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One of our favorite bridal shower favors this year is nail polish. Brides want to give guests a favor they’ll actually use, and nail polish is always a definite win. But what kind of nail polishes should you give as bridal shower favors? Today we’re sharing a new polish that makes fabulous favors for a few reasons. And you’ll probably want to get your hands on some quite literally right now because they’re having a huge limited time sale. Find out why these nail polishes are becoming the new big thing for brides and their guests. Enjoy!
These nail polishes by Mint feature lovely shades and catchy names, like “Mint to Be”, “She Said Yes”, and “I Do”, shown below.
Ah, I love this blush pink:
And… who can resist mint as lovely as this?
These polishes aren’t just made to look good; they are actually made with good ingredients — and a whole lot of love, too.
They are hand-brewed and bottled in sunny Los Angeles. The company’s founder, Greta, founded Mint after finding out that her favorite nail polishes included awful ingredients like Formaldehyde, DBP, and Toulene, which are all known cancer-causing agents. So, she got to work in her home kitchen in Venice Beach, mixing and matching pigments to make her own lacquers she could use for pretty nails. Her idea was to create “professional grade polish, modern pigment-packed colors, and perfume style packaging”. And all without any cancer-causing chemicals. And MINT began! We’re so proud of what she’s done.
Not only do we love how they look, we love how they’re made. With a whole lot of love and happy ingredients! That’s why we think they make beautiful bridal shower favors for guests.
1) Most people use nail polish regularly
2) Most people prefer to use good clean ingredients
3) Favors that are functional = money well spent
To give these polishes as favors, simply order pick your favorite colors, have ’em shipped, and simply add a small ‘thank you’ tag and pretty ribbon tied around each polish bottle. Unlike other nail polishes we’ve seen, these bottles are boutique quality so they’re pretty much gift-giving ready! You can find out more details about pricing and colors here.
I’ve been particularly obsessed with keeping my nails looking their best lately. I’ve been rocking a pretty shade of pink, but this “I Do” pink above is now on my list of colors to try. What’s your favorite polish right now?
P.S. Need more bridal shower favor ideas? Try these!
I love coffee. You presumably love coffee, or at least you know someone who does. Coffee is one of the top consumed beverages in the United States with around 82% of coffee lovers admitting they drink it every single day. So, it’s no surprise why coffee makes an insanely smart wedding favor idea. It’s a gift that your guests will enjoy and actually use, so you know your favors will be money well spent.
This bag is our handmade-a-day find, too:
Today we’re sharing how to make coffee favors for your wedding thanks to some handmade ingenuity over at Mavora Art and Design. These coffee favor bags are cute and easy to put together. Find out how…
It is so easy to make coffee favors in just a few steps. With help from an expert like Marova Art and Design, your finished favors will look amazing thanks to her attention to detail.
Step 1: Order your coffee favor bags.
Pick a favorite design and figure out how many you’ll need. These bags are customized for your event and so beautifully designed! Take a look:
Be sure to order well ahead of time, as their schedule fills up quickly. You can order here.
Step 2: Decide what coffee you wish to use + order in bulk.
The favor bags don’t come with coffee inside them, so you’ll want to decide what kind of coffee to use and order in bulk. We’ve been asked whether whole bean or ground is better, and normally I’d pick whole bean because it stays fresh longer. However, that’s because I’m a coffee addict and I have the grinder and everything to make it work — and your guests won’t necessarily have a coffee grinder. Therefore, pick ground — and keep in the freezer before you’re ready to use it about one to two weeks before the wedding to keep it fresh.
A few days to a week before your wedding…
Step 3: Remove coffee from freezer; measure and scoop into zip lock bags.
As a good rule of thumb for how much coffee to use in favors, you should include enough to make one full 12 cup pot of coffee per favor. These zip lock bags (also from here) keep your coffee fresh inside the kraft paper bags.
Step 4: Place zip lock coffee bags inside coffee bags.
After your coffee is all scooped and in zip lock bags, place them inside your coffee favor bags. Tie with baker’s twine.
What do you think of coffee favors? Will you be giving them to guests at your bridal shower or wedding reception? Why or why not?
Also, if you have any questions, ask them below. We’re here to help!
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…
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!
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!
5. Or save the stress and order in bulk!
One place to buy them is La Petite Delicat. I haven’t tried them myself, but holy cow do they look gorgeous. They also boast amazing reviews in their shop. Take a look at some of their examples:
I mean, honestly, Minnie Mouse macarons?! So cute.
6. You can offer macarons as part of a dessert bar.
Instead of giving as favors, you can display macarons on a pretty cake plate or in mini dessert cups, like these:
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).
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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.
And if you’re wondering what age is best, these are recommended for kids age 4+ with adult supervision.
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You can see more details right here.
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.
Here are the keys…
And a stunning display…
You can find out more about these here.
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Happy weekend! We hope you’re out enjoying some sunshine and much needed relaxation. Get ready because this upcoming week is going to be jam-packed to the max with wedding planning advice, tips, ideas, inspiration, and giveaways. Be sure you subscribe or you’ll miss out.
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.
What do you think of these drink koozies? Would you use them as wedding favors?
Looking for handmade wedding favor tags? You’ll love these tags from Mavora. We’re even giving away a set of 150 for one lucky reader. Find out the details below. And, don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss giveaways like this!
Happy Monday, loves! We are so excited to kick off a brand new week of inspiration with these handmade wedding favor tags by Mavora. These personalized tags are the finishing touch to your wedding favors and can be tied to nearly anything. Some of our favorite ideas include a bag of coffee (see the ‘perfect blend’ tags below), a bottle of beer or wine (see ‘cheers’ tag below), a plant, candle, box of candy, or anything else you’ve decided to give as a favor. Just add your favorite ribbon or twine and you’re done. Read on to find out more PLUS one lucky reader will win a set of 150 favor tags as our newest wedding giveaway! Enjoy!
Which of these favor tags is your favorite?
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