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Wedding favors are a sweet way to add a custom touch to your big day; you can choose something reflective of you as a couple, or a fun element that ties into your wedding destination or decor. Let’s start with one major caveat off the bat: You do not NEED to have wedding favors at your wedding. If the budget doesn’t allow for it or you simply don’t want to have one more thing to think about, there’s no need to stress over it. That being said, if you do want to offer up a small gesture of thanks to the family and friends that have traveled from near and far to celebrate you, a wedding favor is a great way to do exactly that.
A few important things to keep in mind: One, useful items are always appreciated. Liz Curtis, founder & CEO of Table + Teaspoon, says anything that will make guests feel more comfortable during your wedding weekend is a good idea. Rather than saving a favor for the end of the event, she suggests giving guests a favor box with small items that are both fun and practical—think candy, Advil, playing cards—at the beginning of the wedding weekend.
Alternatively, consider a favor that ties into the destination of the wedding, for example, a small bottle of maple syrup for a Vermont wedding or a mini bottle of tequila for a wedding in Mexico, says Lynette Dow, a coordinator with Amy Abbott Events. Or, choose something that is something that you and your spouse-to-be collect as a couple, such as magnets or Christmas ornaments, she says. If that’s the case, Dow recommends setting up a prominently displayed wedding favor table that guests will have to pass at the end of the night, along with signage indicating that these are favors that everyone should take.
Read on for the best wedding party favors that are sure to make your guests smile.
Plain Jane 2424 “Let Love Grow” Custom Seed Wedding Favors
Love gardening and flowers? Send guests home with these individual seed packets that they can use to grow flowers at home, complete with cute verbiage and packaging. (Choose from 16 different watercolor design options to go with any wedding decor theme.) And if you want to up the ante, pair each with a mini pot.
Picture Perfect Papier Personalized Matches
Who couldn’t use an extra matchbook to keep handy? It’s pretty much the ultimate definition of the most practical gift, ever, but the personalization here makes it feel extra custom and special. To that point, there are over 75 different paper options to choose from (across a wide array of colors and finishes).
Custom Favours Hot Chocolate Wedding Favor in a Tube
We love this as a fun idea for a winter wedding. Set these adorable hot cocoa-filled test tubes out on each place setting—you can customize the color and shape of the tag—and let guests either take them home to savor another time or enjoy them as a sweet treat at the end of the evening.
Erickson Design Custom Popcorn Boxes
Pair these personalized popcorn boxes next to a big batch of freshly-popped popcorn and assorted seasonings and let guests go to town making their to-go munchies. (Although, we’re willing to bet it’s more likely to get quickly eaten up on the spot as a late-night snack.)
Minted Merlot Dip-Dyed Favor Boxes
Minted is one of our go-tos for anything and everything wedding stationery-related, but did you know that they’re also a great source for favor packaging? Exhibit A, these foldable boxes—which are available in a rainbow of colors—and are perfect for housing a small favor. Don’t miss their coordinating line-up of other packaging options too, such as favor tags and stickers.
David’s Bridal Personalized Metallic Foil Playing Cards
Fun and whimsical, this classic deck of cards gets a custom, wedding-appropriate twist with personalized labels that you stick onto the case. Another fun idea: Add a small note of thanks that also includes instructions on how to play your favorite card game.
Best Day Ever Spot Personalized Sunscreen Favors
Cute and practical—especially if it’s a tropical destination wedding or just an outdoor summer soiree—these mini sunscreens can be customized with the text of your choice and come in four mod patterns. And the attached carabiners ensure your guests will never lose them.
Zazzle Personalized Wine Label
We’re willing to bet that most people will be very happy to receive a bottle of wine as a favor. The only thing that could make it better? When it’s personalized with a label like this one, which you can customize with any photo of your choosing. (FYI, they have beer bottle labels, too.)
Favourgram Custom Wedding Flip Flops
Per the point of favors that will make your guests’ experience that much more enjoyable, these are great to have on-hand (erm, foot?) when they want to ditch their fancy shoes and keep hitting the dance floor all night long. They’re also a great idea to set out at the entrance to a beach wedding.
Paper Blast Store Tic Tac Labels
For an affordable, cute, and practical idea, try buying a bulk batch of Tic Tacs, and adding a personal touch to each box with these customized labels. They come with a cheeky pun that’s sure to make guests smile; you just add your names, wedding date, and choose from 16 colors, then stick them on the Tic Tac pack.
Levain Bakery Cookies
Cookies are a surefire crowd-pleaser, and happily, these iconic New York City cookies can be shipped nationwide. (Plus, they’re so big that you can easily plan on just giving out one per couple.) Choose from any one of their four flavors—or mix and match—and contact them to help coordinate individual packaging, complete with custom ribbon colors and tags. AKA, one less thing for you to do.
Give It Pretty The Perfect Blend Coffee Wedding Favor
Pick up these personalized coffee bags to house a few scoops of your favorite coffee beans or grinds. They’re great to give out as a favor the night of the wedding, though could also be a good option to add to a hotel wedding welcome bag, or even as a favor at the next-day wedding brunch.
Letter and Leather Luggage Tags
An adorable idea for a destination wedding, these tags (which come in an incredibly wide array of different backgrounds and font color combos) are something guests can use almost immediately. They’re handmade of bonded leather and foil-stamped, making this extremely high quality.
Copley and. Pine Marble Place Cards
Sure, these marble coasters are technically considered place cards—and they do in fact function very well as exactly that—but we love the idea of using these because they also double as a great favor. Not to mention that they act as a great decor piece to add to any type of table setting.
Personalization Mall Personalized Wedding Mason Jar Candle Favors
We have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love a good candle, making it another foolproof favor idea. This one comes housed in a mason jar (a cute tie-in for any more rustic affair) and has a 22 to 24 hour burn time. Customize the sticker with your initials and date or wedding hashtag and you’re good to go.
Mushyface Cookie Co.
What better way for a couple to share their love of their dog(s) than by setting up a dog treat bar for guests to take as favors for their furry friends? This family-owned company handmakes all of their many different types of treats with only super high-quality ingredients; you can mix and match the different types from their cookie bar, then set them out for guests to take at your wedding. Perhaps with cute bags that read ‘doggie bag?’
What to look for in wedding favors
The best wedding favors are ones that guests will use again or will enjoy at the moment (think donuts, candy, or mini bottle of vino). When it comes to budget, think about how many guests you have—a small wedding might afford to feature custom tote bags or other higher ticket items as favors, while a larger guest list might need more affordable options.
What are some other unique wedding favor ideas?
Local or themed favors are also a fun way to incorporate the location where you're getting married. If it's a rustic country wedding, homemade jams or jars of honey are a sweet parting gift. Or, play up a destination wedding theme with a specialty that's unique to the country or region, like Mexican caramels or mini bottles of Limoncello for an Italian wedding.
When should we give wedding favors?
If the favor is a food item or a takeaway gift, set up a gift station that's near the exit, so guests will be sure to grab their favor at the end of the night. If it's a practical gift specific to the wedding location—thing bug repellent for a woodland venue or mini sunscreens for a beach event—set up a favor table at the entrance.
Meet the Expert
Meet the Expert
Lynette Dow is a coordinator with Amy Abbott Events, a premier wedding planning and event company that creates celebrations throughout Mexico.
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Melanie Rud has nearly 15 years of journalism experience covering the beauty and lifestyle space for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s also a bride-to-be, currently planning her wedding, where there will be a dog treat bar...as well as some other type of wedding favor that’s still TBD.