Whether it be cupcakes, cookies, or little bottles of chili garlic infused olive oil (with a little chili floating in it for cuteness), guests can appreciate the luxury of a gourmet treat. A great example of a functional yet gourmet favor is chocolate menus. Groom Farshid Kazi, ” Our guests loved the chocolate menus at our wedding, thanks to my wedding planners at Ethnic Essence. Some actually didn’t realize they were chocolate.”
If your family includes alcohol in the festivities, a great option for you might be mini wine bottles. Many brides give out small bottles of wine with a custom labels with their wedding theme or an image. “We gave our guests full size bottles of wine, because we like to drink. They were great to have for the afterparty!” shares bride Sarina Rao.
The worst favor I’ve ever received was lipgloss in the form of a baby carriage at a bridal shower. There is really no appropriate place to bring that out. Though it’s nice to give your guests functional gifts, think long and hard about if the item will fit into their lifestyle. Some safe bets are glass coasters that double as a picture frame. They are not committing to a color scheme and can match any home!
A compilation CD is a great souviner for a special occasion. The songs you danced to, the tunes you fell in love to share who you are as a couple. Alia Zubair share her love for love song CDs with “the bride and groom’s name, picture and wedding date on the CD on a nice label,” she includes, “and if the music is nice it would be kept in the cars for a long time!”
People love choices, so to satisfy picky guests, consider doing a “Build Your Own Treat Bag or Box” station. Fill it with various types of candies, personalized treats, and your wedding colors.”Candy stations get cleaned out quickly! Something about beautiful candy brings out the kid in you,” shares Bride Sandra Malhotra.
— NATASHA KHAN