The parting favor is as much a wedding tradition as the vows or first dance. It is a staple that allows a couple to do something creative, unique, and ultimately meaningful.
Yet, finding a gift that fulfills those requirements seems like an awfully tall order, especially since it needs to be something that can easily be duplicated for dozens or hundreds of guests.
Need some inspiration? Consider these categories while crafting a memorable wedding favor:
An edible favor is certainly a favorite, whether it’s something your guests can enjoy at the reception or be savored later. The sky is the limit when it comes to treats. Yet, if you need some help, here’s a baker’s dozen of ideas: chocolates, mints, taffy, cookies, mini champagne bottles, pies in mason jars, s’mores or hot cocoa kits, cake pops, donuts, hot sauce, spices, or macaroons.
Another option is giving your guests something that is special to you, your partner, or family, such as a hometown specialty, like local honey, or a family recipe, such as jam or pickles.
If you’re really ambitious (and crafty), you can make a favor such as homemade moonshine, granola, or Sriracha salt, yourself — just as long as it won’t be too stressful or time-consuming. Tools for cooking are another option, like a cookie cutter in the shape of something that is meaningful to your and your betrothed.
An edible favor likely won’t survive long after the wedding, but a plant is something that can be a constant reminder of your love. Succulents, for instance, are very popular items because they are low-maintenance, affordable, and quite beautiful. Handmade terrariums and seed bombs are other options for unique gifts that your guests can care for and love.
If you are particularly crafty, your wedding favor can be an opportunity to make something special for your guests. This could be a framed item, such as a print, matted origami, or photograph. You could also hire artists to create something special onsite for your guests, such as caricatures or silhouette drawings, which they can treasure and enjoy afterwards.
A highly personalized favor can be another way to provide your guests with a meaningful parting gift. For example, you could give each guest a magnet featuring the map of where they’re from, or create place settings or place cards that features hand-drawn pictures of each guest. Of course, given the individualized nature of these types of favors, you will have to consider the time and cost to provide such a highly personalized parting gift.
One of the most meaningful favors you could give your guests isn’t a tangible gift at all, but a donation in their name. Instead of spending money on favors, you could put it towards a charity that is important to you and your family, such as for cancer research or a scholarship fund. A donation could also be made in memory of a loved one who could not be there on your special day. Cards alerting your guests to this donation would be a thoughtful gesture they are sure to cherish. n
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