For over a thousand years, it’s been tradition to show gratitude to our guests for sharing this special event with us. Guest gifts are often something personal, a trinket to remind them of you and your wedding day. Favors have ranged from small, inexpensive edible items to lavish expensive jewels and precious gems.
Whether you choose to spend a little or a lot, you can personalize your guests’ memorabilia to fit the theme and mood of your celebration.
Consider first, whether you want your gift to go home with the guest and be cherished or if it will be a consumable item, such as candy, gourmet food or drink.
After you’ve established a budget and theme, consider the season in which the reception is scheduled. If you are in February you may use Valentine items such as hearts and chocolates, for summer consider sun glasses, sun screen or beach balls, for fall use plastic pumpkins filled with candy corn.
Everyone loves special gourmet treats, personalize any selection with a ribbon embossed with your names and wedding date. If you like sweets try a small box of chocolates or gourmet jelly beans. Or consider a container of mixed nuts or even a small bottle of wine or beer with specially made labels of your design. You may even choose to compliment the beverage with a specially engraved beer mug or wine glass.
Stink It Up
People are drawn in with their senses, try taking them by the nose. Give them a sachet of potpourri, small vials of perfume or cologne, scented candles or perfumed soaps. Personalize these with a custom wrapper, tag or ribbon. The soaps can even be stamped with your names..
If you want your guests to take something home with them that they can use on a regular basis and remember your special day, try something pragmatic. You can custom engrave wine bottle openers, key chains, money clips, music boxes, or even a picture frame … include your engagement/wedding dates, if you like. You can find all kinds of engraving ideas doing a search on Yahoo.
Generosity Is A Gift
Make donations to a favorite cause or causes honoring your marriage and print up a note card or all different note cards for your guests to read about the charity. One fun variation of this is to choose the maximum number of chairs you will have at any table and choose that many charities to donate to.
Have each place setting have a different charitable donation to read about. It gives people who are otherwise strangers something fun to talk about. You can even make the donations in your guest’s names if you have the time to do the work.
Give The Gift Of Life
Consider flowers, plants or small shrubs or trees as gifts. One possibility is something your guests can take home and replant in their garden. This gift idea is best used in spring or summer planting season, or winter if the plant will do well in a pot for a few months. This would work especially well if it were to complement a gift such as a lawnmower they have already received
Choose this gift bearing in mind regional weather and climate. Present these in pretty, possibly antique pots. Other ideas are a corsage or boutonniere, packets of seeds, flower bulbs, tropical lei or a single rose. Your local florist can also design centerpieces that separate so that each guest can take home a part with a partial bouquet, small plant, or potted flower.
Document The Love
Give your guests the opportunity to journal the event and their experience to remember forever. Give them black books, journals, fancy note pads or small calendars and jazz up the gift with a nice pen, mechanical pencil or art marker.
If you’re a little wilder than the straight-laced traditional stuff, try something youthful and fun. Set your tables with silly string, bubbles, or any type of toy or small game. These also give your friends and family the opportunity to play together and have some fun while getting to know each other.
Whatever you choose, make it memorable and make it personal. Have the gift items represent your personalities and lifestyles…