A thoughtful bride knows that it's only appropriate to express some type of thanks and gratitude to the guests who have made this day that much more special for her and her groom. While it's definitely “her" day, the guests still got dressed up, paid a babysitter, purchased a gift, drove some distance, and sat through speeches from relatives and friends they probably have never met just to make the bride and groom happy on that big day. Purchasing something by way of wedding favors is a good idea for any bride even if she is planning her wedding on the tightest of budgets.
But unfortunately many brides who have been shopping for wedding favors have found that every single site and every single company seems to be offering the same items as everyone else. If you're looking for some fun and unusual ideas, what to do?
The first step in finding some great ideas for wedding favors is to think outside the box, as they say. Businesses use this expression to try to get their employees to use creative thinking, and the same can and should be done when choosing favors. The traditional candles or kitchen gadgets are great ideas but getting unique items will mean getting away from anything traditional. It might also mean shopping in places that aren't actually wedding related.
For example when was the last time you went to the dollar store or flea market with wedding favors in mind? A cute pen with something fuzzy on the end, a heart shaped note pad, or a pack of note cards and matching envelopes can all do the trick. Many dollar stores have holiday sections where they carry items with hearts and flowers; this might be a pack of pencils, some stamps or stickers, or something else fun along these lines. They can all make for fun and unusual wedding favors.
Your craft supply store is another great place to shop for ideas. They usually have a variety of small wooden items that you can paint or leave as is for wedding favors. This might include wooden boxes, letter trays, pencil cups, or paperweights. Anything heart-shaped is going to be great for your guests, or you can pick something that fits the theme of your wedding such as flowers for a spring event or something leaf-shaped for fall wedding favors.
Remember to look for items that express the personality or interest of you and your groom as well when it comes to wedding favors. If everyone knows you love a particular sports team then a stuffed animal of that team (lions, bears, cardinals, panthers) can keep your guests scratching their heads at the connection until you reveal it them. If you both love to read then bookmarks are a nice idea; if you love art, a small paint by numbers set or even a box of colored markers can be very affordable as well as a fun and unusual idea for wedding favors.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. When it's time to shop for your own wedding favors , get creative. Take your time to browse around different stores and websites and be sure you develop that skill of being able to think outside the box; if you do, you're sure to find something fun and unusual and absolutely perfect for your own wedding day.
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.