Hot wedding favors trend: Marry fun and function in a useful favor
(ARA) - When it comes to creating perfection on your wedding day, it's
hard to understate the importance of the wedding favor. The favor is
the piece of your wonderful day that guests will take away with them.
You want it to be something special, unique and memorable, a tangible
reminder that they'll turn to again and again.
"We're seeing more brides today turning to wedding
favors that marry fun and function, uniqueness and
usefulness," says Allison Bergstedt of My Wedding Reception Ideas.com,
a leading online resource for brides seeking unique wedding favors and
other wedding items. "Perhaps it's a reflection of the times, as we are
all tending to be more frugal and practical with our money. The favors
of choice today are ones that guests will find useful long after the
ceremony is over."
Here are some hints for useful favors:
"Not everyone may have a mantle on which to display a pretty silver
picture frame, but virtually everyone has a kitchen," Bergstedt says.
"So items that can be used in the kitchen make very practical favors.
Plus, with so much variety of utensils used in the kitchen, it's
possible to find a favor that is not only useful, but that matches your
personality as well."
Popular kitchen wedding favors include kitchen timers, olive oil
bottles, cookie cutters, measuring spoons, ice cream scoops and bowls,
melon ballers, cake and pie servers, cheese graters and even tea
Salt and pepper shakers
What favor better embodies the essence of marriage - the perfect
pairing of two things that seem opposite, but that complement each
other so well that neither is fully functional without the other? Salt
and pepper shakers can range from fun and frolicking like the adorable
bride and groom set, to classic and nostalgic represented by a set
shaped like delicate seashells, to modern and bold such as a set
rendered in stainless steel.
Who doesn't have a table they would like to protect from water marks?
Coasters make a great practical favor, plus they're available in such a
variety of designs and styles you'll have no trouble finding a set that
flatters the theme of your wedding. Whether you choose a beach design
or a "bride and groom" theme, or personalize them with your names and
wedding date or with a photo of the two of you together, coasters can
keep the memory of your special day alive for guests every time they
sip a beverage.
A wise man once said "food is the most personal gift," and when given
favors, food products can be practical and very welcome too.
You can opt to go for fun, and give guests Key Lime margarita mix. Or
go for heartwarming and homespun with tea bags and a tea caddy or
muffin mix with mini muffin pans.
Donation and charity
Another option gaining popularity is to give guests a token that lets
them know a donation has been made in their honor to a much-loved
charity. For example, you can give a small pink photo frame imprinted
with the breast cancer awareness ribbon and a portion of the purchase
price will go towards an organization that supports young women with
breast cancer. Or, use a tent card at each place setting to let guests
know what charity you've donated to on their behalf.
"Giving a useful favor also taps another hot trend for 'green' favors,"
Bergstedt says. "Any favor that your guests will keep - and not throw
away - qualifies as green." For more wedding favor ideas, visit www.MyWeddingReceptionIdeas.com.
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