For marriage favors, personalize, localize, do it yourself

February 25, 2018 - photo frame

Melissa Rayworth

Associated Press

Once, a tiny gifts that couples gave out to marriage guest were as elegantly predicted as only about any other aspect of a normal wedding. A tiny blossom vase printed with a happy couple’s names, perhaps. Or a small faux-Lenox design support stamped with a date.

Somewhere along a way, couples and marriage planners took a opposite approach. They figured out that frail trinkets like these were mostly taken home and ignored, or, worse, left behind during a reception.

Happily, as with so most complicated marriage planning, favors have gotten a whole lot some-more personalized, artistic and, in some cases, delicious.


Couples who opt to give guest favors are seeking something that distinguishes their marriage from others, though is comparatively inexpensive, says Lauren Kay, emissary editor of a marriage website The Knot’s 2016 consult found that of a 78 percent of couples giving favors to their guests, a normal investment ranged between $2 and $5 per guest, depending on a series of guest and a budget.

“What can we unequivocally get for $2 or $3 that people are unequivocally going to wish to hang on to and that will unequivocally paint you?” asks Kay.

The answer for many couples is artistic personalization: a present that helps tell their story.

Journalists Caitlin Kelly and Jose Lopez combined a noted preference for their 2011 wedding: Knowing that their colleagues mostly value press passes from vital events, they designed authentic-looking, laminated press passes for their reception. Guests could wear these tongue-in-cheek, all-access passes on lanyards via a event, and take them home as mementos.


If your guest have trafficked to strech a marriage destination, your present to them competence be watchful during their hotel. “Welcome bags” customarily offer a brew of unsentimental things (cheese and crackers for a room, for example, and maybe H2O and a parcel of Advil for a morning after) and fun equipment designed to prominence something about a integrate or location.

Pittsburgh-based marriage planner Natasha Brody of Hello Productions has designed postcards with a distinguished print of Pittsburgh on one side and a marriage weekend channel printed on a back. She also likes to supplement some internal favorites to a bag, like Clark bars or mini bottles of Heinz ketchup (both from Pittsburgh), or tiny bottles of locally strong Wigle whiskey.

In cases where many guest know one of a people removing married though not a other, acquire bags are a good place to put equipment that tell something about a integrate or how they met, Brody says. The some-more artistic a better: “Do a tiny write-up of how he proposed,” or embody information on a couple’s favorite internal mark for brunch or other places that weekend guest shouldn’t miss.

Spending on these “swag bags” competence operation from about $6 to $15 per bag, depending on a couple’s bill and a series of out-of-town guests. Give one bag per room or couple, rather than particular bags for any visiting guest.

Another money-saving move: Some couples who give acquire gifts to out-of-town guest afterwards skip list favors during a reception. Money they competence have spent on favors can be used toward extras like “an after-party rope or a unequivocally cold barkeeper who is creation special cocktails,” Kay says.


Edible (or drinkable) gifts solve a problem of guest carrying to container random equipment in a container or lift something frail home. Small tender plants are advertised as good marriage favors and can be utterly beautiful, though they leave guest with a plea of removing them home intact.

Wedding guest also get hungry. So some couples solve both problems by charity food gifts: a jar of internal honey, perhaps, or a box of chocolates from a renouned internal business. For weddings during a winery, Kay says, a separate of booze with a personalized tag is a ideal gift.

Another choice that’s cost-effective: Offer flattering takeout containers that guest can fill with cookies as they leave a reception. Or, for couples not hosting a brunch a subsequent day, offer epicurean muffins or jars of granola with bags of imagination tea to be enjoyed a subsequent morning.

Again, a internal tie is popular, as is do-it-yourself-ing: One of Brody’s clients “had family come over and they all done homemade apple butter,” she says. In a months before a wedding, a family done batches from internal apples and afterwards packaged a apple butter by palm into mason jars tied with ribbons.

“It was unequivocally precious,” Brody says. “No one forgot it.”

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