ideas because your wedding favors are gifts for your cherished wedding guests—the ones who came to witness the joy of your big day. You don’t want to choose favors that will get thrown in a drawer (or in the trash) after the wedding day, but ones that will be kept and possibly even used as décor items in your guests’ homes for some time to come.
Unique wedding favors will help your guests remember how unique and special your wedding was, and will be appreciated rather than ignored after the big day. In a way, they are party favors, but how can you make your wedding favors stand out to the pack? Matching your party favors to your wedding theme or using practical wedding favors can give your wedding reception or themed wedding that special touch you are craving.
Unique Wedding Party Favors
Unique doesn’t have to mean strange. There are many beautiful wedding favors available that can wow guests rather than have them shaking their heads. A good place to start is thinking about what makes the wedding couple unique. Wedding gifts to guests that are a reflection of the blending of two unique lives give guests something to remember the day and the couple that was celebrated.
Favor ideas can come to many sources, including your shared history together, your special interests as a couple, and can even be unique party favors that reflect the one-of-a-kind start of your lives together.
Our favorite unique ideas are:
- Jars filled with your favorite Olive Oil (this is a great site to buy high quality in bulk)
- Pasta boxes filled with homemade pasta
- Gift cards to buy credits for photos from your photographer
Tea towels are great gifts to give your guests on your wedding day. These towels can include a nice quote or a personalized message that is meaningful to both the bride and the groom. What better way to share your sentiments with your family, friends and loved ones by expressing to them your gratitude and appreciation. A tea towel is something that would be used by your wedding guests long after your joyous day has ended.
Bubbly Wedding Party Favors
A wedding favor that is sure to please the crowd is alcohol-related party favors! Engraved shakers, mini champagne bottles, personalized Moscow mule cups, mini cocktail kits are adorable and gifts actually want! Bottle openers, wine stoppers, coasters, or wine stem charms are also personal barware favors that are sure to make a splash.
Any personalized mug or cup can be set out at each guest's table for them to use all night. To really get the party started, set out personalized shot glasses with a shot awaiting the guests! Any mini cocktail kit, liquor shooter, or mini champagne bottle favor is great because the guest can choose to indulge in during the wedding (or save for the after party!)
Personalized Wedding Favors
Ideas for creative wedding favors can come to your wedding theme, even if it isn’t unique itself. The typical favor may be eaten or sit on a shelf; instead, give your guests something they can put into use in their home. What about a set of salt and pepper shakers or a cheese board that will help guests remember your love when they share a meal or entertain?
Other practical wedding favor ideas may include matchbooks to signify your “perfect match,” tiny “love notes” notepads complete with a tiny pen, or “slice of love” pizza cutters. Even weddings on a limited budget can give heart-shaped clip magnets for guests’ refrigerators with minimal investment in both money and time. These ideas can use personalized labels for a professional look.
Cheap wedding favors don’t have to make you look cheap and can be quite creative in their own right. Many bottle opener favors are economical, but are likely to be used long after the wedding—who can’t use another bottle opener? Those things are nearly impossible to find when you need one.
If you are doing your best to keep plastic out of landfills and oceans, where even the best favors may one day end up, you may want to give a more sustainable favor to your guests. Tiny potted flowers or tree saplings in biodegradable containers will allow them to keep a part of your wedding indefinitely on their property and won’t ever end up polluting the planet. Hemp, burlap or muslin pouches and a large container of potpourri could be another plastic-free way to memorialize your day.
Handmade soaps have a one-two punch as original wedding favors. They smell absolutely divine and look so beautiful. The design of the soap can be in the form of a flower or heart with a personalized message or can be in the form of a bar to give more of a spa-like feel. The fragrances can range from a fresh floral smell to a soothing aloe lavender blend.
These are just some examples. Of course, the fragrance you choose for your wedding could be reflective of the time of year. For the winter and fall seasons, you can select a fragrance that is warm with spicy undertones. For summer and spring, you can choose fragrances that are floral and fruity with fresh crisp undertones. The sky's the limit.
Personalized blankets are a great wedding gift for your guests. Embroider the blankets with the bride and groom's name and the date of the wedding. Or adorn with a personalized message that symbolizes the spirit of the occasion.
These are ideal for ceremonies that are held on cold days especially if the wedding venue is outdoors. Every time your guest looks at or uses this gift, they will remember your wedding day. As you can see, wedding gifts for guests can be functional, thoughtful and express your warm sentiments.
Edible Wedding Favors
You can’t get much more practical than a gift that guests can eat, and there are many affordable wedding favor options that go beyond candied almonds in tulle. You can get just about any kind of candy in bulk online, the happy couple’s unusual favorite can be the basis of a unique favor that everyone will be talking about (and enjoy eating).
Personalized edible wedding favors could be anything to tiny mason jars to customizable cookie jars perfect for holding office or desk snacks. There are also many DIY wedding favor options, such as a large jar of edible treats that your guests can scoop into small metal buckets to take home with them.
Even if you and your spouse-to-be have only been together for a little while, you can provide guests with a gift that helps them know you as the couple you now are. Spotify Playlists to share that are special to the two of you will provide enjoyable listening, like a mixtape for your life together. Stickers or personalized paper covers will give some style to these favors. Be sure to provide a song list as well as part of the reception program so people know what they're going to listen to!
Overstuffed cookie sandwiches can be a sweet and divine treat for your wedding guests. They can be uniquely wrapped individually to display the name of the bride and groom and the date for the wedding ceremony. Presenting these delightfully sinful gifts to your wedding guests during the pre-reception event is a great way for them to satisfy their sweet tooth while waiting for the reception. A small container of mints or gum is another wonderful wedding favor.
These miniature favorites can be placed in a large bowl for guests to grab them when they desire or they can be presented in a small mason jar or in an elegant cellophane wrap with a beautiful bow. Homemade jams are delicious and will go over well long after the wedding ceremony has ended. A delectable apple butter would be a sweet reminder of the wedding day.
Candied apples, plain or with sprinkles, would be a whimsical touch for a wedding favor. Wrap them in clear cellophane to display the whimsical touches of the candied apples or wrap in beautifully decorated cellophane to add a special touch.
Using Multiple Favors
You don’t have to limit yourself to one favor, either. For an outdoor mid-summer wedding, for example, you may want to make paper fans and water bottles with special labels available to make guests comfortable during the ceremony, while having a different favor on the guests’ tables and stacking a parting gift near the exit door for them to take home. Guests will feel welcomed and even pampered by your efforts.
Bridal Shower Favors to Consider
Don't only hand out favors at your wedding and reception! While you may not be in charge of the planning for your bridal shower, it offers your wedding party an opportunity for their own creativity as they explore favor options for your guests.
You can’t really tell your bridal party what favors to get for your shower, but you can make sure they know the theme of your wedding and you can mention resources like Wedding Favors Unlimited as a place where they can find ideas that match up with your theme.
One cute and useful favor idea for a bridal shower could be a lip balm that has the wedding date on it as a reminder for bridal shower guests. Chances are that the ladies at the shower will put the lip balm into their purses, and if they need to refresh their memories about the wedding date, they can just pull out the lip balm and check. Lip balms are available as plain tubes that your wedding party can personalize in any way they want, or as custom tubes or flats in many themes.
Stemless Wine Glasses
For a couple’s shower, stemless wine glasses or shot glasses may be a favor that appeals to both men and women alike, and can also bear the wedding date. Or label small packages of candies or nuts “his favorite” and “her favorite” to hand out at the couple’s showers or for the wedding reception.
One or more unique favor ideas will help your bridal shower, ceremony and reception stand out and will add to the distinctive and special flavor of your day.
Seasonal Wedding Favors
Seasonal wedding favors are the absolute best. During certain times of the year, giving fall-themed favors can create a sense of nostalgia. The charming warmth of these gifts will give your guests a sense of comfort, which can only enhance the moment. Find miniature pumpkins and gourds at your local farmers' market for a minimal cost. Adding this gift to your list of fall wedding favorites is a charming and inexpensive way to show your guess how much you appreciate their presence on your special day.
Hot chocolate is another way to create a sense of warmth during the fall season. Giving your guests a beautifully decorated canister of hot cocoa mix with marshmallows is a great way to share the warmth. You can even go a step further and add a personalized coffee mug to this gift. This is sure to warm the hearts of all of your guests.
Spring and Summer Weddings
Spring and summer wedding gifts can be beautiful and functional. An extremely unique way to show your guest some love during spring weddings is to give a personalized flower pot with seeds for beautiful flowers. If your wedding bouquet is made of roses and peonies, you could include those seeds in the flower pot.
This would really go over well with the ladies who didn’t make the cut as bridesmaids for the wedding and is a sincere heartfelt way to share this moment with your friends and loved ones. If your wedding bouquet has crystal embellishments, include a pack of those crystals in the flower pot as a way to tie it all together. Providing instructions on how to use the crystals and any symbolic meanings for the crystals will give a sense of closeness for you and your guests.
Umbrella and Fan Favors
For outdoor weddings in the summertime, folding hand fans and a bin of ice-cold water is an excellent party favor to cool the day. Adorn the folding hand fans with beautiful decorations that coordinate with the color of the wedding theme or personalize to include the bride and groom's name and possibly the date of the wedding.
If rain is forecasted for your wedding day, adding color-coordinated umbrellas or parasols will keep your guests dry. On the flip side, if your wedding day is filled with sunshine and cloudless skies, these umbrellas can serve as shade for your guests. Who says shade has to be shady? These wedding gifts are a thoughtful way to say ‘thank you’ to your wedding guests.
Other Unique Favors
Wedding gifts for guests can be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Other unique wedding favors ideas include a tea bar. That’s right a tea bar that allows you to make your own customized teas. You can provide cheesecloth and beautiful ribbons to adorn the tea bags. Instead of a candy bar, try a tea bar that includes dried herbs, dried apples, and dried oranges.
You can incorporate other items such as cinnamon sticks, lavender, dried ginger and individual-sized jars of honey. Your guests can individually select items they want to suit their palate. This is another neat way to extend warmth to your wedding guests during your wedding reception and is among super cute wedding ideas for the reception.
Wedding Reception Favors
We have some other cute wedding ideas for the reception and it's not a wedding reception until there's dancing. For guests who like to kick off their shoes and hit the dance floor, you can offer them an individual pair of dance slippers.
This part of the evening can get quite lively and what better way to keep your guests jamming to all of the popular hits than to offer them comfort. These dance slippers will ensure your guests stay on the floor shaking their groove thang throughout the evening.
Some other thoughtful and unique ways to bring all of your party favors together are wedding baskets. If you are considering giving multiple gifts to your guests, you could use baskets as a way for your guests to keep all of their memorable favors in tow. Line the wedding baskets with customized tea towels and fill with items such as the hot cocoa mentioned earlier or tea from the customized tea bar.
The dancing slippers can be part of the gift basket also. This is a neat and super cute way for your wedding guests to keep all of their wedding gifts together. Thanks to you and your new spouse, guests will have everything they need to stay warm and cozy long after your wedding day. Every time they curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and their personalized blanket, they will think of you. Now, how neat is that?
These are a few of the ideas we have to help you plan for the most memorable day of your life. Wedding gifts for your guests should be high on your to-do list. These wedding favor ideas will help you stand out and make your wedding day a very memorable occasion.
Don't be afraid to try out some of these ideas. Send us pictures of some of the examples that we have provided for you. Let us know what went right and what went wrong and give us a review on how easy or difficult it was to implement these ideas.
What's on This Page
- Using Favors on Your Wedding Day
- Unique Wedding Party Favors
- Tea Towels
- Bubbly Wedding Party Favors
- Personalized Wedding Favors
- Handmade Soaps
- Edible Wedding Favors
- Cookie Sandwiches
- Using Multiple Favors
- Bridal Shower Favors to Consider
- Stemless Wine Glasses
- Seasonal Wedding Favors
- Spring and Summer Weddings
- Umbrella and Fan Favors
- Other Unique Favors
- Wedding Reception Favors
- Blanket Favors
- In Conclusion