Wedding favors are gifts given to participants of a bride and grooms wedding in order to thank guest for their time. Often times, friends, families, and other loved ones travel long distances just to celebrate your special day, which is why wedding favors are so critical in thanking them for their time. In fact, these gifts are a historical tradition, dating all the way back to the 16th century in England. Every day, couples are becoming more inventive with their wedding favors, so that their wedding could become the most memorable yet.
WHAT WEDDING FAVORS TO GET?
Currently, there are tons of companies catering to weddings particularly for the favor aspect. Typically, these companies will offer personalizations to their product, so you can distinguish your particular piece from others. However, favors can become very costly, especially when buying in mass quantities. In order to avoid this cost, many couples will devote time to making their own wedding favors. While it is the less time effective option, bride and grooms can save hundreds of dollars going this route, and creating your own wedding favor will increase the sentimental value of their gift. Remember, it isn’t the price of the gift, but the thought that counts, so never let your budget hinder your creative and sentimental thought.
Additionally, certain individuals or groups of individuals may receive different flavors than other guests. Weddings tend to give special and more valuable favors to bridesmaid and groomsmen. Further, some couples opt to give children more age appropriate gifts, such as candy, toys, or other knick knacks. If your wedding favor is appropriate for a child, such as alcohol or glassware, it’s best to give separate favors to the children. Remember, safety first!
While many brides are content with simply handing their gift to the recipient, not all are the same. In fact, some will go as far as to incorporate the present into the overall decor of the wedding. While this move is more costly and time consuming, it usually is a lovely integration and tribute to the wedding’s theme. Some brides place the favor at dinner tables, with labels indicating the names of guest, while others have a specific booth, usually a table off to the corner, where all the gifts are arranged and assorted. Of course, packaging plays a big part of your presentation. Foodie gifts tend to be in clear jars (jugs, mason jars, etc) or wrapped neatly in decorative cardboard boxes. Packaging accessories, such as twine, also tend to be a popular choice, especially in shabby chic themed weddings. Again, it all comes down to personal taste as well as budgets.
Overall, wedding favors are an elegant way of making your wedding both memorable and paying a kind gratitude to the guest who came out to support your lovely marriage. The gifts are only limited by your imagination, as not even a tight budget can fully stump creativity.