For a meaningful and affordable wedding favor, make an old-school mix CD. Choose (non-cheesy) love songs, music by you and your wife’s favorite artists, or a selection of songs you plan to play at the reception. Personalize CD covers with a snapshot of you and your beloved on one of your first dates or choose an image that fits the theme of the music.
Here’s the thing: Even though it’s your wedding, guests probably would rather have photos of themselves. So, instead of photos of you and your lady in heart-shaped frames (a “gift” only your mothers will love), set up an old-fashioned black and white photo booth. As the night goes on, the moments captured in the photo booth are bound to keep getting better. Choose a machine that prints duplicates so your guests can take home a copy and leave one for you. Your friends and family will leave with a photo they will actually display and you’ll have all kinds of fun candid shots from the evening that you otherwise might have missed.
If you want to give partygoers an edible treat, skip the generic cookies and candy and opt for local goodies your guests can’t get just anywhere. East Coast brides might give guests saltwater taffy, for example, and Chicago wedding guests would be thrilled to get a bag of popcorn from the city’s famous Garrett Popcorn Shops.
Give a little love
It’s a wedding, it’s about love – everyone gets that. No need to knock guests over the head with aforementioned heart-shaped frames, but I think favors that nod a bit more subtly to the “L word” can be kind of cute. These love bird salt-and-pepper shakers, for instance, are not only romantic, they are practical too.
Message on a bottle
If you absolutely must have a party favor with your photo on it, put it on something your guests will actually use. If you can afford it, personalized bottles of wine are a wedding favor you can be sure won’t end up in the junk drawer. Or, for a more formal wedding, send guests homes with a split of champagne. If hundreds of bottles of wine aren’t in your budget, consider a small bottle of olive oil with a customized label commemorating your big day.
What’s the best favor you’ve ever received at a wedding?