Homemade Wedding Favors

Looking to honor your heritage or culture in your wedding?  One way to do that is by making your own special and very personal homemade or handmade wedding favors for your special day.  By making making your own wedding favors, you have total control over how personal you want to make them.  No, you do not have to me a master DIY do it yourselfer to make your own wedding favors.

How To Make Your Own Wedding Favors

Making your own wedding favors is not as daunting as it may appear at first.  You just need a good idea and some decorative boxes or something else to enclose the favors in like cellophane or netting.  Then either make a ribbon or buy some personalized ones to dress up the little gift a bit more. It is rather simple really.  Plus it makes for a nice evening get together with the girls in your wedding party.  Ask them for help with assembling the little buggers.  Make a bridesmaid assembly line.  If you want some ideas, read the rest of this post or else checkout Myweddingfavors.com for some inspiration.

Some Homemade Wedding Favor Ideas

If you are having a small enough wedding there are many possibilities of handmade things that you could produce to give your wedding guests.
  • Give them something knitted.
  • Wrap up a little needlepoint.
  • Fabricate your own little personalized ornament for each guest or guest couple.
  • You could make a Christmas ornament out of wine bottle corks.  Those are neat and classy.
  • Visit one of the major craft stores in your area like Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics and look for more ideas there.  You are bound to come up with some great ideas for little keepsakes that you can make.

Edible Homemade Wedding Favor Ideas

  • Place a bunch of your favorite candy into a decorative little box.
  • Buy personalized M&M’s and place them into a little box or wrap them in netting.personalized-mandm
  • Almonds or Jordon Almonds in netting are easy to make.
  • Bake cookies in the style of your theme.  If you were having a Caribbean beach wedding you could bake cookies in the shape of dolphins and wrap them in cellophane for your guests.
  • There’s a lot you can do with homemade chocolate candy.  Mold some chocolate in the shape of a heart or even the initials of the bride and groom.
  • You could make jars of jam or one of those cooking recipes that come in a jar that you take home to make in your own spare time.

Handmade Wedding Favors Are Traditional In Some Families

Homemade wedding favors are a centuries old way for the uniting couple to show appreciation to their guests.  Of course, at one time, all wedding favors were homemade as plastic and cheap goods hadn’t burst onto the scene just yet. To pass on good luck, many brides would wrap almonds in delicate fabric as a wedding favor. Middle Eastern wedding favor custom provides one almond for these lifelong expectations: fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. In Middle Eastern culture, wrapped candied Jordan almonds, once called “confetti” are a widespread tradition. Almonds are almost always a staple in wedding favors representing good luck. For decades, fruit, nuts, and homemade candies were placed in crocheted sacks or stiffened boxes by European and American brides as wedding favors. Another early wedding favor is a bonbonniere which is an elaborate box made from crystal, porcelain, or gold. In these bonbonnieres, sugary treats were placed, as sugar was thought to have medicinal properties. Today, boxes with candy are still a common homemade wedding favor, and can be constructed from a variety of materials and filled with any sweet treat imaginable. Another spin on this homemade wedding favor is to use a plastic champagne glass instead of a box. Though it is important to honor tradition and culture, keep in mind that for a large wedding, it will take a lot of work to create handmade wedding favors. There is nothing wrong with mass produced items, as they are often very cheap. Examples of cheap wedding favors are candles, photo frames, coasters, plastic bells, birdseed, or plastic cups. Carved soaps are a nice-smelling DIY wedding favor that is practical and thoughtful. Small soaps purchased from the dollar store and then carved with a design such as a heart or bird make beautiful wedding favors. Another good smelling homemade wedding favor is the scented candle. You can purchase candle-making kits that will yield several beautiful candles for a small price.  Carve them up into something unique that ties in with what the two of you are known for.
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