Weddings bring people together in more ways than one. While the day should primarily be about celebrating the bride and groom, it’s also important to show appreciation to the guests who show up. If you’re planning a wedding and are looking for the best wedding favor ideas for guests, here are some tips to help you pick the best.
Location Themed Wedding Favors
If you are planning to have a destination wedding, having your wedding favors tie in with the location can be both memorable and creative.
When traveling to specific regions, especially those known for certain food and drink, investing in edible gifts is something to consider. For instance, if your wedding is in France or California, local wines make for good wedding favors. Likewise, chocolates, candies, and other local non-perishables make for both tasty and unique gifts for guests. Plus since most Americans favor chocolate for 50% of their average candy intake, most will be happy to receive sweet treats like this.
Local plants like cacti, small ferns, or succulents are also good ideas when planning gifts around your wedding location. In some instances, you can combine greenery with treats, such as with the traditional Hawaiian gift ‘pu’olo’ — ‘bundle’ in English. Wrapped in Ti leaves are local treats that guests can enjoy after the festivities. Hawaiian gifts like this are something to consider, especially since Hawaii is one of the most popular wedding destinations. O’ahu, in particular, known as “The Gathering Place” is the third largest and most populated Hawaiian Island. If you’re planning a wedding on this island, ask a local planner about creating these traditional bundles for your guests.
Local Blankets and Apparel:
Similar to edibles and plants, locally created traditional textiles are something to consider if you want gifts that will last. For example, if your destination wedding is located in Mexico, giving each guest traditionally made blankets or serapes is a creative and thoughtful way to thank guests for coming. Gifts like this may also be customizable, provided you request them far enough in advance.
When creating wedding favors that encompass the culture of your destination, these are only three of hundreds of potential ideas. Even within the United States, you can find unique local goods to use as gifts. For instance, California is known for wine, Kentucky for bourbon, and Vermont for maple syrup. No matter what your theme, you will be sure to find some great ways to tie in your location with your guest gifts.
Useful and Reusable Gifts
If you want to give guests gifts that will are both practical and long-lasting, there are a variety of items to consider. Gifts like customized tote bags, sweatshirts, water bottles, mugs, and tea towels are all useful items that guests can use practically. While guests may appreciate bottles of wine or edible treats, one they’re gone, they’re gone. To give guests something they can use and remember your wedding with, reusable items are the way to go.
Other great reusable options can include:
- Personalized Blankets
- Customized Keychains or Bottle Openers
- Personalized Journals
- Cookie Cutters
- Teacup candles
- Photo coasters
- Custom hats, t-shirts, sweatpants
For customized clothing, you can contact a t-shirt printing company to place an order based on what you need. To make sure you have the right sizes, consider requesting sizes with your RSVP cards. Likewise, some printing companies will also do bottles, journals, and other commemorative items. Be sure to shop around to find the best companies based on what you need. With women’s apparel being the number one selling item on the internet as of 2017, clothing items like this are sure to be appreciated.
Meaningful Budget Options
If you’re operating on a strict budget, it’s important to remember that meaningful gifts don’t have to cost a fortune. While personalized custom gifts are grand, at the end of the day it really is the thought that counts. With a little creativity and extra time, you can put together your own thoughtful wedding favors that help convey just how appreciative you really are.
- Colorful Tea Lights:
Tealights can be found in large packs for only a couple of dollars each. Combine a few of them in some tulle or cellophane wrapping with a colorful piece of twine and a card. This simple but cute combination is sure to light up the faces of every guest in attendance.
- Baked Goods:
Whether made professionally or at home, cookies and baked treats make for perfectly sweet wedding favors. You can also get creative with your packaging to make this low-cost favor look like a million bucks.
Try buying large tubs of popcorn, even the gourmet kind, and divide them up between small gift bags. Some gourmet popcorn outlets might also have specials on small individually packaged baggies, so be sure and check out all the products before deciding how much DIY you want to do.
- Handcrafted Soaps:
There is no shortage of variety when it comes to handmade soaps. You can cut up large soap bars into smaller squares and add them into gift pouches to give guests a multitude of small soaps to use at home. Consider placing two to three different soap squares into each baggy and tying them off with a colorful bow.
- Mini Alcohol Bottles:
Most mini alcohol bottles cost around $1.50 and under, making them affordable to buy in large amounts. Choosing a variety will allow guests to pick their favorites upon leaving or you can ask for their preferences when they RSVP. Either way, most guests will appreciate these small drinks as they relax after the reception.
Budget-friendly gifts can be both meaningful and fun, allowing guests a small token of thanks as they leave. Gifts like this can be as complex or as simple as you like. All you need is a bit of creativity and the sky’s the limit.
The Takeaway On Take-Home Wedding Favors
If you’re looking for the best wedding favors for your guests, consider these options. With each type of gift, you can feel free to customize and tweak as much as you like. You can also work with your wedding planner to help you come up with creative labels and packaging to further personalize each gift. Whether you want to keep it simple, tie into your location, or provide reusable items, gifts like these are sure to be a hit with guests.