Do Yourself a Favor

Before I begin my list of favorite wedding favor ideas from past events, let me tell you this: I have it on good authority that if you choose not to have favors at your wedding, your marriage will still be legal and binding. So if favors are not your cup of tea, give yourself permission to leave them out of your wedding.

However, if you’re like me and are one of those brides who’s looking forward to sharing a little trinket with your guests, here are a few ideas to personalize your wedding favors:

1. Lemon Drop Love: Marianne and her future husband met over a lemon drop obsession when they worked at a trash collection service. They both frequently purchased the candies out of the break room vending machines, so they began meeting there and, eventually, love bloomed. Their wedding favors were lemon drops in little dump trucks. The best man told the lemon drop love story in his toast, and everyone had fun competing in dump truck races on the dance floor.

Monogram Heart Cookie from Beau-Coup2. Homemade Treats: You can’t go wrong with homemade goodies. Roseann’s mom makes the best snicker doodle cookies in the whole wide world. That’s a fact. For Roseann’s wedding, her mom placed homemade snicker doodles in pretty cello bags tied with French ribbon. The card read “From our family to yours, thank you for making our day the sweetest ever!”

For my own wedding, we filled half-pound candy boxes with homemade truffles. The boxes were engraved with a statement that said, “the sweetest things in life are those you share with the ones you love. Thank you for sharing our day, Kathy and Marv.” Before we even made it home, Marv and I had 15 phone messages from guests saying they ate their box of chocolates on the way home from the reception (that was a half pound per person—not family!) By the end of the next week, we’d heard from everyone who attended our wedding that the chocolates were gone!

Arc Style Photo Frame from Beau-Coup
3. Photo Op: Christine and Bob framed their place setting cards in these beautiful little frames that doubled as their favors. During the event, their photographer took a picture of each and every guest with the couple so they’d have a picture to send with their thank-you card, sized to fit the frame.

If you have some ideas for how you plan to personalize your favors for weddings, showers, birthday parties and other celebrations, please comment below!