Wedding favors are small tokens of thanks to give your guests on your wedding day. Chances are that they traveled from far distances and have put time and energy into making your big day extra special. It’s nice to thank them for that.
Depending on the size of your guest list and your budget, wedding favors can be as quaint or elaborate as you’d like. Many couples like to pick a wedding theme to inform everything from their venue, decor, menu, color palette, and, even, themed wedding favors, too.
Here are some themed wedding favors that we love.
Winter weddings are so festive, as guests are already in the celebratory mood between the holidays and New Year. Chances are that your decor and color palette will be rich with golds, forest greens, burgundies, and blues. Because guests will be looking to stay cozy and rosy, consider unique wedding favors that evoke comfort and warmth, such as mugs and hot chocolate ingredients, s’more kits, tin candles, personalized tree ornaments (which can double as table place settings), wedding matchboxes, plantable baby trees, and even maple syrup.
Lean into your natural surroundings with your beach wedding and incorporate themed favors. If you’re getting married under the sun, chances are that guests may get toasty. Give them all stylish paper fans to use during the ceremony, which they can keep as a nice memento. Other popular beach wedding themed favors include mini sunscreens, lip balm, “hangover kits”—which can include a water bottle, snack, and mints—handmade shell soaps, message in a bottle thank-you notes, and mini metal lanterns. However, it’s important to keep in mind that if your beach wedding is a destination wedding, you don’t want to give guests anything that they can’t easily take home in their suitcase. In those instances, think small and sweet favor ideas.
Nautical-themed weddings are typically held at waterfront venues, such as a yacht club, boat house, or on the lake. Popular nautical motifs include rope, seashells, a blue and white color palette, and anchors. Playing up these motifs, you can get creative with nautical wedding favors. Some ideas include blue matchboxes (maybe with an anchor print on them!), seashell table place settings that can be taken home by guests after dinner, wine charms with a nautical embellishment, and even anchor-themed bottle openers. If your wedding is in a town known for a local speciality, such as its saltwater taffy, place a bulk order from a nearby manufacturer. This not only supports local businesses, but it gives guests something unique to take home after celebrating your special day.
Guests will feel inspired to relax and have some fun at a rustic-themed wedding. Wooden decor, string lights, and indoor-outdoor venues, such as a barn, all evoke a casual, yet special mood. Some ideas for rustic-themed wedding favors include personalized wooden wine charms, such as these ones on Etsy, handmade soaps, lavender sachets, kraft paper envelopes with seeds (so guests can plant something at home), personalized paper treat bags, and wooden tealight holders.
And what would a rustic wedding be without jars? Mason jars, or any other variety, are multi purposeful: they’re ideal as decor, from holding flowers or tealights, and they’re perfect for wedding favors. Jars are ideal for jams, granola, seeds, or dried fruit wedding favors. If you have a signature craft cocktail at your wedding, you may opt for sending guests home with a mason jar and the ingredients—complete with a paper straw—to make on their own.
Garden weddings are fantastic options for spring and summer nuptials. Because receptions are often outside or under tents, wedding decor tends to reflect nature. Think flowers, greenery, and romantic lights. Wedding favors for garden-themed affairs should evoke the same aesthetic as your big day. Give guests something to freshen up with, especially after a long night of dinner and dancing, with garden-printed mint tins, hand sanitizers, burlap sachets with seeds for planting, and air plants in glass hangers or succulents. Garden party = green.
Succulents or floral arrangements—ie. repurposing flowers from your wedding into small bouquets for guests—make perfect favors for a boho themed wedding. Wellness wedding themes are also ideal for boho affairs, which include bath salts, essential oils, gratitude journals, and face scrubs. Edible wedding favors, such as dried fruits and nuts, honey, loose leaf teas and granola, will keep guests satisfied long after dinner and dessert.
Favors that match your wedding theme are a great way to thank guests for celebrating your nuptials with you. Between drinks, dinner, and late-night desserts, your loved ones will have plenty of goodness the night-of. Help them fuel that feeling a little longer with a thank-you gift—one that will make them think of you whenever they use it.