9 Cool Ways to Incorporate Wedding Favors Into Your Tablescapes

With wedding favors this pretty, you need to put them on display

Updated 08/12/17

Photo by Ivy Road Photography

While wedding favors may be at the bottom of your to-do list, they are an important moment to showcase a little love for your guests on their way out. You're spending money on said gifts so don't make them an afterthought, especially when they can be pretty, personalized, and perfect for your reception tables. You may think we're crazy, but listen up! If you place each guest's gift on their place setting, they have something pretty to look at while they're enjoying their meal. Plus, if it's calligraphed, you can forget about place cards altogether (money saver!).

We're totally on board with this new trend after doing a deep dive into the possibilities it can offer. We found monogrammed maracas perfect for a destination wedding (talk about getting the party started early!), pretty cheese boards ideal for a vineyard affair (wine and cheese pairing, please), and potted succulents for a chic modern celebration. And since it's a known fact that we as humans like anything with our name on it (come on, you know you do), this is just another way to please your guests—and send them home with favors they'll actually enjoy. And if all that customization isn't for you, no worries. You can instead opt for wicker fans (in an unexpected shade of purple) or serve mini cakes on each plate. Guests are guaranteed to enjoy both, we promise. So with that said, we'll let you get scrolling (and pinning and screen sharing) with the below examples of how to incorporate wedding favors into your reception tables cape. We think you'll love the look!

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Cheese Boards

Photo by Abby Jiu Photography; Design by Karson Butler Events

This favor idea is perfect for foodies and wine lovers alike. To create this look, simply have mini slate boards calligraphed with each guest's name and then add your favorite cheeses. Your guests will have something to nimble on as they wait on dinner service and they're have something to use at their next dinner party (when they presumably invite you over).

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Mini Cacti

Photo by Dana Fernandez Photography; Design by Two Be Wed; Florals by Flower Power Productions; Calligraphy by Nib and Pixel

Everyone loves a good cacti, especially when it's planted in a pretty pot like this red-and-white ceramic one. The terra-cotta place card is optional but highly encouraged as it makes quite the pair, don't ya think?

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Potted Succulents

Photo by Ivy Road Photography; Styling by Peachey Pie; Floral by Flowers by Julia Rose and The Borrowed Nursery; Stationery by September Creative; Rentals by Lovestruck Weddings

Another plant to take home, these potted succulents are the perfect wedding favors. You get points for giving your friends a living plant to take care of but they don't have to worry too, too much about keeping it alive. (Minimal watering, required.)

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Wicker Fans

Photo by Carlie Statsky; Planning & Design by Engaged & Inspired and Beijos Events; Floral Design by Christine Cater; Tabletop Rentals by Borrowed and Blu

Give these favors if you're having a destination wedding! Guests will absolutely appreciate the effort—and how chic they look while fanning themselves at this pretty, purple place setting.

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Flower Wreaths

Photo by Justine Milton Photography

This flower favor is an ethereal bride's dream come true. We love the way this little wreath looks on the plate, especially when paired with organic flower centerpieces and matte black flatware.

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Leather Clutches

Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher; Design by Yonder Design; Planning by Shannon Leahy

How chic is this little leather clutch!? It's a perfect holder for the dinner menu, and all off your stuff after the wedding.

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Terra-Cotta Plates

Photo by Megan Welker Photography; Design by Beijos Events; Florals by Bloom Babes; Calligraphy by PoppyJack

If you're a girly bride, try this one garden-inspired place setting. It simply requires a terra cotta plate, a little calligraphy, and a single stem. And after the wedding, we suggest your guests hang their personalized plates in some outdoor garden setting.

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Monogrammed Maracas

Photo by Kyle John Photography; Planning & Design by Fresa Weddings

In our opinion, every destination wedding in Mexico needs maraca wedding favors. Place these—with a personalized name tag—at each place setting to amp up your dinner party. And if you really want to go above and beyond, print "Shake for The Kiss" on the back so everyone will shake them for your exit at the end of the night!

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Individual Wedding Cakes

Photo by Love Her Photography

Thanks to these mini cake wedding favors, your guests can have their cake and eat it too.

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