Edibles and KeepsakesThinking ahead a little about your wedding favors will make your guests feel like they've received a thoughtful gift. Consider whether you'd like to buy wedding favors in bulk or order personalized favors online. If you opt for personalized edibles, also try to include something non-edible and personal for your guests to take away. This will ensure that loved ones who wish to have a memento of your occasion won't have to resort to saving that yummy, personalized chocolate bar for the next few decades so they can remember your big day.
Favors for California Seasons and RegionsIf any of the regions of California, like the mountains or the coast, or any of the seasons of California, like snowy Sierra Nevada winters or sun-drenched desert summers, have inspired your wedding already, then your favors can reflect that certain style. From evergreen scented soaps to strawberry-flavored confections, you've got lots of options when choosing your California flavors. Beach wedding brides will surely incorporate the shapes of the sea, such as shells and sand dollars onto their favors, such as picture frames with the bride and groom's photo inside or starfish-shaped name card holders for the reception tables. Incorporate the naturally appealing shapes and fall colors of California's oak and maple tree leaves into candles, soaps, chocolates and candies.
Holiday weddings make wedding favors easier to find or create -- and they are more likely to be displayed year after year by your wedding guests. For example, personalized Christmas ornaments, personalized Valentine's Day candies, or even shamrock-engraved shot glasses filled with clover candies. Many chocolates and hard candies can be molded into shapes representing your California wedding location, such as the Golden Gate Bridge chocolates. To be truly authentic to California, create any number of beautifully colored concoctions out of California-made Jelly Belly beans, which can complement almost anything with icing and can fill a flute glass or candy dish with your specific wedding colors and flavors.
Twists on Traditional Wedding FavorsWedding favors of simpler times meant elegant things, such as tying up a little bag of rice in a piece of colored lace with a ribbon and handing it to your guests to toss at the bride and groom. Add confetti in the shapes of stars and hearts to wedding rice or use colored rice instead. Also, instead of traditional personalized matchbooks, consider packs of incense matches with a personalized sticker on the front for your non-smoking guests. Classic bath bubbles in a champagne-glass shaped bottle can be replaced with bubble solution and a wand for your guests to blow bubbles at each other during your outdoor reception.
Most Californians are considered "arty" and will find crafty ways to incorporate California flavors and shapes like black walnut, blackberry, and green chardonnay grapes into their wedding favors. Consider placing a bushel of dried, preserved California flowers with a personalized ribbon tied around them next to the cutlery on your reception tables. Bags of California dried fruits and flower seeds will surely delight your guests as they later eat and grow the fruits of your wedding day.
Whether personalized, edible, a keepsake or an ornament, your wedding favors can all be found by using this guide to locate your perfect wedding favors either online or in your local California region.