7 Best Edible Wedding Favors (That Aren’t Jordan Almonds)
Send your guests away with something sweet
Creative wedding favors call for creative packaging!
Sure, Jordan almonds are fine, and they’re classic, and you can have them dyed in any color — but they’re a little, well, boring. With a little ingenuity, you can easily send your wedding guests home with something sweet that they’ll really be excited to receive.
When you’re planning a wedding on a budget, it’s important to take the price of wedding favors into consideration. It’s nice to give your guests a little gift to thank them for coming, but when you’re paying even $5 per guest, it can get pricey quickly.
These seven wedding favors are cost-effective, whether you buy them or choose to assemble them yourself. Assembling them yourself also gives you another opportunity to be creative with packaging: a tag, label, or paper bag with a note or monogram will make the favors even more personal and bring character to your wedding décor.
Jam, for example, is a favor that is easy to put together and efficient — one batch of jam will fill a lot of small jars. Cut costs further by highlighting what is in season; peaches and blueberries will be much less expensive if you buy them in July rather than in November. Having a winter wedding? Turn late-fall apples into jars of spicy apple butter. Honey is another easy jar-filler. Buy jars in bulk and get in touch with a local beekeeper ahead of time to see if he or she will save some of their harvest for you.
Or, let the guests choose exactly what they want with an assortment of fresh herbs, like fast-growing basil and mint. A month or so before the wedding, buy a big sack of potting soil and a slew of small terra cotta pots. Place a couple of seeds in each pot and watch them grow in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Your guests will be able to choose the herb they like best and get to take home something that will keep on providing them with fresh flavor.
Click here to see our seven favorite edible wedding favors!
Delicious & Auspicious: A Guide to Traditional Wedding Food Around the World
Wedding season is upon us, which means you’re likely deep in negotiations with your plus-one about what you want to have for dinner six weeks from now. But there’s so much more to wedding edibles than choosing between the fish and the tri-tip just take a look at these international wedding food traditions for proof.
A Slice of Tradition Wedding Cakes Around the World Food is a major player in wedding celebrations around the world, from the ceremony—where rings aren’t the only thing exchanged by the couple, as they often share symbolic food or drink—to the rice thrown at the newlyweds as they leave the ceremony (to encourage fertility) and the Jordan almonds often given as a party favor (which are bitter and sweet, like life itself).
Each of the items below adds flavor to weddings in specific cultures—and because they’re instrumental in auspicious rituals, each one comes with a side of good luck as well.
Keep scrolling to see them all, or use the menu below to jump to your favorite food group.
Do you give wedding favors to each guest?
As a general rule of thumb, yes, you should plan to give a wedding favor to each of your guests, including couples and families. There are a few exceptions depending on the type of favor you're giving out&mdashfor example, you can probably skip favors for babies and young children, and stick to one per family if the favors are elaborate or larger items, such as full-size bottles of champagne. When ordering or making your favors, always have a few extras&mdashwe recommend about a dozen&mdashso you have a few left for yourself or if a guest decides to take more than one (annoying but inevitable).
68 Unique Wedding Favor Ideas
There are so many ways to say thanks to your wedding guests, but one of the most popular ways is by gifting a wedding favor. What used to be a small treat or token is now a moment for couples to add a touch of their personality too. To help you decide, we came up with 50 wedding favor ideas that are sure to impress your guests.
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1. A Hint Of Mint
2. Personalized Cocktail Glasses
Design personalized wedding favors like glasses for the reception and as take-home gifts at the end of the night. You can pick glasses that match your wedding theme and include custom wedding stickers.
3. Raise the Bar
Supply a candy bar and gift bags for guests to take their favorite sweet treats. Offer a range of hard candy, chocolates, lollipops and more for a unique wedding favor idea.
4. Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture
Revive the lost art of polaroids and give your guests a keepsake to remember forever. Encourage them to take multiple photos, so they can keep their favorites and leave a few for you in your wedding guest book.
5. Custom Shot Glasses
Find or design unique shot glasses that enhance your wedding theme. This couple created colorful glasses based on their Mexican wedding.
6. S’more Love
Package a small campfire treat. Use chocolate, marshmallow and mini graham crackers. Your guests will smile when they see this at a fall, rustic or winter wedding.
7. From Him and Her
Decorate cookies that represent your biggest passions (like shoes and chocolate!) and gift these fun and delicious treats wrapped for post-party cravings.
8. Desert Vibes
Consider this creative wedding party favor idea if you’re having an outdoor or desert-themed wedding. Share cactuses in tiny pots with all of your wedding guests.
9. Picture Perfect
Print favorite photographs of guests and hang them with clothespins as decoration for the ultimate personalized wedding favor. Guests can take their photograph home at the end of the night!
10. Eco-Friendly Fun
Give away the plants and decor from your celebration as eco-friendly wedding favors. You’ll feel good about not throwing decor away and you’ll help dress up someone’s home.
11. Floral Napkins
Create DIY cloth napkins by sewing the edges of beautiful fabrics. This is a great touch for a rustic wedding.
12. Pharmacy Bottles
This couple hit two birds with one stone by using their wedding favors as place cards. They decorated pharmaceutical containers to create tiny pots for succulents.
13. Hangover Kit
If you’re planning on a wild night, gift your guests with hangover kits. This will cue them into having a good time and soaking in the fun!
14. Animal Kingdom
Find fun animals that act as place card holders and wedding favors. Your guests will love having a new decoration for their home!
15. Jelly Beans Rainbow
Give a rainbow of tasty, colorful jelly beans. Attach a gift tag with flavor descriptions so guests can enjoy sampling them all.
16. Get Musical
Customize tambourines, maracas or bells to liven up your celebration. Some couples instruct guests to play the instrument at a certain time during their ceremony.
17. Backyard Games
Gift favors that stick with your theme! For example, make horseshoe favors the perfect barn tie- in. If you’re hosting a reception with yard wedding games, your guests will be able to put it to use right away.
18. Tasty Treats
Bake or buy treats for guests to take home. Macaroons, cookies and candies are always big hits for your guests with sweet tooths!
19. Peachy Fun
If your favorite fruits are in season, give your guests a healthy snack instead of sugary treats. This couple got even more creative and used the peaches as table marker stands.
20. Go Geo
Get geometrical by making DIY shaped boxes. Fill the boxes with a delicious treat or another surprise!
21. Name Play
Draw up fun signs for your guests by making a play on their name. Get artsy by adding an image to the board.
22. Champagne Poppin’
Add sizzle to your celebration! Purchase mini bottles of champagne and tie them with ribbon, lace or a cute gift tag.
23. Green Thumb Happiness
Gift your guests with a favorite plant, herb or succulent. This favor goes flawlessly in a windowsill or on a patio.
24. Wrap It Up
A beautifully wrapped present shows you invested time, love and attention. Handwrite a note to your guests for an extra touch.
25. Cookie Jar
Share your favorite cookie by adding the necessary ingredients to a sealed jar. Place an instruction sheet on the back for easy baking.
26. Coffee Lover’s Dream
Fill cloth satchels with fresh coffee beans. This easy DIY is inexpensive but greatly appreciated by guests the morning after celebrating!
27. I Heart You
Keep it simple and tasty with customized wedding cookies. Your guests will appreciate the extra touch and treat!
28. Personalize It
No matter what you decide to gift your guests, be sure it has a personal touch. Consider charming stickers that can be ordered weeks or months in advance.
29. Confetti Cones
Make wedding confetti cones on a rainy afternoon. Add a personal touch of custom gift tags, which you can match with your wedding invitations.
30. Keep Jammin’
These yummy jars of homemade jam are a charming way to thank guests for coming. Have fun putting a final ribbon on your fruity masterpiece!
31. Drink Up
Stir up a homemade brew of your favorite liqueur. Don’t forget a gift tag so guests can remember where the fun came from!
32. Custom Copper Mugs
Copper mugs are growing in popularity, thanks to the Moscow mule. Surprise your guests with customized mugs to take home.
33. Light Up Their Life
Create DIY jarred candles or personalize ones you’ve ordered. Make the project fun by choosing scents that match your personal style.
34. From the Olive Tree
Get creative and jar extra virgin olive oil for the guests. Don’t forget to add gift tags for a special touch.
35. Custom Drink Coasters
Customized coasters look sharp and have a practical use. These are easy to design, but just remember to order in advance!
36. Keys To Your Heart
Aren’t these antique keys gorgeous? This couple tied them to the place cards resting under an ornate box. Surprise your guests by adding a gift unique to you and your love in the box!
37. Perfect Pocketfold
Gather items or pictures in a pocket fold for guests to take home. They’ll love having this elegant folder for future use.
38. Melt in Your Mouth
Order mints in bulk to save on the cost. Package them in small stunning bags and add a trendy gift tag.
39. Love Mugs
Order custom mugs for your big day! Guests will enjoy drinking out of these for years to come and it will remind them of your fun wedding day.
40. Handcrafted Journals
Enchant your guests with handcrafted journals marked with your designated wedding gift tag. Guests will enjoy recording memories and stories for years to come.
41. Gift of Charity
Instead of giving wedding favors, donate to a charity close to your heart. Order these gorgeous mini cards to share the news with your guests.
42. Nifty Tote Bags
Design tote bags that represent you and your fiancé. This wedding favor idea is eco-friendly and super useful!
43. Match Your Theme
Host a perfectly cohesive wedding by ordering gift tags that match your invites and menus. Include gift boxes and tags to make your wedding one grand event.
44. Beautiful Boxes
Charming boxes enhance the love of any wedding. Place your favorite goodie inside and wow your guests with custom gift tags.
45. Novelty Popcorn
Make DIY packages of specialty popcorn or order from a local shop. Get creative by dyeing your popcorn to match your color scheme.
46. Hand Tied Gift Bags
Decide on almonds, chocolates or another treat. Schedule a fun craft afternoon with friends for stuffing the bags and tying the ribbons.
47. Keep it Sweet
Delight your guests with homemade cookies. Complete the look with beautiful bags and personalized tags.
48. Personalized Matchboxes
A simple matchbox is a wedding favor tradition that’s coming back into style. Design the box to commemorate your big day while staying within budget.
49. Right from the Heart
Make your own candies or treats that have particular meaning to you. Neatly package them and complete the look with a personalized gift tag.
50. Box Out
Pick a favorite sweet or salty treat to thank your guests. Use a gift box to showcase them along with a personal note.
51. Pop Up Party
Put together party kits with streamers, table decor and more. Your guests will have a blast opening all the surprises inside.
52. Party Pack
Organize everything in one place for your guests. This couple placed their wedding program, confetti and favor altogether.
53. Hot Cocoa Jar
Layer rich chocolate along with marshmallows and powdered cocoa mix in a medium-sized jar. Personalize the favor with a tag or sticker.
54. Recipe Booklets
Compile your favorite recipes and share them with guests in a timeless recipe book. This creative wedding favor idea is easily personalized with family recipes or dishes you and your fiancé love to cook together.
55. Popcorn Takeaways
Buy or make popcorn in bulk then hand stuff and seal your packages. Try flavors like caramel, cheese or chocolate.
56. Be Green
Potted succulents last a long time and make for great home decor. Give away these tiny green treats to all your guests.
57. Soda Pop Koozies
Add something extra to your koozie wedding favor idea. Pop in your favorite soda and hand out fun straws.
58. Colorful Koozie
Keep your guests’ summer drinks cool. Every time they pull out a beer, they’ll think of you! Plus it something handy and durable that they can keep for years.
59. Burlap Candle
Decorate a jarred candle with burlap for a rustic, natural feel. Pick a scent or two that will warm the homes of all your guests.
60. Specialty Apples
These yummy snacks will have your guests raving for weeks. Coat your caramel apples with nuts, chocolate or coconut shavings.
61. Simple Gifting
Add a personalized touch to your favors, like a cocktail stir stick. Add other gifts to the satchel like chocolate or handwritten note.
62. Supremely Succulent
Add to the natural aura of your festivities by gifting an herb or succulent in a cloche. It will stay fresh and safe for your guests’ journeys home.
63. Sweetest Treats
Enhance the aura of love with heart style cookies. Guests can eat these at your wedding or savor them for their trip home.
64. Marvelous Macarons
Share a luscious treat wrapped in an exquisite box. Macarons come in a variety of colors and flavors, so base your selection on your color scheme!
65. Easy as Pie
Delight your guests with cherry, berry or apple pies! Seal it with love using a personalized gift tag.
66. Wedding Confetti
Fill cones made from the pages of a book or magazine. When you exit the venue, guests can shower you with love and confetti.
67. Paper Fans
Colorful or themed fans are a perfect wedding favor idea for the summer. Guests will appreciate the extra breeze and can reuse them again and again.
68. Keepsake Handkerchiefs
Design DIY keepsake handkerchiefs to give guests for all of the wedding emotions. These sentimental favors will bring them joy and comfort for years to come.
From personalized glassware to containers for savory goods—each item is sure to put a smile to their face and create a lasting impression. Once you’ve decided on the perfect wedding favor, browse our wedding accessories like menus, place cards and more to really make your guest feel special.
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I ordered individually wrapped truffles from Samsclub.com. I also had hershey kisses.
Maybe yours and your fella's favorite candy, current or from childhood. Or a locally produced candy. I am putting saltwater taffy and pecan pralines in our welcome packages as they are made locally where we live and the area is famous for them.
We are doing personalized M & M's in our wedding colors.
I will be doing Carmel Kisses, but my venue is air conditioned. not much candy can with stand a lot of heat but maybe starburst or taffy or hard candies?
We aren't using favor boxes. But we are doing honey sticks since honey is incorporated into our ceremony. They won't melt or go bad either! I didn't even think about the heat issue with a July wedding for the favors so I'm glad we picked the honey sticks! You can get them pretty cheap too. Around 12-15 bucks for 100. Since your wedding is outdoors and July is usually hot, I'd do something like hard wrapped candy. Not chocolate! Because even in a wrapper in she shade and in a box, it will melt! Or maybe M&M's? They don't really melt unless you hold the candy in your hand. Even then, it just makes you a little colorful!
Is your reception indoors or outdoors? My reception is inside and we are doing M&Ms.
@Tara, we debated on doing personalized ones, but since we have a LOT of people, we figured it would be cheaper just to go to one of the candy stores and get them in our colors.
We're putting Bajadera in our favor boxes. They're Croatian hazlenut chocolates individually wrapped in pretty gold foil.
I'd definitely use @Rebecca's idea of something locally made or something that's unique to your or FH's heritage like we are.
What about a little bag of carmel corn? You can pack it days in advance and you won't have to worry about melting
And fitting for outdoors in July.
Consider five foil wrapped Jordan almonds. See http://www.jordanalmonds.com/Pages/Tradition%20&%20History.htm for the significance. I might have to go with this in addition to the matches, mints, gold pens, AND reusable grocery totes. The fact that the almonds represent health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity, it goes with our theme of ingredients of a successful marriage.
I have to say you ladies are feeding my favor addiction!
We are going to do gerber daisy seeds in a little tin pail for them to plant and put a little saying on there like "Love grows where your heart is planted." or " Please plant these seeds and watch them bloom, just like the love of the bride and groom". We are doing a rustic theme wedding.
We are doing custom M&Ms from mymms.com.
We are doing shot glasses as our favors. for the kids we are putting red hots in them and for the adults we are putting aftershock in them.
I originally wanted those custom M&Ms but we ended up going with Hershey's Kisses because they were much cheaper. We had 2 inch square boxes and they held 10 kisses (we did 5 silver foil regular kisses and 5 purple foil wrapped dark chocolate since purple white and silver were our colors).
We are doing personalized m&ms in our colors as well. We are having an outdoor evening wedding & keeping the favors in the cottage until it's time for goodbyes.
We decided to do personalized coozies and shot glasses that say 'Stolen from Zack and Marisa's Wedding'. We decided on a small wedding/reception and big honeymoon.
The general rule would be something edible or useful. Any kind of food is usually good.
We are doing M&M's. It's our thing. Whenever there is something to celebrate we get a little bag of M&M's and share them together. They will be in hot pink, hunter green and platinum.
As an aside, personally I am a baker, as all of my friends and family know. Our theme for our reception is Limes and Margaritaville (FH is a big Buffett fan, and I like him too, we wanted something fun!).
Our favors will be individual loaves of key lime bread I can make them over a month ahead of time, wrap tightly in saran wrap and foil, and store in the freezer until the day before the wedding. I will put them in cute little bags with a recipe card attached.
BUT in addition to that we will have a do-it-yourself s'mores table at the reception, fruity drink flavored Jelly Belly jelly beans to munch on, the placecards will be personalized shells they can take with them, to go boxes for the leftover cake, and mason jars for drinking to go with our southern location/theme.
Wine Dine and Design Personalized Hand Sanitizer Labels
Pretty meets practical, thanks to these adorable stick-on labels made to fit perfectly on the pocket-sized Bath & Body Works hand sanitizers. (Note, you’ll have to buy those separately.) The chic font and subtle eucalyptus design work well with any color hand sanitizer and/or décor theme we also love these as an addition to hotel welcome bags.
Find out the meaning behind these unique Greek wedding traditions.
The tradition of placing a delicate, white crown on top of the bride and groom&rsquos head was said to originate in the 11th century and is still one of the most important Greek wedding traditions. Greek wedding ceremonies feature an elaborate ritual with the crowns. First, the priest places a crown on both the bride and groom&rsquos head. Then, the Koumbaros, or wedding sponsor, intertwines the crowns three times to symbolize the couple&rsquos union. Finally, the crowns are tied together with a ribbon.
Greek wedding witness pins, or martyrika
Once a Greek wedding ceremony is complete, the Koumbaros will often hand out a tiny lapel pin with a small ribbon to the wedding guests. The Greek wedding traditions colors are white, blue or pink and many also have a small cross in the center. These are meant to symbolize the sacrament the wedding guests have just witnessed.
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Yuvetsi, Tiropita and Baklava
Food is one of the most important Greek wedding traditions! While Greek Americans have a rich and diverse selection of homeland foods to choose from, certain dishes seem to always show up on a traditional Greek wedding menu. Yuvetsi is lamb or beef stew with orzo tiropita is a cheese pastry and baklava is, of course, the pastry sweetened with honey and nuts.
This festive wedding dance shares the same name as the ancient Greek folk dance, but for a Greek wedding it has a pretty specific meaning. The bride stands in the middle with her MOH to the immediate left and the female wedding guests hold hands and encircle the two. Although meant as a women-only celebration, you might see a few guys join in as well.
Not to be left out, the Zembekiko is for the groom, his best man, groomsmen and other men at the reception. It&rsquos a similar circle dance as the Kalamatiano and it&rsquos customary for those who aren&rsquot joining in to kneel and clap along to the music while the groom dances.
Greek wedding dollar dance
Once the wedding reception is in full swing, a traditional Greek wedding dollar dance will probably ensue. One of the many customs Greek Americans brought from Greece, this is a playful dance between the newlywed couple that is rewarded by guests tossing dollar bills onto the dance floor or pinning them onto the couple&rsquos attire. It&rsquos totally optional for guests and isn&rsquot a substitute for wedding gifts, but rather a fun, symbolic way to congratulate the couple on their new marriage.
Jordan almonds, or bombonieria
For many Greek wedding guests, the tradition of handing out candy-coated almonds as a wedding favor is one of the many memorable aspects of a Greek wedding. This enduring wedding tradition is called bombonieria and has been associated with Eastern Orthodox weddings for more than three millennia. The salty-sweet combination symbolizes life&rsquos ups and downs and the hope that there will be more sweet than bitter. Couples typically give an odd number of almonds in each favor to note the indivisible power of their marriage with five being the most traditional number. Each almond symbolizes their hopes for their life: health, happiness, fertility, wealth and a long life.
9 Wedding Foods That Everyone Secretly Hates
Sure, it's your big day, but food is a key aspect to throwing a bangin' wedding party. Keep these items off your menu and everyone will live happily ever after.
Mingling during cocktail hour is awkward enough as is&mdashdon't add to it with messy or complicated apps that could cause a spill for your guests. Passed nibbles are a great way to keep everyone happy before dinner is served, but if we can't eat it with one hand and balance our drink in the other, we're not interested.
Cutesy names like "Something Blue" don't exactly inspire tasty beverages, and honestly, your guests would much rather be downing beer and wine than some sugary concoction. If you decide to design your own drinks, offer a few other options, and definitely keep the champagne flowing.
Chicken seems like the perfect, easy option to serve to a crowd, but by the time it gets in front of guests, it always seems to have been transformed into a piece of rubber. Dried-out chicken cordon bleu and chewy chicken marsala? Hard pass.
If ever properly cooked fish was served at a wedding banquet, we didn't get an invite. Cooking anything en masse can be tricky, and the delicate nature of salmon, tilapia and other fillets make them super susceptible to unsavory textures. Stick to simpler seafood options like shrimp and scallops.
Limp, steamed vegetables wrapped up like little presents aren't adding anything to the meal, and the fancy presentation isn't hiding the fact that you seriously skimped in the sides department. Pasta and rice are way more satisfying choices, and buttery mashed potatoes never fail.
Does everyone have to suffer just because the bride or groom has special diet requests? Serving some vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free fare is totally acceptable, but let the allergy-free party guests enjoy themselves fully&mdashthat means real-deal treats at the dessert table.
"Did the pastry chef run out of frosting?" That's the question that the naked cake trend has people asking. We don't care how aesthetically pleasing you think this technique is&mdashno one likes biting into a dry piece of cake. If there's not ample icing involved, we'd rather just have ice cream.
Once we've downed a few drinks and worked up an appetite on the dance floor, late-night snacks are a welcome surprise at any reception, but it's got to be executed properly. Having a food truck serving burger, fries, tacos and crepes is a fun idea, but your guests don't want to wait in line in heels.
An Introduction to Wedding Favors
SBS TV’s Sarah Ward explains that wedding favors may have originated in Europe. Aristocrat families would give their party guests bombonieres, or lavish gift boxes filled with sugary treats. Eventually, the tradition became commonplace and the gift boxes were filled with sugared Jordan almonds.
Are wedding favors absolutely necessary for your event? It depends on who you ask. Wedding Wire Canada’s Alice Prendergast insists that you shouldn’t cut favors from your budget. Meanwhile, The Spruce’s Jessica Bishop argues that you should only include them if you have the time and budget along with ideas for a meaningful parting gift.
In Prendergast’s guide to wedding favors, she advises selecting inexpensive items and keeping total expenses to between 2% and 3% of your event budget. Couples should also let their wedding themes dictate the favors they choose. Children and adults can receive the same types of favors unless you plan on giving out alcoholic food or drinks.
All In the Presentation
No matter what country favor you select, proper presentation can add another layer of country charm to the token. When giving favors to your guests, you can opt to have the favors at each place setting at the wedding reception or for a more country flair, pile the favors in a small wagon or barrel decorated with coordinating flowers and accents. Placing the favors near the entrance or guest book are the most popular choices. Wedding favors in a country theme are sure to be a hit at your wedding and will remind your guests of your special day after it has ended.