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Favor Favorites


November 20, 2015 | Ivy Publications

Wedding party favors are a thoughtful touch that will enhance any reception theme and can be as minimalistic or extravagant as the bride and groom desire. From traditional ones, like bubbles and sachets, to modern ones, such as succulents and jars of olive oil, favors are a great way to show guests you appreciate them sharing your special day. And just like any other detail of a wedding, favors go through trends. Here are just a few cute trending party favor ideas from 2015.

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While edible favors have always been an option, traditionally that option was jordan almonds. Over the past few years, personalized iced cookies have become an overwhelming favorite, and for good reason. Perfectly sized treats, easy to personalize and fairly inexpensive, they go great with any decor. Order from your favorite local bakery, or even do-it-yourself, and guests can enjoy at their leisure either during the wedding or at home. This favor trend is enjoyed by attendees of all ages and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

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The world of edible favors is not limited to cookies, however. Truffles or homemade chocolate wedding favors, candy conversation hearts and gourmet coffee or tea are also good favor ideas. Bite-sized treats are great because, let’s face it, people love to eat and you can always find a taker for leftovers! They require minimal effort and pack a lot of points with guests.

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One of the biggest trends in weddings overall is sourcing locally. So it comes as no surprise that small jam, honey and oil jars made with locally sourced produce have become wildly popular. Cute, delicate and useful, these favors are great year round. It’s as easy as going to the local farmer’s market and filling an array of jars with seasonal offerings. To customize for guests of themes, try adding different spices to oils, or for the really ambitious, make a large batch of jam with fresh berries and top with a personalized label. These gifts have a long shelf life, leaving your guests with a sweet reminder of your special day!

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With the development of photo-technology comes the growing and lasting trend of customizable picture favors. A few years ago, putting your face on M&Ms was a remarkable feat. Now, any betrothed couple can customize their day with labels printed at their own home! From wine bottles to honey jars, send your guests home with any image imaginable. Couples can now also create photo opportunities at the wedding, by either setting up a take-it-yourself photo area with silly hats, mustaches and glasses or by providing a photo booth where guests receive a printed favor. Providing a photo favor adds to the experience of the reception as well as creates lasting memories.

Photos by Jen Fariello Photography

Cookies by One Creative Cookie

Chocolates by Gearharts Fine Chocolates

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