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 the 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 eight 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 olive oil favors. The California 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.
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 fresh flowers quickly wilt, a mix of dried petals and spices will last, leaving guests with a fragrant reminder of the day long after the ceremony. Plus, it's an entirely practical wedding reception favor. These delicately packaged pouches of potpourri were from a Dos Pueblos Ranch wedding near the ocean in Santa Barbara, California. Take inspiration from their offering and make a custom mix of flowers and plants yourself, or purchase premade potpourri to wrap up in a small parcel that matches your wedding décor. Guests can place the potpourri in a glass dish or wooden box at home to add a tasteful scent to any room and be reminded of the happy celebration for months to come.
Tip: Plan ahead and make a potpourri mix that incorporates the flowers you will have on your wedding day for a special touch. If making yourself, don't forget to add a spritz of essential oil to the mix before baking.
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.
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 wedding 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.
Pressing flowers has long been a romantic gesture. Be inspired by this poetic token and create delicate, framed pressed flowers or leaves to present to your guests. The mementos can also serve as thoughtful and elegant table number assignments to welcome guest to the reception, like these framed leaves from a San Francisco wedding reception. The simple framework and delicate botanicals are a whimsical offering, surely to be cherished long after the ceremony.
Tip: If taking a DIY approach, opt for greenery that's flat and dry before pressing with a heavy object. Pick frames that fit in with the rest of your wedding reception décor. If the event has a rustic theme, opt for a vintage gold frame. If you're going for modern and luxe, try silver or clear.
No matter what wedding favor ideas inspire you, your guests are sure to appreciate any gesture and will be happy to keep the token as a reminder of the love shared on your special day. Enjoy the process and pick something that's personal to you and your partner.
This post was originally published on November 15, 2016, and has since been updated.