Maya Savanovich is a blogger who loves writing about wedding trends, advice and tips. She has contributed articles to various well known wedding blogs and websites and is an active member of great wedding communities on Google+ and groups on Facebook. She is always on the lookout for beautiful wedding pictures and awesome ideas.
Although some people consider it an afterthought, wedding favors have a way of adding style and flavor to any wedding. They may not be as important as the wedding dress or cake, but they complete the whole setting in a special way. After all, there is nothing wrong with recognizing the attendants who have graced your special occasion – even if it means giving them just a small token of appreciation. Contrary to what some people think, you are not obliged to spend big on wedding favors.
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How to choose the best wedding favors
For starters, the theme should always blend well with your wedding. If you are planning a traditional themed wedding, then you might consider traditional Jordan almonds, key chains or a mirror as your wedding favors. The colors do not need to be exactly the same as the general wedding theme, but they should at least be complementary. You can also make it more personal by attaching a special card to the gift, explaining the meaning of the gift. If you have chosen a more laid-back theme for the wedding, then try not to make the colors too bright.
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When it comes to wedding favors, you can always Do It Yourself. Take some time and visit the local craft shops to get the ideas. Being the bride, you want to get something that will be classy yet personal. But you cannot achieve that if you leave everything to the wedding planners. Besides, the involvement gives you time to bond with the bridal party. However, it is also important to listen to ideas from your wedding planner.
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Edible wedding favors are a good catch for any kind of setting. You can go for custom-designed cupcakes or cookies, but try to give them a sentimental touch by coloring them with the wedding’s theme. You should also consider what your guests enjoy. For example, some of your guests may prefer sugar free cakes. If possible, give such an allowance when baking the cakes or cookies. You can make sure that some of the cakes are sugar free in order to include guests with diseases such as diabetes. On your big day, the last thing you want is to make some of your guests feel left out because of a simple favor.
Stick to your budget
Well, we all know how expensive a wedding can be. After sorting out all the expenses for your wedding, wedding favors may seem like a rather extravagant addition. That is why it is important to keep your spending to the minimum. There are many cheap options available for any wedding. For example, you can opt for disposable cameras or small silver mirrors. As long as they look elegant, such gifts do not have to be of the best quality. If you have decided on edible favors, you can consider preparing them yourself. Cakes and cookies will always be cheaper than buying them from bakeries and stores. Alternatively, you may cook some tea or coffee for your guests. This might turn out to be a lot of fun too, especially because your friends and family will be involved in the cooking.
Since the actual wedding can be quite tedious, you should also consider trying to save some time when giving out the wedding favors. One good way of saving time is to give the favors along with the escort cards. You can attach the escort cards to the wrapped gift so that guests get both of them at the same time. This way you will have killed two birds with one stone!
Give them something they’ll keep
There should always be a touch of uniqueness about your wedding favors, especially if the gifts are not edible. Let them act as souvenirs so that your wedding can be a memorable experience for all your guests. Some of the favors that people can easily keep include bottle stoppers, key chains and nice silver bells. You can choose the gifts with a touch of silver or chrome to make them more appealing.
Kitchenware and utensils are also great because guests will be using them long after the wedding. Couple favors are quite nice too. Give one gift to every couple that comes together. Go for favors that couples can enjoy together, like heart-shaped ceramics or glass. Not only does this save the overall cost of wedding favors, but it also gives them a touch of sentimentality.
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However, you should also be careful about couple favors because sometimes they can turn out to be more expensive if you don’t get it right. Make some clever calculations and come up with a rough estimate of the number of couples you are expecting. Compare this with the estimated number of individual guests and decide accordingly. The idea is to make it as stylish as possible without hurting your budget too much.
Charitable tributes can make a great substitute for gifts. Instead of the conventional wedding favors, you can consider paying tribute to a charitable cause of your choice. Allocate the budget to something you believe in through a charitable organization. This gives you a chance to give back to the community. It also helps to enlighten your guests about the cause so that they too can contribute later. However, you should try not to be too personal about it because you can easily drift people’s attention from the actual event. You can find a list of charitable foundations you can choose from here.
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Think about the environment
Wedding favors are best when they suit the wedding’s physical environment. For example, if the reception is being held in an outdoor summer setting, you can give each of your guests a hand fan to keep cool in the heat. Hand fans are great for guests who are not too used to the summer heat. For a beach wedding, parasols can help to protect guests from the sun.
Eco-friendliness is also quite important. Try to get some safely disposable gifts if you don’t need the guests to keep them.
Make sure your guests get the favors
When is the right time to give wedding favors? Well, conventionally, wedding favors are given towards the end of the reception party. But it is okay to have other ideas too. Choose a time when you are sure that all invited guests will receive the gift. If you feel that some guests will have already left by the time the reception ends, you may decide to give the wedding favors at the beginning of the ceremony. If they are edible gifts, try to make sure that they do not coincide with the meals.
Some of the wedding favors that have graced 2013 include: Felt quarter sets, crystal gifts, and kitchen utensils. Edible favors have been quite popular too, with people opting for beverages like tea and fruit juice instead of the usual cakes. Every wedding is unique, so you do not really have to go for the most popular options. In fact, the more unique your wedding favors are, the more memorable your wedding will be.
Thank you Maya, that’s great advice! Do you have any questions or comments for Maya? What will you give as wedding favors? Let us know in the comments below!