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7 Useful Wedding Favors for Your Guests

Wed­ding favors are kind of like the cher­ry on top. They’re not nec­es­sar­i­ly a must accord­ing to wed­ding eti­quette; how­ev­er, they cer­tain­ly make a nice treat. So what can you get your guests that they will actu­al­ly use? Since it’s dif­fi­cult to know what to select for an entire group of folks with dif­fer­ent styles and pref­er­ences, we’ve put togeth­er a list of ideas to help. Below are sev­en prac­ti­cal favors that your wed­ding guests will tru­ly appre­ci­ate.

Edible Bites

Who doesn’t enjoy nib­bling on some­thing tasty? One of the most pop­u­lar wed­ding trends for 2019 is none oth­er than donuts—yum! Whether you pro­vide your guests with a grab bag or choose to box up indi­vid­ual donuts, you can be con­fi­dent your guests won’t let them go to waste. What’s also equal­ly appeal­ing about donuts is that they gen­er­al­ly don’t cost that much either. Lit­er­al­ly, it’s a mat­ter of cents once you end up buy­ing sev­er­al. Cook­ies are a sim­i­lar sto­ry, and like donuts, you can offer every­one the same fla­vor or go for an assort­ment.

Anoth­er fun option is to give your guests a s’mores kit. Go with a clear bag and include two gra­ham crack­ers, a decent piece of choco­late and a fluffy marsh­mal­low. It’s prob­a­bly not a bad idea to pro­vide some prepa­ra­tion instruc­tions as well, espe­cial­ly if any of your guests are trav­el­ing from out­side of the U.S. (By the way, these are notably a huge hit with Aus­tralians!)

As with any edi­ble favors, it’s of the utmost con­sid­er­a­tion to remem­ber your guests with food aller­gies and restric­tive diets. Do some research to see what might be a hap­py medi­um, or bet­ter yet, speak with those indi­vid­ual guests about treats they enjoy eat­ing. When in doubt, a piece of fruit is usu­al­ly an excel­lent option. You can even jazz up an apple by attach­ing a cute mes­sage like, “You’re the apple of my eye.”

photo guest book at wedding reception

Jars of Flavor

Small jars are adorable. Like oth­er edi­ble items, jars of jam and hon­ey rank high on the list of gifts that guests actu­al­ly enjoy receiv­ing. With a jar, you can slap on a cute say­ing and fin­ish it off with rib­bon and voilà, you have a great favor. As with donuts and cook­ies, you can mix and match fla­vors or do the same one for all. Again, take into con­sid­er­a­tion any aller­gies or dietary restric­tions with these gifts.

If these choic­es real­ly aren’t your jam, bar­be­cue sauce is also anoth­er good alter­na­tive. Of course, keep in mind that bar­be­cue sauce isn’t going to pair well with a for­mal wed­ding. If it’s a casu­al wed­ding and one that’s in the South, it just might do the trick. Also, anoth­er love­ly touch is buy­ing local. Whether it’s jam, hon­ey or bar­be­cue sauce, every­one loves a taste of local fla­vor.  

Picture Frames

If you’d rather not both­er with any­thing edi­ble, frames are a fan­tas­tic gift for guests since they’re like­ly to take pic­tures at your wed­ding, any­way. In addi­tion, if you plan to have a pho­to booth, they’re going to leave with memen­tos regard­less, which makes this the per­fect place­hold­er for said pho­tos. Keep in mind that while you may enjoy a bright, flo­ral print design, this doesn’t mean all of your guests will share the same sen­ti­ment. With that said, select frames that com­ple­ment your recep­tion decor and offer a neu­tral look in both col­or and design.


Gifts like suc­cu­lents or herbs in small pots nev­er go out of style. They’re gen­er­al­ly low-main­te­nance, use­ful and eco-friend­ly. They also keep well at home or in the office, and are fair­ly afford­able, con­sid­er­ing the price break­down per unit. Pro­vid­ing they are large enough, they also can dou­ble as a cen­ter­piece.

bride with welcome bag for guests


This idea is for any non-DIY peo­ple. Yes, some folks tru­ly enjoy mak­ing crafts and cre­at­ing entire par­ties for this sole pur­pose, but as you already know, DIY projects are not for every­one. Sun­glass­es are sim­ply a mat­ter of find­ing the ones you like, sub­mit­ting an order and set­ting them out on the wed­ding day. Fur­ther­more, what works about sun­glass­es is that your guests can always use an extra pair to keep around. What’s even bet­ter is that you can brand them with your love, whether that includes your names, wed­ding date or a phrase of sig­nif­i­cance.

Other Ideas

If you’re plan­ning a casu­al wed­ding and you want to make sure your cen­ter­pieces have a life beyond the wed­ding, one way to do this is to send them home with your guests. Of course, you can always check with a near­by hos­pi­tal about send­ing them there, too. They will undoubt­ed­ly bright­en somebody’s day whether it’s a patient or nurse.

Last­ly, anoth­er worth­while gift is a dona­tion to a char­i­ty on behalf of your guests. Sure, it’s not some­thing they may be able to take home with them, but it’s a thought­ful ges­ture that can gen­uine­ly help some­one else. Whether it’s a dona­tion or gift, all that mat­ters is that it comes from your heart.

Fea­tured Image by Trisha Shel­ley Pho­tog­ra­phy

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