Wedding favor ideas that impress

Without exception, every wedding day creates lasting memories for bride and groom, when friends and family join with the special couple in mutual celebration of their marriage.

Guests typically present gifts, often picked out from a local registry, reflecting the unique nuptials with practical items for the home or kitchen for example; or guests may use the opportunity to give gifts that are more on the whimsical side, or handcrafted and personalized.

Of course gift giving can be shared between the happy couple and their guests as a part of the formal affair, to make the wedding ceremony that much more memorable.

Treating your guests to wedding favors is definitely not a requirement when it comes to your big day, but it is a nice way to show your appreciation to those who joined in your merriment and to say “thanks.”

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Offering guests practical and creative wedding favors provides something they can enjoy at home after the festivities are over.

Wedding favor options are truly limitless. Many ideas can be found online, making it easy to decide on what fits the theme of your wedding.

However, you’d be surprised at how quickly buying wedding favors can rack up costs and break your budget.

Limit your costs to around $5 (or less) per gift, and consider the much more inexpensive route of do-it-yourself items like personalized handmade cards and decorated stationary for instance.

Confections, tea or coffee beans, scented candles or mini champagne bottles and tiny liquor bottles found for sale at any liquor store bought in bulk are other examples of inexpensive party gifts.

Homemade hot chocolate kits, as well as chocolate-covered strawberries, bags of candies, or small vials of honey — which you can quickly fill yourself — are a sure bet since most people love chocolate treats and sweets of any kind.

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Packets of garden seeds that contain easy-to-grow garden vegetables or wildflowers that flourish outdoors are wedding favor ideas that keep on giving.

Handmade artisanal soaps are a favorite wedding favor gift if you’re getting married during the spring or summer months when the weather turns warmer.

Consider purchasing specialty soaps from a local small business or make your own using scented wax and oils — stick with all-natural ingredients for the safest, allergy-friendly soaps.

Treat guests to a taste of your favorite spreads by sending them home with small jars of homemade jams, olive oils, preserves or gourmet sauces.

Whether you have your own secret recipe or you’re obsessed with the hot sauce from a local Mexican restaurant, spicy salsa gives the taste buds a kick while making for a highly trendy ingredient in many popular dishes.

Additional ideas include pressed flower botanical prints, set in mini frames or displayed on their own.

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Customized canvas tote bags are one of the best types of wedding favors. Fill them with goodies and hang them on the backs of chairs at the reception.

When it comes to leaving a memorable impression on your guests at the end of the wedding, take-home party gifts really seal the deal.