Unexpected Wedding Favors That Every Guest Will Love
When you reflect on the best weddings you've ever attended, what makes some ceremonies stand out among the rest? Great tunes, a stunning venue, and a unique table setting that hasn't saturated Pinterest all contribute to a memorable day, but in our opinion, there's one defining factor: personalized details. The best-planned weddings seem to have thoughtfully found a way to personalize every aspect of the nuptials, from the place settings to favors.
If you're struggling to find time to plan out every detail of your wedding with unique touches, we've done the legwork to find six unique wedding favor ideas from real weddings to inspire your big day. As the one take-home from your special occasion, these mini gifts offer a lasting memory and a way to thank friends and family for being part of the day. Make each favor count with these gorgeous wedding favors your guests will adore.
The best favors have sentimental value to the bride and groom while still being practical for guests, like these mini infused olive oil favors. The Californian couple wanted to pay homage to the bride's Greek heritage and incorporated olive leaves throughout the ceremony. A calligrapher penned the meaning behind the Mediterranean theme on a canvas banner that was hung by the wedding favors so guests could understand its significance as they chose a bottle to take home.
Tip: If you love this idea for your wedding, give it a unique touch by infusing the olive oil with locally grown herbs or spices.
If there's one trend that's been on the rise in recent years, it's wedding favors that grow and last well beyond the big day. These wildflower seeds were packaged in bespoke envelopes, each illustrated with a graphic to commemorate the couple and show the contents once fully grown. Given their size, the favors were displayed in an elegant glass and brass box atop a rustic wood tray.
Tip: Re-create the look and give petite favors a big impact by displaying them in an ornate jewelry box or vintage case.
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Planning a destination wedding? Take cues from this weekend welcome dinner held at Bastide des Gordes in the ancient hilltop village of Gordes, France. Perched on a panoramic terrace, the bride- and groom-to-be greeted guests as they arrived for the nuptials with a relaxed supper. Friends and family were given a bottle of rosé with a message from the couple delicately written by a calligrapher and attached to each bottle to preface the ceremony to come.
Tip: Speak to winemakers in the region about bottling your favorite drop rather than importing wine. Locally sourced favors that relate to the wedding venue or couple are a far more memorable gift.
While succulents don't immediately come to mind as typical wedding greenery, we've started to notice the sculptural plants in centerpieces and even bouquets at rustic-themed ceremonies. The little plants are so popular that flower service BloomThat even incorporates them in floral arrangements so guests can replant the succulent head after the rest of the bunch wilts. They also make a gorgeous favor when presented in a stylish pot.
Tip: Succulents are relatively simple and inexpensive to pot, so make these favors extra special with unique planters that give the plant a gift-worthy touch. Add a personalized note to each, and include care instructions on the back so the plant will thrive once taken home.
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Avoid wedding favors that will gather dust at home by giving guests something they'll use at the ceremony. These hand embroidered handkerchiefs that read "no ugly crying" are a playful gift for the bridal party or all guests attending the ceremony.
Tip: Make sure your favors tie in with the wedding theme by choosing the embroidered message and linen carefully. These handkerchiefs were made from vintage fabric to match the wedding, which was an old world–inspired soirée at the Metropolitan Building in New York.
Edible favors are nothing new, but these perfectly packaged strawberry and rhubarb jam favors have a gorgeous backstory that makes them truly unique. The preserves were homemade by the bride's 86-year-old grandmother, who made 120 jars from homegrown rhubarb plants. In keeping with the DIY theme of the wedding, the bride then created the labels and finished each jar with understated muslin and string.
Tip: Search for vintage jars that make each favor unique, and finish it off with a personalized label detailing the bride and groom's names and ceremony date.