Seeds and Flowers
Help your guests start new lives themselves by giving seeds or small potted plants for them to grow and nurture while you and your spouse grow and nurture your own budding life. If you don’t want to give live plants, consider giving something decorative that is related to the flowers you used in your wedding.
Another option is to give a small vase to each family. It’s up to you whether you include the flowers or not. You could even use the vases as decorations at the reception and tell the guests to simply take one from their table as they leave the reception.
You can also give the placeholders you use at the reception as favors. This way, your guests will have their name card in addition to a decorative item to keep as a memento of the wedding.
Butterflies & Birds
Butterflies themselves symbolize new life, as they evolve from a caterpillar into a new and lovely form as a butterfly. Candle holders, key chains, and bottle stoppers adorned with butterflies make a lovely favor for your guests.
Birds, too, are often associated with spring. Give your guests a pair of birds or bird-themed gifts as favors to remind them of the beauty of spring – and your wedding.
If you’d rather give food as a favor, consider giving bags of colorful candy to again remind your guests of the colors that spring brings back into our lives after a long winter. You can choose the colors from your wedding, greens and pinks, or choose a variety of bright, vibrant colors. Another great food favor is cupcakes: they’re easy to package individually and make a great post-reception treat.
A large part of your decision on which favors to give will depend on your budget. If your budget is small but you have plenty of time, you might want to consider making the favors yourself. Some examples of DIY favors are birdseed ornaments, bags of hand-picked fresh fruit, or handmade favor bags.
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Elizabeth is an undergraduate at Ohio Northern University with a double major in professional writing and creative writing and a minor in psychology. Liz writes for My Wedding Reception Ideas as well as creates multi-modal writing projects for Re:Media, an Ohio Northern University online publication.