We have all gone to weddings and come home with favors that were just throwaways.  And you thought “what were the bride and groom thinking”?  Anything printed with the bride-groom names (initials) photo, or wedding date is really not something that would be used again by wedding guests. Or if it is too theme-specific, like beach, western or heart favors.  It is supposed to be a token of appreciation from the bride and groom to thank everyone for coming to their wedding. Give your guests favors that they will like and that are practical & useful and you’ll be remembered fondly.  Or just go 100% edible and let them be quickly devoured!

ACORN SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS by Kate Aspen-Cute mini white ceramic and gold shakers (acorns are a timeless design element) and can be used year round and with any decor not just autumn…set of 24 works out to $2.13 per set.  And you can decorate your reception tables with the matching glass acorn tea light holders.

$1 WEDDING FAVOR IDEAS: Salt Water Taffy-Mini Donuts & Chocolate Squares

SOAP FAVORS-These lemongrass soap favors are beautifully packaged and your guests will be delighted to take home and use them right away.

FAVOR DONUTS-Package your favorite donuts (co-ordinate custom colors or flavors with your bakery) with some personalized labels and you’re ready for the big day.

PERSONALIZED CHOPSTICKS-Surely everyone has a kitchen drawer full of wooden disposable chopsticks?  What if you had a reuseable, washable set in a nice dark wood finish to use every time you had Asian takeout or a home cooked meal?  Personalize with a message to your guests and also available with a matching wooden box, if you so choose.

CANDLE & MATCHBOX SET-For a cozy wedding favor idea, pair your favorite candle jars with a box of matches, and package them together with personalized labels in pretty wedding colors that match your wedding’s color scheme or theme.




PLANTABLE FAVORS-Be eco-friendly and give back to the environment with a biodegradable favor.  Sophie’s Favors has a very large selection of plantable seed confetti, thank you cards and placecards in a wide range of colors and styles.

FIRESTARTER FAVORS-These DIY fire starters are quirky, cute, budget-friendly and super simple to make at home. Package them in gift boxes lined with tissue paper, and add personalized wedding labels in your color and design of choice that say “Married & Bright” for a clever play on a seasonal phrase.

FORTUNE COOKIE FAVORS-Edible Gifts Plus has a customizable clear takeout pail with 2 dipped fortune cookies.  Choose your own sprinkles colors, theme, fortune cookie message and ribbon color.

DRINK MIX FAVORS by My Wedding Favors-Now here is an edible favor that can appeal to anyone.  Coffee-iced tea-hot cocoa-apple cider-sangria-cosmo-cappuccino-margarita-lemonade-daquiri-lemon drop martini with pricing as low as 0.80 a packet.  Pair warm drinks for winter wedding favors and cool cocktail packets for a summer themed wedding. Package up in burlap or organza favor bags with a pretty ribbon.

RUSTIC ANTLER BOTTLE OPENER by Kate Aspen-Who doesn’t need a bottle opener?  Probably the one they have is lost or not as cool as this one…set of 12 works out to $2.01 per item.  They also have a matching antler bottle stopper.

JELLY BEAN FAVORS-A cute saying, such as “It’s BEAN so special having you join us!” leaves guests smiling with a pun that tastes as good as it sounds. Use color coordinated jelly beans to match the label of your choice, or simply go with the original 20 flavor multicolored assortment that will make your day even brighter.

MINI OIL & VINEGAR BOTTLES-The bottles come with your choice of flavored or classic oil and vinegar combinations.  Your guests will enjoy using them for bread dipping or in new and creative salad dressings and main dish recipes.

SALT FAVORS-These pretty little jars of specialty salts make memorable favors – and because a little salt goes a long way, it is something your guests can use AND treasure for a long time.


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Janice Murray

Janice is an old soul in the wedding industry. She worked in retail, selling wedding gowns and renting tuxedos. After that she started her own business creating custom wedding favors and artificial flowers, and hiring out as a wedding decorator. In 2000, when the wedding industry was just finding the Internet, Janice started her own theme wedding website, “ASK GINKA”. The successful resource site ran for 10 years until life and kids took her away from devoting enough time to it. Her university background in Clothing & Textiles and Theatre Design was a great foundation for these activities. When it is all put together, Janice has a wide range of knowledge and experience in this industry-and has been married 25+ years to her sweetheart, Mark. This is the first year Janice has been working with Wedding Recycle. She is involved in sales, marketing, writing and event planning, and she is very excited to be back in the wedding industry.

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