Wedding Favors and Bridesmaid Gifts

Original Favors for a Wedding to Remember

The trendy bride knows that a perfect impression rests on the right details, and everything has to fall into place for the look to work. Although your wedding dress, flowers, menu and cake are the big elements of the day, the smaller things can make or break the effect you've tried so hard to create.

Favors for a wedding might be the last piece of the puzzle, but you'll want to give them some thought early into your wedding planning, especially if you're going unconventional. The same goes for bridesmaid gifts, which should come from the heart but speak to the unique style of each girl. Untraditional gifts can be the most impressive, so take a look at what's trending for some inspiration.

Food and Drink Favors are Fashionable

Forget Jordan almonds – modern guests want modern treats. Whether you opt for tasty treats or something with visual appeal, try to find a balance between practical and stylish, so your guests will truly enjoy their gifts:

  • Useful accessories. A cheap picture frame or coaster will probably never be used, and might not even make it home from the wedding. On the other hand, bottle stoppers, cheese knives and matchbooks can find a good home in most households, so you won't be wasting your money on frivolous favors.
  • A sweet message. Personalized candy is a really cute take on the traditional chocolate or candied almonds, whether you have a picture printed on M&Ms, or your wedding date stamped into little mints. And there's a bonus: the fact that your wedding names and date are already included means you don't need an extra gift tag.
  • Seeds and succulents. These alternatives to flowers or saplings won't take up much space, and you don't have to worry about wilting in the afternoon heat. Small packets of wildflower seeds can attach to a simple place card or gift tag, while individual pots of green succulents gather on each table to compliment the centerpiece before they go home with guests at the end of the night.
  • The herbal treatment. Tins of tea, tubes of spices or jars of herb-infused olive oil are sophisticated alternatives to candy and other edible treats. If you buy in bulk and make the favors yourself, you can save a load of money and choose the flavors that represent your wedding best.
  • That's the spirit. Brew up bottles of homemade beer, fruit-infused vodka or other boozy favors with a personalized label that doubles as a place card. This works best for an adults-only party, but regardless of your guest list, it's a good idea to have lemonade or colorful sodas for abstainers.

Updated Gifts for Modern Bridesmaids

Wedding Favors and Bridesmaid Gifts

When browsing for bridesmaid gifts, monogrammed totes, wedding day survival kits, and timeless jewelry may be the first things that come to mind, but they shouldn't be the last:

  • Modernize the monogram. Personalized compact mirrors, iphone cases and address labels are excellent alternatives to boring old bath robes. Get inventive with pattern, color and font, and consider a slightly different design for each bridesmaid to celebrate her individuality. Try to limit the amount of personalized stuff, though: one piece with her name is nice, but more than that is overkill, and some will likely go unused.
  • Choose versatile accessories. A wedding-specific piece might never be worn again, so if you're treating your bridesmaids to wedding day accessories, choose jewelry and hair ornaments that can be dressed up or down in the future. For instance, a simple satin headband along with detachable clips can match their wedding outfit on the big day, but stripped down for daily wear afterwards.
  • Simple shawls beat boleros. If your bridesmaids will need something to cover their shoulders, pass on shiny wedding shrugs or jackets. These have no lasting appeal, and would probably look strange over any other dress. Instead, choose a silky pashmina in a complimentary color or with a hint of a pattern for interest. This swath of fabric can be worn as a scarf, shawl or shrug, and will always look sophisticated.

Favors and gifts always deserve a personal touch, but they don't have to take a lot of time or effort. If your budget allows, have a florist or caterer make up your "homemade" edible favors, or look online for services that take care of everything from preparing to wrapping and tagging. It's the thought that counts, so put your effort into finding the perfect gifts to express your gratitude and complete your wedding atmosphere.