Unique Wedding Favors We Loved From Summer Celebrations
Honey. Wildflowers. Lemonade. They are some of the season’s simplest pleasures, and fitting tokens of thanks for friends and family joining you on your big day. Here, those ideas and more from weddings we have featured to inspire your own favors at your summer event.
Souvenirs to Sip
Emily and David’s anchor monogram, a nod to the bride’s love of all things Americana, was stamped onto keepsake flasks filled with tea and lemonade (and vodka upon request) for this July wedding in California.
Favors to Savor
Sage honey from a local farm was given in jars sporting custom labels at this rustic wedding in Napa Valley.
At Amanda and Johnnie’s Pacific Northwest wedding, each guest received a handkerchief monogrammed with his or her initials. The keepsakes were wrapped with paper from Smock and also served as escort cards.
A Reusable Gift Bag
To complement a summer camp-like wedding at a beautiful lodge in Pescadero, California, bride Anna’s 90-year-old grandmother baked 150 mini Bundt cakes to greet guests as they sat down to dinner.
Christie and Greg set out buckets of ripe peaches next to a sign that read, “You’re a peach, take one home!” at their farmhouse wedding in July.
A Colorful Ending
Guests of Hanna and Bret’s Seattle wedding left with a tasty takeaway—a monogrammed box of macarons in five flavors: chocolate, raspberry, strawberry, passion fruit, and lemon.
Gillian made sure the favors at her waterfront wedding echoed her nautical motif with butter cookies “embossed” with anchors.
Gina and Craig passed out glassine bags of salted caramels at their art museum wedding in San Diego. The sticker on the front read, “A Treat for All Palates,” and the sticker on the back stated, “Sweet & Salty.”
The bride and groom at this Colorado wedding wanted to give their 41 guests something living to take home. “I thought succulents would be perfect,” says Sarah. She and her husband Jordan spent the months leading up to the big day collecting glass containers. Their florist filled them with the small plants just a couple of days before.
Something Salty, Something Sweet
At the end of her retro glam California wedding, guests took home bride Amanda’s chocolate-covered potato chips—“They sound like something Elvis would have eaten,” she says—in striped bags.
Bottles of lemon-flavored extra-virgin olive oil doubled as escort cards and favors at this Mexico-inspired wedding held in early September.
At Hilary and Kyle’s NYC wedding, kraft paper boxes filled with Champagne jelly were bundled with hot pink ribbon and rubber stamped with a custom design by the bride.
As a token of gratitude and to preserve the memories from their destination wedding in Tuscany, Lina and Daniele gave each guest mini wine bottles sealed in a personalized carry bag. The wines were “Le Difese” and “San Lorenzo,” both sourced from local Maremma vineyards.
Dare to DIY
Several days before this San Diego wedding, the bridal party packaged homemade treats for guests that included granola in burlap-topped jars with two tags, one with the newlyweds’ initials and the other reading, “honey bunches of love.”
Pretty in Pink
At the end of this Chicago wedding in August, guests left with pink Depression glass berry bowls filled with old-fashioned candy. Bride Mindy has her own personal collection of the glass that she also used for dinner décor.
Keep Them Buzzin’
Since the bride, Hilary, was a partner in a local honey and bee company, the sweet, natural nectar was an obvious choice for wedding favors at her rustic ranch reception in San Luis Obispo, California. Three varietals of honey (eucalyptus, wildflower, and buckwheat) were harvested and packaged in small jars, which were labeled with tags and set out for attendees to take home as a celebration keepsake.
La Dolce Vita
Shelli and Chris gave guests refreshing bottles of Limoncello, made specifically for their destination wedding in Italy. To create the favors’ bright paper tags, the couple punched letter-pressed tags, embellished them with vintage stamps, and strung them with baker’s twine.
At Taylor and Greg’s nautical-themed wedding at the Newport Beach Yacht Club, baggies were on hand for guests to grab chocolate-covered pretzels and macarons as a take-home treat.