I love weddings, though I haven’t been to many. I love the idea of celebrating two lives coming together. I love hearing the little jokes and stories about how the couple met. The kicker for me: THE RECEPTION!!!! I mean, duh, right? The cocktails, the clang of silverware on glasses to get the happy couple to kiss, the yummy food, the music, jumping, dancing… Notice how I didn’t mention a single word about the favors. The honest and harsh truth is sometimes, favors just suck (Sorry, not sorry). If you go to a few weddings, it’s always the same. Bubbles, koozies, magnets and so on. Don’t get me wrong, weddings are expensive and adding favors is another expense, I get it, but don’t sacrifice uniqueness and fun. It’s time for a jailbreak; time to think outside the favor box!
Mission: Help you give better favors
Favors have become a long standing tradition in weddings. It’s pretty much standard, and many guests expect something even though at the end of the night, it ends up getting left or thrown away. I remember when I got married and how irritated I was when I saw how many favors got left behind. Wanna know what I gave out? BUBBLES! No, I promise, I’m not a hypocrite. My husband didn’t see the value and we had a pretty big wedding, so he opted for the most economical thing he could think of. And since he wasn’t in love with the idea of favors, imagine how much trouble I was in when we had extras… *shudders*
There is so much excitement at weddings and if you have party games going on in addition to everything else, it can be easy to forget about favors, especially if they’re already lackluster. So, first things first, let’s give the classics a fun twist.
You know until recently, I had no idea this thing had a real name. Ah, the humble koozie. I actually just went to a wedding and guess what the favor was? Anyone? Yes. It was a koozie. I have no idea where it is. I mean, it’s in my house, but I haven’t seen it since the wedding. Koozies are actually not a bad option for a few reasons. For one, it’s extremely functional. For instance, I live in Florida where we have summer 10 months out of the year. The battle is pretty much, an ice cold beverage cools you down, but you somehow nearly freeze your fingers off even though it’s 100 degrees outside. A koozie keeps your drink cool and your hands frostbite free.
Here’s where I think we tend to get tripped up though. Couples, your guests already know when your wedding date is, they more than likely have the invitation or a save- the- date and well… they are probably attending the wedding. Please, don’t plaster your wedding date all over the koozie! Instead of your wedding date, why not share your love story (bullet points) or have a designer create a design unique to you or your wedding and use that image? You could also turn it into a game. Add some truth or dare statements or an I Spy of your wedding. You know what else would be stupid cool? Personalizing each koozie for your guests. If you have a huge wedding make it more general but trust me, it will mean a whole lot more and it will be less likely to be forgotten.
(Image from Limelight Paper and Partyware)
Aside from being affordable, I think the child in all of us just loves bubbles. Again, nothing wrong with bubbles, but let’s make them better. DIY is huge right now and I imagine if you are planning a wedding, you are more than likely DIYing something right now. Here’s how you save money and make a memorable favor: make color bubbles! Sure, bubbles already have an iridescent hue, but why not make your own bubble soap inspired by your wedding colors. It’s easy too! Check out these recipes HERE.
Add food coloring or watercolor paint to water, or you can substitute water for a water-based dye. Of course, caution should be given to take care of clothing or fabric in the area as staining is possible.
You can get empty bottles HERE.
Again, candles are one of those things that people like, but you need to jazz them up a bit. You may be tempted to buy a bunch of tea lights or votives and throw them in some organza bags, but please refrain. Instead, elevate this modest favor by using tea light candles and wrap them with washi tape. Washi tape is to crafts what contouring is to make up. It really just adds a super fun, creative element and there are hundreds of patterns and colors to choose from. You can find them in any craft store or Amazon.
(Image from Utah Sweet Savings)
Now you can pair these little cuties with some personalized matches. Before you reach for the standard matchbook though, check this awesome update on match favors.
(Image from Favors and Flowers)
Aren’t they cute?! Something as simple as reshaping the container elevates and refines the once demure matchbook. Now instead of organza bags, try these instead:
(image from Weddingstar)
Now, if you go through the trouble of wrapping each candle and finding those adorable matches, don’t hide them behind all that fabric. Display your hard work in these clear favor boxes. Also, these boxes stack so nicely versus fabric bunches strewn across a table or in a basket.
Now that we have shown some much needed love to the classics we are used to, next time we’ll focus on some fresher ideas and trends from this generation!