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Choosing the Right Wedding Favor.

Jun 10, 2008
If you are in the process of arranging your wedding you will probably know how important wedding favors are these days. Don't worry if you can't think of anything as there is a whole industry set up supplying treats for your guests. With this in mind, it should be one less item you have to worry about for your big day, because your favors might just be a phone call or mouse click away. To give you a preliminary taste of what is available, here are a few ideas that you may wish to consider. These are tried and tested favors that have been used to great effect, it really depends on the theme and budget of your wedding.

If you really cannot decide, you can always choose the easy wedding favor option of flowers, which can also decorate the reception at the same time. The big plus with this option is the ease and speed with which flowers can be organized. Red roses always look attractive and of course they don't have to be wrapped like many other flowers. Placing the rose on the wedding reception table where the guest are seated is a nice touch and doesn't need to be done until the last minute.

Although sweets may, at first, be seen as an easy wedding favor, it is immensely popular with almost three out of every four weddings using them. They are often placed in specially designed boxes which come in a variety of shapes and colours. Some people now use a much more convenient way to present sweets to their guests, by using large bowls filled with different types of confectionery as the centrepiece on each table. All you need to do after this is arrange for each wedding guest to have a small box where they can place their sweets. This could be called a self service gift because all you have to do is supply the sweets and an appropriate receptacle to place it in.

A novel idea that will kill two birds with one stone, is a small picture frame which can be used on the day as placeholders. This is a great idea because wrapping this type of wedding favor can put many people off, especially when there are a large number of guests. Almost all receptions have place names at the tables for the guests, so this is an ideal way to present the frame without the need to spend time and more money on wrapping paper, which will only be thrown away, and that is not very ecologically friendly.

Drinks coasters can be a useful wedding favour as they can always be a great way of remembering your special day. They come in so many different styles and materials that there must be one that is just right for you. Some can double as a photo frame which make them even more attractive.

In the current thinking about global warming and carbon footprints, you may wish to opt for something eco-friendly. How about cards that are impregnated with flower seeds that can be planted after wedding? You will have a yearly reminder of the happy day when the flowers bloom. You can even get vegetable seeds for your hungrier friends.

The idea of a bottle stopper as a wedding favor, may seem a little off the wall. However, they do come in a broad range of styles and can be a practical gift, especially as people are monitoring their alcohol consumption nowadays.

Finally, an easy, if somewhat more expensive wedding favor, is to arrange for a professional photographer to attend the wedding reception and take a photo of every couple as they arrive looking their best. It is a simple matter of bringing a printer along so the images can be printed off during the reception and are ready when the guests start to leave. It may be possible to arrange to have the photos shown as a slide show so that everybody gets to see each as they arrived at the reception.
About the Author
Author Sean Lamb is a writer who covers many different subjects. This is one in a series about weddings and civil partnerships.
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