Category: wedding favors

3 Reasons Why Soap Favors *Always* Work

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!

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7 Things to Know Before Giving Macaron Favors

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.

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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:

perfect macaron | via 7 Things to Know About Giving Macaron Favors http://emmalinebride.com/favors/giving-macaron-favors/

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!

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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.

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salted caramel macarons | via 7 Things to Know About Giving Macaron Favors http://emmalinebride.com/favors/giving-macaron-favors/

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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:

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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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Are you giving macaron favors?

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. ;)

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-E.

Skeleton Key Escort Card Favors

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.

Skeleton Key Escort Card Favors

Here are the keys…

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And a stunning display…

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skeleton key escort card favors | http://emmalinebride.com/favors/skeleton-key-escort-card-favors/

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You can find out more about these here.

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xo
-E.

Favor Bags Totally Irresistible to Guests

For a more perfect DIY wedding favor, remember that what you put inside favors is just as important as its packaging. Cute, personalized favor bags are more pleasing and irresistible to guests, which means you’ll have less favors left over (and money well spent). And who doesn’t want their guests to enjoy every last favor? When we spotted these favor bags over at Mavora Art & Design, it was a win, win, win: they’re handmade, totally custom, and perfect for filling with candies, popcorn, or other favorite treats. Plus, since Abby over at Mavora is so sweet, she’s giving away a set of 100 favor bags to one lucky Emmaline Bride reader. This giveaway runs for one full week and there are plenty of ways to enter. And, if you don’t want to wait, you can go ahead and score an awesome twenty-percent-off deal exclusively for Emmaline Bride readers. We’ll get to all of that in a minute… first, let’s take a peek at her dynamic collection of wedding favor bags…

Wedding Favor Bags by Mavora Art & Design

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Candy Wedding Favor Bags

Popcorn Wedding Favor Bags

Smores Wedding Favor Bags

Other Wedding Favor Bags

Special Discount Code Offer

Use offer code EMMALINE20 thru Sept 20th 2014 for 20% off all bags in the store. Stickers and ribbons not included.


Giveaway: Win 100 FREE Wedding Favor Bags

Win 100 FREE wedding favor bags in tall white. Choose any tall white favor bag design from the store. This style is best with popcorn and candy. Measures 3.5 x 8 inches. Just pay shipping – only $5 worldwide.

o Enter between 9/4/14-9/10/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Win 100 tall white wedding favor bags, any design from Mavora Art and Design
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 9/11; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $80; no cash value
o Winner pays shipping: just $5 worldwide
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

xo
-E.

Wedding Favor Magnets

If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect wedding favors, you’ve come to the right place! Check out these beautiful, functional + totally personalized wedding favor magnets by My Little Chickadee Creations! Each favor magnet is handcrafted and customized with your names and wedding date. Today, we’re offering thirty of these favor magnets to one lucky reader as Giveaway #21 in our 31 Wedding Giveaways Series! Which design would you pick?

Wedding Favor Magnets

Here are a few of our favorite hand-picked designs:

tile magnet wedding favors

leaf magnet

shell beach wedding favor

skyline favor magnets

thumbprint favor

Giveaway: Win a set of thirty wedding favor magnets!

What would your wedding favor magnets look like? Visit My Little Chickadee Creations and view the magnets to see the endless possibilities. Enter for a chance to win a set of thirty of your design choice using the form below! Good luck!

o Enter between 8/21/14-8/27/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 8/28; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Prize: You can pick any magnet design from My Little Chickadee’s Etsy shop and you will receive 30 personalized tile magnets you can use as save the date magnets or as wedding favors.

o Winner has 1 year to use prize
o Prize value: $77.40; no cash value
o Free shipping included to the U.S.
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

xo
-E.

Matchbox Wedding Favors

Brides: are you and your fiance the perfect match? Do you need wedding favors that guests will actually use? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve teamed up with Hope & Fancy to offer matchbox wedding favors to one lucky reader. One of our readers will take home fifty custom matchbox wedding favors with his or her names and wedding date on the front. Plus, you can pick custom colors to match your wedding palette. Read on to find out more…

Matchbox Wedding Favors

Matchbox Wedding Favors

These matchbox wedding favors will wow your guests. Add a unique quote, a photo, or customize with your names and wedding date right on the front. Marchboxes come with white tip matches and have a strike strip on the side.

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Special offer: Want to order now? You can score 15% off your order as an Emmaline Bride reader through March 25, 2014! Just enter EBGIVE15 at checkout.

Giveaway: Win Matchbox Wedding Favors!

Want to win a set of matchbox wedding favors? Now’s your chance! See the details + enter below:

o Enter between 3/11-3/17/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: fifty (50) matchbox wedding favors. Note: Wedding must be at least 6 weeks away from redemption date to ensure timely delivery for international orders.
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 3/18; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping included free worldwide
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $72 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Prize

– 50 Custom Matchbox Wedding Favors

Matchbox Wedding Favors

Color Chart

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Good luck!

xo,
-E.

Wedding Wish Tree

Hello, hello! Happy Monday! We hope you had a wonderful weekend. We are kicking off this beautiful, snowy, below-zero-degree-temperatures kind of Monday with a fun idea for your wedding. PLUS, we’re launching a brand new giveaway! But first… have you heard of the wedding wish tree? A wish tree, also known as a manzanita tree, is a fun guest book alternative your guests will love. It can also serve as a lovely place to display your wedding favors. Read on to find out more about the wedding wish tree, see an example, find out where you can buy it, and enter for a chance to win a wedding wish tree of your very own! It’s all inside…

Wedding Wish Tree

Wedding Wish Tree

We spotted this collection of wedding wish trees over at Simply Mad Weddings and love them! A wedding wish tree adds visual interest and sparkle to your elegant reception… and, most of all, it’s functional! A wedding wish tree can be placed as a centerpiece or on a large table as a focal point at your reception and serve as a guest book alternative or as a wedding favor display. As a guest book alternative, here’s how it works: guests are given ‘wish tags’ (cards with a ribbon or twine attached to the top). Guests fill out their wish tags and hang them from branches on the tree.

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Your guests will love to stop by and sign the wish tags while viewing other guests’ “well wishes”. After the wedding, you can take all of the tags and scrapbook them for reading after the honeymoon.

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If you prefer to use the wedding wish tree to display favors, ornaments are a perfect choice! (You can find these ornaments at Simply Mad Weddings.)

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ornaments: simply mad weddings

Wedding Wish Tree – Giveaway!

Ready to win a wedding wish tree for your wedding? Now’s your chance! This is a $250+ value and could be yours absolutely free. See giveaway details below!

Prize: Glitter Wedding Wish Tree + 30 Ornaments (Favors)

Wedding Wish Tree

Giveaway Details

o Enter between 3/3-3/9/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Glitter Wedding Wish Tree by Simply Mad Weddings. Tree is in your choice of color, silver or rose gold. Prize also includes 30 ornaments (favors) with a choice of charm – stars, hearts, starfish, flowers, or teardrops. Wish tags are NOT included.
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 3/10; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping cost responsibility of winner. Shipping within the US is $35 for the tree and ornaments.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $250+ | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Special Discount Don’t want to wait for the giveaway? Need to order right now? Get 15% off your entire order with offer code HAPPY.

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Happy Planning!


-E.

Discussion: Are Wedding Favors Necessary?

We received an Ask Emmaline question from Melanie, a bride-to-be who is confused about wedding favors. Melanie asks, “My fiance and I are planning our wedding and we’re trying to pick wedding favors, but we’re on a tight budget. Are wedding favors necessary? Do you think we really need them?” Great question! After all, who wants to spend their wedding budget on an item guests may never use or appreciate? So, today we’re posing the question: are wedding favors necessary? Do you really need to give wedding favors to guests? We’ll tell you what we think and provide a few pointers. And… we want to hear from YOU! What do you think about wedding favors? Do you think they’re necessary? Read on to get the full scoop and join the discussion! (P.S. We know you love Facebook, so now you can comment on our site using Facebook! So. much. easier.)

Are Wedding Favors Necessary?

Are Wedding Favors Necessary?

First, what is a wedding favor? A wedding favor is a small token of appreciation given to guests. It’s a small (typically between a dollar to a few dollars each) gift, placed at each guest’s seat to take home after the wedding. They’ve been a “must-have” for years, most likely couples like to give a little something to guests as a thank you for sharing in their day. But, wedding favors can be a hot topic button for some couples: a few dollars on each multiplied by your massive guest list can add up to plenty of money. Wedding favors have been deemed wasteful by some when the item isn’t something guests can actually use. When it comes to wedding favors (and whether they’re really necessary), we vote yes, but ONLY when done with practicality in mind. We think guests have come to expect a favor, and it is a nice way to say thank you for sharing in your day. However, we don’t believe spending gobs of money on a wedding favor that guests will never really use makes sense. Nor do we believe giving a favor just because you feel you have to is smart. Here are some pointers.

Wedding Favors Should Always…

o Be Practical

Wedding favors should always be practical. Think of something guests will really use. Here are a few examples of practical wedding favors spotted over at Kate Aspen. Some ideas include a tea strainer, wine glass, luggage tag, or drink koozie.

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For my bridal shower, the favor was a set of measuring spoons — which I still use in my house today! And, for my sister’s shower, we gave whisk favors (and you can bet I still make scrambled eggs with it). And, as a note: when you’re giving a non-handmade favor to guests, you can still add your own personal touch. Simply remove the box and add your own ribbon and tag. It will make your favor look more ‘homemade’.

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measuring spoon favors | whisk favors

Other favor ideas include handmade wedding favors (that are also practical). Think edible treats (we love macarons!), soaps, or blended tea favor packets.

practical favors wedding - Are Wedding Favors Necessary?

macarons – le bonbon, soaps – dancing mooney, tea favors – dell cove spices

o Be Reasonable in Cost

A wedding favor is just a ‘little’ something to give to guests. Don’t go overboard. A few dollars each is plenty – don’t overwhelm yourself!

o Be a Reflection of the Couple (and Theme)

Be sure the wedding favor ties into you as a couple or your theme. For instance, a nautical bottle opener is perfect for beach weddings.

nautical anchor bottle opener favor - Are Wedding Favors Necessary?

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Or, maybe you specialize in making your own home brew. Give it as a favor (as seen in this Saugatuck Garden Wedding):

i do brew wedding favor - Are Wedding Favors Necessary?

photo: k. holly via saugatuck garden wedding

Donations

We love the idea of giving a donation in lieu of a tangible item. For instance, if you’re a supporter of animal shelters, consider giving a sum of money that would have been used for favors and donate to a shelter of your choice. Then, print a card for each guest that says, “In lieu of a favor, we have donated money to the _____ Animal Shelter.” It is a great way to give back!

Remember… make it meaningful and your wedding favor will be more memorable to guests!

In conclusion…

We think wedding favors are an awesome addition (and a necessity) when done properly. What do YOU think?

Tell us: Are Wedding Favors Necessary?

Do you wedding favors are essential? What’s the best wedding favor you’ve ever seen or received? Comment below + join the discussion!


-E.