Wedding Favors - How to Graciously Thank
Your Wedding Guests
By Tracy Yang
Thank You, Merci, Arigatou, Gracias, Xie-Xie…
Gratitude is a universal emotion. People of different cultures,
backgrounds, and beliefs can understand no matter what language
it is expressed in. This sentiment is experienced at momentous events
in our life. A wedding celebration is a special event connecting
two people and their families in holy matrimony. Planning a wedding
is indeed no task for the feeble minded, so for those that help
the Bride and Groom do all the leg work or just simply being present
at each event deserves a big Thank You.
How Do You Thank Your Friends and Guests?
How might one ask, do you give thanks and make a lasting impression on your
guest? The simple answer is with wedding favors. For those that are not
familiar with this word, a wedding favor is a gift, a small token of appreciation
for guest to treasure and remember your wedding day. This word is also interchangeably
referred to as keepsakes, giveaways, or bomboniere. It is recommended to
order wedding favors at least a couple of months before the wedding date
to ensure that there is plenty of time left to order more if the guest list
Wedding Favor History
Wedding favors have been around for a very long time, we can trace
its roots back to the Italians where the infamous sugarcoated candies
called Jordan Almonds made its symbolic presence. The almond which
naturally has a bittersweet taste, representing life and the sugarcoating
on the exterior brings forth anticipation of sweetness that life also
has to offer. Jordan Almonds are not just colored hard shelled candies
that seem to pop up in weddings but they are symbolic confections
of married life and the journey that lies ahead.
In the modern world of high tech innovations and fast track living,
Jordan almonds wrapped in tulle or filled in bags or boxes are not
the only options for favors today. Professionals in the wedding industry
have come up with novel ways of making favors fun, stylish, trendy,
and most of all, affordable. Tradition has fused with style to create favors
that represent the lifestyle of the couple. No two weddings you attend,
will you receive the same wedding favor.
The Latest & Original Options In Wedding Favors - Make A Lasting
If Jordan almonds wrapped in tulle netting was the favor you received at
the last wedding you attended, here is the 411 on the different types of
wedding favors out there.
· Edible Munchies - chocolate truffles, liquor
filled chocolates, fortune cookies, mints, designer cookies, jellies,
and doughnuts · Candles - fruit shaped, aromatic, votives,
candle filled jars, flower shaped · Soaps - hearts, rose
petals, fruit shapes · Place Card Holders - mini chairs,
vases, bells, picture frames, napkin rings
· Silver - mint julep cups, key chains, wine stoppers, compact
mirrors, fortune cookie, chopsticks, bells, click the link to see
Wedding Favors & Silver Engravables
Does Everyone Get A Wedding Favor?
When the decision is finally made on the type of wedding favors to get,
the next dilemma faced is if each person should get one favor each or should
it be given one favor per couple. This depends on the guest list. If a larger
percent of the guest list consists of people who are single versus married
then opt for one favor per person instead. One good rule to go by is if
the favor costs more than $10 a piece, consider giving one favor per couple
to cut down on expenses.
How Do You Distribute And Display The Favors?
Now that you know the Who, What, When, on wedding favors, here is
the How part. How is each favor displayed and distributed? The most
popular way to give out the favors is by displaying it on each place
setting that is if you are giving one favor per person. This allows
your guest to use it as a conversational piece with one another, which
is a great way to get the guest to start mingling with one another.
If placing the favors on each table is too mundane for you, try using
it as the focal point of your wedding, similar to your wedding cake.
Have a special table decorated just for your wedding favors and place
it near the entryway so it will be the first thing guest will see
and also the last thing they will remember as they grab one as they
leave the reception. This method is good for those that just could
not part with giving one favor per couple, because your guest will
never know if everyone received a favor since it is self served. Just
beware of those that always want a second helping by grabbing more
than one favor.
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Whether it is known by the alias keepsakes, giveaways, or bombonieres,
wedding favors are gifts that will make a lasting impression. Just like
Great Food, Great Favors never go out of style. Graciously say Merci,
Arigatou, Gracias, Xie-Xie with a wedding favor.
Copyright Tracy Yang, 2005. All rights reserved.
Tracy Yang is the creative director for HansonEllis.com. The place for unique
favors and bridal shower gifts for your special event.