Not all wedding favors are created equal. Some are cute, some are cheeky, some are tasty, and some are downright tacky. The key to a great wedding favor is to make it both personal and relevant to your wedding—and, of course, to pick something your guests will actually enjoy.
Some more rules of favor giving: Number one, make it pretty. If it's not already in a pretty package, it's up to you (or your wedding planner) to make sure it is presented in a way that seems intentional and put-together (versus something haphazard or sloppy). Number two: everyone enjoys food. Period. And drinks. So any favors that have something to do with either of these will most likely be a hit. Number three: Call us crazy, but if you really want your guests to hang onto the favors, (unless it's something that is food related and will either be consumed or thrown away when it's gone) don't brandish it with your name and/or wedding date. Think about it: would you rather have a cozy throw or scarf that doesn't say anything or one that is monogrammed with someone else's initials and wedding date? It's your day, but give your guests something they'll actually enjoy.
As the snow falls and the temperatures drop, we say keep it seasonal, too, and treat your guests to one of these winter wedding favors, sure to be crowd-pleasers.
A little hair of the dog never hurt anyone, especially a hungover guest who barely makes their flight home. Buy these cute cocktail kits (we obviously suggest the hot toddy kit for winter), or put together your own little kits—with all the ingredients your guests need to recreate a warm cocktail on the flight home. Bonus points for an insert with ingredients and recipe so they can recreate.
SHOP NOW: Food52, $48
There's nothing more fun than a cracker—and they're so apropos for winter. Put them on your guests' plates for a fun surprise when they sit down for dinner. We love these gold and white ones from World Market, but they're easy to DIY, too. This version contains a hat, joke, and a surprise gift.
SHOP NOW: World Market, $24.99 (set of six)
You know what's better than a brownie? A warm brownie drizzled with hot fudge. You know what's better than a slice of cake? A slice of cake drizzled with hot fudge. You know what's delicious on a cold day? That's right. Anything with hot fudge. Plus, this packaging is a win. No need to wrap these favors.
SHOP NOW: Yümmy Bazaar, $5.95
If you have a fun, warm, winter-appropriate signature cocktail you're dying to serve at your wedding, serve them in special mugs that your guests can keep after the wedding as their favor.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $32 (set of four)
Who doesn't love an artisanal marshmallow? There are so many to choose from these days, the possibilities are pretty much endless—and these snowflake marshmallows are perfect to top off hot cocoa.
SHOP NOW: World Market, $4.79
There's nothing better than a hot breakfast when it's cold outside, so give your guests something they can continue to enjoy throughout the winter months. We especially love this gingerbread maple syrup—good not only for waffles and pancakes, but we bet it would be delicious on ice cream in the summer.
SHOP NOW: Food52, $16
Ornaments are perfect favors for a winter wedding because they're not only seasonal, but you can get pretty much any type of ornament to match the vibe of your wedding. You could even buy classic glass balls and have someone calligraph each guests' name and have them double as escort cards.
SHOP NOW: Food52, $36 (set of two)
Sure, socks may not seem like the sexiest of wedding favors, but your guests will thank you when they're traveling home and their feet are frozen on the plane.
SHOP NOW: Richer Poorer, $9.80
Chocolate and Peppermint Spoons
Give these to your guests with little to-go cups of hot cocoa to jazz up their send-off beverages.
SHOP NOW: World Market, $5.59 (set of six)
An oldie but a goodie—giving guests light throws is never a bad idea—they can be used at the wedding (if any portion includes going outdoors) and then they can take it home for Netflix binging.
SHOP NOW: Wayfair, $21.78
Who doesn't love a candle? Give your guests one that has wintery packaging like these plaid candles, and something that smells like winter—like a pine, woody, or smokey scent.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $24.95