By Yours Truly
If you want to give away something a little different at your wedding rather than traditional wedding favors, here are some unique alternatives.
Lottery or Raffle Tickets
Some couples are choosing to provide each guest with a lottery ticket. This is a very inexpensive option that will allow your friends and family a chance to hit the jackpot! Another interesting idea is to hold a raffle.
Each guest is given a raffle ticket. A raffle drawing is held at some point during the reception where you give away three big prizes (such as a hotel, restaurant or spa certificate). Everyone who doesn't win one of the top prizes will be given a small favor, such a favor box containing Jordan almonds, Hershey's Kisses or mints. The raffle is a fun way to allow all your guests a chance at a bigger prize, while making sure everyone gets something.
The couple may decide that in lieu of standard favors they are going to give a set amount of money to their favorite charity in the names of their guests. This is a terrific way to make a donation to a worthy cause.
If you choose to do this, be sure to place a card on each table at the reception explaining about the donation to your guests. You wouldn't want anyone to think that you just skipped the wedding favors entirely!
As the world continues to focus on going green, eco-friendly wedding favors are increasing in popularity. The bride and groom often give flower seeds, plant bulbs and potted plants, instead of traditional favors.
At Truly Wedding Favors, you can find several wedding favors that were created with the environment in mind, such as the "Love is Blooming" Wildflower Kit or the Plantable Daisy Wildflowers. These are eco-friendly, affordable wedding favors that all your guests will love.
Confetti Wedding Favors - Years ago, wedding favors were almost always candy-coated almonds (now commonly known as Jordan almonds). Italians called the candy-coated almonds "confetti" from the word for confection. To this day, confetti is still the wedding favor of choice in most traditional Italian weddings.
Glass Wedding Favors - When choosing your wedding favors, you should look for favors that are not only beautiful or whimsical but also very functional such as coaster wedding favors. After all, you want your wedding guests to appreciate these small tokens of appreciation. Instead of something edible (which is easily forgotten) or something quirky (which they may never use), glass favors are an ideal choice.
Bridesmaid Gifts for 2008 - From the moment you pop the question "Will you be my bridesmaid?" to the actual point in time where they are all standing by your side as you say your vows, your bridesmaids share your roller coaster wedding ride with you.