When planning your wedding you look into every detail, making it specific to you, not just another party. One great way to do this is with your favors. This is the best way to thank your guests for coming and celebrating your big day. There are some favors that tons of brides and grooms use. You can find these on any wedding supply site. These ideas are so boring and most likely do not reflect who you and your soon-to-be spouse are. Why not make something special for your guests? This way they will know it came from your heart and are much more likely to keep and treasure it. What couple wants to be stuck with a hundred leftover coasters bought from a big chain store? Here are some ideas you can personalize and make your own, while still staying in the traditional favor category.
1. Candles. Every wedding needs candles. They set the perfect lighting and mood for a romantic time. If you provide your guests with a homemade candle with a specific scent, every time they light it they will think of you. Decorate the lid of the candle with your monogram, place pretty wrapping around the base with your colors. Most of all add a scent that is you. If you do not like flowery or sweet add something like cinnamon. You can also go with a seasonal smell. These are pretty easy to make. One way to make them is with natural beeswax or soy, a wick (this can be a pre-made wick or wood stick), and essential oils. There is some heat involved so please be careful. For a more colorful and modern approach use glass tea light holders and old crayons. This can make a beautiful color block candle. However you do it, this is a great DIY favor, which can be done in bulk.
2. Extracts – If you and your hubby-to-be are foodies, this would be an excellent option for you. One thing that people tend to spend money on is extracts for cooking and baking. If you use the natural and non-imitation extracts they can cost a bit. The thing is they are so easy to DIY and almost always end up getting a better flavoring because they are fresh. You can place the extract in a beautiful glass bottle with a solid cap or cork. If you can, use a dark glass bottle – maybe that beautiful cobalt blue – because extracts store better in dark places. If you choose to use clear glass as shown, remind guests to store the extract in a dark cool place. Put a ribbon around the top or beautiful label to remind your guests where they received this great treat; just don’t forget to tell them what kind it is. These should be made in advance because you need time for the extracts to set, approximately 6-8 weeks. You can make anything from vanilla extract to berry or orange extracts. I chose berry for the amazing color. Use high quality ingredients. For example, vanilla beans, orange or lemon peels. Place in a big jar for approximately 6-8 weeks and then divide into smaller containers for guests. Again, a great favor to make in bulk and one that guests have most likely never seen!
These next two are good for a wedding but better for a bridal shower or bachelorette party!
3. Hand Scrub. Soft skin is something everyone loves, especially us girls. What better way to achieve that than with natural ingredients? I have used a great sugar scrub for weddings and showers in the past. It is something that almost everyone will use and it is relatively cheap for you to make. Combine sugar (sugar in the raw for a more coarse texture, refined for smoother), extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest and finally vanilla extract to make it a soothing fragrance. Combine and place in pretty jars. I usually add a sticker with a monogram or cute saying “From the Bride’s shower to yours!”. That is all the packaging you need. If you want to add a ribbon with your colors or a piece of lace, that is pretty too.
4. Lip Balm. Though this is relatively cheap to buy, making it is always a nice touch. This one is really more for the ladies so you can find something for the men, or give this away at a shower or bachelorette party. Get cheap flat tins from your local craft store. Mine had square, round and heart shaped tins. Do not forget your monogrammed or clever-worded sticker at the top, for example: “To keep the kisses going!” There are a couple of different ways to make this. My favorite is using beeswax, Shea butter, coconut oil and Kool-aid. The Kool-aid is strictly for tinting purposes and flavor. You really could add any color you wanted or none at all – it’s completely up to you!
Whatever favors you choose for your wedding try to make it something that reflects you and your future husband. There is nothing worse than going to a wedding and seeing that the favors do not match the couple. You do not want to give something to your guests just to do it. Make it special, make it yours!
About Kristin: I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a dual Bachelors degree in 2008. I then started working in the nonprofit sector doing event planning. After planning my own wedding in 2010 I discovered a passion for weddings and have been a freelance planner ever since. I am also the owner and operator of Kristi’s Confections, a specialty cake and confections company. I live in South Florida with my husband and 1-year-old daughter. Follow me on Google.