You will also probably be crunched for time (and possibly money) by the time you get down to the gracious details such as decorations and guest favors. A simple solution to alleviate some of this distress is to simply combine wedding favors to create a beautiful centerpiece. Wedding centerpiece favors are an opportunity to be creative with both your decorations and your gifts for your guests.
The key to beautiful centerpiece favors is grouping them in a manner that is attractive but obvious. This means several small, individually packaged gifts grouped together in the center of the table rather than, say, a large bowl of candy or flowers. Guests feel more comfortable taking something when it is clearly meant for them.
You can do this literally by putting nametags on the centerpiece favors, for example an assortment of beautiful boxes or old-fashioned "crackers"(tubes wrapped in tissue paper and tied at both ends, designed to be pulled apart) with charms or candy inside. This way guests are much less shy about pulling apart a display.
An organized grouping of small things can also combine to create a very elegant larger centerpiece. For example, you may put a grouping of single flowers in small bud vases together on a large silver platter to create a striking centerpiece, or create a tower of foil-wrapped truffles accented with blossoms.
You may also choose to group together an assortment of different wedding centerpiece favors to create a unique centerpiece and provide guests with a choice. For example, you may group floral corsages with packets of candy in a large glass bowl, or surround a few bouquets in vases with little gift boxes. You might also intersperse more whimsical wedding favors, such as bubbles or fortune cookies, with something serious and elegant like a long-stemmed rose.
Another option for making centerpieces into wedding centerpiece favors is to group together an assortment of the same type of gift, such as tea sachets and little bags of gourmet coffee grouped in "bouquets" with chocolate or honey dipped spoons. You may even place several elements of a gift packet in the center of the table and hang a gift bag on each guest's chair, allowing them to choose for themselves.
A very successful centerpiece for this purpose is a small gift tree from which favors can be hung, such as decorative ornaments or pouches of candy. These trees can also be decorated with flowers and ribbons, and small bouquets may be tied loosely to them as an extra favor for your guests.
No matter what you choose as your wedding centerpiece favors, they will be a creative and practical way to say "thank you" to your guests. Plus, you'll be saving table-space and items on your to-do list, no small relief as you approach the final planning stages.