A sweet side product of the day you start your new life together? Budding friendships between your guests. Make sure those bonds last by giving them address books to collect the contact information of all their newfound pals. Get them started by stamping your newlywed names and your address in the book.
Most sunny locales have one thing in common: amazing fruit! Think oranges in Florida, pomegranates in Greece, or mangoes in Mexico. Our patterns complete the package. Print them out onto Yasutomo rice paper (dickblick.com), cut each page into strips, and wrap them around pieces of local produce, finishing with twine.
The best thing about this gift idea: You won't find another like it anywhere else. Ask your calligrapher to create something special -- a sentiment (as we did here), an illustration, or a symbol. Have the image converted into a digital file and print it onto iron-on transfer paper. Cut closely around the design, iron onto a canvas bag (following the manufacturer's instructions), and -- don't forget this part! -- admire your handiwork.
Given as a favor, chocolate is always a big hit, and letting your guests assemble their own boxes sweetens the deal. Create a buffet of offerings -- we used milk, white, and dark chocolates -- and label each with a printed tag. Small boxes, secured with elastic bands, are casually stacked alongside the treats. Use our template to create the box dividers that allow guests to separate their picks.
Once you've wined and dined your loved ones, see them off with personalized matchbooks (these are from Party Favors Plus) and bottles of local vino. Just add your information to our file, and print. The wine label is easily secured with double-sided tape, while glue works best for the matchbook cover.
For these eye-catching favor pouches, we used bright tissue paper to create a pattern that mimics that bold beauty, then tied on a tag bearing planting instructions, plus verdant ribbon to pose as leaves. At home, guests will peel back the petals to reveal a dormant dahlia bulb brimming with potential and just waiting to take root.
Stylishly wrapped chocolate favors are perfect for your big day. To make the packaging, cut scrapbooking paper into a 1 1/2-inch-by-6-inch strips. At the center of each, cut out a half heart (see our template) using a craft knife. Then, wrap around a stack of three chocolate tasting squares, secure with double-sided tape, and fold back the heart.
At traditional Greek weddings, dragees are handed out in odd-numbered amounts. The indivisibility of the numbers shows the newlyweds will be partners for life. For a chic sweet, fill 3 1/2-inch boxes with an odd number of different dragees. Use our template to make the box lining that separates the dragees into 3 different compartments.
Sure, matchbooks have become a go-to wedding favor, but there's more to these clever versions than meets the eye. Give away a surprising something to remember in the form of a cheery, charming pack of forget-me-not seeds. The best part: Long after the big day, guests will watch the dainty blossoms -- and the memories -- spring to life.
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