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Innovative Ideas for Wedding Favors


Choosing the wedding favors to hand out to your guests can be the most enjoyable part of planning a wedding. You get to be as innovative, crafty or fancy as you like. For example, if you have a substantial budget, you may choose to distribute gift certificates to a day at the spa. On the other hand, if you're looking to save money, you have an endless variety of do-it-yourself options. Here are some ideas for wedding favors to get you started:


Fruit pouches: These wedding favors are ideal for a garden wedding. Purchase miniature glassine bags and fill with any small fruit that is in season, such as cherries, blueberries or strawberries. For a personal touch, inscribe each bag with the name of the person to be seated at that place.


Cut flowers: Rather than leave your guests at each table to fight over the centerpiece, include a cut flower or two with each place setting. Keep the flowers fresh in little vials of water (available at florist shops).


Candles: An easy and relatively inexpensive wedding favor, candles make a pleasing gift for almost anyone and can easily be color coordinated with your reception décor. Interesting presentations include floating candles, and flower, fruit and leaf-shaped candles.


Tiered favor formation: These can serve as both a wedding reception centerpieces and wedding favors. Stack two or three cake stands in the center of each table (If you don't want to purchase the stands, ask your caterer to provide them). Wrap a small gift such as candied almonds for each guest in tulle and tie with long satin ribbons. Arrange the favors on the cake stands with the ribbons hanging down to mimic the look of a tiered wedding cake. See more Wedding Centerpiece Ideas.


Donations to your favorite charity: Perhaps the two of you have long since set up house together and have little need for additional newlywed gifts. Or maybe the two of you are just extremely charitable individuals. Either way presents the perfect opportunity donate a small sum to the charity or charities of your choice on behalf of each guest. Visit Charity Watch for candidates.


Rosemary for remembrance: Purchase tiny terra cotta pots - about 2 inched in diameter - and fill with potting soil. Then plant a sprig of rosemary in each one.


Personalized CD: This is perfect for any couple that is passionate about music. Make a list of your favorite songs and then burn them onto a CD.


Traditional Ideas for Wedding Favors: If you prefer gifts that are a little more traditional, sachets, decorative boxes of candy and fancy soaps all make lovely parting gifts that your guests will surely appreciate.

Find more reception decor ideas by reading Unique Decorating Tips to Personalize Your Wedding.


Got an innovative or inexpensive wedding favor idea to share? E-mail



Top 5 Planning Tips

1. Get a dedicated credit card for all of your wedding expenses so that you can dispute the charge if a deal falls though.

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3. Get the best deal on airfare, hotel and rental cars for your honeymoon through any travel site of your choice.

4. Create your own web page at with information about your wedding date, location, gift registries, and hotels for out-of-town guests.

5. If you plan to take your spouse's name, get a Name Change Kit to ensure you cover everything.

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