Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What's in a favor...

What's cuter than a build-your-own-smores kit?
...Or vintage soda bottles...
...and potted plants with thank you notes....
...or heart shaped sparklers ...
..Or delicious cherries!

Favors, or bonbonnieres, are an increasingly popular component of today's wedding receptions. Bonbonnieres go way back to European aristocrats who bestowed small trinket boxes made of crystal, porcelain or stone, filled with sugar cubes or confections to their guests to symbolize wealth and royalty. The sugar was then replaced with coated almonds, which is still around to today in many Italian weddings.

Choosing your favors can be a fun but ardous task. Trying to find something that is unique, cost-effective, gender neutral and crosses generations can be challenging. When selecting your wedding favors, keep the following tidbits in mind. Try to tie in your favors to your theme. It will enhance your decor and pull everything together. Think old fashioned glass soda bottles for a vintage wedding, sparklers for those showcasing a firework spectacular, and mini potted plants for an earthy, nature theme. I also find that the best and most appreciated favors are either edible or practical. As cute as miniature castles and monogrammed wine glasses are, guests are often stuck without a use for it after the wedding. If you're going to spend the money to thank them for coming, it makes sense to get them something that they can use, or eat!

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  1. I want heart-shaped sparklers at my next event!!! What a fun idea, even for Valentine's day or a birthday or something!

  2. I know, I thought they were so cute! Bundle them together in some pretty ribbon with a hand made tag and they'd be even more adorable!

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