True or false: the best wedding favors are those that are planned in advance. True!
Favors have become customary to give at weddings for good reason: guests celebrate + support you on the biggest day of your life. Therefore, it’s appropriate to give a token of your appreciation on the day of your wedding and at your bridal shower.
But did you know that some couples make simple favor mistakes that can cause these charming gifts to be missed or left at tables altogether? Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen to you!
Today, we’re sharing a few wedding favor mistakes to avoid to ensure your favors rock your wedding. Read on to find out what we’ve uncovered…
Wedding Favor Mistakes
Avoid these common wedding favor mistakes:
Wedding Favor Mistakes #1: The Throwaway Favor
Favors can be pricey, particularly when you have a large guest list. However, don’t fall victim to buying a cheap favor for the sake of having something.
A cheap favor that guests will never use, keep, or remember isn’t worth a penny. Instead, make something at home that’s inexpensive – yet heartfelt – like a batch of sugar cookies. Or ANY of these amazing edible favor ideas. Place a treat in a brown paper bag and a decorative stamp. Easy? Yes. Better and cheaper than store-bought? You bet.
Wedding Favor Mistakes #2: Lack of Meaning
Even the simplest favor can mean something. Use your wedding favor to tell guests something about your unique story. For instance, say you met at a coffee shop in college and bonded over your favorite mocha blend. A wedding favor you may wish to give would be a small favor bag filled with whole coffee beans. This favor is not simply a bag of coffee: it’s a sweet sentiment and ode to your story.
Wedding Favor Mistakes #3: Poorly Packaged
The simplest favor can be wedding-ready in no time with proper packaging. Similarly, a more elaborate favor can lose its luster with poor wrapping or none altogether.
If you’re giving a favor that’s store-bought, put your own personalized spin on it by adding a little handmade charm. Rip off that individual plastic wrapping, tear away the generic ‘thank you’ tag, and add your own ribbon, wedding tag like these, or custom label to make it your own.
(See more designs here.)
For a handmade touch, try these chalkboard labels by Design Circus:
… or even a personalized stamp, like this one by Paper Sushi:
Wedding Favor Mistakes #4: The Complicated DIY Favor
Okay, Pinterest addicts: you, like me, ooh and aah over the clever DIY ideas and trendy gifts you’re determined to make as wedding favors, right? But, the truth is that unless one has a DIY-driven team of dedicated ribbon-tiers, pie-bakers, or blue mason jar acquirers crafting 100+ favors around the clock, you may want to keep the favor DIY to a minimum.
Find one that is easy to complete ahead of time, is affordable, the supplies are easy to acquire, and the project won’t drive you batty before the big day.
Stress = no fun for anyone, especially the bride.
I’ve heard horror stories of brides losing steam before the big day and staying up late tying bows or baking pies in jars right before the wedding because it sounded like a good idea at the time. Keep your sanity and choose your DIY wisely. ;)
Wedding Favor Mistakes #5: The Confusing Favor
This is one of my favorites because it can happen easily without you even realizing it… don’t make guests guess what the favor is.
For instance, if giving a jar filled with cookie mix as a favor, include a label with the ingredients (particularly for allergies) along with the directions on how to make the cookies. Make sure the jar is well sealed and preserved and store in a cool, dry place until the wedding day.
Similarly, if you’re giving a gift that’s edible, include a label and a utensil. You’d be surprised how many guests look at tiny treats with a puzzled look because they’re not sure what’s in it, they aren’t sure when to eat it (before? after? take to-go?), and they have no utensils to use. Make it simple for guests and spell it out.
Also, if you’re giving a favor that looks edible but is not, make sure you make it clear. One example is when people give these soaps at bridal showers and guests try to eat them. ;) They’re actually soap!
Wedding Favor Mistakes #6: The Limited Supply Favor
Sometimes, a guest may show up unexpectedly, when he or she never sent in an RSVP.
Or, Great Aunt Martha wants to take home an extra favor to show to her friends at Bingo. ;)
With your favors being pre-planned and totally kick-you-know-what, expect that a few guests may want to take a few extras just in case. So, have a few added into the rotation (and don’t forget about one for you and your groom – you’d be surprised how many couples skip themselves or forget to grab one as a keepsake). One of the most popular favors? Jam favors like these!
Wedding Favor Mistakes #7: The Forgotten Favor
One brilliant idea is to give away favors that can be used during your wedding by guests and taken home to be re-used.
One example is a mason jar drinking glass, which the guest can write his or her name on (with a simple tag + marker or chalkboard paint + chalk, pre-made) and use to fill up with drinks throughout the night. The caveat: make sure guests know to take them home as favors. Otherwise, you’ll have 100+ mason jars left over after the party to pack up and find a place to store AND guests will totally miss that you even offered a favor. One way to combat this is with a sign placed clearly at the drink table with instructions for guests.
Fill in the blank: “I’m giving away ___________ as my wedding favor!” (Share below)