Chances are you have at least three wedding favors somewhere in your house: a tin of Jordan almonds languishing in a corner of your pantry, a monogrammed votive candle tossed in a junk drawer, and a personalized pint glass gathering dust in the back of a kitchen cabinet. Sound about right? We hear you. Wedding favors can easily become forgettable (or, worse, become total throwaways). But with some creativity and planning, your wedding favors can be complete hits. Here’s how to choose wedding favors that will leave a lasting impression. And, once you’ve nailed down your favors, our experts here at RiverCrest will help you figure out the best way to display them!
Steer clear of impractical trinkets.
You want to give guests something that they can actually use. For example, a small bottle opener (like this one, perfect for destination weddings!), luggage tag, or personalized lip balm (who doesn’t use lip balm?) are thoughtful tokens of your appreciation that guests will most likely have some use for.
Think of what makes sense with your wedding season and theme.
Having a winter wedding? Consider gifting a pair of gloves or mittens for chilly days. (Extra points if they’re hand-knit, but please think long and hard before committing to this!) For spring or summer weddings, a small potted plant (succulents are hardy enough to withstand travel!) can work double-duty as escort-table décor and favors. Another option is to have his-and-hers favors: one favor for the guys (like pocket squares as a nod to a very dapper groom), and one for the girls (custom nail polishes, perhaps?).
Stay away from too much personalization.
Anything that’s too personalized to your wedding—your wedding date, your new monogram, your names—might seem great in the moment, but think of it this way: Would you actually want a coaster with someone else’s name and wedding date on it? Instead, customize non-edible favors with removable tags or labels so that guests can enjoy the favor long after your wedding has ended.
When in doubt, go edible.
Generally, guests love anything they can eat or drink (especially if they’re still feeling a little hungry after the night has ended). Edible favors are surefire hits—especially if you offer tried-and-true crowd-pleasers like chocolates, cookies or other sweets. Other edible favor success stories? Glass jars of honey (bonus: Honey never expires!), s’more kits (an ideal autumn wedding favor), popcorn, small cocktail kits or mini bottles of champagne, wine or liquor. Of course, be sure to taste-test anything edible before ordering.