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Wedding favor ideas

I'm looking for nice food-oriented wedding favor ideas. I am the groom, and am known for my cooking and food enthusiasm, so something food-oriented seems like a good idea. We have thought about small glass containers into which we could put spice blends, vanilla sugar or culinary lavendar. Budget is a factor!!!

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. 2 years ago for our wedding my hubby & I made our own rub. he got all the spices through wholesale (he's a chef), got the tins from the container store and labels of the internet. Low budget and we still getting requests from the guests for more! :)))

    1. How about making your own bouquet garni? That would be cost sensitive and could be dressed up in a nice gauze and string/ribbon to match wedding colours. Then wrap again in clear or wedding-ish cellophane or little cellophane bags. I think that would be a lovely gift. A gift tag on it could suggest uses and use a 'play on words' about blending two souls or something else syrupy (pardon the pun).

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      1. re: sarah galvin

        I love this idea! Bouquet garni works perfectly into a wedding. And the rub idea is great too. I've seen spiced nuts, or little bottles of honey, or "custom" whole bean coffee blends. Not sure how affordable those would be though...I made rosemary olive oil for my wedding favors. Everyone loved them and they looked great with the place settings, but it was a lot of work to bottle and wrap. Whatever you do start early and get help! There are a lot of cheap bottles available online, here's the site where I purchased my containers, they were reliable.

        http://www.chemistrystore.com/packagi...

      2. For my daughter's wedding last year I made wedding cookies -- they are known as Mexican or Russian wedding cookies. 300-plus, in fact. I put them in little boxes printed with the bride and groom's name and the date of the wedding, with silver candy holder cups (like tiny muffin cups. They were hugely popular and it was something from my kitchen, which made it extra special.

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        1. re: Fuser

          There is also a Mexican wedding cookie recipe.

        2. This is a fun one. A few ideas...

          1. Jar cakes. I'd never heard about these until I read this post: http://www.deliciousdays.com/archives...
          You can use all sorts of recipes, and make nice labels to go with them. Should be relatively cost efficient, depending on what kind of cake you make (chocolate would be more expensive, for instance).

          2. Brittle, or candied nuts. You could do a few different varieties, and make up assortments. Package in ribbon-wrapped cellophane. Possibly too expensive?

          3. Homemade marshmallows, in a bunch of different flavours. Pack in chinese take-out boxes (available for purchase in bulk at paper/packaging stores).

          (For some reason, apparently I think that sweets are more wedding-y than savories.)

          1. What about, instead of giving little favours, making a donation to a food/hunger-related charity in your area? Examples might be kids' breakfast programs, programs that pick up unused food at restaurants and give it to shelters, etc. The organization will likely give you little cards you can place at the tables.
            We've started doing this kind of thing in our circle (another example - instead of baby shower favours, make a donation to the Children's Hospital). People love it.

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            1. re: foodiemommy

              I have to agree with foodiemommy. I would add that you need not feel obligated to have favors at all. Admittedly, my opinions are colored by my experience planning my own wedding a few years ago. So many companies make money by convincing people they need to buy x, y, or z for their wedding. If you have the time, money, and inclination to do favors, that's great. If not, I think you should feel free to focus your resources on the meal, the music, or photos -- whatever matters most to you.
              In the event you do provide favors, I would caution you to consider how your guests will be traveling and to choose the favors accordingly. I attended a conference in Europe several years ago where I received an overflowing goodie bag. Unfortunately, I left half the stuff in the hotel because there was no way I could carry it all back to the US with me.

            2. I made matzoh crunch as my wedding favor, packaged in clear plastic bags and stapled pretty paper on top with each person's name on it (so it was their seating assignment too). The stuff really is deliciously addictive, http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... , and it was a big hit. Marshmallows sound fun too.

              1. How about getting those small terra cotta pots from a craft store and pairing it with packs of seeds for something like herbs?

                I also saw in a craft magazine an idea for a kitchen shower -- bunches of bamboo skewers tied up with raffia to look like decorative bouquets. You easily add in a small pack of spice mix or even some of those beautiful Asian tea packs.

                1. You could mix your own tea blend. The co-ops I frequent have teas and herbs (such as rosehips, lemongrass, etc) in huge jars. This also means you could do this fairly far ahead like the rub suggested by chefschickie -- which is also an awesome idea.

                  Or... your own hot chocolate mix? With chilis or cardamom or chocolate shavings?

                  I also like the idea of making two kinds of shortbread with interesting flavors: espresso, green tea, lavender, earl grey, and so on. Wrap one of each flavor in a box or cellophane packet for each guest. Best wishes.

                  1. Depending on the size of your guest list, it might be very cost effective to have fortune cookies with personalized fortunes (e.g., "When two hearts join,all kindred hearts rejoice!" - or "Good friends extend the joy two hearts share in happy unity!" - or some such) done - and then you can either pack 'em up for your guests, or let them scoop and take.

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                    1. re: Alice Letseat

                      I love this - some friends of mine had a bunch of their friends (like me) submit fortunes...great fun.

                    2. What about a mini "wedding couple's favorite recipes mini cookbook". Not sure of the cost of that but mostly paper and printer cartridge. Nice keepsake and since you're known for your cooking - it's valuable to others. Be fun to label recipes like "Her favorite tv snack" or "His favorite BBQ", etc.

                      1. You can buy mini bottles of wine or liqueur and wrap them pretty. We love and drink all of the ones we get.

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                        1. re: itryalot

                          Or make limoncello (if you have time) and put it in tiny bottles! There are a bunch available by the dozen for pretty cheap.

                          http://vinoevittles.blogspot.com/2006...

                        2. Here's a link to Martha Stewart's recipe for lavender salt. The recipe uses a fair amount of sea salt which can be pricey.

                          http://akamai.www.petkeepingwithmark....

                          Also post at her Wedding and Cooking forums for more ideas. It's a slow site but good ideas do pop up.

                          Make lavender jelly or ginger jelly. I personally love the lavender theme, but I have a recipe for ginger jelly (think I've posted it before here) that is quite lovely and might be cost effective.

                          1. When my dh & I renewed our vows we created herb pots. We have a very large herb garden and literally cut from it.....if you get started now.....OR call a wholesaler and work out a price. We bought small terra cotta pots at the dollar store.

                            Good luck!

                            1. Many fantastic ideas on this thread.
                              Remember one thing: you will be busy before the wedding. So don't overload yourself with things to do at the last minute.

                              If you do decide to go ahead with favors, a great place to get packaging supplies is www.papermart.com. They have every kind of cellophane bag, fabric bag and gift box you can imagine. They are geared to quantity buyers but also sell in small amounts. I have used them for fundraisers and been very happy.

                              1. I just came back from a wedding where each guest was given a cook book the couple made (they made it themselves - copied and bound at kinkos). What is so great about it is that not only do they have some of their favorite recipes and recipes from their wedding, they included favorite recipes from both sides of the family and from friends. Each person giving a recipe just had to follow the paper size - that was the only rule. Some are typed, some are fancy, some are just in the individuals handwriting. Not only do most of the recipes look pretty good, it will be a keepsake for years to come. It is one of the nicest favors I've ever rec'd at a wedding.

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                                1. re: JennyHunter

                                  Adore the cookbook idea. Food related, you can easily dictate cost by size of book and no issue with heat, spoilage, packaging. Lovely suggestion!

                                2. Call me boring, but I love Jordan almonds at weddings. To make them extra special, you could gild them with gold and silver foil (which could be used to similar effect with wedding cookies).

                                  1. I love the idea of donating to a food related charity (as mentioned by someone previously) because I hate to see favors wasted or thrown away.

                                    For my wedding I had a table of treats made in my home state (WV- pepperoni rolls and Mr. Bee potato chips) because most of my guests were from out of state and had never eaten either item. It was personal but also inexpensive.