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Traditions We Love: Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are a time honored tradition that date all the way back to the 16th century! At their opulent weddings and parties, French aristocrats would present their guests with delicate boxes filled with sugared almonds. The bitterness of the almonds combined with the sweetness of the sugar was meant to represent the bitter-sweetness of marriage. It was a great honor to receive such a gift at these events. It not only symbolized the status of the couple getting married, but the love they had for their guests, as sugar was thought to have medicinal properties.

The tradition quickly spread and is one that is still widely practiced today. In fact, sugared almonds remain one of the most popular wedding favors! However, that hasn’t stopped modern newlyweds from taking a more creative approach to their favors. Unsure of what to gift your guests for your own wedding? We’ve compiled a list of our Top 10 favorite favors to help get you started!

Top 10 Unique Wedding Favors

#1 – S’mores Kit

Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned s’more? These adorable single serving favors stoke up memories of campfires and childhood nostalgia.

Sending You Smore Love Wedding Favor Tag Custom w Names & Date

#2 – Mini Jar of Jam

Tiny jars of jam make a sweet addition to any reception table. Extra points if you make them yourself!

Wedding Reception Favor Tag Love is Sweet Custom

#3 – Custom M&M’s

Custom candies in your wedding colors, or personalized with your date, make a great favor! Place them in clear boxes at each seat for an added pop of color at the dinner table.

Love Is Sweet Tags - Wedding Favor Tags Script Custom with Names and Date - Candy, Cookie, Dessert Tags (Set of 24) SS01

#4 – Succulents

These trendy little plants double as table decor! Include a note with care instructions so your guests can enjoy them long after your big day. Get them here!

Succulent Wedding Favors

#5 – Handmade Soap

We love these homemade soaps from Bearhug Naturals. With 18 different scents and colors to choose from you’re sure to find the perfect combination for your big day!

Handmade Soap Favor Tags

#6 – Personalized Lip Balm

Everybody looses their lip balm. It’s just part of the human existence. Surprise your guests with a special tube from WindyHillVanilla!

Personalized Lip Balm

#7 – Coffee

For the caffeinated couple! Send your guests home with a mini bag of your favorite roast.

Coffee Wedding Favor

#8 – Local Honey

Support your local apiarist with tiny jars full of honey. Your guests will think of you every time they make a cup of tea!

Honey Wedding Favors
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#9 – Candy Buffet

It doesn’t get sweeter than this! Fill apothecary jars with your favorite candies and allow your guests to serve themselves.


#10 – Donation to Charity

For the socially conscious couple. Make a donation to your favorite charity in your guests’ honor. Don’t forget to let them know with custom donation cards from Marrygrams!

Donation in Lieu of Favors Horizontal Table Card Thin Style - Custom Donation Table Cards, In Memory Donate Note Cards - SS01

Whatever you decide, wedding favors are a sweet way to thank your friends and family for sharing in your special day. And no favor is complete without custom tags and signs from Marrygrams! Don’t forget to share your day of photos with us using the hashtag #marrygrams on Instagram!