For the plant lovers of the world, finding favors that your guests will also adore is easier than it sounds. From succulents and seedlings to flower crowns and elegant sachets, there are plenty of ways to repurpose blooms and incorporate greenery into your wedding day gifts. Plus, it’s an eco-friendly way to celebrate your big day! Below are some of our favorite ideas that work with many different budgets and styles.
Whether you’re an avid gardener or simply a fan of pretty blooms, seed packets are a great wedding favor that can live on even after your special day has passed. Consider common fresh herbs that are easy to grow, like basil, rosemary, and parsley, or if you’re channeling a more bohemian vibe, go for a wildflower mix. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even get a personalized seed packet with your name or wedding date.
For creative types, pressed flowers are a great way to go. While giving them in a simple glass frame (for example, a pressed rosette) is an elegant option, notepads and bookmarks with pressed floral accents make lovely, versatile favors as well.
Small bundles of dried florals are another great keepsake that also last a while. You can even incorporate dried blooms into your seating cards and guest book to make it cohesive.
Though they’ve definitely grown in popularity over the years, we never tire of these dainty little plants. Whether you choose to incorporate potted succulents in your decor or simply have a table arrangement with a sweet message (“Let love grow!”), these wedding favors are full of charm that your guests will appreciate.
If you like the look of succulent wedding favors but need them to travel well, consider air plants, which need very little light and zero soil—making them a great low-maintenance option for out-of-town guests.
If you’re a fan of edible favors, tea bags are a great (though less traditional) way to incorporate plants into your wedding favors. Consider purchasing some of your favorite tea in bulk and filling small burlap bags or dainty jars for each guest. Having a “tea bar” by the exit where people can create their own mix is always a fun alternative. If you’ve got a more expansive budget, customized tea bags or personal labels are always fun
If you’re a plant lover who’s still trying to find creative ways to incorporate them into your big day, saplings are a great choice for favors. Evergreen varieties such as spruce and pine make great options, as well as olive trees for warmer climates. Consider places like the Greenworld Project to purchase them in bulk. Or look to an online retailer like Etsy if you’re hoping for sweet, customized labels labels.
Another less obvious option for plant wedding favors is lavender. Whether you tie dried bundles together or have sachets for your guests to take home, there are many different ways you can package these fragrant blooms. If you’re the crafty type, homemade soap and candles infused with lavender are both great alternatives that are a little more extravagant.
Though they might not be actual “flowers” per se, floral illustrations are a beautiful way to commemorate your big day. You could either purchase some small prints from one of your favorite artists or have someone do a custom illustration of your actual wedding flowers in advance. If you want to go all out, you can even have a live illustrator at your event sketching your florals in real time.
You don’t have to be celebrating Midsummer to appreciate a beautiful flower crown. If you’re hosting a more intimate gathering, having your florist create simple floral crowns for your guests to wear and take home is a beautiful way to incorporate additional florals into your big day and repurpose them as favors. Some simple eucalyptus with a few scattered blooms makes a lovely, minimalist accessory. Note that these might be on the pricier end, so purchasing some wholesale flowers and assembling them with your wedding party is always an option.
Potpourri is made from dried floral petals, herbs, and spices—and they’re one of the more fragrant wedding guest gift ideas you might use as a favor. If you can, incorporate a scent or flower that might remind guests of your wedding—and add custom favor tags that list all the different fragrances.
Whatever flowers you’re featuring in your wedding flowers or wedding decor, consider sending home with your guests! While you can’t send every guest home with a bouquet or one of your centerpieces, you can offer a single bloom of your signature flower as a wedding favor. (For example, if peonies were the focal point of your wedding flowers, you could give each guest a peony on their way out.)
If you’re worried your wedding guests don’t exactly have a green thumb, an all-in-on grow kit can be a great way to give them everything they need to get started—including a pot, seeds, and soil.
Extending an olive branch is typically used to end a disagreement. And while you (hopefully!) don’t have to mend any fences with your wedding guests, olive branches are actually quite beautiful—and can make great party gifts for a wedding.
If traditional favors don’t feel like the right fit for your big day, there are wedding favor alternatives! For example, in lieu of a traditional plant wedding favor for your guests, you might consider planting a tree in their honor or making a donation to a plant-focused organization.
Don’t get tricked into thinking that your budget or busy schedule prevents you from providing some beautiful favors for your guests. When it comes to plant party favors, your options are abundant, and your guests are sure to love them no matter what you choose. So get creative and embrace your green thumb.