By Ray Miller
Looking for unique favors to present guests at your fall wedding reception? Grab your wedding planner and relax for a minute as we take a look at 7 practical, and affordable, fall favor ideas.
Finding the perfect favors to convey your sincere gratitude towards family and friends for attending your fall wedding can be overwhelming. You want your favors to be unique and useful. Never fear, we have 7 fall wedding favor ideas to jump-start the creative side of your brain and buffer your budget.
Votive Candles - Votive candles decorated with leaf-shaped designs or silhouettes, cinnamon sticks, and raffia will add the magic of fall to your reception tables. Candles can be lit during the reception to add the romantic atmosphere of candle light. They can also be presented in organza bags and place on the tables or in gift bags for family and friends to take home. You can create your own unique votive favors with supplies from your local craft store. For those who don’t have the time to create their own candles, many attractive, pre-packaged candle favors are available through your local bridal shop or at many online favor retailers.
Drink Coasters - Drink coasters make fantastic thank you favors that are both decorative and functional. Autumn-themed drink coasters have become popular favors for many fall party events. The reason why is simple, many favors are used only once. Edible favors are consumed either during the reception or party or afterwards at home. Some favors will be stored in a curio cabinet or in a keepsake box. Coasters, on the other hand, can be used all year long, either for daily use or for social gatherings in one’s home. Imagine the delight of family and friends as they discover a set of coasters at their table setting.
Key Chains - Another useful favor that serves a purpose is the key chain. A gold-tone key ring and chain attached to oak leaf charms will accent your fall table decorations and provide an affordable, functional favor recipients can use every day.
Bookmarks - Say thank you to guests for celebrating your special day and promote good reading habits with fall-themed bookmark favors. Leaf-shaped bookmarks will remind family and friends of your special day every time they open their current novel, book, or magazine.
Place Card Photo Frames - Here is a dual-purpose favor that is always a winner. Place card frames can be used in two ways at your reception or party. Set a frame at each table seat with a place card displaying the table number or name of each guest. If you are not using place cards to seat your guests you can insert a picture of the bride and groom into each frame. After the reception, guests will take their frames home to display your picture, or any picture, on their desk, end table, or buffet.
Salt & Pepper Shakers - Think back to the last wedding reception you attended. I’ll bet you didn’t see salt and pepper shaker favors at your table setting. Here we have another unique favor idea that is functional and will accent your fall wedding table decorations. Miniature salt and pepper shakers, shaped like apples, pears, or even peas represent the shapes and colors of fall.
Favor Boxes - Favor boxes are included in my list of fall wedding favors for one reason - you can’t go wrong with treasures hidden in tiny decorated boxes. How many weddings have you attended to discover a beautiful little favor box on or above your dinner plate. How long did it take before you broke down and opened it....30 seconds, 90 seconds? Today’s favor boxes are available in a plethora of shapes, sizes and colors. All you have to do is decide what to put inside of them. So, if you are going in circles trying to decide what to give as thank favors at your wedding, you can always go with the tried and true tradition of favor boxes filled with anything from truffles to lottery tickets.
Now that you have 7 practical and affordable ideas for fall wedding favors
, all you need to do is decide which option will best suit your needs. Discuss your ideas with your wedding coordinator or close family and friends. Decide what favors you want to present to your guests and order your supplies early. Having your wedding favors in hand and ready to place on tables or in gift bags will help prevent unnecessary stress as your wedding day draws near.