5 Tips to Memorable Wedding Favors People Will Actually Use
Photographer: Mira Gall
Wedding favors are a great way to show your guests you appreciate their support and
to give them something to remember the wedding day by, but often these tokens get
left behind or tossed the morning after. To guarantee your gifts get noticed (and
appreciated), follow these tips on picking out the perfect favors.
1. Think practically
Like any good gift, you'll want to put some thought into your selection. Before you dish
out the cash take a moment to reflect—is this something you would want? You don't
want your favor to collect dust or—worse yet—end up in the trash, so consider
something that's practical or even edible. Edible favors are a fail-safe option guests
can enjoy at the reception or on their way home. Among those in the
"something useful" category are locally roasted coffee, luggage tags or acrylic frames
for the photo booth pictures taken at your reception.
2. Skip the monogram
Resist the urge to put your initials and wedding date on everything. Personalizing the
favors is a fast way to turn a useful gift into something guests will pass on. For
example, guests who enjoy entertaining would find coasters handy, but no one
(excluding your mother) will want to display coasters featuring your engagement photo.
The one exception to skipping the monogram is packaging. It’s totally fine to put your
personal touch on the boxes, bags, ribbons or labels. It'll make for a pretty
presentation, but won't put off your guests.
3. Make it meaningful
Choose favors that express your personalities, speak to the wedding's setting or share
something you love with your guests. Are you both into wine? Mini wine bottles with
personalized labels will go over big. Share a piece of your unique heritage by giving out
tins of cookies or pastries with a family recipe attached. You could even make a
donation to a cause close to your heart in lieu of traditional favors. Let guests know of
the donation by placing a note at each place setting or table.
4. Try before you buy
Once you've decided on your favors, do a trial run (especially if you're buying them
online). Order a sample before you hit "buy now" and end up with 100 favors you
hate—you want to make sure the truffles taste good or the handcrafted soaps are the
right scent. Even if you're just purchasing personalized tags or packaging to wrap
homemade gifts, ask to see a proof to make sure everything is spelled correctly. Order
favors one month before the wedding to allow yourself time to assemble, if necessary.
5. Wrap it up
Personalized packaging can go a long way when it comes to these tiny tokens. From
colorful boxes and clear cellophane bags to tiny tin pails and slim silver canisters, your
favor packaging can, and should, make as much of an impact as what's inside it.
Remember, edible favors require special packaging. Paper bags or boxes can quickly
absorb the grease of cookies or custom popcorn (leaving you with an unsightly favor
box). Line the container with wax paper before adding any edible goodies to keep
grease from leaking through.