If you have been to attend your share of weddings, you might always receive a wedding favor at every one. But what do wedding favors symbolize and where did this custom come from?
Gifts ranged from candied fruits and nuts to more expensive items. Just like any gift, wedding favors symbolize appreciation for attendance at parties and weddings. Actually,this custom of giving wedding favors is said to origin in Italy during the eighth century when nobility gave gifts at their parties. By the late 19th century, the custom of party favors had spreaded to include most weddings in Europe and America.
For today’s bride, wedding favors range from inexpensive DIY gifts to more elaborate favors. No matter your budget, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of wedding favor gift ideas out there sure to have one to meet your need.
Here are 15 of our “out-of-the-box” favorites.
Rustic take-home treats
Bride and groom cookies
DIY or order pretty iced cookies from your favorite bakery.
bride and groom cookies
Send your guests home with something to quench their thirsts – just mind that your underage guests don’t grab anything alcoholic.
Olive oil makes a simple, yet elegant wedding favor.
Inexpensive and hearty, succulents have gained popularity over the past few years as wedding favors.
Take home cake
Have your caterer box up leftover wedding cake for your guests.
Personalized drink holders
Such a simple, yet poetic way to celebrate the your big day with your guests!
Book lovers will appreciate the gift of the classics. The books don’t need to be new – thrift store or used book store favorites will do!
Order luggage tags for your guests with pithy sayings like, “Not Your Bag.”
What says thank you better than a jar of giftable and delicious sweet honey?
Seeds in a personalized package
This fun idea is both easy and inexpensive. Buy your favorite flower seeds and repackage them in a clear bag with a personalized sticker or gift tag.
Nothing smells as sweet as a pouch of lavender.
Pick up jars of your favorite organic candle scent and replace the jar sticker with a personalized one of your own.
Make it yourself – or buy natural soap and add personalized packaging.