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 to someone for others to hear, which is what really transforms two people into a married couple.
To show an appreciation for their guests, for the time they have taken out of their busy lives to be part of the wedding, the bride and groom shower their guests with wedding favors. These wedding gifts or favors have been the tradition to thank the wedding guests for their thoughtfulness, their gifts, and help in any way given to the couple in making the wedding a special occasion.
Wedding favors traditionally are given to all of the guests that have been invited to the wedding reception. Of course, more expensive wedding favors are available and there are many weddings for which these higher-priced wedding favors are appropriate, but favors are typically inexpensive gifts, averaging in the $1 – $3/person price range. 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.
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. You will need to allow ample time for personalization or shipping 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 and presenting them in a unique and beautiful manner appropriate for the occasion.
Online shopping has made finding appropriate wedding favors very easy. Type ‘wedding favors’ into Google and you’ll get pages of web sites offering every type of wedding favor you could ever want. 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 wedding favors is another option and can end up being the most unique wedding favor of all and one that your guests are sure to treasure!
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 your wedding and you for a long time to come.