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. I found some chocolate molds of fleur di lis, so I’m gonna be making chocolate.
    I also have cookie cutters in the shape of his my future initial, a wedding dress, and a wedding cake.
    and the main article mentioned honey jars, I found a jar at work from someone’s wedding and the label on top said “I married my honey”

  2. just FYI the jasmine balls on the site above (called “xiangpian” in Chinese) can be found for far less than that site charges. Almost any large Asian grocery should sell them, or if you live near a major city, somewhere in Chinatown or anywhere with a large East Asian community.

  3. We’re getting married at a working ranch in northern California, and they grow almonds, olives, and some lavender. They also have bee hives. We decided to go with small bottles of olive oil pressed with the olives from their ranch. They’re super cute, and the olive oil is actually really good! Otherwise we would have gone with jars of honey…but the olive oil seemed a bit more unusual 🙂

  4. We are having a New York Yankees themed wedding!!! We are getting the baseball hat bowls that they serve ice cream in at Yankee Stadium and are filling them with chocolates. I’m so excited! Our wedding is still a year away, but we’ve been engaged since last May and have been planning ever since!

  5. I’m inspired. I live in Tennessee, and since that’s the birthplace of Moonpies, and the only place you can get Sundrop Soda….Maybe those will be our favors!!! I have a feeling my husband to be will flip over that idea! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not redneck or country at all, I just think it would be funny, and since we’re on a small budget, it would be cheap and everyone would like it!

  6. For our fall wedding we did glass bottles of colored sugar and we paired them with varied tea bags and our favorite sugar cookie recipe and cookie cutters. We called them Cookies and Tea with OurName and Me 🙂 They were awesome!

  7. We’re having pancakes instead of a traditional wedding cake, so we really want to give mini maple syrups as favors. The only problem I’m coming across is that they’re pretty pricey. Any suggestions for finding wee maple syrups that are fairly inexpensive but still tasty?

    • If you click on the photo of the maple syrup at the bottom of the post it’ll take you to a place that sells them online for around $12 for a pack of 3, which breaks down to something like $4 a bottle.

    • You could also buy your own maple syrup in bulk and just fill regular small bottles – they don’t have to be maple-leaf shaped! You would need a teeny tiny funnel, but I bet it would be a whole heckuva lot cheaper than $4 a bottle.

      Here – these amber 1 oz. bottles (http://www.sunburstbottle.com/glass-bottles/amber-glass-boston-round/AB1) are $0.40 each. You can get 16 oz. of maple syrup at the grocery store for less than $20 in NY. So each bottle would be about $1.50 each! The two ounce bottles at that same site are only $0.45 each. So two ounce bottles would be about $2.75 each.

  8. instead of a candy bar, we’re doing a cookie bar. Making tons of cookie dough early on and then the night before having the bridesmaids and mom and a few cousins come over for some wine and cookie baking! We also have chinese take out boxes personalized with a custom rubber stamp. Can’t wait to taste our 6 difference cookie recipes!

    • Cookie tables are a big Pittsburgh/Western PA tradition – only all of the ladies of the family spend weeks getting cookies ready! FH’s cousins did this and it was so hilarious watching all these glammed up Italian aunties buzzing around the table, making sure THEIR cookies were on top so people would take them. They had little boxes for us, too. It was great fun.

      Consider making your cookies 2 or 3 days before if you’re going to be busy night before wedding – they’ll keep and you don’t need more stress!

      Here’s a video about the tradition (not the same bride!) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/16/dining/16cookies.html?em

  9. We do not have a theme, but we are going to have a photo booth. Guests will be taking home awesome photo booth style pics for favors =)

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