Wedding Favors at the wedding reception

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Traditionally given at the wedding reception, wedding favors thank guests for sharing the bride and groom’s special day. These small gifts don’t have to cost a lot and can range from edible favors and handmade items to commemorative favors imprinted with the happy couple’s names and the wedding date.

Popular edible favors include brownies, candy, cookies and cupcakes. Other edible options include tins of mints and bottles of maple syrup, honey or hot sauce with personalized labels that contain the wedding date and the names of the bride and groom. Packets of gourmet coffee and teas, apple cider or hot chocolate make additional welcome mementos along with jars of jelly or jam.

Non-edible favors can match the season of the wedding. Packets of flower seeds, for example, provide a fun and memorable way to acknowledge a spring or summer ceremony. Guests will think of the bride and groom when they water the seeds and tend the plants that develop from them. Seed packets can be personalized with the wedding date and the names of the newlyweds. Personalized holiday ornaments make a unique favor for winter weddings while candles or miniature soaps featuring autumn leaves make lovely fall favors. Small live plants in ceramic or glass vases, mason jars, mini tin watering cans or miniature pails or buckets make lovely favors in any season. Choose red or white poinsettias for winter events, mums for fall events, and flowers that duplicate the colors and themes of the bridal bouquet for spring or summer weddings.

Additional favor options include candles, photo frame place holders, hand fans, key chains and coasters. Wine-themed gifts like bottle stoppers, bottle openers and corkscrews or personalized wine or champagne glasses also make welcome presents.

Favors can also reflect the location of the wedding or honeymoon. Seashell-themed items, for example, can commemorate a beach wedding while candles in mason jars or place holders and coasters made of real wood can acknowledge a rustic wedding, and shamrock-themed items can acknowledge an Irish honeymoon or a couple with an Irish heritage. Items that relate to the couple’s interests provide more unique favor possibilities, and examples include golf tees for a golfing bride and groom or a mini calculator for a pair of accountants.

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