Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
We've all been to weddings that offer a wedding favor - a small gift to each guest that we get to take home at the end of the night. This is a great way to give a little something back to the friends and family who have attended your celebration. Traditionally, most weddings have them. Here are a few tips to consider.
Giving wedding favors that have meaning to you as a couple is a sweet gesture to make your guests remember your wedding and be able to tie the memory of that occasion to the newlyweds. If you have decided to give wedding favors just to give them, you might want to think again. Think of all those weddings you have gone to that give a pouch of M&Ms or jordan almonds. When you got home, did you set it aside in memory of a great celebration of love? Chances are, probably not.
Why not try something unique and personal to your day? Choose a favor that mimics the theme of your wedding; or maybe something that you and your fiance have in common and is a major part of your relationship. Here are a few ideas:
Having a beach-themed wedding? Try a personalized seashell or starfish.
Are you and your fiance wine connoisseurs? How about a corkscrew and/or bottle stopper?
For a garden wedding, think about giving some flower seeds in little pots or a hanging bird seed design for your guest's gardens.
Is your heritage important to you? Share that part of your lives with your guests. Irish? Share your luck! Japanese? Give your guests something they can use time and time again.
The possibilities are endless! Just be creative and make sure that your favors hold a special meaning to you. Don't feel pressured into giving a wedding favor if you just feel the need to do so. It can end up being another source of stress on your big day as well as an added expense. Unless it is a gift that means something to you, your relationship, or your guests - feel free to opt out. None of your guests will feel slighted. After all, you just threw them the party of a lifetime!