With wedding season in full swing, it's likely you're either planning a wedding for this summer, or perhaps you're thinking about a wedding for the upcoming winter season. Whatever the date, wedding party favors seem to be a hot topic of debate in the realm of wedding planning. To give, or not to give—that is the question! If you're considering giving something to guests to remind them of that special day, you'll want to give them something truly unique. Move over, obligatory Jordan almonds and make way for these creative wedding favors!
1. Tote Bags
Perfect for any season and oh-so useful, personalized tote bags make excellent wedding favors. Plain tote bags are inexpensive, and they are easy to customize yourself, should you wish to make your own wedding favors. Short on time? Some wedding shops offer personalized totes, but they will cost you more than if you design them yourself.
Having the ideal summer wedding? Candies and chocolates might not be the best wedding favor to leave for guests in the hot summer sun. Sunglasses are a great way to keep your guests comfortable and to remind them of your special day for years to come. A plus? Frames come in a variety of styles and can be personalized in so many ways. You are limited only by your imagination! Like tote bags, sunglasses can also be personalized professionally by many wedding and party vendors.
3. Candy in Personalized Wrappers
A bit more on the traditional side, personalized candy wrappers and candy seem to be mainstays when it comes to wedding favors. From those oft-present Jordan almonds to the more modern chocolate bars, this is another easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your wedding. Why mess with a classic? Choose your candy and pick out those personalized candy wrappers. It's a great way to make an impression on wedding guests with a sweet-tooth, and it also makes for a well-appreciated shower or bachelorette party gift.
4. Individual Bath Salts
Do-it-yourself bath salts are all the rage these days. Whether they are for personal use, a Christmas gift for a relative or birthday gift for a relative, chances are you've already got a recipe or two on one of your Pinterest boards. Individual bath salts are a unique and affordable way to pamper your wedding guests. Luxurious, little jars of bath salt also make wonderful bridal shower favors.
5. Hangover Rescue Kits
Hangover rescue kits or "cures" are a must-have if your guests will be drinking. From a personalized bottle of water, to a hangover remedy-packed kit, you can make this wedding favor as simple or as complex as you like. As with the other do-it-yourself ideas, this concept is flexible and budget friendly. Hangover rescue kits also make great bachelor and bachelorette party favors!
6. S'mores Kits
Perfect for weddings in late summer or early fall, individual s'mores kits are another creative alternative to more conventional wedding favors. These can be as basic or as decadent as you prefer, and thus they can work for any budget. All you need are some graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate bars and cute craft supplies to make these adorable and unforgettable gifts for your guests.
7. Individual Hot Cocoa Mix
Planning a winter wedding? Get your guests in the comfy, cozy mood with these individual hot cocoa favors. With some jars, craft supplies and some ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, you can create some of the most memorable wedding favors possible! You can customize the ingredients for different hot cocoa flavors, and you can decorate the packaging however you like. If you like the concept but don't have the time for a do-it-yourself project, some vendors sell personalized hot cocoa packets.
8. Lip Balm
Personalized lip balm is another out-of-the-box concept for a winter wedding favor that offers a lot of flexibility. If you're going for more expression or you are looking to save some cash for the honeymoon, you can make your own lip balm favors in a variety of different flavors and scents. As with the other ideas above, you can also buy personalized lip balm or do-it-yourself kits from vendors, should you need to save yourself some time and energy. Either way, lip balm can be an interesting and practical wedding favor for your guests.
You probably already know that sachets are little bags of perfumed flowers or aromatic herbs that people typically place in drawers or closets to make the space smell pleasant. What you might not know is that these herb and flower-filled pouches make creative wedding favors as well. As with sunglasses or totes, these unconventional wedding party favors can either be bought or made at home.
10. Travel Kits
Whether you're having a summer or winter wedding, a homemade travel kit can be a useful and memorable wedding favor that doesn't break the bank. This idea is highly versatile, as the kits can be made in a variety of ways on virtually any budget, and it's the perfect favor for a destination wedding.