Wedding guest favors at an outdoor weddingPlanning a wedding can be stressful, but one of the more fun tasks is deciding what kind of party favor you want to provide for your wedding guests. Every couple is different, so your party favor can reflect something personal about you and your spouse, a symbol of how you met, or it can go along with your wedding theme.
 
With so many details of planning your wedding, this element should be something that represents the two of you and is a symbol of who you are together. You want your guests to like the favor you provide, and making sure it’s useful (or edible!) is a great way to do just that. As you’ll see, some of these favors are simple and easy to do yourself, and some will take time as you’ll need to have them printed and ordered ahead of time.
 

Matches:

A book or box of matches is a popular item for weddings. They offer a simple, cost-effective solution, and you can have plenty on hand for all your guests. You can work with a graphic designer to provide custom artwork to have applied. Alternatively, the company you order them may have templated options for you to choose from so that you don’t have to pay a designer.
 
Have fun with the messaging: “Match Made in Heaven,” “Perfect Match,” “Come on, baby, light my fire,” or “Your presence warms our hearts.” Whatever the message, you can make it as personal as you like.
 

Candles:

This very popular option can be offered along with the matches if your budget allows, or just as a stand-alone gift. There are dozens of ways that you can design this gift from the very simple to more intricate designs.
 
Your photo can be added to the lid of a metal tin with your messaging all around the sides, or you can offer candles in Mason jars with lids. Another idea is pillar candles with your messaging printed on the candle itself. Messaging can also be printed on cardstock and wrapped around the candle and taped.
 

Drinking glasses:

One clever gift to offer your guests is a wine glass. You can purchase specialty glasses in the color of your wedding theme that either match or are miss-matched. You don’t even need to have anything printed on them, though that is always an option.
 
You can place them on a table with a sign that says something like, “Choose a glass and use it today, then take it home with you as a reminder of this special day.” This accomplishes a couple of things; not only will you have a beautiful and unique gift for your guests, but your crew won’t have to wash wine glasses!
 

Specialty mugs:

Like the glasses, you can offer these gifts to your guests to use at the reception and then take home. Or, you can fill them with candy, nuts, or something unique to you. These can be personalized with your names, wedding date, and a personal message for your friends and family.
 

Tile Trivets:

Trivets are always a good gift as most people cook, and for those that don’t, it can be used under a plant or simply as a decoration.
 
There are a couple of ways you can design this gift. You can design the trivet’s face to have your names, wedding date, and any other special messaging that you would like to add. Or, you can find a beautiful decorative tile or a set of tiles and then have your message stamped on the back.
 

Bottle Opener:

Bottle openers are useful to most people, and there are dozens of designs to choose from. You can find them in all metal and a metal/wood combination. They come in all shapes and sizes and have room for messaging. This is a wonderful gift that will be used for years to come by any of your guests.
 

Hand Fans:

This is a great gift to provide for your guests when you’re having an outdoor wedding or a wedding in a hot location. Fans come in hundreds of options, from paper fans with your messaging, to an elegant Sandalwood fan or cloth fan. Your guests will appreciate this gift on a hot day!
 

“Dancing Shoes:”

a.k.a. Flip flops! Your guests will most likely be dressed up and wearing heels and dress shoes. What better way to support them in dancing comfortably than providing baskets of flip flops for them to have so that they can take off their dress shoes and dance the night away comfortably?
 
Offer them in large baskets or a large trunk with a sign that encourages guests to put on their “dancing shoes.” Flip flops come in all colors, so you can find them in a color that will accent your theme.
 

Herbal Soaps:

This is a simple but delightful gift. A bar of herbal soap that you can wrap a ribbon or band of card stock around and attach or imprint your message. You can also add sprigs of herbs under the ribbon to add a special touch to your presentation.
 

Succulent Plants:

Succulent plants are a delicate and wonderful gift for your guests, and there are many ways to preset them to show off your unique style. Succulent plants can come in little clay or plastic pots that you can tie a card around with a ribbon with your unique messaging and directions on how to care for the plants.
 
You can order shot glasses with special messaging for a doubly special gift and have your succulent plants set inside for your guests to take home. Another idea is to offer the plants to your guests in a small Mason jar or a tiny decorative flower pot.
 

Other Live Plants:

This is an excellent, unique gift to provide your guests and a great way to personalize your offering. If you both like to cook, perhaps you offer live Basil, Oregano or Thyme plants. If you’re into symbolism, you might choose Rosemary for Remembrance, Daffodils for Passion, the Wax Flower for Lasting Love, Patience and Enduring Wealth, or the Sunflower for Happiness.
 
Tree saplings are also an excellent option, and you can choose from Japanese Maples, Fir Trees, Black Walnut, Dogwood, Fig, Apple saplings…the list is almost endless. This is a wonderful gift as when you visit your friends and family, you can check on the growth progress of your “wedding tree.”
 

Seed Packets:

Seed packets are a delightful gift to offer your guests, and you can choose your favorite flower, a wildflower mix, herbal, succulent, or vegetable seeds. The packaging can be customized with your information and messaging, and you won’t break the bank!
 

S’more Kits:

For a sweet treat, you can create S’more “kits” where you put all the ingredients together in a decorative plastic baggie or wrap them in a way that your guests can see the uncooked treat inside. You can include your message on the wrapper or on a ribbon that ties the wrapper together.
 

Hot Cocoa Mix with Extras:

Who doesn’t love a delicious mug of hot cocoa? You can find pre-made plastic cones with the cocoa mix in the bottom, then a layer of chocolate chips, crushed or whole peppermints, and then mini-marshmallows. You can wrap and deliver this mixture up in several ways – in a coffee mug, in plastic cones, layered in Mason jars, specialty jars, or even in glass tubes with corks in the top!
 

Chocolates and Chocolate Bars:

There are a number of companies that offer personalizes wrappers with your favorite chocolate so you can get as creative as you like with your messaging.
 

Trail Mix with Chocolate:

There are several ways to mix things up when choosing a trail mix type of food for your party favor. You can include your favorite combination of flavors and create a bag of the mix for everyone. You can have a sign that says something like “Jesse and Mike – a perfect mix!”
 

Big Cookies:

There are many gourmet cookies that you can find and wrap up for your guests. Cookies can be presented in decorative plastic bags with ribbon, little cookie boxes wrapped with a ribbon, in little paper bags or cones. All of these options are good ones, and you can add your message to the containers or hang a tag from the wrapping with your information included. There are lots of ways to present these options and keep with the theme of your wedding.
 

The Foothills Event Center

When you come to The Foothills Event Center, you’re not only renting a beautiful, modern facility. Our talented and incredibly creative and knowledgeable staff can help you design the perfect wedding and offer suggestions about these and many other aspects of your wedding day, from creative and fun ideas to picking the very best vendors for your day. For a free, socially distanced tour, call or text The Foothills (530) 271-1000.
 

Amanda Rodgers
Written by Amanda Rodgers

Amanda has over 30 years’ experience in promotions, marketing, event production, operations, and fundraising in both the entertainment and corporate markets. She began producing events at the young age of 16 at a local community radio station. A few years later, Amanda moved to Palo Alto to work at an Apple software retail company. She worked for several software startup companies, including Wollongong, Attachmate, and RadMedia, managing their trade show events across the country. In 1993, she moved back to Nevada County, resumed managing events for her local radio station, and produced private events and weddings as an independent contractor.

As an independent contractor, she has broadened her reach and experience and has participated in events with organizations such as Vanern Enterprises. There, she was in registration for a global congress in Montreal, Canada, and Caspian Agency out of Los Angeles, where she was on the team that orchestrated Al Gore’s worldwide VIP movie premiere for An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power. She took a position with Music in the Mountains, a classical music production company. She managed both their Production and Operations departments for almost two years before joining Foothills Events Center as the Venue Assistant Manager in 2019.

Amanda assists with all aspects of the Foothills Event Center’s concerts, parties, celebrations, fundraisers, weddings, and other events. She observes our events as they happen, to ensure the clients and event attendees have a seamless event.