To nearly every couple, the wedding reception is as important as the ceremony itself, as this is when the bride and groom get to share their joy with their families and friends, and pass out personal wedding favors.
Wedding reception favors are the couple’s first gesture towards their invited guests, and so convey an important message. Whether large or small, expensive or more thrifty, the ideal wedding reception favor should say welcome – come and join the fun.
Celebrating the unity of two people for eternity is the foremost purpose of a Wedding Ceremony. It has been this way and will continue to be this way for as long as the tradition lives. Wedding Guests are invited to share not only in the joyous occasion but also to bear witness to the union.
There is something spiritual about standing before all those who are special to you and making a lifelong commitment.
This is what really transforms two people into a married couple.
To show an appreciation for their guests, for the time they have taken to be part of the Wedding; the bride and groom shower their guests with Personal Wedding Favors.
These Wedding Gifts or Wedding Favors have been the tradition to thank the wedding guests for their thoughtfulness. These gifts say thanks for helping in any way for wedding a special occasion.
Wedding favors traditionally are given to all of the guests that have been invited to the wedding reception.
More expensive wedding favors are available and there are many weddings for which these higher-priced wedding favors are appropriate.
Numerous wedding favors are available in just about any category one could imagine, from sterling silver picture frames, to personalized edible chocolates, and even fragrant bath soaps.
The last thing a bridal couple should worry about is the type of Personal Wedding Favors to have.
Besides, there are so many other decisions looming on their shoulders.
But sticking with perennial favorites such as candles, soaps, personalized trinkets and wedding cameras can make the wedding favor selection relatively painless.
There are many different varieties of candles given as wedding favors, and the possibilities can seem endless. The candles can be very small, as of the tea light variety, or a little larger in the votive size, or even much larger in a pillar size.
They can be any color or any color that will match the bridal party color scheme. Sometimes, the candles are in unique shapes such as a heart, bridal gown, champagne glass, wedding cake, or flowers.
Soaps can also make unique personal wedding favors, and they are available in many different varieties, colors, and sizes. They are commonly in the shape of hearts or flowers, and are mostly in pastel colors.
In addition, they can take on different forms, such as bath salts, bath confetti, or bath fizz. These are versatile enough to also make great favors for a bridal shower, especially one marked as a personal shower.
For a more personal touch, there are many different trinkets than can be personalized with the bridal couple’s names and/or wedding date.
These can be as simple as tags or ribbons that are added on to other items such as flowers or candies, or as different as tea tins and packets of cappuccino.
Some of the most common personalized favors are vases, photo frames and candle holders. Of course you don’t want to leave men out of this. Golf tees and matchbooks can be personalized as well! And don’t forget the napkins to wrap the wedding cake in.
Another very popular option is that of wedding cameras.
The guests can then use them at their discretion to take pictures during dinner, or of each other dancing, freeing up the photographer to take portraits.
At the end of the evening the bridal couple gathers up all the cameras to get them developed. The cameras can be bought in bulk and can have a variety of different designs on them. They can also be personalized, just like any other favor.
Candles, soaps, personalized trinkets and wedding cameras are some of the most common personal wedding favors. But there are many other ideas as well to make every wedding personalized to the individual couple.
This is a time to make everything as special as can be, and wedding favors make it just that!
Selecting wedding favors is not that difficult at all; nor is it necessary to purchase these well in advance of the wedding date. Most are readily available at online and retail outlets that specialize in these kind of wedding accessories.
You don’t want to wait until the last minute however, as that is a particularly hectic time, and you will need to allow ample time for personalization. Or, if you select an item that requires special ordering, for example, an unusually large quantity, or an exclusive item.
To be on the safe side, two to three months prior to the wedding date is a good time to make your wedding favor selections.
Once you have them in your possession, the only other thing you need to worry about is getting them to the reception before the guests arrive.
Then present them in a unique and beautiful manner that is appropriate for the occasion.
Online shopping has made finding appropriate wedding favors very easy. Type ‘wedding favors’ into your search engine and you’ll get pages of web sites offering every type of wedding favor.
So where do you begin? It’s definitely a good idea to consult your budget worksheet first so you know the price range to focus on. From there, think about what makes you and your partner unique.
- Do you both love golf?
- Are you wine connoisseurs?
- What about a theme?
If your wedding has one, there’s sure to be a favor to complement that theme. Do you want the favor to be the place holder? If so, select one that allows you to write the person’s name and table number.
Creating your own personal wedding favors is another option and can end up being the most unique wedding favor of all.
Wedding Favors most suited to the occasion are the ones that reflect your personal style and personality.
So select something that you personally enjoy and that your guests will appreciate and remember.