Have you been trying to pick a perfect wedding favor (or bridal shower favor)? One of our go-to ideas is soap. And as simple as it sounds, soap ALWAYS works as a delightful favor for guests. But why, you ask? Here are three reasons why wedding soap favors always work…
3 Reasons Why Soap Favors Always Work
1. Soap favors are functional.
Soap favors are functional — guests will actually use them. People buy soap; people use soap. You’re essentially giving guests something they already want and use.
2. Soap smells nice — plus, it’s compact.
Choosing from dozens of scents is a great way to add your personal taste. Whether you choose a bar of soap or a smaller sample size, it’s easy (and economical) to package for gift-giving.
3. It’s an affordable choice.
Whether you pick full soap bars or smaller samples, soap is a more affordable choice. Plus, you know it’s going to be used, so your favor will be money well spent.
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When we found the lovely soaps over at Four Sisters Farm Soap Co., we couldn’t wait to share them with you. The only thing better than soap favors is handmade soap favors, and that’s what they specialize in. From charcoal soap bars for groomsmen to lavender grace for bridal shower favors. Here, take a look!
When we received this question from bride-to-be, Amy, we couldn’t wait to share what we found with you! Here’s her question, submitted to us on the Ask Emmaline inbox:
Hi Emmaline! I am looking for wedding favors that can also add to our decorations. I was thinking of giving flowers since we’re having a bohemian rustic wedding and we’ll be using wildflowers throughout. Do you have any advice on how to give flowers as favors? What container to use, how big they should be, etc.? Thanks!
We love the idea of giving flowers as favors, Amy! It’s a thoughtful gift guests can actually use, which is our favorite kind of favor! When giving flower favors, be sure to provide a small glass or bottle. A tag is also appropriate, so guests know they’re favors and should be taken home. They should also be kept fresh before placing on tables — and when it comes to the flowers you pick, anything goes! On our quest for the perfect flower favors, these flower vase favors from JoBlake came to mind. We love ’em because they are essentially THREE wedding details in one: they’re 1) favors, 2) place cards, and 3) decorations. Talk about a time (and money) -saver! Individually, they’re lovely decor pieces; in a group, they’re visually stunning! Plus, they can be used for your wedding reception or bridal shower. Take a look:
We love these because they’re handmade + chock full of love. Joanna, the designer, even made these for her own wedding. TIP: She said her mother-in-law stored her flowers in the fridge and put them out in the vases the day of the wedding to keep them fresh.
Lovely! You can find out more about these favors and take a closer look in the shop.
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Thanks for your question, Amy, and we hope this helped to answer your questions. If you’re a bride-to-be (or a bridesmaid, MOH, mom of the bride, etc.) and need advice, we’re here to help! Just submit your question here.
Giving macaron favors? Be sure to read these seven tips first! Also, follow along on our RSS feed. It’ll keep you in the loop on all the latest wedding trends, tips, and giveaways!
I adore macarons. Love them. But I’m not crazy about making them. Making macarons is tough. It requires so many factors to get them right. You need patience; you need time. You need the right tools… and you need to follow that recipe to a tee.
You see, I lack these things and then get stubborn and rush the recipe and then it tastes terrible. But that’s with all baked goods, I swear. My cookies are always a little burnt. Patience in the kitchen has never been my strong suit, but I’m getting better. And I’ll be the first to agree that macarons not only look amazing, but they taste delicious, too. That’s why giving macaron favors is one of my favorite wedding trends. And, instead of telling you that they’re impossible to make, today we’re showing you a fun product that makes macaron baking a less-daunting task. We’re also sharing where to buy perfect macarons from a pro, in case you’re like me and don’t have the patience to give it a go. We’ll also show you some really pretty ways to wrap them up for giving as favors.
Are you giving macarons as wedding favors? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
FUN FACT: in case you’re wondering, macaron can be pronounced two ways → MACK-A-RON or MACK-A-RUNE, it’s up to you. ;)
Okay, on to the inspiration!
Things to Know Before Giving Macaron Favors
1. Macarons can be made in any color.
To really make ’em pop, make them (or order them) in colors that coordinate with your color palette.
2. You’ll want to maximize their freshness.
You’ll want to store macarons in the fridge and in an airtight container. Also, let them warm up on a table at least fifteen minutes before serving them.
3. For maximum flavor, enjoy as soon as possible.
Macarons are best enjoyed as soon as possible and should be eaten within a few days of purchase. For instance, if you’re buying a ton in bulk, you need to plan accordingly and have them ready no more than 3 to 5 days before the wedding. If they’re consumed after approximately five days, they’re likely to be hard and chewy, rather than nice and flaky.
4. Making them yourself? Do a trial run.
We’re not here to discourage you, so if you want to make your own macarons we say, GO FOR IT! But do a trial run, first. You’d hate to be putting together macarons for your wedding favors a week before the wedding and stressing out over them either a) looking a wreck or b) tasting not so hot. Read this article we found on top ten tips for macarons. And if you need helpful advice on what they should taste like or look like, you should consult this very helpful trouble-shooting guide on all things macaron. Here’s an example they have of a perfect macaron:
And if you want our advice on how to make the perfect macaron at home, try this. We call it a macaron maker, but they call it a macaron kit. It would be even better if you threw some batter into a machine and it spit out 100 perfectly colorful macarons, yes? One can dream. But at least this is the closest thing to it!
Guests can take them back to their seats easily. Plus, they look so elegant this way.
7. Or, offer macarons in clear boxes to give as favors.
Sending them with guests to-go? Place a few in clear boxes, like these. Clear boxes enable the beauty of macarons to show right through. Tableau Party has so many perfect macaron favor boxes, all dressed up and ready to go (and perfect for any theme).
So, tell us: are you giving macaron favors? Tell us below. Oh, and if you’re making them at home, we’re happy to, you know, taste-test. You can send a batch to Emmaline Bride, c/o Emma, 119… just kidding. ;)
If you’re inviting children to your wedding, you’ll want to keep them entertained. You see, kids aren’t as jazzed about the music or the food or the ceremony. Or the speeches. They’re much more excited about the cake and the dance floor. And maybe even the favors, if there is a candy buffet involved. So, while they wait for said cake and dance moves and sugar overload, you can keep them happy with these fun bags that include games and fun treats inside.
What are you going to pick for escort cards? What about favors? Did you know you could combine your escort cards and favors into one? You can — and it’s a fantastic way to save time and money. Check out these skeleton key escort card favors we spotted here as one example. All you need to do is write the names of guests on the tags, hang or display on a table or a vintage hutch or dresser, and add a sign so guests know to take their key and find their seat. And if you’re wondering how these skeleton keys double as favors, it’s because they’re actually bottle openers — how neat is that? And you know how crazy I am over functional favors. Take a look at these charming skeleton key bottle openers and the pretty vintage tags that accompany them, below. They are from Trees of Lace.
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We love when we find an amazing wedding favor that crosses off two wedding tasks at once. Take these drink koozie wedding favors, for instance! They function as a place to keep drinks cold, but they can also be a place card for guests. Simply write each guest’s name on the drink koozie and set at his or her seat before the reception begins. Finally… a favor guests will actually use.