Wedding favors offer a simple and meaningful way for couples to thank guests for attending their wedding. From small bags of candy and cupcakes to bubbles and personalized picture frames, the possibilities are endless. If you’re struggling to find the perfect favors for your wedding, check out some of the suggestions listed below.
You’ve probably seen or heard of disposable cameras being used as wedding favors before. The bride and groom will typically place a single camera on each table, allowing guests to take their own photos. Once the wedding is over, the photos are developed to reveal the guests’ perspective – something that’s not captured in professional photography. But if you’re going to use disposable cameras as a wedding favor, it’s recommended that you custom order them to include you and your fiance’s name along with the wedding date.
Baby Aloe Plants
Another innovative idea for wedding favors is to give your guests baby aloe plants. You can place them in small ceramic or clay pots, or use a burlap sacks. Aside from its aesthetic benefits, this succulent plant has been used for centuries for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Best of all, aloe vera is hearty plant that requires minimal care, so you don’t have to worry about guests “neglecting” their gift.
Some of the most common uses for aloe vera include:
- Relief from minor skin burns
- Treats itching caused by insect bites
- Soothe painful sunburns
- Moisturizes skin while helping to conceal wrinkles
- Heals chapped lips
- Topical antiseptic for minor cuts
Infused Olive Oil
If you have a knack for the culinary arts, you can create herb-infused olive oil for your wedding guests. This involves filling small bottles (or jars) with extra-virgin olive oil and an herb like chili, rosemary, or garlic. Over time, the olive oil will become “infused” with the herb’s flavor, offering a delicious new cooking oil for guests to use in the kitchen. For a complete step-by-step walkthrough on how to create infused olive oil wedding favors, check out this article published on Martha Stewart Weddings.
Note: all moisture content must be removed from the herbs to prevent the growth of bacteria. This can be done by either laying the herbs out in the sun for a couple of days, or by using a food dehydrator.
Bailey’s Hot Chocolate Set
This is a quick and easy wedding favor idea that’s sure to have a lasting impression on guests. Purchase a bunch of mason jars (one for each guest) and fill them with hot chocolate powder on the bottom and marshmallows on top. Next, secure a small single-serving bottle of Bailey’s Original Irish Cream liqueur to the lid with a piece of string or strong ribbon. Volia, you now have your fun wedding favors covered! Guests can use this to create a tasty, warming beverage.
For the youngsters who attend your wedding, you can give them the same hot chocolate favor while omitting the Bailey’s. Instead of the Bailey’s, try securing a chocolate bar to the kid-friendly favors.