Favors from Real Weddings
A beekeeper friend of the couple's made a batch of organic honey for them to give as favors.
Burlap favor bags contained goat's milk soap and lavender sachets that meghan found on Etsy, and maple syrup from the farm's sugarhouse.
Stamped with a Seal
These newlyweds' gave guests boxes of salt-water taffy (a childhood favorite of the bride's) finished with an anchor stamped in a gold wax seal.
At the end of the night, guests at this wedding took home boxes of Philly-ized chocolate treats by Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates.
For their destination wedding in Bali, this couple gave guests prettily-packaged local bath salts and soaps.
Pretty paper boxes lined with pink glassine and filled with Tate's chocolate chip cookies were offered as tasty takeaways at this wedding.
At each place settin sat a homemade gift for the guests packaged by the bridal party a few days before the wedding: granola in burlap-topped jars with two tags, one with the newlyweds' initials and the other reading "honey bunches of love."
Bride Joey and her bridesmaids packaged these take-home gifts—adding labels and gold twine.
Black and White
Favor boxes with marshmallows and local hot cocoa mix were wrapped in black grosgrain ribbon and topped with lace flower appliques.
From the Farm
The bride had custom tags affixed to bags of mini chocolate-chip cookies from her venue, a farm-to-table venue in New York.
A Rockin' Keepsake
Crystals, in kraft-paper boxes stamped with positive affirmations, awaited guests at each place setting. "I collect raw minerals, so they're a part of our home, and we wanted to share that," says the bride.
For favors, the couple decided on pink salt combined with Aleppo chili pepper and bouquet-garni herbs (a French blend of dried basil, marjoram, and rosemary). The mixture was presented in muslin pouches stamped with a design by the bride.
Each guest took home a crocheted horseshoe wall hanging. The bride bought one on a road trip once and during the planning process realized it'd be a great favor.
Candles from Lilly's company, Nell's Compass, were festooned with a custom label and offered in two scents: Atlantic and Pacific.
The couple bottled fresh maple syrup from the groom's family's sugarhouse and finished them off with elegant ribbon and a tag.
Hooked on Books
The design from the invite tag was stamped onto small notebooks from Scout Books, which were set out in a rustic box from The Upper Rust, a favorite antique store of the bride's in lower Manhattan.
In the weeks leading up to the wedding, Molly and her sister filled jars with homemade granola. A graphic design by Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence reading "Merci Beacoup! Homemade Granola" was made into a rubber stamp by theRUBBERpress. Linen was then stamped and secured around the tops of the jars with a wrapping of twine.
A Perfect Pairing
Bags and Buttons
At Grace and Aaron's sweet southern destination wedding in Georgia, guests took home a recipe for General Oglethorpe's shrimp and grits (he was the founder of Savannah) paired with grits from a local farm, both fastened together with a custom-made button by Busy Beaver Button Company.
At this Breakfast at Tiffany's wedding, each guest received a silver bell tied with ribbon and tucked in a suede bag to ring during the recessional.
Mini versions of this couple's getaway car were given as favors in boxes sporting their monogram.
At the end of the night, each guest went away with a thoughtfully prepared package of miniature scones, clotted cream, and homemade orange-bergamot marmalade. The sweets were wrapped with a beautifully calligraphed note (meant to be read, of course, with a dapper British accent): "English breakfast with love, Annie and Olly."
Pickles packed in Ball jars fit the bill for this Paso Robles, California, fete.
Spicy and Sweet
Guests were given jars of peppercorn honey with customized labels as wedding favors.
Favor bags stamped with the pair's crest were filled with chocolate-covered pretzels, caramel turtles, and nuts from the candy bar.
Good to Go
Aluminum water bottles were customized with the couple's silhouettes and were filled with water before the day's bike ride to keep guests hydrated. Afterward, guests took them home as favors.
At this holiday-time wedding, muslin sacks were rubber-stamped with "naughty" or "nice" and left out for guests, near a sign reading "Please conduct a brief self-evaluation of your behavior this year, and choose one accordingly." The naughty bags held chocolate "coal"; the nice bags were filled with peppermint sticks and peppermint-chocolate bark.
Fragrant and French
Provencal-milled lavender soaps were given as favors.
One of two matchbook favors designed by the bride, which boasted a celestial pattern and their nicknames.
Melt-in-your-mouth brownies from Cloud Nine Brownies (now Aspen Brownie Works) in a variety of flavors were given as the wedding favor.
Made by Mom
This Southern groom's mother made her famous bread-and-butter pickles, which were jarred, wrapped, and tied with a letterpress tag.
Sitting alongside a bowl of chocolate pennies, these his-and-hers grab bags contained a menagerie of dime-store treats: vintage dime-store finds, like whoopee cushions, googly-eye glasses, and Slinkys.
Bottles of wine made by the groom's father and uncle were given to guests as favors. The half-liter bottles featured labels with a series of the groom's illustrations and a few Croatian phrases ("celebrate," "play," and "cheers") to pay homage to the groom's heritage and the history of wine-makers in the family.
Individual-size wedding cakes by Sylvia Weinstock were gifts for each couple.
Guests were given boxes of the couple's favorite treats: caramel-coated marshmallows, gummy grapefruits, and monogrammed candies from Papabubble.
Sailboat-shaped sugar cookies and saltwater taffy were packed in muslin pouches tied with grosgrain ribbon, and an Irish toast to friendship printed on a tag.
Clad in white grosgrain ribbon and black glassine, favor boxes -- printed with "Thank you for coming" in French (the groom's native tongue) -- held pastel-hued macaroons by Mad Mac.
Vanilla and chocolate sandwich cookies in cellophane packets were bound with Japanese-patterned paper with a sweet sentiment about marriage tucked inside.
Candy-stuffed favor boxes were topped with millinery flowers.
Quite the Spread
A jar of lemon marmalade and a few rich, buttery shortbread cookies were presented in tiny wooden baskets accented with patterned napkins and a wooden knife.
Bags of Love
In lieu of cake, the couple chose a sweet send-off for their guests: packaged chocolate heart whoopie pies with champagne filling from Cranberry Island Kitchen in light-pink paper bags sealed with a sticker.
Ready to Grow
Egglings -- tiny planters filled with seeds of herbs like parsley and basil -- make fitting favors for a food-loving couple.
Pretty in Pink
Taped to the lid of the favor box was a recipe for the chocolate-chunk cookies, nestled inside, that helped Sharon win Francis's heart.
Stamped and Tied
Jars of apple butter were stuffed in muslin bags stamped with the date and tied with rickrack.
Good for A Listen
The bride and groom gave guests CDs, which doubled as place cards at the tables. Because the bride and groom love music so much, it was an obvious choice to pick a CD compilation as their favor. Each sleeve was made by hand by the duo from actual comic book pages, so each one was unique.
Clear boxes of citrus-colored candy were wrapped with ribbons and sealed with stickers sporting the newlyweds' silhouettes.
Coconut and lemon cake bites from The Sweet Tooth Fairy were packaged in boxes wrapped in satin ribbon. The delicately polka-dotted boxes sat on top of the napkin at each place setting, with a tag depicting the couple's new monogram.
With nearly three-quarters of the wedding guests travelling from afar to join the celebration, Allison and Jacob wanted their favors to be both personal to them and still relate to Connecticut. Allison's love of gardening and Jacob's love of cooking merged into the perfect gift when they offered borage seeds -- a lesser-known flowering herb that produces edible blue flowers -- placed in hand-thrown pots by local-artisan Ben Wolff.
Jessie and Tyler picked raspberries the summer before the wedding, and Jessie and her mother made jam. The jars were covered with smaller pieces of the same fabric found on the reception's tabletops and were finished with twine. The custom stickers and handwritten labels double as place cards.
This and That
Robin designed goody bag favors containing Matt's favorite kind of notebook and Robin's favorite type of pen, extra buttons, chewing gum, a fake mustache, and a note of thanks from the couple and their parents.
Take and Shake
Annette designed the takeaway egg shakers, a nod to Dan's musical background, by overlapping their thumbprints to form a heart.
Two for the Road
As a token of the couple's appreciation, guests were given jars of sour or spicy-sour pickles, and tote bags to bring home bunches of flowers wrapped at a farm-stand style display at the end of the night.
A Menu and Morsels
Parcels full of old-fashioned candies were set at each place. The striped paper liner was sealed with a personalized sticker, and the guest's name was calligraphed on a menu bound to the favor with gold cord.
A Useful Keepsake
Covered with a striped design inspired by a vintage clothing tag, a notebook disguised as a chic matchbook was a practical favor; its gold-monogrammed band made it a memento, too.
Guests received tree saplings from the Arbor Day Foundation; tags detailed regions in which the trees will thrive.
Fall for All
In keeping with the autumnal theme, chocolate- and caramel-dipped apples were set out for departing guests to take with them at the end of this Oregon wedding reception.
Take Home Decor
Guests toted the potted geranium centerpieces in paper bags printed with a gracious thank-you note from the newlyweds.
A "Tini" Thanks
Martini sets containing a jar of olives, vermouth, a petite cocktail shaker, a mini bottle of vodka, and a killer recipe were given as favors at this Palm Springs fete.
At this Texas wedding, boxes of pecans were given as favors; each decorated with a vintage illustration indicating the table assignment.
All Bottled Up
The outdoorsy couple gave water bottles with their initials on them as favors for the wedding guests.
Tunes To Go
A CD of this couple's favorite music doubled as a favor and seating card; the adhesive labels on the vellum envelopes are marked with the same rubber stamp as the one used for the invitation packet; vintage stamps were used to indicate table numbers.
Canned by Hand
In honor of a family tradition, this bride canned 230 jars of four-berry jam and offered them to guests as favors.