Posted by johnna-patton on April 9th, 2016
Sometimes you’re the peaceful bride whose wedding planning has gone off without a single hitch, and sometimes you’re the chaotic bride running down the aisle of Michael’s looking for favors 2 days before your wedding. Because seriously, how can you be expected to remember everything?
Let’s start off by saying that the easiest favors involve you putting something in a bag or box. If you’ve forgotten about your wedding favors and you have started the wedding countdown clock, save yourself a headache and go with these simple ideas.
Kraft paper bags are really handy. If you have a couple of weeks, you can have them printed and personalized. Otherwise, just use a stamp or twine (and if you leave them completely plain, I promise there is no such thing as the Wedding Police to hunt you down). Below, these paper bags were used to wrap coffee beans from a bulk bag. There are few favors easier than buying whole bean coffee at Costco and filling paper bags.
I know it’s hard to believe after that buffet dinner your guests just consumed, but edible favors are always a hit. Go to your local bakery and purchase pretty macarons (below) and wrap them in tiny white boxes. French macarons are super delicate, so bagging them will just lead to sad, smooshed cookies.
After a night of partying, your guests are going to go back and crash and probably not wake up feeling like a million bucks (reality, people). Save your guests from the horrors of trying to find something for breakfast in the hotel vending machine by passing out donut favors. This cutie example below is really creative, but might take more time than you have. Fill up a cup with donut holes, throw on a lid, and leave a sign. Your guests won’t care about the missing straw flag and washi tape.
Another really easy idea is to wrap up glass bottles of Coca-Cola and hand them to people on their way out. You can also make little cocktail-to-go kits (below, right), but those will run you about $5-7 per favor, so it’s probably a better idea for a smaller guest list.
One of the trendiest favors right now is potted succulents. You don’t have time for an afternoon gardening, though, so purchase them pre-potted. Do not spend the morning of your wedding day transferring succulents into pots to save money. Just don’t.