Wedding Favors You Need To Know
Why Wedding Favors? Don’t underestimate the importance of wedding favors; the tradition of handing out tokens, favors, keepsakes or bombonieres dates back many years. Here are some good reasonse to give out wedding favors:
- Wedding favors are a symbol of the gratitude the bride and groom feel for sharing in one of their most important moments of their lives. Guests cherish wedding favors – it is the universal “Thank You for Sharing in Our Day”.
- How will your guests remember your wedding apart from all other weddings they have been to? Quite simply: with the wedding favors you choose to distribute.
- Choose a wedding favor that really means something, one that is practical and long lasting or one that suits your wedding’s theme.
- Give a favor that makes an impression – one that stands out – something absolutely fabulous that won’t break your bank.
Elegant? Unique? Trendy? Chic? Romantic? What is Your Wedding Style?
When choosing your wedding favors they should reflect your personal style. Wedding favors will leave a long impression on your guests – one that will elicit fond memories of your blessed union. Favors can be inspired by the season you are marrying in, the setting, the theme, your obsessions or passions.
Whether you are throwing a destination tropical beach wedding, are passionate about baking, hoping for snowflakes on your special day, or are head over heels for chocolate truffles – your favors should inspire you and fit in with your style.
Start your search for the perfect wedding favor by browsing through magazines, websites, specialty shops, chocolatiers, gift shops and stationary boutiques. Gather ideas not only on the wedding favors, but how you would package and display them. Look for items out of the norm of favors – something that you would love to receive.
- Is your wedding centered on a specific color? Colored candies in a tin, personalized with your names & date. A colored or scented candle to match your theme.
- Does your wedding revolve around a certain flower? Give miniature ready to plant pots from a garden supply store of the flowers.
- Does the wine continually flow, martinis are in vogue, or a cocktail party reception? Wine, wine charms, wine stoppers, martini glasses filled with personalized cocktail mixes and stirrers wrapped up, coasters and other barware inspired gifts.
- Vegas or Atlantic City a favorite pastime? Give casino inspired favors – playing cards, personalized chips, lucky blessing ring charms.
Another option is DIY wedding favors, watch this video for some inspiration:
Thankfully, unlike the old days, brides are not limited just to candies and almonds as their wedding favors. Wedding specialists continually design new ideas as trends to wedding favors change seasonally and annually. Professionals have come up with wedding favors which are themed based, trendy, chic, stylish – but most of all affordable.
Who Receives Wedding Favors?
When the decision is finally made on the type of wedding favors to get, the next dilemma faced is if each person should get one favor each or should it be given one favor per couple. A good rule of thumb is one wedding favor per couple (or family) or per single guest; or if your budget allows, one wedding favor per guest. If your worried about a couple receiving two of the same wedding favors, you may want to purchase two different wedding favors (such as two different style wine stoppers).
How to Package Your Wedding Favors
How you package your favors is just as important as what type of favor you give. From pretty boxes, to clear cellophane bags, to bride & groom boxes, tiny tin pails, organza and tulle, handmade papers, colorful raffia – a bride’s options are not limited. Check your local craft, stationary or fabric stores for some ideas.
Seal your favors in the packages by attaching small pewter thank you tokens or blessing rings. Attach a poem or thank you card. Add a monogram, sticker, or favor label. Once completed your favor should be perfectly wrapped to be presented.
Presenting & Distributing Your Wedding Favors
How is each favor displayed and distributed?
The most popular way to give out wedding favors is by displaying it on each place setting – if you are giving one wedding favor per person. If you are planning on one wedding favor per couple, you can place the wedding favor in between their place setting – and directly in front of the place settings for single guests. Favors can also be used to hold the place cards. Simply attach a ribbon or a pin to your favors and place cards and set them up on the place card table – every guest single or couple will be guaranteed to receive a favor that way.
Another option is to create a wedding centerpiece in the middle of each table. With such pretty packaging available today, you can design a centerpiece that will stand out! Or you can create a favor table near the door that would allow each guest to take one as they leave. Set up a frame on the table with the simple words, “Thank You”, “Please Take One” “It Was So Sweet of You to Join Us”. But just remember when you do this; some guests may take more than one!
Another idea is to hand your favors out yourself as you are working the room and greeting your guests. If that is too much of an undertaking, the wait staff can present favors on silver lined trays to each table during the dessert course.
Wedding Favor Cost
Favors can cost less than one dollar up to double digits per favor. If you wish to give more expensive favors, you can present one wedding favor per couple and attach a personalized thank you tag to it (Mr. & Mrs Doe, Thank you for Sharing in Our Day. Love, Mr & Mrs. Newlywed”) and leave it between their place settings on the table. Favors are worth the price – remember guests look forward to receiving them.
If you are planning on spending a certain amount on your favors – make sure they are functional, fun, meaningful and won’t be left behind. Don’t “cheap” out on your favors – guest DO take notice when a bride does. Spend what you can afford – and give something that you would appreciate receiving.
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