16 Wedding Favors Your Guests Actually Want

What’s the number one thing left on the table at the end of the night besides dirty drink glasses? Wedding favors! Though you put so much thought into your personalized wedding favors, sometimes you might end up with most of them left behind after your guests leave.

So step aside can koozies and pillow mints! The modern bride knows that guests deserve a little more than fresh breath for the next 14 seconds. Let’s give wedding guests some favors they’ll definitely want to take home at the end of the night.

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Why Wedding Favors?

Favors are not a new invention. They’ve been around for hundreds of years in some way or another. The first wedding favors were not much more than a sugar cube or something sweet, something of high value and thought to be healthy at the time, in a small decorated box. After this, almonds were given both to and from guests as a symbol of good luck and well wishes.

Modern wedding favors, whatever they may be, are more of a symbol of thanks to guest for attending the wedding. Whether generic, personalized, or handmade, special care should go into choosing and presenting your favors so that guests know how much you appreciate them!

Choosing Your Favors

With the unlimited options for wedding favors at your fingertips (thanks Google!), you’ll have no problem finding ones that will fit your budget. From personalized guitar picks for pennies a piece, to homemade cookies or jams, to bottles of wine for each guest, your favors can be perfectly tailored to fit you and your wedding.

Personalized Favors

Candy Favor bags - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

Personalized gift bags are a great way for guests to take advantage of a dessert, candy, or popcorn bar at your reception. You can also fill them ahead of the wedding with cookies, or have them at the ceremony with confetti, rose petals, or birdseed for tossing at the happy couple! Buy these cookie bags here.

Agate Place Cards - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

Your guests will be absolutely speechless when they see these place cards that double as paperweight favors! These come in several colors and each one is unique. See them here on Etsy.

Personalized Travel Bottle Opener - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

These bottle opener favors are sure to be a hit at a travel themed wedding! They’re not only a cute wedding favor, they’re also really practical- you can never have too many bottle openers! Buy these travel themed bottle openers here.

Tasty Treats

 Popcorn Wedding Favors - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

{Photo by Nikki Mills}

It’s no secret, I’m a huge popcorn fan! Incorporating your favorite foods or snacks as your favors is a great way to add a personal touch that your guest will definitely notice. Bonus points if you sneak in a clever pun!

Coffee Wedding Favors -  16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

{Photo by Purrington Photography}

If your guests party hard at your wedding (as they should), this favor will come in handy as soon as the next morning! Add just enough coffee beans for a cup or two to a satchel, mason jar, or paper bag and attach a personalized message to each. Great coffee puns include “Let Love Brew”, “Grounds for Celebration”, “The Perfect Blend”, and “Thanks for ‘Bean’ Here!”

Elegant Macaroon Wedding Favor - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

Looking for a tasty favor that’s simple yet classically elegant? Macaroons are your answer. Package them up with a bow, some bling, and a thank you tag for a treat your guests won’t soon forget.

Rosemary Olive Oil Wedding Favors -  16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

{Photo by Nato Welton}

If you prefer something that’s seldom seen in the word of wedding favors, try something like a bottle of fresh rosemary olive oil. Take advantage of local small businesses that specialize in gourmet food items to give your guests a taste of the city, whether it’s the city where you live or the city you’re getting married in.

Mini Champagne Bottle Wedding Favors -  16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

Bring out the red, white, or bubbly! Mini bottles of wine or champagne are sure to be a hit at your wedding. You can also tailor this to your location and theme by having mini bottles of tequila at a Mexican themed wedding, Bailey’s at a winter wedding (especially with a hot chocolate bar), or whiskey at a rustic wedding. DIY your own custom mini wine bottle labels here!

Homemade Favors

If you or your future spouse is known for making something really well (e.g. your grandma’s famous cookies, the family pickle recipe, a scented bar soap), your guests will love that you’d want to continue your tradition and make it for them.

If you’re still feeling the DIY bug and don’t know what to make, here are some great (and simple) homemade wedding favor ideas. Though not included in this list, great homemade favors also include packaged cookie mixes, CD’s (or flash drives) of romantic songs from your wedding playlist, sugar scrubs, and hangover kits for guests joining you for brunch the next morning.

Candle DIY Wedding Favors - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

Though this particular candle is from Favor Design Studio, you can make your own soy candle and finish it off with a personalized sticker.

Succulent Wedding Favors - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com    Wildflower Seeds Wedding Favors - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

{Photo by Simply Bloom Photography and Lara Kimmerer Photographer}

These whimsical favors are sure to delight your guests! Succulents are one of the biggest trends in weddings and home decor right now – its the best of both worlds! You can propagate succulents to create little ones like these and replant them with a little moss in a small container. Though seeds as favors aren’t really a homemade item, your guests can create a wildflower garden to remind them of your wedding. How romantic!

Jam Jar Wedding Favors - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

Some of my favorite gifts, whether wedding favors or otherwise, have always been homemade jams and jellies. Try using seasonal berries to create a delicious spread. Don’t be surprised when your guests ask for refills in a few weeks! (Jars of local honey packaged like this will also be a winner at your wedding!) Thank You Tag is from A Creative Destiny on Etsy.

Lace Wrapped Soap Wedding Favors - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

Yes, this gorgeous thing is soap wrapped in lace! You can buy the soap and just DIY the lace and thank you ribbon, or go full on DIY goddess and make the soap from scratch with your favorite scents or herbs.

Unexpected Favors

Blanket Wedding Favors - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

{Photo by Lovers of Love Photography}

A blanket is a great token of thought and appreciation to your guests, especially at a fall or winter wedding where the night is sure to get cold. Your guests can snuggle up with one of these at your reception and remind them that they can take them home too! (The same goes for parasols for a hot summer ceremony!)

DIY Pinecone Fire Starter Wedding Favors - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

One more warm idea! Your guests will want to go camping ASAP and make use of this adorable DIY pine cone fire starter. Instructions on how to make them can be found here.

Kids' Wedding Favors, Adopt a Monkey - 16 Favors Your Guests Actually Want on Early Ivy earlyivy.com

Don’t forget the kids! If you’re having a children’s table, consider opening up your own ‘adopt-a-critter’ agency for the night.  Not only will children be thrilled by getting a new stuffed animal, they’ll keep this memento of your special day for years to come.

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