Hi, lovelies! You know that our favorite favors are edible ones, since guests ALWAYS enjoy them. If you’re looking for wedding or bridal shower favors your guests will definitely love, these jam jars from Miss Shelley’s will hit the spot! There are dozens of favor jars out there, but we’ve never seen jars as cute — or as custom — as these. Plus, based on the reviews we’ve read (from real brides), these jam favors are the tastiest around! Read on to see some examples…
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Are you looking for the best favor ideas for your guests? Our top pick: go with edible wedding favors! Edible favors are delicious, easy-to-package, and you almost never have any left over. Plus, guests enjoy them right away instead of feeling pressure to hold onto it for years to come. To show you which edible favors are trending in weddings, we’re sharing our top seventeen picks we know your guests will love. We’ll begin with donuts, because they’re awesome — and this could be my pregnancy cravings talking, but I could totally eat one (or, you know, a dozen) right this second. Enjoy!
Hi, loves! Emma here. When you really think about it, your guests play a huge role in the outcome of your big day. The cake, flowers, colors, themes, ceremony, reception — all of it — are designed with your celebration in mind. Without any guests, where’s the celebration? Family and friends being present to share in your joy is what it’s all about and this article was inspired by a recent Ask Emmaline question that rolled in from bride-to-be, Kelsey. She asks,
Dear Emmaline, I have many guests flying in from out of state to attend my wedding and I want to do something special for them to say thank you. Do you have any ideas?
Great question, Kelsey! Saying thank you is so much more than just a few words. To really show guests how much you appreciate them taking time off of work, traveling, paying for accommodations, getting a sitter, bringing a gift, etc. etc., you can do it all through your actions at your wedding. With a few tips, you can make guests feel welcomed and appreciated from the beginning of the ceremony through the late-night snack and last dance of the reception. A thank you card sent after the wedding is essential, but it isn’t the only way to show your appreciation. Here’s how it’s done…
Hello, hello! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? For me, it was a total transformation of fall to winter. We were hit by the massive snowstorm and had a total of about 8″ of glistening snow which fell steadily for about twenty-four hours. It was so beautiful; the first snowfall always is. The beginning of the snow-filled holiday season always gets me in an instant cozy mood. It doesn’t take long to find me unpacking slippers, fuzzy socks, blankets, and holly jolly decorations faster than you can say hey Em, coffee is ready. (And believe me, I come running.) Anyway, with the frigid temps around here we wanted to warm you up with some hot chocolate favors for weddings, bridal showers, and holiday parties. We’ve found hot cocoa favors on a stick, in a cone, inside an ornament, in a jar, a tube, a bag, and a box. We’ve even found some cute wooden spoons for stirring. So, if it’s hot chocolate favors you’re after, you’ll find it right here! And… if you’re feeling extra creative, head down to number eight for an amazing DIY tutorial we found. Happy hot-chocolating & enjoy!
Wedding favors are undoubtedly one of the most personalized details of your reception. While some couples skip favors altogether, we think they ought to be a necessity. Why? A wedding favor is a small token of your appreciation for guests and thanks them for coming and sharing in your big day. Some favors are very inexpensive to fit any budget; others are more expensive, depending on how custom you’d like them to be. There’s no right or wrong favor to give — it should simply be something you enjoy and would like to receive, too. A favor can tie in your theme or add a little personality to the mix. For instance, a coffee favor would tell guests you’re, like me, quite the coffee obsessed couple. Or, if you’re a serious candy-holic, a candy buffet or bags of a favorite candy (like these in bulk) at each seat would be a way to share your love for sugary treats. You get the idea!
We’re always on the hunt for new and unique wedding favor ideas to share, so today we’re finally sharing some of our newest finds! You have hopefully never seen most of these, while some of them are unique twists on favors you’ve probably heard of before. When you’re done here, be sure to check out our favors archive and browse our favorite handmade favors from Featured Artists in The Marketplace. There are SO MANY amazing ideas out there. I know, lots to do — but we want you to have enough ideas to get those favors narrowed down this weekend. Let’s get those crossed off your list! :) Enjoy!
Unique Wedding Favors
1. These awesome bottle opener favors
These favors are pretty awesome for two reasons: first, it’s a bottle opener, which everyone could use at home. Second, it starts off the evening with a craft beer (or root beer, or cola) at each guest’s seat. By Poppin Print.
We spotted these unique “for richer, for poorer” favors over at Little Indie Studio and had to pick them as today’s #HANDMADEADAY find! These cute chocolate coin favors feature the words “For Richer For Poorer” along with your names and the wedding date. It’s such a great way to tie in your vows! Plus, who doesn’t love chocolate?
For Richer, For Poorer – Wedding Favors
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!
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!
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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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. ;)
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…
And a stunning display…
You can find out more about these here.
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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
Candy Wedding Favor Bags
Popcorn Wedding Favor Bags
Smores Wedding Favor Bags
Other Wedding Favor Bags
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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.
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