The idea of wedding favors originated with the Romans in 400 B.C.E. This tradition was handed down through many different cultures and societies and continues to be a kind gesture through our time. The idea of giving a gift or favor to guests at all occasions such as parties, showers, and weddings has become a tradition that is a great way to thank friends and family members for their love and support. Although they aren’t necessary, they are definitely appreciated by all and highly suggested.
But, why wedding favors? A favor is not only a gesture of appreciation for a guests’ attendance to your wedding and reception, but it is also a small token to help your guests remember this special occasion. A wedding favor should say “Thank You” in a way that is unique to you as an newly married couple.
So, where do you start? How do you figure how expensive a gift or favor you can afford for each guest? With your wedding budget in hand, the best place to start is on the Internet with different wedding sites that offer favors or ideas for them. You can also find books at your local library and bookstore, or you can always pay attention to other weddings that you have attended or will attend before your big day.
Any one of these places are great to find ideas for favors and gift. Once you know what kind of gift or favor you would like to buy, you can start very low priced, say $1.50 each, and go from there. No matter what your budget is, you can always purchase embossed ribbon with your names and the wedding date on it to attach to each favor to make them personalized with out breaking the bank
Coming up with unique ideas isn’t hard either. Incorporate the style of your wedding in with the favors by using the colors of your wedding and something that has to do with either: how you met, why you fell in love, or something else that will remind guests of you and your spouse. Some popular items include: candies, nuts, small candles, and small gift bags with your names and wedding date embossed on them.
Who should put these favors together?
Friends, family, and the bridal party members may want to have a part in this. Perhaps, as the bride, you wish to put the favors together either alone or with your fiance, sometimes this time alone may be relaxing as you get away from all the other wedding plans.
If you have a wedding consultant, he or she may already have this under control and you won’t even have to worry about it. No matter which way you go, have a game plan together for organizing the favors or gifts so you aren’t sitting up the night before, trying to get them finished. When you are putting them together, be sure that you have a few extra just in case.
Getting these favors and gifts to your guests shouldn’t be a chore either. There are several ways that you can handle this to make it as easy as possible. You can delegate the dispensing of your favors to a family member or friend, each gift can be put by each table setting and serve the purpose of a decoration as well, a decorative table can be set up at the reception hall, or guests can get their personal gift as the come in or leave the reception. Of course, a more meaningful gesture would be for the bride and groom to pass them out as they personally thank each guests for attending and their generosity.
No matter what kind of favors or gifts you choose, and no matter how you decide to dispense them during your wedding, just be sure that they represent you and your new spouse. Your guests won’t care if you spend a lot or a little, as it is always the thought that counts!