Handmade Holidays...

Handmade Favors?
June 24, 2008 at 1:30 AM
Did you have favors at your wedding? what were they? how much did you spend? Did you like them?

I had wedding bubbles... wedding bells... and chocolate roses. I wish I had spent more money and more time on them, because I feel like I kinda focused on everything BUT my favors.. and I feel like they are important to "thank" your guests for taking the time to come to the wedding. IDK, cant go back now, and its 4 years later, but I was curious!


  • auroragold
    June 24, 2008 at 7:51 AM
    Confession time (and not meant to hurt any feelings - just my humble thoughts) - I hate getting those little almonds and bubbles and things like that.  They sometimes look pretty but really, what do I do with them?

    HOWEVER - with all the weddings I've been to, I don't remember who had what favors - it's just not something I remember years later so maybe it doesn't really matter!

    Now your chocolate roses sound FANTASTIC!!  Yummy!

    My BF had a fall wedding and wrapped maple sugar candies (we're in New England) in red/yellow/orange cellophane. Those were pretty and tastier than the almonds.

    I don't know if people did or didn't like my favors (I never asked!) but I tried to give something that was "usable". I bought small clear glass votive holders (they looked like miniature flower pots). I painted the rim with gold metallic paint, printed the date on the bottom in gold pen and added a small votive candle.

    I actually had these at each place setting and had them lit (evening wedding) so that when guests entered the room, there was candlelight everywhere. I also had small baskets of gold wrapped Lindt truffles on the tables.

    p.s.  I've been married 7 years and I STILL use the leftover candle holders. They fit in quite well with christmas decorations on the mantle!!
  • frostyone77
    June 24, 2008 at 12:42 PM
    Because I got married (6 yrears ago) 3 days before christmas, my mom and grandmother made sugar cookies in the shapes of bells. We did NOT have a christmas theme! but the cookie bells were christmas yet wedding. they were decorated with white and blue icing (our colors were navy and silver) and those little silver candy balls for the ringer part. EVERYONE loved it and it didnt go into the trash! put them in selaphane bags or boxes with pretty ribbon (thats what I did)

    you cold do other shapes or just square or round to go with your theme and put a monogram on them. Your bakery will even make them for you!

    Monogrammed Wedding Cookies (Boxed)

    here is a cool website too that will put pictures on cookies!
  • SanDiegoMaxMom
    June 24, 2008 at 1:04 PM
    I was looking at favors for my sister's wedding and came across these:


    I'm sure you could handmake something really cute using this concept!

  • momiilu
    by momiilu
    June 24, 2008 at 4:14 PM
    We did Mints as weddng favors, I bought TicTacs at Sams Club and made labels out of sticker paper.

    also bought pencils from oriental trading company that were personalized and had a little bell on the end then paired it with a Word Search I designed on my computer, we printed them on what looked like textured paper and tore them apart so they'd have ruff edges, we rolled them up and slid little silver bands around them.

    Don't have any pictures of just that but here are our center pieces put together with some of it....

  • mkeenangondek
    June 24, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Okay, we weren't even engaged yet when we got our wedding favors...it was Feb and we knew we were getting engaged and getting married around Xmas...we just happened to walk in to a Pottery Barn and they had a set of 8 coffee mugs with different Santas and Reindeer for $8...I"m not kidding. We looked at each other and laughed and said we couldn't pass on the opportunity so scooped up all they had. Everyone loved them and still uses them 7 years later.

  • keeperof2
    July 1, 2008 at 7:46 PM
    we had small boxes of choclates from a local chocolate store with our names and wedding date printed on them - they were a big hit!

  • NorahSethsMommy
    July 1, 2008 at 8:17 PM
    We did a tradtional Dutch wedding favor called Bridal Sugar. It was five pieces of Cutch Candy wrapped in tulle with a tag attached explaining that the five candies represented Love, happiness, loyalty, virility and prosperity.
  • Beckie0000
    July 2, 2008 at 12:48 PM
    I just got married a little over a month ago. I found clear boxes at AC Moore that you fold and fill and it comes with a ribbon and thank you. I filled them with dark and light red jelly beans. I did this to go with the candy station that I did for the kids. There were about 14 different kinds of candy along with red/white chinese takeout containers that I purchased on clearance after valentine's day. The kids were able to then fill their container with candy. I also went really overboard and bought each child pj's to wear at our after party. We had a small immediate family only wedding with 13 kids present. I needed to make it special for them.

  • MegaMamaTX
    September 5, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    We got married in a destination wedding and all of our guests stayed at a local casino. So we had chocolate coins set out all over the tables for people to grab and nibble on too.

    We also had made these Satin Roses (filled with a bit of birdseed). With the flick of the wrist, they open and the birdseed flies out at the happy couple.  Tuck the fabric back inside and the rose is a keepsake for the departing guests.


  • divinity80921
    September 5, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    For my daughter's wedding last year, we bought M&Ms in the wedding colors at a bulk candy store and filled little holders we bought cheap at the dollar store for the tables at the reception. And since it was an outdoor wedding in July, we made fans with the bride and groom's names and wedding date on one side and wedding-theme prints on the other side.

    One other cute idea I've seen done is bookmarks made from homemade paper embedded with flower seeds for guests to plant the strip of paper in the garden later. (I kept mine instead - too cute to plant.)

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