So in this generation of brides, picking favors is less about which wrapping/display to put the candied almonds in and more about finding something functional. With all the weddings I’ve gone to in my life (and there have been a lot), I have gotten some really good ones like bookmarks that were the place cards used to tell the guests where they were sitting, a small bottle of wine (which was promptly drunk with dinner), and the ever popular bag of goodies from the candy bar.
But since it is still part of the 12 days of Christmas, it made me think about what were things that would be fun for the holiday season. When I think of holiday/winter weddings, I think more cozy. When thinking up different kinds of favors, I kept thinking of things that made me happy and that made me think of prosperity and growth. At the end of the year, we tend to reflect and share our thoughts on the year that has flown by and what sort of growth we need in the new year.
What a perfect way to share then to print out your favorite recipe and share with your guests. Maybe it’s Gramma’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies or Aunt Betty’s Beef Stew or any other recipe that you and your intended love. Heck, it could even be something from Paula Dean (Lord knows, everything she makes is gonna be full of buttery goodness!) or the Barefoot Contessa (carb loading people!), it doesn’t matter. What also makes this idea versatile is on one side can be the place card telling your guests which table they will be sitting at and the other side can be the recipe! Two in one that will save on printing! You can even go a step farther if you and your intended are fond of cooking by having each table have a different recipe and decorating that table top with some of the ingredients for that particular recipe and allowing your guests to take home the fresh herbs on the table (OKAY I need to stop myself and turn that into another post!).
Another idea comes from the idea of growth in the new year. If your wedding is either at or after the big harvest season, why not give your guests the gift of growth by gifting them a packet of seeds to plant. An easy DIY idea, buy seeds in bulk of your favorite herbs, flowers, or vegetables along with little envelopes and either write on the envelope or print out labels that can be glued on with a cute moniker like “Love Blooms” or “Seeds of Love” with your name and wedding date. You can even go a little farther by putting the pouch of seeds in with a small clay pot that has their name and table assignment on it. Once again, a 2-in-1 sort of deal by having the favor and the place card as one which may ease on the purse strings.
My favorite thing to do at Christmas time is decorate the tree. Looking back at all the ornaments I made in school and remembering moments is a great family tradition. If that’s something important to you and your fiancé(e), then why not do an ornament as a favor. You can buy them in bulk from Target or Walmart and make it a little DIY project with friends or family. You can write directly on the ornament with a permanent marker and put your names and the date or you can print out a little tag and tie it to a bow on the bulb. Here we are again with a perfect way to tie in your place card and your favor by writing the person’s name and their table number on the other side. It adds a person touch to the favor and the guest is more likely to hang their favor on the tree seeing as it connects the two of you. You can even save a little on rentals by buying your Christmas Tree early and hanging the ornaments from the tree or any other kind of foliage.
Favors can always be combined with place cards. It’s the simplest and most efficient way to have both at your event. They are also the easiest DIY ideas to have. When trying to figure out what needs to be cut, think more about what can be condensed. Place cards and favors are an excellent idea when trying to find a way to have a special and person touch to your event and the planning process.