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How to Make Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are a perfect way to thank your guests, for being a part of your happiness. This article offers a few ideas for elegant favors, which can be easily made at home.
Wedessence Staff
Wedding favors have become an integral part of wedding receptions worldwide. From scented votive candles to fragrant Potpourri, these small gifts are the best way to thank your guests. They can also be a beautiful souvenir of your wedding. You have a wealth of ideas when it comes to choosing the perfect ones for your special day. If you are tired of the same old tea lights and plaid purses, why not make your own wedding favors!

You must first decide what you want to communicate through your favors. You can choose one after considering the following:
  • Theme of the reception
  • Whether the reception party is formal or casual
  • Whether it is a spring, summer or winter wedding
  • Qualities that define you and your partner
Once this is decided, the next step is to use creative ideas to design the favors that reflect the real 'you'. You can also involve your family and friends in making them for your wedding.
Making Wedding Favors
Most popular favors include cookies and chocolates, wedding flowers, glass and crystal, personalized CDs, photo album or photo frame, silver items, bath and soap items, and personalized mint tins. It is not necessary that you spend a fortune; you can even think of an inexpensive idea, add a creative touch, pack it beautifully; and make wedding favors which are not only unique, but personal too.
1. Rose Petals in Organza Sachet
  • Dried rose petals
  • Blue organza sachets
  • White and maroon ribbons
  1. Fill each organza sachet with dried rose petals.
  2. Take two small pieces of white ribbon.
  3. Write the name of the couple, and the date of the wedding (in gold or silver) on them.
  4. Put the ribbons inside the sachet.
  5. Tie it with the maroon ribbon.
2. Glass Votive Holder
  • Satin ribbons, ¼ inches wide
  • Clothespins
  • Pearl bead strings
  • Tulle
  • Silk flowers
  • Favor cookie fillers or bath salts
  • Votive candle holder, 2½ inches
  1. Fill the votive holder with cookies or bath salts.
  2. Place the holder in the center of the tulle, gather the edges of the tulle, and twist it directly over the holder.
  3. Secure the tulle with a clothespin.
  4. Take the satin ribbon and tie it around the holder, just below the clothespin.
  5. Remove the pin and make a shoelace bow with the ribbon.
  6. Make a figure 8 bow with the pearl strings, and tie it in front of the holder with pull strings.
  7. Write the couple's name and date of the wedding on a paper tag.
  8. Use ribbons to tie the tag to the pearl strings.
3. Champagne Glass
  • Small plastic champagne glass
  • Tulle
  • Satin ribbons, ½ inches wide
  • Red silk roses
  • Baby's breath flowers
  • Mint, almonds, or nuts
  1. Fill the glass with mints and almonds.
  2. Place it in the center of the tulle.
  3. Gather the edges and twist the tulle directly over the glass.
  4. Secure the tulle by making a bow with the satin ribbon.
  5. Paste red silk roses and baby's breath flowers on the satin ribbon.
4. Chocolate Bottles
  • Glass bottles with cork tops
  • Funnel
  • Ribbons and tags
  • Hot chocolate mix
  1. For this, you can either make your own chocolate mix, or buy pre-mixed cocoa powder from the market.
  2. Pour the cocoa mix in the bottle using a funnel.
  3. Now, dress up the hot chocolate.
  4. Use a striped ribbon, and tie a scarf around the bottle.
  5. Write the couple's name and wedding date on a tag.
  6. Add a simple message, for example, "Scarlet & Ashley's Hot Cocoa" or "Something sweet for all our sweet friends".
5. Fragrant Bath Scrub
  • Epsom salt (or coarse sea salt), 4 cups
  • Olive or almond oil, 1 cup
  • Essential oils (grapefruit or lemon)
  • Glass container
  • Food color
  1. Pour the salt it in a large pot.
  2. Pour the almond oil into it, and stir it constantly.
  3. Now, add the essential oils and stir well.
  4. You can mix and match the essential oils to create a unique scent.
  5. Add two drops of food color to the mixture.
  6. Pour this mixture in glass containers/jars.
  7. Write the names of the couple on a tag.
  8. You can also list the ingredients of the body scrub on a separate tag.
  9. Attach the tags to the jars with bright-colored ribbons.
6. Rhinestone Studded Heart Candle
  • White candles, 6 inches tall
  • Red rhinestones, ⅛ inches
  • Stud covers (those used on jackets or jeans)
  • White paper
  • Pink organza sachet
  • Silk ribbons
  1. Draw a heart pattern on the paper.
  2. Cut it out and place it in the middle of the candle, or wherever you want the heart motif to be.
  3. With a pencil, press small dots around the heart.
  4. Take a rhinestone and place it in one stud cover.
  5. Press the stud covers into the dots that you made on the candle.
  6. Place the rhinestones all around the heart shape.
  7. In this way, you can make many rhinestone hearts all around the candle.
  8. Wrap the candle in a pink organza sachet, and tie a silk ribbon around it.
Gift wrap your favors with tulle, organza, and satin. Adding pretty embellishments like seashells, satin roses, and pearl strings will make them look even more attractive. Wedding favors that reflect your style and personality will be appreciated all the more.
Champagne Glass with favors
Glass Votive Holder
Rose Petals in Organza Sachet