A wedding shower is a time for the bride and her girls to party and celebrate the upcoming wedding in their style, without husbands and boyfriends. However, modern wedding showers allow men to participate as well; in fact, even the groom participates, because the wedding showers today are hosted by the happy couple together, not only by the bride.
Regardless of the person who organizes the wedding shower (in some cases, the happy couple does not organize the shower themselves, but a friend of theirs), there should be noted that wedding shower participants should be welcomed with wedding favors, just like it happens on a wedding day. The difference between wedding shower favors and wedding favors is that the first ones are cheaper, and in most cases, created by the bride and groom themselves, not bought from a store.
A great idea of a wedding shower favor is represented by some cookies, that can be baked several hours before the wedding shower by a creative bride. Cookies can have various shapes and can be made of different ingredients. In order to impress the wedding shower participants, these cookies should be offered along with a touching message written especially for every guest.
Another idea is to allow the wedding shower participants to create their very own cookies, by giving them the possibility to bake cookies during the wedding shower. Baking cookies at this type of event could be considered a sort of a wedding shower game, and should involve not only women, but also men; you know what they say, that men make the best chefs, so in case you too plan to throw a wedding shower before your wedding, do not hesitate to use this wedding shower game and put all of your friends to work, by giving them specific tasks to design and then bake various cookies.
At a wedding shower, the bride and groom could offer their participants some makeup and cosmetic kits, that could be used during the wedding shower, for the benefit of all those present at the shower. This way, ladies receiving makeup kits could use some nail polish bottles, eye liners, lip gloss and others in order to enhance their beauty, and why not, give some makeup lessons to other girls/women present there, and men receiving cosmetic kits could use lotions, nail decals designed for men, and many others, to show the ladies that they can be chic as well.
In case of a beach wedding shower, favors could be represented by some flip-flops in a variety of sizes, in the colors of the upcoming wedding. If the beach wedding that follows the wedding shower is an informal one, guests could be required to present themselves at the wedding wearing those flip-flops received as wedding shower favors.
Wedding favors represent an aspect of any wedding, that emotionally ties the happy couple to their guests. They are offered by the couple to their guests and come in a large variety of styles, ranging from homemade gifts to store-bought large products. Either way, wedding favors are created to be important reminders of a couple’s big day. So if you have a wedding coming up as well, and are scrambling for favor ideas, here are a few options to consider.
You all know those magazines placed in postal boxes, that invite you to go to a certain supermarket or shopping mall. Well, instead of throwing them directly to the garbage bin, you could browse them a bit and who knows, maybe you will find your wedding favors right there, featured in those magazines, that you never read.
Another idea is to purchase wedding magazines to get more inspiration. Not only that this type of magazines can help you in finding the most appropriate wedding favors for your big day, but they can also provide pieces of advice for all the aspects of a wedding. So, besides finding about the trendiest wedding favors that could be purchased for guests, a happy couple could also discover the best wedding dress designers or the most famous reception decorators.
And do not forget about asking the help of your friends and family members who have recently got married. Most likely they have a lot of advice to give you, as well as some helpful tips or ideas. Look through their wedding photo albums if possible too. Do not try to copy their wedding ideas, because you need to be unique, but try to find a source of inspiration for your wedding favors, dress, decorations, wedding rings and others.
Those who live in a big city have the advantage of participating to all sorts of wedding expos. These are events held in banquet halls, where many wedding vendors gather in order to offer their services and to provide happy couples with all sorts of advice. So do not hesitate to participate at such events, where you can find ideas for your wedding as well.
However, those who do not live in a large city will have to search for some inspiration in their local craft stores, where they could discover the perfect homemade favor ideas, that will make their guests remember their wedding for many years to come.
Before purchasing 100 or 200 wedding favors, you need to set a budget, that should not be exceeded. In case of a small budget, it is recommended to handmade your wedding favors or to use some floral centerpieces and decorations as wedding favors, that will be given away at the end of the wedding reception. In case of a large budget, wedding favors could be represented by some expensive wine bottles, ceramic decorations or pieces of jewelry made of gold, crystal or platinum.
Wedding favors are perfect for showing wedding guests your appreciation. If you do not want to be ordinary, like any other couple, you can decide to make your own wedding favors. Plan on making those favors well in advance and consider creating 10 or more in addition, because one never knows for sure how many people will be present at their wedding. Also, it is important to create those favors several months before the happy event, in order to have plenty of time to make as many favors as you need, without feeling rushed. A talented bride could ask the help of her bridesmaids, or sisters.
And here are some unusual wedding favor ideas that can be considered by a couple that really wants to be remembered by their wedding guests. Everybody knows those dollar stores, where people can buy all sorts of things from. Well, one of these things is represented by a teddy bear (or any other stuffed animal), that can be personalized by attaching a ribbon where to write the wedding date, the bride and groom's names and the name of that person or couple who will receive the present. We recommend happy couples to purchase teddy bears or other stuffed animals that match the color scheme of their wedding.
Another idea is to purchase blank T-shirts and imprint them with funny messages characteristic to the personality of those who will receive them. For example, for an accountant that is invited to a wedding, a happy couple could imprint this message: ’2+2=5 Don't judge me, I'm an accountant’. If the couple does not have the money to imprint 200 or 300 T-shirts, they can simply use a marker and just write something fun on the front or back of the T-shirt.
Edible favors represent a great idea of wedding favors too, being thoroughly enjoyed by guests. A happy couple should consider edible favors that can be easily customized with ribbons, beads and all sorts of other wrappers, like candy bars, cookies, or mini cupcakes. And the personalization should not stop there; the couple should place a special message inside each edible favor, written especially for the person who will receive that present.
For the end, we present some practical favor ideas. These practical favors are products that will be used by the wedding guests for a long time, not like the products that were mentioned earlier. In this category of practical favors, we can include magnets, mugs, glasses, wine stoppers, paperweights, and bookmarks.
How to choose the appropriate wedding favors? Before choosing gifts like this, you should know what a wedding favor is and who should receive something like this at a wedding. A wedding favor is a small gift of appreciation offered by a happy couple to all their guests. Wedding favors can differ, depending on the relationship of those who will receive those favors with the happy couple. For example, the bride and groom could decide to offer a certain type of wedding favor to their parents, and other favors to the rest of the wedding guests. At the same time, they can offer favors to couples, in order to cut the expenses with the wedding favors, or to every guest coming to the wedding, whether their guests are involved or not in relationships.
The first idea that has to be considered when it comes to wedding favors is to set a budget that does not have to be exceeded. A wedding is an expensive event by definition, and it does not have to be more expensive, by purchasing wedding favors that cost $10 each; just think about it, a wedding where 300 people are expected will make the happy couple spend around $3000 only on their wedding favors. This is unacceptable for a couple that wants to keep their expenses to a minimum level.
Another idea is to select flowers to offer as wedding favors. Most likely, at a wedding, one can encounter more couples than singles. In this case, all those couples will return home with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, that can be also used as wedding centerpiece. In case of those male guests, that come to a wedding without a partner, the happy couple could purchase some wine bottles that will be offered as wedding favors.
A happy couple that searches for wedding favors should visit plenty of favor shops, where they have the most chances of finding something that really says: ‘You won't be sorry for choosing me as your wedding favor’.
We recommend marrying couples to personalize the wedding favors they offer, and to make them memorable keepsakes. A phrase like this can be chosen to personalize a wedding favor: ‘Thank you for attending my wedding’. Another way of personalizing a wedding gift is by writing the name of that person or couple who will receive the present, next to the wedding date and bride and groom’s names. These lovely messages can be imprinted on silk ribbons, that could wrap the wedding favors, or directly on the boxes containing those wedding favors.
The final idea that has to be taken into account is to make your final purchases only when you know how many people will join you on the most beautiful day of your life.
A party cannot be named like this, if it does not involve some party favors too. Party favors represent the way of those who throw that party of showing their guests that they mean something to them. Among the most popular party favors, we can find wedding party favors, that are represented by sweets, flower pots, personalized favors, Cinderella favors, themed favors and by many other categories of favors.
Speaking of themed favors, in case of a Vegas wedding, recommendations go to some personalized playing cards, acrylic luggage tags, Vegas casino cupcake wrappers, playing card place-card holders, playing card suncatcher ornaments, ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign place-card holders, Vegas candy jars, chocolate poker chips, personalized caramels, gum boxes, crystal dice and many others. When it comes to a wedding party, there is nothing like a wedding celebrated in Las Vegas, this is why in the next paragraphs we will say a few words about some of the favors mentioned before.
The cards are in your wedding guests’ favor, and by offering a gift like this, you will certainly make them laugh. These playing cards that we recommend to be offered as wedding favors should be personalized with interesting designs and emotional messages.
Acrylic luggage tags
Most weddings that take place in Las Vegas are destination weddings, so all those who plan a fabulous destination wedding in the city of sin can at least consider offering their wedding guests as wedding favors some acrylic luggage tags. There is a large array of color assortments to choose from and a lot of styles to consider.
The most common element that can be taken into account for some place-card holders used at a Vegas wedding is represented one more time by the playing cards. Playing cards are a perfect way to add glamour and a sense of fortune and good luck to any Vegas wedding. Also, place-card holders like this are great to be used as table numbers.
Candy jars offered to wedding guests should contain some special treats for them, coming in the shape of some dice. Not only the sweets can be personalized, but also the glass jars themselves; for example, their lids can be personalized with the bride and groom’s names and their wedding date, or with a unique message.
Chocolate poker chips
Finally, we recommend some chocolate casino chips, that look just like the real thing, only that taste a lot sweeter. This idea is perfect for a Las Vegas wedding, and for any other event that is somehow related to Vegas. The poker chips that we recommend are 100% made of Belgian milk chocolate, and are poured into shapes representing casino chips with various denominations in colorful foils.