05 - Favor bottles and instructions
I admit it, picking the perfect favors for our weirdo beach wedding was one of my favorite things about planning. I love giving gifts AND I loved using it as a way to enhance the shark theme of our wedding. So I thought I'd help ya'll out by writing a series of posts on finding the perfect wedding favors. Now, of course, with anything on Offbeat Bride, it's all optional! Favors are not by any means necessary, but they can be fun if you find the right stuff.

By far my favorite wedding favors have been the edible ones. Mostly because they don't add to the cluttered mess of my apartment, the last thing I need is more stuff. But the very best part about edible wedding favors is that yummy treats can appeal to almost everyone. Here are a few of my favorites…

Wedding Favours

Jellies and jams and honey. This is a great option if you are a.) any good at preserving; b.) having a wedding on a farm; or c.) are cursed with a bee infestation. Plus little jars of sweet stuff are adorable and easy to decorate. If you find that you aren't blessed with the talent of preserving, Amazon offers pre-canned jams and jellies and all the supplies.

[related-post align=”right”]Having a beach wedding? You can make your own bottles of sea salt. I once threw a wedding shower for a girl friend who was getting married on the beach so I thought that “sea salt” favors would be appropriate — I followed this Martha Stewart tutorial for making rosemary sea salt — it was a hit.

Chocolates! The great thing about chocolate (you know, besides the yumminess factor) is that you can easily shape your chocolate favors to match your theme — for example these Lego chocolate favors.

Old Fashioned Candy Table

Host a candy bar. This is easy, a total crowd pleaser and also visually stunning. Purchase bags of m&ms, jelly beansrock candy, salt water taffy, Hershey kisses, lollipops, etc., set 'em up in pretty candy jars and then provide bags for your guests to fill with their favorite candies.

Cupcakes. This is easy if you're serving cupcakes instead of a wedding cake… get ahold of small, individual boxes or cellophane bags and send guests home with their own cupcake.

While we're still talking about sweet things, what about caramelized or chocolate covered apples.

Fortune cookies with custom fortunes. I love the fact that this favor is not only yummy, but can also be interactive!

Pettersson's Celebration Ale

Home-brewed wedding beer. If there are any home-brewers out there this would be perfect. Take inspiration from OBT member Angie's home-brewed beer favors.

Bags or boxes of loose tea, perfect for “tea party” wedding favors. I've also recently become obsessed with Jasmine lotus balls since I saw something about them in Sky Mall (no joke) and I loved that Tribe member Essie gave them out at her tea party wedding.

Mints. Easy-peasy and you can always use the ever popular “mint to be.” Plus you can find or decorate tins to match any wedding aesthetic, for example these Nintendo mints, pirate mints, and mints in modern colors.

Location specific treats would be great for destination weddings or as a way to stimulate the local economy. Having a wedding in Canada or New England? What about maple syrup. A wedding in Seattle or Hawaii? Give your guests great local coffee! San Francisco wedding? What about Ghirardelli chocolates?

If you're having a fall wedding and you're decorating with pumpkins, think about seasoning and baking the pumpkin seeds to give as your favors. Home-made with love and tasty!

Any of you treat-savvy Offbeat Brides out there have any more suggestions? Leave 'em in the comments!

Comments on Yummy wedding favors to please ’em all

  1. Since we’re having an adult only wedding we’re thinking about giving out little bottles of infused vodka. I made a bunch as christmas gifts last year and it was a total hit! they’re super easy to make, you just have to start a few months in advance.

  2. We’re handing out $1 scratch off tickets with some candy as well!

    I guess we’ll see if any guests are lucky and make some $

    🙂

  3. we are giving out packets of flower seeds in pretty envelope things, i figure that even if the guests throw them away the packetsare biodegradable and there will be flowers SOMEWHERE from the wedding!

  4. We are true southerners! We are making candied pecans for favors! Which means i don’t care if anyone takes them home or not, they are my favorite!

  5. a freind of mine is an amazing sugar artist and is making decorated butterfly cookies for me
    but here are some funky ideas
    *wine glass markers with peoples names on
    *hand made chocolate truffles with little bits of edible gold leaf on them
    *hand made jars of nut butter, lemon curd,
    * hand painted wine glasses
    *hand made macadamia brittle
    *material or craft made book marks with your initials

  6. We’re getting married on Easter Saturday (omg – since its 00.29 Friday morning, that means wedding day is technically tomorrow, eek!), so we decided on little bags of mini Easter eggs, 5 per bag like the traditional sugared almonds 🙂

  7. We’re doing 1/2 bottles of wine with custom labels (just so happens that the wine is coming from vines which will be right behind the guests during the ceremony, but i think they’d be fun otherwise too!!).

  8. I bought green and white striped paper bags from ebay and filled them with pick n mix. We’ve secured the bags with success stickers. You know the ones you get in school? They say “Well done”, “You tried hard” etc. My fiancee and I are both teachers!

  9. We’ve got a sunflower theme going on, so we are probably going to do one of these: 1) chocolate/candy covered sunflower seeds from a local company in bright colors, 2) roasted (savory) sunflower seeds, or 3) seed packets of non-edible, plantable sunflowers for the guests gardens. Either way, if I have leftovers, no big deal…

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