What to Put in Favor Boxes for a Wedding
Charm your wedding guests with soap or candy party favors
By Pam Gaulin
Express your gratitude to wedding guests with favors they will truly enjoy, such as edible or personalized gifts. Hand the favors to your guests as they leave, which also gives you a chance to thank them personally for celebrating your nuptials with you. Consider both the cost of the boxes and the favors when calculating your wedding budget. Keep in mind that couples spend an average of $402 for wedding favors, according to the Bridal Association of America.
For a sweet memento, pack your favor boxes with traditional candy-coated Jordan almonds, mint lentils, heart-shaped candies or butter mints in your wedding colors. Opt for metallic silver or gold candies and put one metallic candy in each box.
Top off favor boxes with modern edible favors, including personalized candy-coated chocolates or miniature chocolate bars with the name of the bride and groom printed on the label. Add spice and heat to the boxes with cinnamon hearts. Make each foray into the favor box a treasure hunt by using gourmet jelly beans or hearts with words printed on them.
Thrill guests with gourmet favors, including rich truffles, hand-dipped chocolates, organic chocolates, delicate petit fours, fresh gourmet cookies or chocolate-dipped fruit.
Think about filling your favor boxes with one or two pieces of high-quality soap. Shapes can include hearts, the letters X and O, doves or roses. Match your wedding theme by including leaves, bird's eggs, shells or starfish. Or fill the boxes with colorful bath confetti soap or a sachet of bath salts.
Matching candles or tea lights will generally fit into traditional favor boxes. Box these favors in two's to represent the bridal couple. Or include personalized matchbooks or match boxes with the date and couple's names.
The Jordan Almonds Poem
Jordan almonds are so much of a wedding-favor tradition, they even have a poem: "Five Jordan almonds for each guest to eat/reminds us that life is both bitter and sweet. Five wishes for the new husband and wife...health, wealth, happiness, children, and long life!" You can include the poem as a scroll or card with your favor box.
About the Author
Pam Gaulin is a writer who specializes in the party planning and wedding industries.
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A candy-coated, often pastel almond that serves as a popular wedding favor.View the Full Weddings Glossary