by Allison Bergstedt
The type of gifts you choose for your wedding guests will directly represent your personality and the overall atmosphere of your wedding day. It is important to show guests how grateful you are to them for sharing in your special day. Choosing the right wedding guest gifts
will go a long way in helping convey that message. There are hundreds of different wedding favors to consider when choosing your guest gifts. How do you make the right decision? To help you with your search for the perfect guest gifts, we’ve listed the most popular wedding favor gift ideas including everything from themed gifts to charitable donations.
When choosing the right wedding favors for your guests, keep in mind that you will want to coordinate your gift with the style of your wedding. If you are having a summer wedding, it does not make sense to give your guests packets of hot cocoa. However, hand fan favors would be perfectly at home for an outdoor wedding to quell the summer heat. An easy way to tie your favors into your wedding is through your wedding colors. Add a colored ribbon or favor tag to your gifts to keep with your color scheme. Almost all wedding favors are coordinated in some way to tie into the wedding whether through your wedding colors or through wedding theme.
The most popular of themed weddings are ones that you wouldn't initially think of as being themed. Those are seasonal weddings. Weddings that are held in summer, fall, winter, or spring. Choosing a wedding favor that represents the time of year your wedding is being held is an easy way to thank guests and ensure your favors coordinate with your wedding. Different types of seasonal favors are items hand fans for summer weddings, flowers for spring, leaf shaped favors for fall, and snowflake shaped gifts for winter.
Other favors based on wedding themes that are increasing in popularity among brides and grooms are love bird themed favors, beach or nautical favors, fleur de lis favors, and regional/local favors for destination weddings. If you are hosting your wedding in Hawaii, give your guests real flower leis to represent the area. Cape Cod wedding? Consider handing out local collectibles like lighthouses or sailor knot inspired keepsakes.
Topping the charts among the most popular guest gift ideas are edible wedding favors. These delectable treats can include anything from homemade monogrammed cookies to a full dessert bar complete with buffet bags for guests to dish up their own sweet treats. When presenting your sweet treats to guests, be sure to vamp up the presentation by packaging your goodies in a see through cello gift bags tied with coordinating ribbon or in personalized favor boxes. Other edible favor ideas include chocolates such as personalized M&M’s and Hershey’s. Cupcakes are also a popular favor choice and are seen either presented at their own table or at each guest place setting. Homemade gifts like canned jams are also a great choice for rustic and country style weddings. Don’t be afraid to tie an edible favor into a wedding theme. For beach themed weddings, give guests a starfish shaped cookie to carry your theme. Having a fall wedding? Consider giving guests caramel or candy apples. Winter wedding? Hot cocoa mixes or pre-packaged S’more kits are an adorable gift idea.
Functional wedding favors are any type of guest gift that can be used again after your wedding day. Functional wedding favors are a great choice for couples looking for a gift that will spark memories of their special day year after year. Personalized beer can koozies are considered one of the most popular functional wedding favor choices among brides and grooms. Custom printed with your names and wedding date or a special thank you message, your guests will remember your big day every time they use their koozie favor. Other functional gifts like photo coasters, place card frames, bookmarks, bottle openers, and wine stoppers are great keepsake ideas your guests can take home with them to use later.
Your table centerpieces can often double as gifts for wedding guests
. To pull this off, simply let guests know to take home one of your table centerpieces in remembrance of your special day. Place a handwritten sign on each table or include a miniature version of your centerpieces at each guest place setting with a note instructing your guests to take a larger centerpiece home with them. This favor idea is often a favorite among guests. After all, who doesn’t love to receive a beautiful table centerpiece for free? Not only does this idea go over well with guests but it leaves little to do come clean up time and is perfect for couples with limited storage who don’t have room to store their table centerpieces after their wedding.
Last but definitely not least on our list of guest gift ideas is the charitable wedding favor. Instead of giving a physical gift to your guests, donate the money to your favorite charity. This idea is one that will truly have the most impact reaching hundreds of thousands of people who need it most. Most guests will be happy that the money that would normally have been spent on them is now going towards another important cause. Popular charities include American Red Cross. Be sure to include a sign at each table letting guests know that in lieu of favors, a donation has been made to “insert charity name”.
Whichever route you decide to take with your wedding guest gifts, don’t forget to add your own personal stamp to your wedding favors. Adding a personalized monogram or custom thank you message to your favors will help put the finishing touches on your gift presentation.