Favors for your wedding guests
When it comes to wedding reception favors, your choices are virtually endless. Some brides like to go with traditional wedding favors, or ones that have historical meaning. Others like to try something new and modern, or add their own personal flair. What you do will depend on your personality and the general tone of your wedding.
Popular Wedding Favors
The old standbys are popular for a reason. You can't go wrong with these traditional choices:
- Candied almonds - Your guests will love the old-fashioned feel, or you can also modernize them by wrapping them creatively. Dress them up in a customized wedding favor box with your names and wedding colors.
- Personalized wine bottles - These are currently among the most popular wedding favors in the business. For something different, offer your guests a personalized bottle of beer instead.
- Picture frames - These add a personal touch and can double as place card holders.
- Sweet-smelling favors - Scented candles, soaps and lotions always make great wedding favors. Your out-of-town guests will particularly appreciate them, as they can use them in their hotel rooms.
- Mixed CDs - Put together your favorite selection of love songs and decorate the CD with a personalized label featuring your engagement picture and wedding date.
Discount Wedding Favors
You probably already know that traditional wedding stores can be unnecessarily expensive. The trick is to bypass these money traps when shopping for your wedding favors. Instead, try craft stores, department stores and even local flea markets. Look for high-quality party favors rather than buying favors specifically sold for weddings. Another option is to work with a local craftsman who's willing to give you a discount for all your business. Bottom line: take the time to shop around and don't rule out any options.
If you've got a large guest list, many wedding suppliers give discounts for bulk orders. Instead of buying a few wedding favors here and there, take the plunge and buy them all in one shot. Don't worry if you end up with more favors than you need, because you can always sell the extras later. When it comes to saving money, buying bulk is the way to go.
Homemade Wedding Favors
Are you a creative, artsy person who loves working on crafts? Then why not use your special talents to make your own favors? Doing so will save you a heap of cash, plus give you the chance to add a personal touch to your gifts. And the fact that they're homemade will mean they're unique - which your guests will love. If you don't have the time to create overly elaborate, unique favors, don't pull a bunch of all-nighters trying to do so. Put your friends to work! Gather some basic wedding favor materials and ask your friends to help you tackle the job. With many hands working, the task won't seem so daunting - and it can actually be fun! You can always show your appreciation by buying them a small thank-you gift after your wedding.