The practice of giving wedding favors to guests date back to 16th century England where it was reportedly common for newly married couples to give love knots made out of ribbon and lace to all their guests. The tradition has carried on throughout the years with the bride and groom placing trinkets signifying their love at the wedding guests’ reception place settings. These ‘trinkets’ have come in all sizes, themes, and various costs depending on the couple’s choice.
Couples will often buy small ready made gifts for their guests but many times the bride will choose to show her creative side by wanting to make the wedding favors herself. It is not uncommon for the bride and her bridesmaids to plan an evening (or many) to work on their ‘Do-It-Yourself’ favors for all to admire and appreciate at the reception. Some DIY favors can be quite time consuming depending on how extravegant in detail and how many guests will be on the receiving end. Keeping these key features in mind might save you last minute anguish so it is smart to begin your projects early.
Throughout my bridal show travels and attendance at various weddings over the years I have come across some great DIY Wedding Favor ideas and thought I’d share some of my favourites.
- Mason Preserve Jars with DIY Cross Stitch Heart Top. Always a treat as a guest to receive a jar of preserves with a handcrafted topper!
- I have always appreciated receiving plant wedding favors. Pick a small plant/flower of your choice and wrap in burlap & lace as seen below or use fabric with the colours of your wedding.
- I remember receiving a caramel apple as a wedding favor as both the bride and groom were teachers. It was so cute and delicious! Red candy apples at table settings at black, white and red weddings look amazing!
- Cupcakes expertly decorated with details of flowers, hearts and lace will always ‘wow’ the guests! If you haven’t perfected your cake decorating skills, no worries! Purchase the cupcakes and add your personal touch by placing in a pretty tea cup on a paper lace doily.
- Recently I was taken by a couple’s wedding favor where they added a beautiful ribbon to a mini white lantern and inserted a battery-powered votive to be glowing throughout the reception at each place setting. What a beautiful overall look in the dimly lit room! I continue to use and admire it.
There are so many options when considering having favors at your wedding. What you end up choosing will likely depend on how they will add to the overall look you are going for when guests enter the reception, cost, time required to have them ready, amount of assistance you will need and have, availability etc.
We at Eventastic hope you enjoy your journey in choosing the favors best suited for you and your wedding. For more great wedding favor ideas check out our Wedding Favors Pinterest Board.
We probably all know the movie “Bridesmaids” and have had many laughs over the girls and their differences. It’s a reality that brides, when choosing her bridesmaids, will not pick a group of girls that have all chummed together and know each other well. The bride has chosen various people to be in her wedding party that have a special place in her heart and life. While the goal is not that all those chosen become besties, it is a lot less stressful when they can all get along, ‘celebrate’ their differences, and join together to create fun and memorable experiences not only for the wedding day but also any pre-wedding parties.
It can be especially helpful for the bride to coordinate times for her bridesmaids to be together prior to the wedding. Not only does this help them to get to know each other, it allows them the opportunity to exchange phone numbers and any information that subsequently may help in possibly planning any pre-wedding events together. Each bridesmaid will have special characteristics and possibly talents that will be very helpful in preparing for the big day and while the bride may already know each one’s traits, it will be good for her attendants to learn this too. There are many ways of bringing everyone together for an afternoon or evening of fun and ‘bonding time’. You obviously won’t want to plan things on a weekly basis as you don’t want to ‘over do it’ and coordinating schedules can be a challenge but we thought we would give some ideas you could consider between your engagement and wedding day.
Bridesmaid Bonding Ideas
- Dress Shopping – Have an idea of style and colour prior to your excursion.
- Movie Night – Whether in or out at the movies; popcorn, drinks & laughs are always welcome.
- Wedding Website Session – Whether helping to establish it or not it is important that they know all the features so as to tell other friends, family & guests how to maneuver around the site and get all the information.
- Wedding Favour Time – Are you thinking a DIY guest favour? This is a great reason to get assistance & input!
- Cookie Exchange – Everyone loves getting a dozen cookies. Picking a theme makes it even more fun.
- Bachelorette Party – Classically involves dressing up and doing some bar hopping creating stories and memories with every stop.
- Spa Day – Manicures, pedicures, facials etc. all help everyone relax and feel good. (Do it at home or some places allow you to bring in a bottle of wine!)
- Wine and Cheese Party – Discuss wedding preparations, progress or to plan and coordinate a pre-wedding party like a ‘Stag and Doe’ or ‘Shower’ and decide on dates and who does what.
- Cooking Class Evening – Coordinate a night where everyone can get together to learn to cook a special dish.
- Special Occasion Get together – Like filling Easter baskets together, or decorating Victoria Day cookies, or having a beach day etc.
It is the bride’s worst nightmare to have bridesmaids that are difficult and the last thing the bride has time for is to play mediator between all involved. Hopefully those chosen for this special role in the wedding will do their best to make themselves available for times together and learn to appreciate any differences that arise. These are opportunities to make more memories, have fun times together prior to the big day and possibly build new friendships. Have fun! You can even do your ‘Bonding Day’ invite on your Eventastic Weddings themed website and send to all the bridesmaids!
You’re down to the wire. Most everything is planned, ordered, fitted and confirmed. Wedding favor ideas and choices have probably come in to the mix somewhere in the previous weeks for the wedding reception and considering that the nuptials are occurring in the ‘Month of Love’ you may have chosen a theme having touches of red or hearts.
Often you may have additional pre-wedding evenings, parties, events, family & friend dinners etc. planned closer to your wedding date where you’d like to express your thanks to all in a small way as they leave the occasion. Keeping with the Valentine’s theme we’ve found some great inexpensive ways for you to share your love and thanks with a small yet memorable momentum. You may choose to give a small gift to each person or one per couple.
These adorable red velvet cupcakes individually wrapped in a cellophane bag (found at any craft store) would certainly be an appreciated treat. They can be easily made with a gluten free cake recipe and red colouring for any guests with gluten intolerances. Consider placing the cupcake on a tiny coloured paper plate to avoid smudging and tie off the bag with red ribbon for an added touch.
2. Deco Candy Apple!
Everyone seems to love a candy apple whether it be with the traditional red candy coating or be one of the super-deluxe gourmet ones you now see covered in chocolate and caramel. Add some of your creative pizazz to the stick with a red rose – like the picture, a small thank you tag or a simple red ribbon.
3. Charm Them!
If it’s a girls evening you could consider a small charm for those attending. Many girls already have charm bracelets for the little momentum but if not the charm could easily be put on a chain or chord. It’s a simple yet meaningful way of having them remember your evening together before the wedding.
4. Functional & Themed!
If planning an occasion for both ladies and guys you may wish to consider what traditionally has been considered a ‘guy gift’ that both he and she will find useful. This one not only has the red colour we were hoping to have but also a tiny red heart commemorating the love your share.
It’s a lovely touch to end a special evening prior to the wedding with a little gift. It doesn’t have to be big and extravagant. Just a token to let your guests know how much you appreciate their love, friendship and support just before the wedding.
Have a great day from Eventastic!