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25 unique wedding favor ideas

Thank your guests for attending your wedding celebration by sending them home with a unique wedding favor. Whether you decide to go the classic route or with something more personalized, make sure your wedding parting gift will leave a lasting impression on your guests and show off your personality too. For inspiration, here are 25 of our favorite wedding favor ideas, from custom hand fans to temporary tattoos.

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SWEET HONEY JARS

Among all of the rustic wedding favor ideas, locally sourced honey is a top contender. Make it even more experiential by infusing it with lavender or mint! Use adorable mini jars and include a clever tag that says something like “Meant to Bee'' or “Spread the Love.” On the other side of the tag, include a recipe that features honey. For an added touch, include a wooden honey dipper stick. If you are considering a rustic theme, be sure to read through our in-depth article on rustic wedding ideas.

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SKELETON KEY BOTTLE OPENERS

Bottle openers have always been a popular favor, but the skeleton key shape is one of those romantic wedding favor ideas that every guest will love. Make it even more meaningful by engraving your names and wedding date on the keys so guests will think of you every time they use it. Instead of gifting these to guests on their way out, creatively include them in their escort card as the “key to their seat.” Alternatively, have each key hanging from mini bottles of your favorite drink at the guest's place setting.

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CUSTOM HAND FANS

Custom-made fans make for a great keepsake at your beach wedding. If you’re getting married on a warm day, hand them out before the ceremony with a heartfelt note thanking your guests for coming. Customize the fans with your monogram, request that your wedding colors be woven into the design, or have a tropical array of flowers painted on them to match your beach vibe.

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HOMEMADE BARBECUE SAUCE

Some of the best wedding favors are homemade, and a good barbecue sauce is no exception. If you’re throwing a country-themed wedding, mix up your own special variety of grilling sauce and use bottles that have detailed edges or a unique shape. Create labels that either adhere to the bottle or tie around the neck of it. Use a homespun-looking font that ties in with your rural country wedding theme and include a recipe that guests can use when they get home. Use a clever phrase on it like, “love is always sweet, and sometimes spicy!”

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DIY BOTTLES OF OLIVE OIL

Perfect for a garden wedding, give away a naturally delicious treat like infused olive oil. This is one DIY wedding favor idea you won’t regret doing as you mix in rosemary, garlic, basil, chili peppers, or whatever special ingredient you wish! Share bold and fun flavors with your guests and thank them with a tag that says what type of olive oil it is and a cute phrase like “infused with love.”

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S’MORE LOVE KIT

Picture your dream winter wedding coming to a close and your guests taking home the perfect seasonally appropriate wedding favor. Sometimes it can be hard to nail unique wedding favors, but in this case, these sweet s’mores are a natural homerun. You can make these edible favors yourself or order them locally or online. Include a cheeky tag that says “S’more Love,” thank guests for attending your wedding, and include your wedding date.

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PACKETS OF WILDFLOWER SEEDS

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly and affordable wedding favor idea, seed packets are memorable and sweet. Use biodegradable bags filled with wildflower seeds and customize the verbiage on the bags. Personalized is always best! Think of phrases like “Wildly in love,” “Meant to Bee,” “Butterfly Wildflower Mix” or “Spread the Love.” You can order custom-printed seed bags or have an ink stamp created that you can stamp onto each bag.

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INFUSED MAPLE SYRUP

For the couple who wants to pay homage to their home state of Vermont or Maine, give maple syrup out as your wedding favor. Or, if you’re having a mountain wedding theme, maple syrup works well too. Make this favor extra creative by infusing the maple syrup with anything you’d like–bacon, jalapeno, cinnamon, and vanilla...you get the idea. Label the bottle with a “thank you” label that tells guests what is in the bottle and has your names and wedding date on it.

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DONATIONS IN LIEU OF FAVORS

One of the most thoughtful and unique wedding favor ideas is to make a donation to a charity in honor of your guests. This can be a charity that may have a special significance to you and your partner. Let guests know by placing signs on a table that read something to the effect of “In lieu of favors...”. Minted has many beautiful sign designs to choose from and personalize.

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LOTTO TICKETS OR SCRATCHERS

This funny wedding favor idea is not only clever, but it is also affordable. Gift each guest a couple of scratch-off lottery tickets in a bag with a phrase like “Wishing you riches,” “For richer or poorer,” “Lucky in love,” or “We hit the jackpot, will you?” Who knows, maybe someone will strike it big. Either way, it’s a light-hearted and fun way to end the wedding festivities without breaking the bank.

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CRAFTY SUCCULENTS

Succulents are a popular wedding favor because they can serve as decor throughout the wedding and then be taken home at the end of the night. If you’re looking for vintage wedding favor ideas, skip the typical little painted pots and go for a kraft-bag look. Consider vintage coffee bags or create custom bags with your wedding monogram printed on them. You can also include a cute sticker on the bag. If you have a desert or Palm Springs wedding venue, think about featuring a cactus as your succulent of choice.

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BUNDLE OF INCENSE

As your guests leave your wedding, you want them to keep the good feelings flowing! If you’re looking for bohemian wedding favor ideas, hand out incense to guests so they can keep their indoor areas fresh for enlightenment. Be sure to review our additional bohemian wedding suggestions. Bundle the incense sticks with twine or ribbon and include a tag or piece of cotton with different inspiring notes for your guests. These can all be put in a large vase to hand out at the end of the night.

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STYLISH SHADES

Your guests will be thanking you for these useful destination wedding favors! If your wedding is somewhere sunny and tropical, offer your loved one’s sunglasses upon arrival so they can wear them for the ceremony and the rest of their trip. You can get creative and customize the sides of the sunglasses to have your names and wedding date. For fun, you can display the sunglasses in an open suitcase as a nod to all the travel everyone did!

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MONOGRAMMED WINE BOTTLES

You may be planning a vineyard wedding or you may just love wine. Regardless, something as unique as a monogrammed bottle of your favorite wine always makes for one of the best wedding favor ideas. Choose regular size bottles or mini bottles and order labels with custom messaging on them. You can also include something funny like, “sip sip, hooray” or “cheers, we finally did it!”

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SEA SALT IN CHIC JARS

If you’re looking for a unique wedding favor idea guests may be a little unfamiliar with, Himalayan sea salt is it. Fitting for many kinds of weddings (beach, destination, etc.), your guests will be rushing to the favor table to grab theirs. This blush pink salt can be used in anything from food presentation to spa treatments. This idea works perfectly if your wedding colors feature pink, blush, or coral (which happens to be a trendy color option we are noticing in 2021).

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BESPOKE MATCHES

Take the relatively common concept of “wedding matchbooks'' and make it your own! Make it a DIY project and fill small glass containers with matches and top them with corks or screw-on lids. Decorate the container to say “Perfect Match” and have your names and wedding date underneath on a tag as you see above, or you could create a glamorous glittery sticker that says “Let’s Get Lit” and adhere it to the container. The options are endless, so get creative and have fun!

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MINI PIES

If you’re looking for southern-inspired wedding favor ideas, consider delicious miniature pies. Whether you decide to make the pies yourself or use a local baker, edible treats will always make your guests happy. Personalize the boxes to say “homemade goodness” or “we love you as much as pie.” Go the extra mile and have homespun illustrations drawn on the boxes courtesy of a friend. Use colorful twine that matches your wedding decor and include a biodegradable fork. This will give your departing wedding token a true country, rural feel even if your venue is right in town.

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BLANKET THROWS

Give your guests beautiful blankets to stay cozy and warm during your celebration. Depending on the type of throw, you can use this idea for a rustic, vintage, bohemian, or formal wedding affair. Either way, they have an effortlessly chic vibe! Encourage guests to take them home as wedding favors. Personalize them with a handwritten note placed on top of the blanket. You might want to include something that says “to have and to hold, in case you get cold.”

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MINI GLOBES

For the couple who love to travel, unique wedding favors like these candy-filled miniature globes are perfect for a wedding that has an adventurous theme. Attach a note that says “Our Greatest Adventure'' with your names and wedding date. Choose a candy that goes with your wedding theme and spread out a map on a table in place of a tablecloth. Position the globes on it for a dramatic exit.

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QUIRKY SHOT GLASSES

Some weddings call for funny wedding favor ideas! This option may appeal to the younger couples who enjoy a good drinking game or two. Have custom-made shot glasses placed at all of the adult seats of your reception. You could feature your wedding hashtag on the shot glasses and encourage guests to post a picture to help you document the night's events.

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HERITAGE INSPIRED TREATS

Maybe your wedding is entirely ethnically themed, or you just want to add a thoughtful nod to your heritage. Creating unique wedding favors that show your love and pride of your background will be a surprise and delight for your guests. For example, if you’re Chinese you may want to create a special pair of chopsticks, and if you’re Latin consider a pair of maracas. In this case, we’re showing Dutch Speculaas cookies that can be homemade or purchased from your favorite baker. You can package a few in a paper pastry bag that says “All you need is love and a few Dutch Speculaas cookies.”

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THOUGHTFUL FLIP FLOPS

Most guests will wear a nice outfit to your wedding, including a pair of stylish high heels or dapper pair of duds. Offer sandals for them to throw on so they can get down on the dance floor! This is one of the best wedding favor ideas for couples who just want their guests to have a fun and silly time celebrating with them in comfort.

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NAUTICAL DRINK COOLERS

Give your wedding guests a useful wedding favor they can use time and time again. If you’re throwing a nautical-themed wedding, consider the phrase “We Tied the Knot” in a navy blue so the coolers (or “koozies”) tie in with the theme. You can have these displayed at the cocktail hour after the wedding ceremony or placed at each guest’s seat at the wedding dinner.

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MINI BOUQUETS

If you’re looking for glamorous wedding favor ideas, consider having small bouquets of flowers arranged for all of your guests to take as they leave your wedding. Consult with your florists on ideas they may have for arrangements or what flowers may be in bloom during your wedding. Because of the time needed to prepare each miniature bouquet, this might be a great idea for a micro wedding or more intimate celebration with a small guest list.

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TEMPORARY TATTOOS

End your wedding on a light-hearted note with funny wedding favor ideas like this one. Have temporary tattoos created that show an illustration of you and your bride or groom that people can put on them. Instruct your wedding photographer to capture some good pictures of your guests with your tattoo displayed.

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EVEN MORE IDEAS


Of course, there are a million and one ideas out there and we have only scratched the surface with our list above. Here are some more of the best wedding favor ideas we have seen over the years:

  • Mini travel candles
  • Mini bud vases of flowers
  • Potted herbs like rosemary and sage
  • Handmade soaps
  • Paper fans
  • Paper parasols
  • Personalized beer pints to use during cocktail hour
  • Reusable stainless steel water bottle
  • Bottles of home-brewed beer
  • Mini bottles of your favorite liquor
  • Homemade limoncello
  • Mini bottles of Jack Daniels or Maker's Mark paired with a mini bottle of Coke
  • Mini bottles of champagne
  • Hangover kits (bottled water, ibuprofen packets, mints, Vitamin C powder, eyedrops, etc.)
  • Jars of homemade jam
  • Pair of macarons
  • Churros
  • Homemade Rice Krispies treats
  • Jars of hot cocoa mix
  • Small box of donuts or donut holes
  • Your favorite chocolates or truffles
  • Homemade brownies
  • Caramel apples
  • Jars of homemade cookie ingredients
  • Soft pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Homemade spiced nuts
  • Locally made chips
  • Homemade Chex mix
  • Homemade pickles
  • Homemade salsa
  • Homemade hot sauce
  • Mini bottles of homemade spice rub/spice mix
  • Homemade granola or trail mix
  • Jars of artisanal salt/seasoned salt
  • Small bags of coffee beans from your favorite roaster
  • Homemade vanilla extract
  • Sachets of your favorite loose-leaf tea
  • Handmade mini recipe books of your favorite family recipes