40 Wedding Favor Ideas To Make Your Guests Smile

From koozies to succulents, infused oil to hand sanitizer, there are a lot of wedding favors to consider when selecting for your big day. With that in mind, we’ve compiled the best wedding favors, to take the guesswork out of gifts for your guests.

By Rachel Varina

Best Wedding Favors
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  • If you’re looking for favors that your guests will find useful, consider luggage tags, bottle openers, or personalized flip flops.

  • Yummy treats are great favor options, so consider sending your guests home with doughnuts, coffee beans, honey, or hot sauce.

  • Fun wedding favors like dog treats, playing cards, or scratch-off lottery tickets will make guests feel celebratory long after the “I dos”.

When it comes time to select favors for your wedding, there are a lot of options to consider for your wedding guests. Whether you’re having an outdoor wedding or looking to keep things eco-friendly, you want something that will leave your guests happy and talking about your event for years to come.

To find the most unique wedding favor ideas for your wedding day, you have to think outside the normal party favor box. It could be based on your wedding color, go along with the wedding theme, or could even be an edible wedding favor. If you’re after the best wedding favor ideas for your event, we’re outlining our favorite options that are sure to make your guests feel special and included on the big day.

What are Wedding Favors?

A wedding favor is a gift typically given at a wedding as a token of appreciation for guests, from the newlyweds. Your loved ones are partaking in your wedding celebration in order to show you love and support you as a couple. Thank them by providing them with a small favor. These can be handed out at your ceremony or reception, as well as presented on their own special table.

Favors Recipients Will Use

1. Luggage Tags

If you’re having a destination wedding, a luggage tag is a cute way to tie in the traveling concept. Have the tags personalized with your favorite quote about adventure, and then place them on guests’ place settings to liven up the tablescape. A luggage tag is the perfect wedding favor for fellow travel lovers.

2. Bottle Openers

Wondering how your guests are going to open their favorite Champagne or Champagne alternative bottle? Whether you choose a custom bottle opener with your wedding date or you opt for something more versatile, such as these antique-style keys, you can rest assured that your pals will use these favors for years to come. It can also be an ode to the great open bar wedding that you threw. These are great personalized wedding favors that can be used even after the wedding reception.

3. Personalized Flip Flops

Are you celebrating on the beach, or planning to have a major dance party at your wedding? Flip flops printed with your wedding date or a fun quote are a great way to ensure that everyone feels comfortable showing off their best moves and traipsing through the sand.

Keepsake Wedding Favors

4. Magnets or Ornaments

Lots of people use weddings as a chance to explore and vacation, so gift them something to remember their trip by. Personalized magnets or Christmas ornaments (especially if you’re having a winter wedding) with the date and location of the event is a wonderful way for guests to remember the trip as the years go by.

5. Personalized Koozies

Koozies are one of the most popular modern wedding favors, and for good reason. Not only are these keepsakes a great way to remember the party, but they’re easy to store (just toss them in your bar area or random kitchen drawer). Plus, they’ll keep guests’ drinks cold throughout the night, no matter how hot the party gets.

6. Custom Handkerchiefs

Take things back to the way of old-timey charm and tradition by gifting your guests custom handkerchiefs. Select choices in your wedding colors or opt for featuring a fun quote, and be sure to have your date sewn into the side for a timeless favor that your guests will cherish.

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Fun Wedding Favors

7. Dog Treats

If you’re looking for ways to incorporate your furry family members into your big day, doggie treats are an adorable way for like-minded guests to pull their pups into the fun. Set up a dog treat station where guests can make grab bags full of treats for their waiting pups at home. Don’t forget to plop a photo of your pets in the center.

8. Personalized Playing Cards

Couples who love game nights and crave competition can’t beat personalized playing cards. You can include details such as wedding colors and your date, or even pick different photos (such as each other or your pets) for the face cards. Place them on each setting for guests to look through and take home after the festivities.

9. Scratch Off Tickets

Take the whole “richer or poorer” concept to a whole other level with scratch-off favors. Put a ticket in a cute bag or card on each guest’s place setting for them to scratch at your wedding. Who knows, maybe someone will win big, making the day even luckier.

Whether you’re looking for wedding favors that make guests comfortable at your outdoor wedding, honor your desire to be eco-friendly or showcase your fun-loving bond, there’s something for every couple that will help their guests celebrate their love long after the day is done.

Eco-Friendly Favors

10. Succulents

If you dream of gifting your guest a living plant, succulents are a perfect choice. Not only are they timeless-yet-trendy, but since they don’t require much water, they’re great for everyone, no matter how skilled they are (or aren’t) attending plants. Plus, they’re a cute addition to place settings to liven up your tables.

11. Reusable Water Bottles

Reusable water bottles are always a great gift choice, so opting to personalize some for your wedding guests is a great way to be eco-friendly and to ensure that everyone stays hydrated. Select styles in your wedding colors, or incorporate your date as an added and memorable touch. These personalized wedding favors are sustainable and can be a fun addition to wedding planning.

12. Herb or Flower Seeds

Seed packets—whether they’re herbs, flowers, or veggies—are adorable and budget-friendly favors that are perfect for outdoor or nature-centric weddings. Make sure to include instructions on the packet (such as how much sunlight and water the seeds need) so that your guests can continue to celebrate your blooming love.

Outdoor Wedding Favors

13. Parasols

If you’re having an outdoor wedding during the hours that the sun is shining, there’s a good chance that guests might feel the heat or have the light in their eyes. Paper parasols are a charming way to ward off the rays, and they will make the outdoor ceremony much more comfortable for guests sitting in the sun.

14. Reef-Safe Sunscreen or Lip Balm

Tropical destination weddings mean beautiful scenery and oasis-like vibes, but it also poses a risk of sunburn, especially if the event is taking place during the day. Consider getting personalized sunscreens or lip balms for your guests to use during the event and take home after. If you’re feeling eco-friendly, reef-safe options are great because the ingredients don’t harm marine life.

15. Personalized Fans

Another wonderful way to beat the heat at outdoor weddings is to gift guests hand fans as a wedding favor. Whether you opt for paper, wood, or fabric, make sure to have your wedding date etched on the handle for a stylish and useful outdoor wedding favor.

Edible Favors

16. After (or Before) Dinner Doughnuts

Doughnut walls are always a popular choice for wedding decor, but if you want something a little more personalized (and COVID-19 friendly), consider using doughnuts as a favor. Place a doughnut in a personalized bag on each place setting, or have a waiter hand them out to guests as they’re leaving as a sweet treat for your friends and family to enjoy.

17. Your Favorite Coffee

If you and you are SO are major coffee fans, consider leaning into your caffeine addiction by gifting your guests your favorite beans. Purchase some personalized bags or pouches and add some ground coffee to each for the perfect post-wedding pick-me-up.

18. Honey or Hot Sauce

While you might not think of pantry stables as favors, they make adorable (and usable) gifts that your guests will love. If you’re a fan of spicy food, gift each guest a mini hot sauce bottle with a fun tag. If you’re having an outdoor or flower-heavy celebration, mini jars of honey are a sweet way to help guests continue the celebration after the big day.

COVID-19 Wedding Favors

19. Custom Hand Sanitizer

Staying germ-free is one of the most important ways to celebrate a wedding in 2020, so make things easy by ensuring that all of your guests have their hand sanitizer. Get a plastic or roller bottles personalized so that your guests can remember the celebration fondly while staying healthy after the big day.

20. Individual Treat Bags

Individual, pre-packaged treats (such as candy, cookies, or even caramel apples), are a delicious option for spoiling your guests without requiring multiple trips to a shared sweets table. Get bags or boxes personalized with your wedding date and your favorite quote, and then fill them with goodies and place them at each guest’s seat to be munched on throughout the evening (or taken home to enjoy after the celebration is over).

Best Favors to DIY

21. Custom Candles

Making your candles is a fun, sustainable, and unique way to help your guests remember your special day. Once you get the hang of melting the wax and pouring it into your choice of the canister, the options for personalization are endless. Consider making the favors as a date night activity with your SO, and add flowers, fragrance, glitter, or colors to make the gifts as unique and special as the bond that you both share is.

22. Infused Olive Oil

If you’re a culinary couple or just major foodies, infused olive oil is an adorable and delicious favor that your guests will love. Snag some cute bottles and corks, drop some herbs into each one (rosemary is the most popular, but thyme, oregano, sage, or even chili flakes make great choices), and fill with oil. Consider gifting with a recipe or small loaf of warm bread for guests to use later.

23. Hot Cocoa Kit

Custom hot cocoa kits are cute gifts for guests, and they’re perfect for cool-weather weddings. Order some personalized mason jars and layer them with cocoa mix and mini-marshmallows. Don’t forget to add a tag with serving information so that your guests can enjoy their favors when they need something extra sweet.

24. Something With Sound

To add some extra fun on the dance floor, provide your guests with a small instrument or noise-maker of some sort. Consider small tambourines or shakers with your names or the date hand-painted on them, to start. This creative wedding favor is sure to be used and loved by all guests—just make sure you don't choose something that can get annoying fast.

25. Florals

Sure, you'll have flowers all around your wedding space, but have you considered giving your guests some florals of their own? Create small paper cones out of colored paper, sheet music, or book pages, then fill them with pretty petals or smaller blooms. Your loved ones will enjoy bringing a beautiful piece of your wedding home with them.

Store-bought Favors

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26. Matches

Matchboxes are a cute and useful gift that guests are sure to grab on the way out of your celebration. While you can find plenty of customizable online versions, you can also opt for store-bought packs that are just as pretty and affordable.

27. Playing Cards

Classic and playful, playing cards are an unexpected and unique wedding favor. For added personalization, include a small handwrite or printed note that has instructions to your favorite card game.

28. Small Photo Frames

You can do a lot with mini picture frames. Leave them empty for guests to fill themselves or fill each with a handwritten note from you to them. Go for frames that fit your wedding's look, while also being neutral enough to fit in most of your loved one's homes. We recommend sleek frames in colors like white, black, and beige.

29. Mini Soap Bars

Sweet-smelling and beautifully packaged soaps are guaranteed to delight guests. Not only are they incredibly usable, but look great sitting atop your wedding gifts table. Keep them in their packaging if you like the design, or wrap each in clear plastic wrap secured with ribbon.

30. Shot Glasses

While shot glasses are most often given as bachelorette and even bridal shower favors, we're partial to them being wedding favors, too. They're small, affordable in packs, and serve as fun mementos of your special day.

31. Coasters

Coasters provide a surprising amount of options. For one, you can set an individual coaster at every guests' seat so that this wedding favor can be used immediately. On the other hand, if budget allows, you can decide to gift stacked packs wrapped in ribbon or in their original packaging.

32. Bottle Stoppers

We've covered bottle openers, now let's talk bottle stoppers. While guests may have one of the prior at home already, it's more likely they're in need of the latter. Check your local stores or online for stoppers with wedding-appropriate shapes, such as hearts.

33. Wine Glasses

Who doesn't love acquiring a lovely wine glass? Present these on a table near your buffet or wedding cake so guests can pick one up after they've collected some food. For extra presentation, tie a pretty ribbon bow at the bottom of each stem.

34. Kissing Bells

Small bells are a beautiful choice of wedding favors. Used as kissing bells, they can be rung to signal the newlyweds to kiss. They can also be handed out at the end of the night and rang during your big exit. For an earlier appearance, one can serve as a nice placecard holder.

35. Disposable Cameras

Possibly the most popular favor of the thing, disposable cameras are popping up at plenty of wedding receptions. Supply each of your guests with one at their seat so that they can get theirs and begin snapping away ASAP.

36. Bubble Wands

If you're hosting a day or evening wedding, consider purchasing bubble packs for favors. Guests won't be able to resist opening them up and creating a pretty and playful scene. Plus, they can be used during your big exit for a whimsical escape.

37. Swing-Top Glass Bottles

Swing-top bottles work seamlessly with farmhouse and cottagecore weddings. What's more, you can fill them with anything you like, from juice, to alcoholic drinks, to champagne. Then, once emptied, they can be reused by guests for just about anything.

38. Notepads

Beautifully designed notepads make for nice wedding gifts you can set beside your guest book. Opt for one or various styles that fit the aesthetic of your wedding. If you like, you can also gift a sleek or pretty pen with each pad.

39. Mints

Going into a night of eating, drinking, mingling, and dancing, you and your guests are sure to appreciate a nice pack of mints. Metal tins add to a nice cottagecore or barn aesthetic, while their contents ensure everyone has delightful breath. Even better, they can easily stash their individual packs in their purses and pockets.

40. To-Go Drink

Guests will enjoy grabbing a cute to-go drink on their way out of your reception. Think canned wines and seltzers or bottled beers and ciders. This gift is perhaps the easiest to pick up from your local grocer or chain liquor store, as well as the easiest to set up.

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