It’s hard to think of unique wedding favors that your guests will actually use, but sometimes you don’t have to go TOO far outside the box to find the perfect one. Think of everyday items that you use and love, or think about what gifts you love receiving. One thing to remember when picking out wedding favors is to find something that guys and girls will love (lace handkerchiefs? not so much), and also a wedding favor that won’t break the bank. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite ideas for unique wedding favors, above, to help you find the perfect one for your wedding.
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Our Favorite Ideas for Unique Wedding Favors
Before I disappoint any of you, let me get this off my chest: I’m not a huge fan of food wedding favors. Yes, I know it’s one of the easier wedding favors to to have, but cake pops, stale cookies, candies, mints, and any other food that comes wrapped in plastic just doesn’t seem fun to me. One exception to my “no food” rule is doughnuts, Yes, doughnuts. I think a small, two doughnut box of Krispy Kremes is enough to get any wedding guest excited. At 1 in the morning, NOTHING tastes better than that sugary glaze. But that’s where I draw the line, sorry to say.
While you’re trying to think of wedding favors that might be good for your guests, just remember to keep these key points in mind:
- Wedding favors should be unisex. Meaning there’s no point in handing out pink hankies for every guest unless you’re only inviting women.
- Wedding favors have to travel home with people, so make sure guests will be able to fly with them or travel a long distance in their car (IE: should be under 3.4 oz.; should not be perishable, unless they’re meant to be eaten that night).
- You should have a wedding favor for every guest, so make sure to keep that in mind when considering cost.
With that said, here are a few unique wedding favors we love:
Coasters: Who doesn’t need a cute coaster for home? We love the idea of not making your wedding date/names too obvious on them. For example, we like the way one couple put their wedding info on the back of the tile coaster. That way your guests can use them at home without it feeling too hokey.
Luggage Tags: While they are the most expensive wedding favor option on the list, personalize luggage tags for each wedding guest is a useful and thoughtful gift that they will definitely use again.
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Hangover Kit: Even though not all guests will use this, it’s a super appreciated morning-after gift that will definitely come in handy.
Ornaments: Like with the coasters, if you make the ornament less focused on your wedding and more about the gift itself, guests will most likely love the idea of using these for years to come (like getting a souvenir on a vacation!).
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One thing to remember is that even though wedding favors are fun and great to have, if you’re on a tight budget they are one of the first things you should eliminate. You can take the time, effort, and money you were going to spend on unique wedding favors and instead put that towards another wedding necessity.
In fact, a recent survey conducted by WomanGettingMarried.com revealed that more than 47% of couples are NOT having wedding favors. So, whichever way you decide to go you’ll be in great company. 🙂
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I love the wedding gift ideas you have here! The mug idea would be really easy, but memorable too. We’re getting married in a few short months, so this is great for us to read.