If you’re like me, you enjoy giving gifts that not only spoil the recipient but have a real purpose too. In our throwaway society, this isn’t always easy, and it’s even more challenging when it comes to wedding favors. These little thank-yous tend to be one-hit wonders that end up in the trash and are never thought of again.
But they don’t have to be like that.
If you want to say thank you with something that lasts – or at the very least get all used up – we’ve got great ideas for your wedding guests.
These ten fabulous favors can all incorporate a vintage twist in one way or another and are sure to leave a lasting impression!
Besides being an incredibly useful herb in the kitchen, rosemary has a lot of symbolism – especially at weddings. It signifies love, happiness, and loyalty. The exact ingredients you want in your marriage.
A small vintage-inspired tin bucket of rosemary with a thoughtful message from the bride and groom is a great gift to leave at every guest’s place setting. Every time they pluck off a leaf to use in their cooking, they’ll think of you.
Personalized Hand Sanitizers
As health and hygiene have become a growing concern, most people now carry hand sanitizer around with them. Giving your guests personalized bottles of sanitizer mixed with something like tea tree oil so that it won’t dry out their hands is a favor they’ll get plenty of use out of.
You can personalize the label, adding an extra touch of class, and you can use recyclable bottles to ensure they don’t end up in a landfill.
There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day and lighting a few candles to set the mood. Give your guests the gift of relaxation with scented candles and help them fan the flames of romance too!
You can opt for natural beeswax or even make your own if you’re crafty and have the time. The bride and groom’s initials or wedding date can be printed or embossed onto the wax as an added touch.
If you’re looking for a useful wedding favor, you can’t go wrong with an old-school box of matches. There are stylish and sturdy metal boxes that can be inscribed with your wedding date and a short thank you message to make them more personal.
Your guests can keep them in an easy-to-access place, and every time that they need to light a candle or the barbeque, they’ll think of your special day.
If there’s one thing that you can never have enough of, it’s bottle openers! Gifting your guests with a bottle opener will make them smile every time that they reach for it. You could also package them in boxes that can be reused for a variety of purposes.
Plants and Planters
If you’re having a garden wedding, you can carry on the theme with your favors. Mini planters make for a very useful gift, and they can be painted in your wedding colors too.
We also love the idea of giving guests packets of seeds with messages such as ‘love blossoms here,’ ‘it’s thyme to celebrate or ‘let love bloom’ written on them. You can opt for planters or seeds, or both together if you prefer.
When you’re watching the game or sitting outside with a couple of friends, there’s nothing better than enjoying an ice-cold beer. But that beer may not stay cold for long.
Wedding koozies are a great gift for just about anyone who loves a cold drink – it doesn’t even have to be alcoholic. You can design your own koozies and have them printed with a message, monogram, or any other design, ensuring that every time they get used, your big day will be fondly remembered.
Mini Hurricane Lanterns
Mini hurricane lanterns are the perfect addition to any outside table. They keep the wind from blowing out your candles and add a sense of pizazz to your décor. These little lanterns can last for years, and just about everyone will find them useful.
You may even find an assortment of little lanterns at a good price at a vintage or thrift shop, or you can scour yard sales for those that have the perfect look and feel. And as an added plus, you could incorporate them into your table settings and ask guests to take them home when they leave.
Olive Oil or Honey
Olive oil and honey are certainly things that everyone will use, and if you package them in an attractive, refillable bottle or jar, you’ve got a great gift that your guests will love.
Vintage glass bottles with rubber stoppers are an excellent choice for olive oil, and mason jars or those with stripped lids are ideal for honey. You can also design your own labels or tags that perfectly reflect the style of your wedding.
Saying thank you in this way will undoubtedly taste good to your guests!
This last favor takes some effort, but the results will be worth it!
Everyone needs a coaster at home, and you can go the extra mile by designing customized sets for your guests. You can opt for sets that all feature the same messages or images or choose to individualize them.
If you’ve got some happy snaps with your nearest and dearest, having these printed on coasters is a wonderful idea. Alternatively, a funny quote or message that has special meaning works just as well.
Make sure your wedding favors tie in with your theme and are useful too. Use these ideas to give your guests a gift that will remind them of your special day long after exchanging vows.