In the weeks leading up to the wedding, Molly and her sister filled jars with homemade granola. A graphic design by Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence reading "Merci Beacoup! Homemade Granola" was made into a rubber stamp by theRUBBERpress. Linen was then stamped and secured around the tops of the jars with a wrapping of twine.
At Grace and Aaron's sweet southern destination wedding in Georgia, guests took home a recipe for General Oglethorpe's shrimp and grits (he was the founder of Savannah) paired with grits from a local farm, both fastened together with a custom-made button by Busy Beaver Button Company.
At the end of the night, each guest went away with a thoughtfully prepared package of miniature scones, clotted cream, and homemade orange-bergamot marmalade. The sweets were wrapped with a beautifully calligraphed note (meant to be read, of course, with a dapper British accent): "English breakfast with love, Annie and Olly."
At this holiday-time wedding, muslin sacks were rubber-stamped with "naughty" or "nice" and left out for guests, near a sign reading "Please conduct a brief self-evaluation of your behavior this year, and choose one accordingly." The naughty bags held chocolate "coal"; the nice bags were filled with peppermint sticks and peppermint-chocolate bark.
Bottles of wine made by the groom's father and uncle were given to guests as favors. The half-liter bottles featured labels with a series of the groom's illustrations and a few Croatian phrases ("celebrate," "play," and "cheers") to pay homage to the groom's heritage and the history of wine-makers in the family.
The bride and groom gave guests CDs, which doubled as place cards at the tables. Because the bride and groom love music so much, it was an obvious choice to pick a CD compilation as their favor. Each sleeve was made by hand by the duo from actual comic book pages, so each one was unique.
With nearly three-quarters of the wedding guests travelling from afar to join the celebration, Allison and Jacob wanted their favors to be both personal to them and still relate to Connecticut. Allison's love of gardening and Jacob's love of cooking merged into the perfect gift when they offered borage seeds -- a lesser-known flowering herb that produces edible blue flowers -- placed in hand-thrown pots by local-artisan Ben Wolff.
Jessie and Tyler picked raspberries the summer before the wedding, and Jessie and her mother made jam. The jars were covered with smaller pieces of the same fabric found on the reception's tabletops and were finished with twine. The custom stickers and handwritten labels double as place cards.