The favors are one of those small details that can make a big impact at your wedding. It is not necessarily easy to pick one gift that is perfect for a hundred or more individuals, and so couples naturally put a lot of thought into what the favors should be. Once you have made that decision, it is time to decide the best type of presentation to showcase the favors that you have chosen for your wedding.
Certainly the presentation of the favors will depend on what type of gift you are giving. In general, you will want the favors to tie in with your wedding theme and style. The two things to consider are the packaging and how the favors will be displayed or presented.
It always looks great to have things personalized at your wedding. If you will be giving a favor that comes in a box, such as chocolates, there are several ways to put your distinctive mark on the package. One is to order little boxes that are embossed or stamped with the names of the newlyweds and the wedding date. Blind embossing (a raised print without any ink) is subtle and elegant, and would work best for a graphic design such as a monogram or a fleur-de-lis. If you want the information to be more legible, choose a pretty combination like a gold stamp on an espresso brown box. You can also custom order boxes in your wedding colors.
Stickers are another way to personalize your favor boxes, and they will be slightly less expensive than custom boxes. It is possible to order very elegant stickers with your names and date to put on the favor boxes. A clear sticker would be great on a colored box, or choose a silver or gold sticker for classic elegance. The great thing about stickers is that they can be used on all different sorts of packaging. For instance, if you are giving out fancy cookies in glassine bags, you can dress them up with your custom decals. Stickers will also work beautifully on rounded containers, such as votive candles. It is an easy way to turn a ready-made generic item into a special and unique looking favor.
Ribbons are also a terrific way to dress up your favors. You can choose from wonderful textures such as sheer organza, rich velvet, opulent satin, or preppy grosgrain. Ribbons also are available in stripes, checks, polka dots and other patterns, as well as a wide range of widths. It is amazing how much you can say with a piece of ribbon! For instance, if you are having a formal evening wedding with everyone dressed to the nines in satin and elaborate wedding jewelry, you will want to choose an equally formal ribbon, such as satin or velvet (in the winter only). A bride having a casual seaside wedding with an organza gown and relaxed coin pearl wedding jewelry will select a ribbon to match, such as a breezy organza. If you really want to go all out, order custom ribbon with your wedding date printed on it.
You should also give some thought to the best way to display the favors. Small items like boxes of candy or silver frames are usually put out at each place setting. Sometimes, however, there is not room on the table for the favors. In that case, you will need to find a place for a table to display the favors. It is a good idea to place it near the exit so that the guests will remember to pick up their gift on the way out the door. Be sure to decorate the favor table in keeping with the rest of your reception décor.
The wedding favors are one of the last impressions that your guests will have of your wedding. You want to make sure that the presentation and display of your little gifts is as carefully planned as the rest of the wedding. Beautiful favors are the perfect way to thank your guests for sharing in your big day.