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The practice of presenting wedding guests with small mementos dates back to the 1500s. While swan wedding favors are a long standing European tradition, modern brides are very creative and personal with their favors.

The budget for your wedding favors ties closely to the overall budget for your wedding. However, even if you are watching costs closely, you should still plan to provide some type of thank-you wedding favor or memento for your guests, no matter how small.

From simply elegant to bright and fun, you can find practically everything you need for your wedding favors and decor right here on our website.

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The Tradition of Wedding Favors

It is widely believed that European aristocrats started the time honored tradition of giving wedding favors. The first wedding favors were tiny boxes made of porcelain or crystal called bonbonniere. These boxes often contained a cube of sugar or other small confectionery. Because sugar and other sweets were rare and expensive, wedding favors were only given out by the wealthy. Over time, as sugar became more readily available and less expensive, even couples of modest means adopted the tradition of giving wedding favors as a sign of the couple's appreciation. In fact, tradition states that the giving of gifts leads to years of good fortune.

With virtually thousands of products on the market today, deciding which wedding favor to give can be a daunting task. You want the wedding favor gift to be meaningful, yet practical. While your budget will be an important deciding factor, your guests will truly appreciate that you took the time to choose a meaningful memento of your big day!

The Tradition of Wedding Favors

Wedding Favor Ideas

Whether your tastes are whimsical or sophisticated, there is a wedding favor to fit every wedding style and budget. Here are some of today's most popular favor ideas:

Themed Wedding Favors

Choosing a favor that coordinates with the theme of the day is the perfect gift for guests. Miniature beach ball shaped wine stoppers are a fun way to say thank you to your guests at your beach theme wedding.

Planning a sophisticated winter theme wedding? Send your guests home with a personalized silver holiday ornament that will cherished for years to come.

Getting married in Las Vegas? A personalized poker chip is sure to bring a smile to your guests’ faces!

Themed Wedding Favors

Double Duty Wedding Favors

These are favors that serve more than one purpose. They can serve as place card holders for your seating arrangement and then be taken home with your guests as a wedding favor. Small photo frames holding wedding place cards can easily hold a photo of you and your new husband. Simply send the appropriate size photo along with your thank you note.

Practical Wedding Favors

Engraved Wedding Favors

Consider giving your guests a wedding favor that is engraved with your names and the date of your wedding – or choose to have your own message engraved instead.

Miniature cake knives, ice cream scoops, wine stoppers, candles, and photo frames are only a few of the engraveable wedding favors available to today's bride.

Engraved Wedding Favors

Practical Wedding Favors

Want to be sure that you are giving a wedding favor that is both useful and wanted?

Consider giving a wedding favor gift that you know your guests will use once they get home. Wine stoppers, salt-and-pepper shakers, bookmarks, key chains, and personalized glassware are all examples of items that everyone uses.

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Eco-Friendly Favors

Thank you favor cards embedded with real wildflower seeds that are ready for planting when your guests take them home make the perfect green wedding favor for the environmentally conscious bride and groom.

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Destination Wedding Favors

Are all your friends and family joining you for a destination wedding? Luggage tags and photo albums are both great ways to say, "Thank You!"

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How To Present Wedding Favors

There is no right or wrong way to present your guests with their wedding favors.

For formal receptions, an elegantly wrapped wedding favor that coordinates with your wedding colors can be placed at each place setting. If you are using "double duty" favors, this solution works well with place card holders as well.

For less formal affairs, use a decorative basket containing wrapped gifts and a note that reminds your guests to pick one up on their way out of the reception.

For practical wedding favors such as personalized glassware, simply place them on the table to be used during the reception.

How to present wedding favors

More Themed Wedding Favor Ideas

Wedding favors come in a variety of themes and often range in price from under $2 each to $5 each. Choose wedding favors that make a statement about your personality and represent "you" as a couple to your guests. This makes them much more meaningful and less likely to be throw aways!

Salt & Pepper Wedding Favors

Shake things up with unique salt and pepper shaker wedding favors!

Did you know that throughout history, salt has been revered as a symbol of wealth and good fortune? Or that black pepper was used by Europeans in the Middle Ages to pay dowries? It's true! In fact, since 2200 BC, salt has even been used as currency in cultures as far away as Tibet and Ethiopia and as close to home as Virginia during the Civil War. During the Middle Ages, black pepper was considered so valuable that only the very wealthy could afford to use it.

Today, salt and pepper have come to symbolize the perfect match ... just like you and your fiancé! Practical and reusable salt and pepper shaker are exquisitely designed and are sure to charm your guests. This is one wedding favor idea that is sure to add spice to your big day!

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