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Deciding on wedding favors is something that every couple struggles with. You want to show how much you appreciate your guests taking time out of their busy schedules to come celebrate with you. But at first glance, when you do a general search for wedding favors, the selection can be a little cringe to put it kindly. You’re looking for something quality, something sentimental that will remind them of this amazing time together, and most importantly, something that won’t instantly end up in a landfill. Oh, and you don’t want to spend a fortune on it because depending on the size of your guest list, you’re going to be buying a lot of whatever you end up deciding on! The first step is to consider where your wedding will be held, is there a cool local delicacy that you can share with your guests? Consider your likes as a couple, what will remind them of you (without necessarily putting your name all over it)? Is there something practical you can gift them that looks cute too? Bonus points if it goes with your wedding design! We know that’s a lot to take in, but we’ve got some great options for you that would work with just about any wedding. Here are 10 wedding favors that your guests will actually use…
If you need more favor inspo, check out this wedding where the couple gave out bottles of their family-owned tequila or this one where they planted a tree for each guest in lieu of traditional favors. Here are 6 personalized favors that your guests will also love!
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Who doesn’t need another house plant, especially a cute succulent with a custom sign like this one? Succulents work great for wedding favors because of how durable they are and they require very little commitment from their new plant parents. Plus, they look incredible on a tablescape!
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Having a live artist at weddings is a trend that we are seeing more and more of. It’s a lovely idea to have an artist immortalize your ceremony or your first dance, but let your guests in on the fun with custom portraits of themselves, like these ones by Jackie Chen Design. Think quick caricature sketches but cuter!
Whether your guests are looking to wind down or get their buzz on, tea always makes a great gift. Consider shopping for local loose leaf teas and setting up an interactive tea bar at your wedding where guests can make their own blends. Pair each favor with a vintage teacup or a glass canister and a tea diffuser.
Everyone can use a solid tote bag and they happen to make great favors/welcome bags for your guests. Keep the design simple so they can feel comfortable using it again, fill it with local goodies and some electrolytes and you can’t go wrong.
We probably don’t need to explain this one, but just in case…These days, everyone could use another hand sanitizer, especially travel-size ones that can go through TSA. Give your guests the gift of germ-free hands with a specialty hand sanitizer, preferably one that smells really nice too, like this one from Nest.
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A bottle of wine makes the perfect favor for any wedding. Create a custom label, like this one from KC Prints Co., for a bottle of your favorite wine or have a custom blend made just for your wedding–the possibilities are endless!
Give your guests a unique experience by gifting them local honey from your wedding destination. Pair it with a cute jar like these ones from King Cobra Apiary and a honey dipper and you’re golden!
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Luggage tags make the perfect favors for destination weddings or if you’re a couple that loves to travel. They can also double as place cards if you go the extra mile and have them customized with your guests’ names like these ones by Friendly Fox Co.
Weddings are a perfect opportunity for guests to get a good photo of themselves. Help them out by setting up a photo station with a Polaroid camera and give your guests small frames like these that fit Polaroid photos perfectly! It’s a favor that they are guaranteed to love.
You can find pretty bottle openers like these in almost any design. They'll look great on an escort card wall or at a place setting and your guests will definitely use them again and again!