How do you plan to thank your guests? Will your planner set out wedding favors at the end of the night? You did upgrade to the premium open bar package and beef tenderloin filets for everyone. So, is that enough to say thank you for coming?
Traditionally, wedding favors are quite common. In fact, the earliest wedding favors date back to 16th century England, newlyweds created love knots as a symbol of their bond. Isn’t that sweet?! Popular wedding favors vary depending on cultural and family traditions. Of all the celebrations you’ve attended, certainly you recall Jordan almonds and personalized trinkets, or maybe you left those at your table?
If you and your future spouse decide to make this tradition part of your big day, here are a few memorable THANK YOU’s that we recommend you consider…
Create An Experience: Reallocate that wedding favor budget to add a fun activity.
Maybe your friends’ koozie collections are overflowing. Therefore, it is time to get creative with that wedding favor budget. Add an interactive element to your reception, instead of sending guests home with more disposable swag. Individually wrapped s’mores packages will encourage everyone to gather around a fire pit, laugh and be merry!
Another personal favorite is a cigar rolling station. There are local companies, like our friends in Soulard at Gran Cru Cigars, that create custom cigar flavors with personalized labels. Cigars are a great take-away that guests can enjoy later or at the reception. Talk to your wedding planner, who can design a swanky cigar lounge with scotch pairings for guests to experience during the reception.
Be Charitable: Select a charity that you can contribute to in lieu of gifts.
First of all, weddings are big investments, and consequently there are days that budget can be a big pill to swallow. Rather than spending more on wedding favors that may not fit into guests’ carry-on bags, you can choose to give back.
Start your marriage by establishing a connection to an organization that you can give to every year. If you go this route, a stationer can design a note to add to each place setting, to tell guests that instead of favors you will make a donation. This gift is sure to make everyone feel a little warm and fuzzy inside
Most of All, Don’t Forget Your Wedding Party (and Parents Too!)
Show friends and family just how much you appreciate their part in your big day.
In addition to your guests, there are many people who helped your wedding dreams come to life. They too, deserve a little thank you!
Sure, you can shower your bridal party with traditional gifts presented at the rehearsal dinner, or you can think outside the box and plan an outing. However, a trip to the driving range for the gents, or mani pedis for your best girls, sure sounds nice. Something like this is a great reminder to your friends of just how much you love and appreciate them.
Last but not least, don’t forget your parents! Every parent loves photos of their children. Print a moment from the father-daughter dance, or frame a collage of wedding stationery with a ceremony portrait, you can even create a photo book including favorites from the day. All of these ideas are wonderful ways to say Thank YOU to mom & dad!