Choosing just the right wedding favors can be one of the most enjoyable parts of planning for a wedding, as there are so many options available that are unique, artistic, and expressive. Whatever your theme and whatever your tone of your wedding - fun and whimsical, traditional and elegant - you're sure to find something that's just right for you. However, before you make your final selection, here are 3 common items you should avoid, and why.
Anything too “girly. "
Scented sachets, lip balm, cookie cutters, pedicure sets, sewing kits, and anything shaped like a wedding dress or fancy shoe is probably not going to be appreciated by your male guests. Remember, wedding favors are a way of thanking your guests for being there and for sharing your special day, and you want the male guests to feel just as appreciated as the women. Opt for favors that will appeal to both sexes; if you see some “girly" wedding favors that you absolutely love, purchase those for a bridal shower or bachelorette party, or just get a few to give to your bridesmaids as an extra thank-you gift.
Anything too personal.
It's easy to think that keychains make great wedding favors since virtually everyone has keys, but do you really think a man is going to use a keychain that is shaped like a huge novelty engagement ring or stiletto heel? Even many women would find that type of gift just a bit tacky and inappropriate. Salt and pepper shakers, t-shirts, coasters with your picture on it, and anything that someone may not choose for themselves or that is too taste-specific is not going to make for a good gift. Wedding favors should be something that all your guests will appreciate and use, and you have just too many options available to settle for something that your guests will probably hate.
Anything too cheap.
Wanting to keep your wedding budget manageable is a good thing, and of course wedding favors are one area where you can spend far too much if you're not careful, so many brides opt for more inexpensive favors. There are many inexpensive favors that you can purchase or make yourself without having them look cheap or tacky. If you do opt for more inexpensive favors, dress them up by wrapping them in nice wrapping paper or with wide organza ribbon. A nicely presented table setting goes a long way toward making your guests feel welcome and appreciated, and beautifully displayed favors can add to that look. Resist the urge to just run to the dollar or discount store and stock up on something plastic or flimsy.
It's easy to get overwhelmed with the many choices you have in front of you when it comes to wedding favors , but having so many choices is just part of the fun. The key to making the right choice is to start shopping early so you can really do some comparing, and think of your guests and what they would enjoy. By being sure that you're making a choice that they will enjoy, you're sure to make the right decision when it comes to your wedding favors.
Linda Ellison is a freelance writer who specializes in trends and lifestyles. Her previously published fiction works, including the Dana Ford Mystery Series, have been on bookshelves nationwide. Visit http://www.favorsandwraps.com to read more about the latest trends in wedding favors.