I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the same thing from my clients. “We don’t want to spend money on silly little tchotchkes no one cares about”. I tend to agree with them. There are, however, exceptions. I thought I would feature 5 types of favors that wedding guests tend to love.
- Something delicious
This is an obvious one. Who doesn’t love a treat? This could be a personal or family favorite or something produced in the region the wedding is taking place, like a small bottle of local honey or olive oil.
- Lighten the mood
Give something that will make for great photo ops, regardless of whether it will be used again. This could be sunglasses given before the ceremony, single-use cameras for after dinner or mini champagne with straws (something to note: Don’t put the straws into already opened bottles. Most of the decorative straws are made of paper and start to disintegrate in liquid pretty quickly. Instead, tie a straw to each bottle or display them nearby.).
- A treat for the next morning
Coffee from a favorite roastery or scones and jam.
- A small experience
A kit to make your own version of the signature drink would be fun (i.e. a muddler, mint, small bottle of rum and packet of sugar for mojito) or a Smore’s kit. These types of favors can also be more extravagant, like a wine glass with someone on site etching each guests name. I once went to a party where this was done and everyone loved it.
- Double Duty
You can always give your gift at the end of the night as everyone heads out the door or you can get a little more out of your gift by using your them as escort cards by adding a tag with each guest’s name and table assignment. Or get the most out of your dessert bar by adding take away containers.
You will have a lot more than you think on your to do list the weeks leading up to your big day (unless, of course, you hire me;). For this reason I recommend staying away from homemade items or anything too DIY. And do everyone and your wallet a favor and skip the tchotchkes!