Winter weddings have a magical kind of beauty. The contrast between the cold outside and the warm inside, bright flowers and white snow, and the joyful laughter and the silence of a winter wonderland. The wedding carries its warmth and beauty to the outside world through the love shared by the guests. Here are some favor ideas to help spread your winter wedding magic – even after it ends.
Food is an awesome favor for so many reasons. It’s delicious, it’s easy to make everyone happy, and you don’t have to worry about your guests throwing it away as soon as they walk out the door.
1. Chocolate-covered goodies: use winter colors here. Cranberries, cherries, and blueberries covered in white chocolate; white chocolate dyed red, blue, and green and coating your favorite treats – cookies, caramel, nuts, pretzels. The possibilities are endless, and it’s easy to make these a festive reminder of the winter wedding. Don’t forget the containers!
2. Hot chocolate/coffee + mugs: you have a few options with this one. Serve hot chocolate and coffee in travel mugs to your guests as they leave, or put homemade hot chocolate mix or coffee beans in a mug for them. You can include bags of marshmallows for the kids and mini liquor bottles for the adults. For a more unique hot chocolate mix, add in a little cinnamon, chili or cayenne powder, nutmeg, peppermint, sea salt, ginger, mint, star anise – there are so many different flavors you can add for a fun twist on classic hot chocolate.
3. Mead or mulled wine: did you know the term “honeymoon” comes from honey wine? Mead has been a part of weddings for centuries. At the end of the wedding, the bride and groom were given enough mead to last one month. “Honey” is for the main ingredient in the drink and “moon” is for the one-month time period. You can continue this tradition by sharing mead with your guests! Mead is actually fairly easy to make on your own, too, so you can make the favors even more personal by brewing it yourself and putting custom labels on the bottles. If you prefer dry and spicy over sweet when it comes to wine, mulled wine is a great option for a winter wedding as well. It’s sure to warm your guests up and is even easier to make at home than mead is!
If you prefer to give something your guests can use for a long time after your wedding, here are some fun suggestions:
4. Gloves/scarves: keep your guests warm and remembering your wedding all winter long. This is an especially great favor idea if you’re considering an outdoor send-off. And you can never have enough gloves!
6. Potpourri: send your guests home with a beautiful favor they can use to keep their house smelling nice. Use colors, scents, and flavors from your own winter wedding or check out this winter-scent potpourri recipe.
7. Mints: peppermint goes hand-in-hand with winter. Candy canes, peppermint-flavored hot chocolate, clearing stuffy noses, the list goes on and on. Get personalized mint tins for an easy, sweet, and personalized favor.
Maybe you’re looking for something more fun or decorative rather than useful.
8. Bells: create a mini-bouquet with winter greens and bells. You can use these as escort cards or as part of the bride and groom’s send-off as well! After the wedding, guests can use these bells as ornaments or Christmas trees or winter wreaths.
9. Dried bouquets: in the middle of winter, when most plants are dead and fresh bouquets can be expensive, bring some color into your guests’ homes with dried bouquets. Dried flowers stand up to the cold better but still smell great — and they can double as escort cards!
10. Homemade snow globes: these are so simple to make and so fun; your guests will love them. You can buy globe-shaped containers, but even something like a mason jar would work. All you really need is a container, a plastic figurine/focus piece (it could even be plastic letters to spell out words like “love” or “joy”), glitter, water (or baby oil, depending on the material of the rest of the components), and superglue.
Putting it together is crazy easy: if you want, glue down the focus piece to the bottom of the container. Once it’s dry, or if you want it to be loose, throw everything else in and glue the lid shut! Just like that, you have a fun, pretty gift everyone will love. If you’re inviting a lot of kids to your wedding and are looking for an activity for them, this would be a great one – it’s quick and easy, and if you have an adult do the water and glue, relatively tidy, too! Incorporate your winter wedding theme inside with colors or figures to help commemorate the night.