Most often, when you attend a wedding, you enjoy a favor (or remembrance) of your time spent celebrating with the happy couple! I know there are some favors that we have received over the years that continue to remind us of those couples and the fun weddings we have attended!
Couples these days, and their guests, are engaged in living a simpler life with not so much “stuff”. That being said, who doesn’t like to look at the photo strip received at a wedding’s photobooth for many months beyond the wedding! We still have a couple on our refrigerator and reminisce about the couple and the fun we had at their wedding. When my daughters have been my wedding day assistants, and there is a photobooth, we will usually get our pics taken so we can remember the fun of working together!
Food is always a great option as a favor. I had a couple get donuts and added this note “Thank you for sharing our wedding day; now enjoy breakfast on us!” I had some couples have a popcorn bar available for guests to fill up bags of various flavors of popcorn to enjoy later that evening or even the next day! One couple had jars of mini jams/jellies (with personalized labels) for guests to enjoy later on toast or biscuits; they chose a few flavors from which their guests could choose! And, the candy buffet is always popular, as guests can choose their favorite candies to enjoy as “sweet memories” of your wedding! I had one couple who put chips in their welcome bags, but these would also be great for favors, as well. He was from Massachusetts, she was from Maryland, so they had a small bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips and a small bag of Utz Old Bay Potato Chips! Great way to tie in their childhood home states.
If you want to choose non-food items, candles are lovely; last year, I had 2 couples take the time to make the candles for their guests! Why not an ornament of the state in which the wedding is being held?! It could be engraved with your names and wedding date. Succulents are on the rise for wedding bouquets, bouts, and centerpieces, so giving a mini succulent plant to each guest or couple/family will be a long-lasting remembrance of your wedding. Bottle openers that reflect the theme of the wedding. Flower seeds for a spring wedding or a Pashmina blanket/scarf for a fall outdoor wedding! Just remember that not a lot of money needs to be spent on favors, and most tend to be $3-5 per person/family.
Lastly, there is always the option to not give any favors, but to donate money to your favorite charity in honor of all the people you love and with whom you were able to share your wedding day!
Share your favorite favor idea!