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While you definitely don't need to give out wedding favors on your big day, they are a sweet way to add a custom touch to the celebration. If your budget allows and 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, then a wedding favor is a great way to do exactly that. You can choose something reflective of you as a couple or a fun element that ties into your wedding theme, destination, or décor.
Be sure to consider your budget and the size of your wedding when selecting favors for guests.
When choosing wedding favors for your guests, there are a few important things to keep in mind. According to Liz Curtis, founder & CEO of Table + Teaspoon, useful items are always appreciated. She notes that anything that will make guests feel more comfortable during your wedding weekend is a good idea. Alternatively, Lynette Dow, a coordinator with Amy Abbott Events encourages couples to consider a favor that ties into the location of the wedding–such as a small bottle of maple syrup for a Vermont wedding or a mini bottle of tequila for a wedding in Mexico.
To help you find a wedding favor that will undoubtedly delight your guests, we researched and rounded up the best wedding favor ideas for every wedding style and venue based on usefulness, budget, and uniqueness. For a sweet treat that your guests can indulge in at the end of the night, we love the Custom Favours Hot Chocolate Wedding Favor in a Tube and Levain Bakery Cookies. Want to give your guests something practical for the reception? The Favourgram Custom Wedding Flip Flops will keep their feet content on the dance floor.
Meet the Expert
Lynette Dow is a coordinator with Amy Abbott Events, a premier wedding planning and event company that creates celebrations throughout Mexico.
Read on for the best wedding party favors for your guests.
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 of their own, 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 packet with a mini pot. We love this little gift because it will keep on giving long after the celebration.
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 party favor the night of the wedding or add to a hotel wedding welcome bag when guests first arrive for the big event. Or perhaps you might even give these out as a favor at the next-day wedding brunch–your guests are going to need it!
Picture Perfect Papier Personalized Matches
Who couldn’t use an extra matchbook to keep handy? This pretty and practical gift can be personalized to make 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. It can be a particularly nice comfort for your guests at a destination wedding far from home.
Favourgram Custom Wedding Flip Flops
For wedding favors that will make your guests’ experience that much more enjoyable, these are great to have on-hand (er, foot?) when they want to ditch their fancy shoes and stay on the dance floor all night long. These customizable flip-flops are especially fun for a beach wedding. Your guests will certainly appreciate a thoughtful favor that prioritizes their comfort during the festivities.
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. This savory snack is an especially affordable yet fun favor for budget-conscious couples.
Best Day Ever Spot Personalized Sunscreen Favors
Cute and practical—especially if it’s a tropical destination wedding or just an outdoor summer soirée—these mini sunscreens can be customized with the text of your choice and come in four mod patterns. Plus, the attached carabiners ensure your guests will never lose them. These are perfect for keeping your guests comfortable and helpful if they forgot to pack their own SPF.
Minted Merlot Dip-Dyed Favor Boxes
Minted is one of our go-to's for anything 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. They're perfect for housing a small favor that guests can easily put in their bags. Don’t miss their coordinating line-up of other packaging options, such as favor tags and stickers. Match these to your wedding colors to keep it on-theme and let your guests enjoy opening the favors tucked inside.
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 an extremely high-quality option.
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, which is a cute tie-in for any rustic affair. Customize the sticker with your initials and date or wedding hashtag and you’re good to go. They're also a budget-friendly option that can be purchased in bulk. It's a win-win!
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. And they also have beer bottle labels if that's more your style.
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 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. That means one less thing for you to do. Your guests will appreciate the scrumptious late-night snack after all that dancing.
Kate Aspen Cheers Bottle Opener
The celebratory script of this bottle opener feels oh-so wedding appropriate. We love the idea of setting one of these across the napkin at every place setting for a piece that doubles as both a décor piece and a great take-home favor. Guests can enjoy using it again and again for their own celebrations.
Kate Aspen Modern Geometric White Planter
If florals and greenery are priorities at your wedding, incorporating some kind of plant-themed favor is a nice way to tie everything together. Give these white, modern planters on their own or pot them with a succulent, air plant, or herb. It's a fairly inexpensive gift that will bring further enjoyment once guests return home.
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. Just add your names, wedding date, and choose from 16 colors, then stick them on the Tic Tac pack.
Mushyface Mix & Match Cookie Bar
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? Your guests will have something special to bring home to their beloved pet, and it's an affordable favor idea as well. This family-owned company hand makes all of their treats with only super high-quality ingredients. You can mix and match the different treats from their cookie bar, then set them out for guests to take at your wedding.
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 a 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.
Remember that useful items are always appreciated. Curtis 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. Or, choose something that you and your spouse-to-be collect as a couple, such as magnets or Christmas ornaments, Dow says. If that’s the case, she 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.
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—think bug repellent for a woodland venue or mini sunscreens for a beach event—set up a party favors table at the entrance.
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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.