GUEST APPRECIATION

Today’s best options

Michelle Erwin

Words by Rebecca Mitchell

Gone are the days of stale-tasting Jordan almonds and cheap tchotchkes as wedding favors. You know, the favors that guests would rather leave at the reception than bring home. Wedding favors have evolved to be thoughtful, practical items—often edible treats. Today, couples select favors that reflect their personalities, match their wedding theme, or coordinate with the season.

While favors aren’t an essential wedding element, if well-played, couples can show their gratitude toward their guests by investing in a nice gift. Does that mean your wedding favors must rival the likes of the lavish Oscar’s Gift Bags? Absolutely not. A favor’s true value is inherent to the act of giving, but the presentation as well as the gift should reflect your intentions. With creativity and prudence, you can put together a nice token of appreciation for your guests.

For inspiration, browse Pinterest, talk to your wedding planner, and shop locally. The possibilities are truly endless, but here are some ideas to get you started:

Baked Goods
Individually wrapped cookies, breads, or petite cakes

Savory Treats
Buffalo jerky or elk summer sausage

Sweets
Chocolates, foil-wrapped truffles, mints, honey, or jam

Wine, Beer, Whiskey, or Vodka
Customize a wine, beer, or liquor bottle using your wedding logo. Consult one of our many local breweries, wineries, or distilleries to craft a personalized beverage for your guests.

Potted Plant
Take your potted table centerpieces and gift them to your guests.

Charity Donation
Instead of giving a tangible wedding favor, consider donating to a favorite charity in your guests’ names.

One-of-a-Kind Items
If time and creativity are on your side, consider making your wedding favors, like Hannah (“Blending Traditions,” page 76), who sewed felt fortune cookies filled with inspirational quotes.

Teton Memorabilia
Locally made energy bars, canvas tote bags with a Wyoming logo, huckleberry treats, or locally roasted coffee

Depending on your budget and ideas, decide whether you will give a favor to each couple or individual you invite. And, don’t forget the children: A child-specific treat is especially considerate. Once you have your final count, add several extras in case your original estimate is off. Individual favors can be put at each place setting, while favors for couples or families should be labeled and arranged on a table near the exit. If your guest list is large, you may wish to enlist a friend to help ensure each guest receives a wedding favor.

When it comes to weddings, remember that details deliver. Providing thoughtful wedding favors is the perfect finishing touch to your grand wedding!

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