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30 Favor Ideas From Real Weddings

Thank your guests for coming out to celebrate your big day with edible delights or keepsake favors that serve a useful purpose. Here, we've compiled some of the most popular gifting options from real wedding submissions that you can buy or DIY.

By: Stefania Sainato

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    S'mores Kit

    Adorable s'mores kits are trending in the weddings world, and guests of all ages will adore this traditional campfire treat. They're inexpensive to make, and you don't just have to limit them to warmer months.

  • Doughnuts

    Doughnuts

    No guest will be able to resist Krispy Kreme's mouthwatering glazed goodness, and it's such an easy favor idea to put together!  

    Photo Credit: Edmonson Photography

  • Charity Donations

    Charity Donations

    Forgo traditional favors altogether with a charitable donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the National Humane Society, or another cause that's close to your heart. Include a note so that guests are aware of your charitable contribution and the meaning behind it.

  • Miniature Pie

    Miniature Pie

    Pies stay fresher longer than other dessert options, and there are so many different tasty combinations to choose from — check out Wedding Star's "Sweetie Pies" packaging kits and accompanying recipes for inspiration.

  • Sugar Cookies

    Sugar Cookies

    We can't think of a sweeter wedding favor than cookies decorated to match your theme or the place where you're saying "I do." For a fun touch, include a tag with your favorite family recipe.

    Photo Credit: Limelight Photography

  • Candle

    Candle

    Elegant and economical, candles are one favor idea that works well for any theme or wedding style, and you can choose scents that are sentimental to you. If you're the crafty type, then you'll love this how-to tutorial from Fleur De Sel.

  • Soap

    Soap

    Similar to candles, soap offers endless personalization opportunities in terms of scent, colors, packaging, and store-bought vs. homemade (just make a test batch first to ensure you like the way it turns out). We spotted this beautiful presentation at a vintage-themed wedding.

    Photo Credit: Revival Photography

  • Blankets

    Blankets

    Guests used these blankets to snuggle up during an alfresco ceremony at an elegant barn wedding.

  • Gloves

    Gloves

    Knit gloves are such a thoughtful way to keep guests cozy and warm at a winter wonderland wedding. And in neutral colors, this is one favor they'll be able to use all season long.

    Photo Credit: Live View Studios

  • Wine

    Wine

    Love to unwind with a glass of white or red at the end of a long day? Then consider gifting your loved ones with bottles of vino. You and your fiancé can visit a local vineyard to choose your favorite grapes and create a custom blend. Don't forget a customized label with your wedding date!

    Photo Credit: The Wedding Traveler

  • Coffee Beans

    Coffee Beans

    If you can't speak a word until you've had your morning cup of joe or you're regulars at the local coffee shop, then you'll appreciate this caffeine-fueled favor idea. Buy your favorite coffee beans in bulk, and package them in burlap bags or mason jars. Something Turquoise offers a free label download.

  • Tea Cups With Tea

    Tea Cups With Tea

    Tea party, anyone? This two-for-one favor is so clever that we wish we'd thought of it first.

    Photo Credit: This Modern Romance

  • Champagne

    Champagne

    Guests rang in a new year with these bedazzled champagne bottles. 

  • Macarons

    Macarons

    Give your relatives and friends a taste of the local culture — macarons were a hit at this Parisian destination wedding. Choose color combinations that coordinate with your wedding palette.

    Photo Credit: Le Secret d'Audrey / Planning and coordination: Anne Mulvihill at Fête in France

  • Olive Oil

    Olive Oil

    You don't have to get married in the picturesque countryside of Tuscany to steal this charming infused olive oil idea. Delizioso!

    Photo Credit: Jose Villa

  • Maple Syrup

    Maple Syrup

    A Canadian bride and groom infused bottles of maple syrup with grappa (an Italian grape-based brandy) for a creative DIY twist.

    Photo Credit: Mango Studios

  • Ornament

    Ornament

    If you're getting hitched around the holidays, incorporate the festive occasion into your favors, like this couple who decided to give out Christmas tree ornaments.

  • Towel

    Towel

    Any seaside ceremony, destination soirée, or summertime bash would benefit from this beach-friendly favor idea. The thank-you note wrapped in twine is such a sweet detail.

    Photo Credit: Jenny Ebert

  • Sunglasses

    Sunglasses

    Not only do sunglasses help shield your guests from the sun during an outdoor wedding, but they also provide plenty of fun photo ops as well. Attach ribbon to each pair along with a brief message so that guests know they're theirs to keep.

  • Miniature Pizza

    Miniature Pizza

    There's nothing wedding guests love more than late-night treats, and pizza is a huge crowd-pleaser for the car ride home (if they can even wait that long to dig in!).

    Photo Credit: Chameleon Imagery

  • Pizza Cutter

    Pizza Cutter

    Couples who enjoy cooking together can share their hobby with loved ones by gifting them a kitchen gadget they'll be able to enjoy for years to come.

  • Apple Butter

    Apple Butter

    A quintessential fall wedding favor, guests can mix apple butter into their morning oatmeal, slather it on biscuits or muffins, use it to sweeten up pork dishes, and more.

    Photo Credit: JoPhoto

  • Koozies

    Koozies

    Beverage koozies embossed with your monogram, custom artwork, or a witty saying give "to have and to hold" a whole new meaning.

  • Caramel Popcorn

    Caramel Popcorn

    Flavored popcorn favors were a hit with guests who attended this wedding at a historic movie theater.

    Photo Credit: Ueda Photography

  • Jam and Pepper Jelly

    Jam and Pepper Jelly

    Sweet vs. savory: Guests got to choose between strawberry jam or pepper jelly at this country-chic wedding. 

    Photo Credit: J. Harper Photography

  • Honey

    Honey

    Newlyweds are gifting local jars of honey with sweet details such as bee charms, wooden honey dippers, and colorful ribbon.

  • Lavender Salt

    Lavender Salt

    Savory seasonings are on the upswing. Bonus: they have a long shelf life, so they can be assembled months before the big day without fear of spoiling.

    Photo Credit: Loree Photography

  • Potted Herbs

    Potted Herbs

    Rosemary, basil, or thyme plants make wonderful eco-friendly favors. Guests can plant them and use fresh herbs year-round in their cooking.

  • Succulents

    Succulents

    Make your escort cards do double-duty as favors with gorgeous and low-maintenance succulents.

    Photo Credit: Linczak Photography

  • Water Bottle

    Water Bottle

    Guests will think of you every time they're on the go with a refillable water bottle that's perfect for the gym or toting to work. Consider a versatile design motif, such as the "love" one pictured here, rather than including your names.

30 Favor Ideas From Real Weddings

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