Gone are the Jordan Almonds wrapped in tulle, miniature picture frames with name cards and votive candles. Wedding favors have come a long way from the traditional offerings we've become accustomed to. Today’s innovative brides have come up with more unique and interesting favors for their guests to treasure.
In terms of edible favors, brides still favor candy wrapped up nicely in boxes but instead of throwing a few Jordan almonds or mints into a box, how about homemade truffles? Store bought are even better for those not having the time or abilities, either way, these beautifully delicious creations are appreciated by all. Some couples are opting to have individual wedding cakes made for each table, for guests to share, fulfilling two needs, a wedding cake and a favor that the guests don’t have to take with them. Little bottles of maple syrup have been popping up at weddings in upstate New York or western Massachusetts where tapping sugar maples are popular. Homemade jam in tightly sealed jars gives your guests a sample of a yearly family tradition. Perhaps the favorite so far and gaining popularity is a “Candy Bar” table set up with numerous amounts of delicious candies for guests to enjoy. Cellophane bags or takeout style boxes imprinted with a thank you from the bride and groom allow your guests choose their own candy favorites to take home. Of course kids go crazy for this, but it is also fun watching the adults indulge!
Forgoing a traditional favor and using the money to donate to a charity of their choice has also been gaining popularity with couples today. This not only saves them the time of having to think about and putting together something for their guests, but also lets them give something back to help others.
A relatively new idea is to bypass the standard centerpiece and instead create that unique focal point for the table by having multiple vases of flowers. Each guest is then enabled to take home there own little piece of the reception decor.
With more and more couples having destination weddings or weddings in unique venues, themed favors are always fun. A beach wedding in Hawaii may have miniature sandcastle wedding favors for the guests. A couple who enjoys gardening or the outdoors may choose to give something as simple as a packet of seeds or a small seedling of a tree to signify the beginning of their new life together. Other couples may choose to embrace their culture or that of their parents by having an ethnic favor. Elaborately decorated trinket boxes from India or Thailand give guests a piece of something exotic.
With the help of the internet, shopping for that perfect wedding favor is easy no matter how obscure or different the idea is. A variety of wedding favors can also be personalized with a custom message. From pens and glassware to chocolate bars and candles. The possibilities are endless and are only limited by how much the couple wants to spend in terms of time and money. In the end, wedding guests should just be content that they are able to share the special day with their loved one or friend. But then again it is always nice to have something to remember the day by.
Pavika Wilson writes for Cleveland Wedding Decor . Northeast Ohio's freshest studio for Creative Wedding Favors and today's innovative brides.