Every bride and groom dreams of a wedding reception that guests will ooh and ahh over the minute they walk through the door. Choosing the right wedding favor for your guests will go a long way in making this dream come true. Your wedding favors are the time to say that heartfelt thank you to loved ones and to capture the atmosphere of your big day. For your winter wedding favors, make your vision a reality with these easy and unique ideas for your guest favors.
1) Carry your theme...
Is your winter wedding full of snowflakes and icy blue colors? Are you going for a more rustic theme with bare tree branches? You may have even opted for a holiday inspired theme. Whatever your style, be sure to carry your inspiration into your wedding favors. Wool mitten favors (shown left) are a unique way to mix blue wedding colors with the feeling of winter. Fill your mittens with candies and a special thank you note. Set a mitten at each guest place setting so your loved ones will see them when they arrive. If there is a fireplace at your reception hall, hang your mittens on the mantel for a holiday twist.
Other great winter ideas are items like pine tree saplings for guests to plant after your wedding, wrapped gifts placed beneath a tree (for holiday themed weddings), or ornament shaped place card holders which do double duty for couples who have assigned seating. Seat your guests and give them a favor they can display on their Christmas tree year after year in remembrance of your special day.
2) Bag o' Goodies...
Personalized gift bags tie into a winter wedding reception flawlessly and are an especially perfect treat for your out-of-town guests who have traveled from far away to share your big day with you. Fill your bags with special mementos and extras to say how much you appreciate them being there. Have each bag placed in your guest's hotel rooms so they have them when they check in. Put in goodies like cookies, hot cocoa mixes, itineraries, maps of the area, water bottles, sewing kits, and more. Personalize your bags to make them extra special for your friends and family. Add a special thank you message accented by winter snowflakes and other seasonal designs.
3) DIY Treats...
Nothing says from the heart more than an edible homemade treat. Whether you make them from scratch yourself or opt to have a bakery take on the heavy lifting, a homemade goodie will warm the hearts of guests. Great winter treats are items like hot cocoa mixes, gift wrapped cookie trays, Russian tea cakes (a.k.a. snowballs), and chocolate covered peppermint sticks. When making edible treats for guests, be sure to do your research on the ingredients included in your recipe. Find out how long your ingredients will hold and if they will freeze well. This way you will know how far in advance to start your baking. It is also best to leave out any extra ingredients associated with common food allergies like peanuts. Be sure to clearly write out your ingredients on a label for your loved ones.
Packaging is also key with DIY favors and is a great way to tie in your wedding colors and/or theme of your reception. Add personalized ribbon, snowflake shaped gift tags, extravagant bows, and holiday themed wrapping paper. Your guests will love your craftiness and thoughtful additions. (Image courtesy of ohhowposh.com)
To see other great winter favor ideas, check out our collection of winter wedding favors
and as always....Happy Planning!