Things Wedding Experts Say They’d Want to Receive as Favors

Wedding favors are a perfect way to show appreciation and gratitude to everyone who chose to be a part of your special day! But, how many of these favors do we actually remember or keep? To avoid choosing favors that’ll be left on tables, or quickly thrown away we’ve turned to the wedding pros to share ideas that will for sure be well received by your guests. Wedding vendors have seen it all, which makes them the perfect candidates to ask about the types of presents people actually want to take home at the end of the night. If you’re in the process of finalizing these wedding details, read on to see what wedding experts have seen, planned and experienced as they give us the scoop on what they’d love to receive as favors!

Event Design: d’Luxe Events | Photography: Lisa Hibbert Photography

“The best wedding favors are those that appeal to the taste buds ! No one wants something that collects dust added to their house, but they DO appreciate a treat for the ride home or the next day whether it be an extra dessert, greasy fast food or something with a shelf life like honey, oil, or teas. The way to your guests heart is always through their stomach!” – Danielle Aspromatis, owner, d’Luxe Events

Event Design: Cape Cod Celebrations | Photographer: Jaimee Morse Photography

Event Design: Cape Cod Celebrations | Photography: Lara Kimmerer Photography

“As a planner, I always recommend that favors be something that is edible or that can fit in a small purse so that your guests can get home with it. Some of our favorites include koozies (no one likes cold hands!), local chocolates or our favorite from this year, mini bottles of homemade limoncello! Yes please!” – Jamie Bohlin, Cape Cod Celebrations

Event Design: Infinite Events | Photography: Brianna Wilbur Photography

“We love when our couples leave handwritten notes at their guests’ place setting. It’s meaningful and they will always remember it. Another big hit is making the escort card-board all photos of the couple and that specific guest. They can take it home with them and hang it in their home. It’s a lovely favor and something they will keep and cherish!” – Erica Trombetti, Infinite Events

Event Design: Bridal Bliss | Photography: Feather + North Photography

Event Design: Bridal Bliss | Photography: Char Beck Photography

“No need to spend a fortune or brainstorm a keepsake (how many wine stoppers do you need?!?), a small gesture speaks volumes!” – Nora Sheils, Founder, Bridal Bliss

Event Design: Southern Sparkle | Photography: Here Together Photography

“I’ve noticed that the favors that are usually a big hit, and not left for my team and I to clean up at the end of the night…food. Anything that your guests can chow down on while driving home or the next day after the wedding. Custom cookies, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, popcorn. You can have cute little packaging with them that ties along with the rest of your design!” – Krisy Thomas, Southern Sparkle

Event Design: I Do…Weddings & Events | Photography: The Youngrens

“For more intimate events, a personal letter to each guest from the bride and groom. It certainly does not have to be more than a few lines, but really shows the guest that you are appreciative of their presence. For larger events, a sweet treat or bite, that is a favorite of the couple, is the perfect send off. If it does not fit in a carry-on or is consumable, guests will likely leave it behind.” – Melissa Tuvey, I Do…Weddings & Events

Event Design: Kirkbrides | Photography: Andrea Hallgren Photography 

Event Design: Kirkbrides | Photography: 57th Photography

“We love when couples infuse their personal tastes into the wedding and the favor creation is no exception! We think overall, guests love receiving decadent food or cooking additions. Desserts always work well, in to-go boxes guests can compile themselves, or pre-packaged goodies. Infused olive oils or vinegars, custom spice mixes always are a great hit and are actually something special guests can use for months to come! Incorporating something personalized to combine names with an object guests can take home such as first names in calligraphy on river rocks at each place setting are a beautiful addition!” – Valarie Falvey, Kirkbrides

Event Design: Covesa Kelly Events | Photography: Lavar Elliot Photography

“I see that most favors are tossed in the trash, but this sweet home preserve for a brunch wedding was a hit! Each guest had their own personal jar of the homemade preserve at their seat and many opened their jar and enjoyed during brunch!” – Covesa Kelly Events


What are some wedding favors you’ve received or used on your wedding day? Share with us on Instagram @inspiredbythis, or by using the hashtag #everydayIBT! If you’re looking to keep the inspiring momentum going, check out how one of our fellow IBT Girls goes about her plans in her wedding planning diary!

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