Q&A

Q. My bridesmaids have offered to help me make favors. I want to keep the item simple. Any suggestions?

A. A favor with a personal touch will go over big with guests. Bake cookies and pack them in clear cellophane pouches tied with ribbon (make something special like an orange-flavored sugar cookie with white icing) or fill mini galvanized pails with M&Ms or jelly beans in your wedding colors. If you're having a theme wedding, offer a favor that echoes that motif, like a toy boat or conch shell for a nautical theme; a December wedding calls for ornaments that you've inscribed with your wedding date—use a glitter marker!

Q. What's the best way to distribute favors? Should we hand them out personally or leave them by each place setting?

A. It depends on what the favor is and how it's packaged. If the favor has a scent, don't set it on the table, since it may interfere with the aromas during dinner, advises Joyce Scardina Becker of Events of Distinction in San Francisco. If it's scentless and comes in attractive packaging, you can leave it on the table, above each guest's place setting. If you're big on presentation, hand the favors out personally or have them distributed individually to guests by the waitstaff.

Q. What are some favors that will also pamper our guests?

A. A beautiful setting, elegant decor and fabulous food can all make a wedding special and memorable. But it's the little touches that really put guests at ease, and bring a happy energy to the party. To plan your pampering, think about where and when your wedding will take place. A basket of colorful flip-flops is a fun way to encourage guests to relax at a beachy wedding. For a warm-weather wedding, consider serving up some refreshing extras like decorative hats and parasols. Nearly any items that are warm and cozy work for a wintry fete. Best of all, all these items double as great favors! (Source: Modern Bride magazine)

Q. How can I make favors out of my place cards?

A. One of the most popular ways is to put place cards in a picture frame. This gives your place card table an elegant look and also provides your guests with a beautiful keepsake from your wedding. Your place cards can also serve as holiday ornaments. Take seashells or dried starfish, place a hook through them and attach a ribbon. Hang them on a tree with your place cards attached.

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