Wedding favors are small gifts given to wedding guests as a thank you.



Favors are frequently personalized by the couple getting married. The item selected can be personal to the couple, or match the theme of the wedding. Alternatively, the favor could be monogrammed or otherwise personalized. Favors are a great way to make your wedding enormous.


  • Guests often enjoy edible favors! If you're worried about finding a favor choice that is truly "useful," then consider sending them home with a snack rather than a trinket. Some ideas include truffles, cookies, and even boxed up slices of your wedding cake.
  • It's always nice to distinguish your favor with your new monogram! After all, a favor is a reminder of your wedding that guests can take home with them. Add a tag with your names, wedding date, and a kind word of thanks! When purchasing personalized favors, try to wait until you have a fairly good idea of the number you will need; with a plain favor, it may be possible to pick up last-minute additional ones (or resell spares on eBay); not so if you need (or need to get rid of) something with your names and date engraved on them.
  • If you're stuck for ideas for favors, think about something that means a lot to you as a couple. Perhaps you drank a certain flavor of tea on your first date, or got engaged at a Bed and Breakfast that carried soaps/shampoos all in a Lavender Scent. A favor that is meaningful to the couple always makes for a truly personal gift, no matter how small..
  • If you are working within a budget but have your heart set on a particular idea, find a creative solution. For instance, some people might find small jars of honey (a la Mrs. Bee) to be too expensive to give to their guests, but you can find honey farms online that sell honey straws that are very inexpensive, and package a few of them creatively to create a nice gift.
  • Other budget tips to working with favors are to have them serve double-duty. Attach your escort cards to your favors and display the favors on the escort card table for guests to pick up, turn the favors into place settings, or arrange your favors into a centerpiece display that won't be taken down until the end of the reception.
  • Consider having two versions of your favor, so that couples don't end up with two of the exact same thing (if it's not something edible), or create one favor per couple to be shared between them.
  • If you have a lot of guests coming in from out of town, consider favors that have a local significance like bagels from New York, maple syrup from Vermont, or coffee from Seattle. Also make sure it will travel well for the return trip.
  • DIY'ing your favors can help keep costs down. A family cookie recipe for instance is an easy, inexpensive and personalized favor.
  • If you choose something special to the two of you, be sure to add a note explaining the significance. Some of your guests are anxious to know you better and this is a great way to share a little bit of trivia.
  • It's important to remember that providing favors is not necessary. Many couples have had wonderful weddings without them.
  • Wedding recipe book - You can collect recipes from all your close friends and family before the wedding and give guests a personalized recipe book at the wedding. You can add a custom design on the front page or add a special note before each recipe.

Charity Favors

Charity favors, in which the couple takes the money budgeted for favors and redirects it to one or more charitable organizations in honor of their guests, are becoming increasingly popular. The guest is often presented with a card announcing "a donation in your name has been made to (charity) as our thanks for sharing our day" or similar. Some of the largest charities are making it easier for couples to let their guests know, by offering table cards, bookmarks, or other ways to announce the gift.

One concern is that the charities reflect not only the bride and groom, but also the guests they are ostensibly honoring; to put it bluntly, no guest should feel that the "favor" is a slap in the face. For that reason, it's usually safest to choose non-controversial and apolitical charities, such as disease research or educational programs.

Within the realm of non-controversial and apolitical charities, however, there are endless choices that can still reflect the couple's interests. A family with a history of diabetes might appreciate gifts to the Diabetes Association or JDRF, while a couple addicted to World of Warcraft could choose Child's Play. Donating to smaller local charities your guests may not have heard of any other way can also give back to the community in a special way. is an excellent web site to help couples connect with a charity.

An interesting option is to allow guests to choose from or vote for several different charities. One method is to display, for example, bookmarks announcing gifts to one of two or three selected charities, and simply allow guests to choose whichever they prefer. The Lovebugs asked guests to vote for charities by tossing "pogs" into jars, and distributed the funds as their guests wished.

Two excellent websites for researching charities are Charity Navigator and Charity Watch.

Popular Favors

  • Many favors are centered around a theme or pun. These don't necessarily need to be found throughout the wedding, but can be. For instance, "The perfect pair" favors feature a pear-related favor, such as a soap or candle. "A perfect match" or "A match made in heaven" could be used with a personalized box of matches or candle. "A recipe for love" could be the tagline for a heart-shaped cookie cutter with a cookie recipe or bag of pre-mixed dry cookie ingredients attached. "Love is brewing" can be attached to teabags or small coffee bags. Other of these wedding-related puns can be found online.
  • Jordan almonds are a traditional candy favor. The almond is considered to be bitter while the sugar coating is sweet, representing the "bittersweet" state of marriage. In Italian tradition, five almonds are given to each guest, one each to represent health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and long life. In Greece, the almonds are given out in odd numbers, because odd numbers are indivisible, so the couple will share everything and remain undivided. It is thought that if an unmarried woman puts her almonds under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband. And in some Middle Eastern cultures, candy-coated almonds are considered an aphrodisiac.

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