Along with providing the traditional shortbread-type wedding cookies, caterers and cookie companies also specialize in wedding cookie cakes and wedding cookie favors. Both of which have become quite popular as a supplemental treat for the reception table.
Wedding cake cookies can range from individual cookies in the shape of wedding cakes with decorative colored frosting, to a variety of cookies placed inside white boxes arranged to look like the ascending layers of a wedding cake. Wedding cake-shaped cookies as favors for guests can be complemented with bell-shaped cookies and bride- and groom-shaped cookies. These can be placed next to individual place settings (where they're more likely to get eaten), on stacking cake plates on the buffet table, or randomly placed in the high-trafficked areas of your reception hall. Hatboxes of varying shapes make good display cases for the cookies as well. Many novelty shops sell miniature hatboxes that can be used as gift boxes for your wedding cookie favors.
If wedding cake-shaped cookies aren't your thing but you like the idea of a wedding cookie favor, you may want to consider wedding fortune cookies. Several cookie companies specialize in making fortune cookies especially for weddings and can custom-create your fortunes. The dough can also be dyed to match the colors of your wedding, or you can have the ink used on the fortune dyed to match your colors and keep the cookies in their natural state. Either way, these cookies make good icebreakers and conversation starters. They work well grouped in cellophane bags, individually wrapped, or placed in rice bowls next to lucky bamboo stalks or miniature banzi gardens as centerpieces.
Think about ways to combine cookies with other special edibles. For example, place cookies in special gift boxes, or group them in cellophane bags and include them with specialty coffees, chocolates, teas, ceramic mugs, fresh fruit, smoked meats, champagne - the possibilities are endless depending on your guests' tastes. As a honeymoon treat for the bride and groom, this same gift basket (though you may want to double the quantity) is a sweet gesture that will surely be appreciated once the excitement of the festivities has died down and the couple is finally able to eat something.
One variation of the cookie favor gift basket for the bride and groom is to provide not just a gift basket, but also a picnic basket equipped with wine, place settings, and utensils as well as the picnic food items, saving the cookies for dessert!
Wedding cookie favors not only complement gift baskets for your special guests and hosts, but they are also delicious treats for the bride and groom to nibble on during their honeymoon.