Every bride and groom dreams of a wedding reception that their guests will ooh and ahh over the minute they walk through the door. Choosing the right wedding favor for your guests will go a long way in making this dream come true. Your wedding favors are the time to say that heartfelt thank you to loved ones and to capture the atmosphere of your big day. For your winter wedding favors, make your vision a reality with these unique DIY favor ideas that are sure to impress your guests.
1) Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm...
Nothing says from the heart more than an edible homemade treat. Great winter treat ideas are items like hot cocoa mixes, gift wrapped cookie trays, chocolate covered peppermint sticks, or Russian tea cakes (a.k.a snowballs). When making edible treats for guests, be sure to do your research on the ingredients included in your recipe. Find out how long your ingredients will hold and if they will freeze well. This way you will know how far in advance to start your baking. It is also best to leave out any extra ingredients associated with common food allergies like peanuts. Be sure to clearly write out your ingredients on a label for your loved ones. Russian tea cake image courtesy of ohhowposh.com. Get the recipe here.
2) Tree Saplings
Great for a more rustic winter wedding, tree saplings are eco-friendly and are a unique twist on the everyday wedding favor. For winter, give your guests a pine tree sapling so they can plant it in remembrance of your special day. Such a wonderful story for your friends and family to tell others, your loved ones will think of you as they watch their tree grow over time. Don't forget to plant one yourself and watch as your tree blossoms right along with your marriage. Image via Nancy Gould Photography.
3) For the holidays
Holiday themed winter weddings are becoming increasingly more popular and have opened up a whole new can of adorable favor ideas. Think ornaments, extravagantly wrapped gifts, Christmas trees, and stockings. Be creative and play off of common holiday songs and poems like the The Twelve Days of Christmas or Favorite Things from The Sound of Music. One great DIY holiday favor idea uses the poem The Twelve Days of Christmas. Assign each guest table with one of the days from the poem. At your guest place settings for that table leave them the gift for that day (ornaments are a great way to pull this off and are reusable). For the first day/table, you would give your guests a partridge in a pear tree. For the second day/table, leave your guests a turtle dove, etc., etc. (If you do not have assigned seating you could always opt to use all the days of Christmas at each table instead of splitting up the days but that choice is yours). 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments courtesy of Crate and Barrel.