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!
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. ;)
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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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
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.
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
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:
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
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
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.
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