Planning a wedding can be a serious headache, but it can also be really exciting. In a previous article, we talked about planning your wedding décor, but another factor that is equally important is party favors. Your wedding is a big day, so you want your guests to walk away with something that is really special – something that commemorates. Of course, you want this wedding party favor to be useful and you want the gift to be easy to maintain, which is why you don’t want to offer any live gifts, like puppies or birds. Here are some tips for choosing the best wedding party favors.
No Live Gifts
One thing you don’t want to do is offer anything live. Some wedding planners have made the mistake of suggesting small birds in a birdcage, and some more extravagant planners have suggested puppies or kittens. This is a major mistake. No one wants this commitment and you could be sending a bunch of innocent pets to a shelter, which puts the burden on a very strained animal welfare system.
Useful is better
Of course, you want to make sure that your wedding party favors are useful. This way, your guests will really want to take the gift home and they will use it. There is a good chance that many of your guests are giving you a big wedding gift, so it’s the least you can do. The truth is that you don’t need to splurge on expensive gadgets, but you do want to want to provide something that can fit neatly into modern life.
Keep it compact
Another important tip is that you don’t want to offer wedding party gifts that are too big. There is a good chance that many of your guests are flying in for the big occasion, so you don’t want to force people to pay extra for luggage. Also, many people don’t want to lug around a big gift all night. On top of that, many cars are too small for some extra large wedding gifts. Ideally, you want to stay within a reasonable size and weight. The gift should be as portable as possible.
Flowers won’t last forever
This should go into the “no live gifts” category, but it deserves its own category. For one thing, many people think that they can simply give out the flowers sitting on their centerpiece, but this isn’t much of a gift and flowers die. The last thing you want is for people to equate your marriage with something that’s already dying.
Make it meaningful
On top of everything, you want to make sure that your gift is meaningful and actually commemorates your wedding. For instance, you may want to have the gifts engraved. The engraving should not only mention the name of the married couple and the date, but also the guest’s name. In the end, handing out party favors at a wedding is a great way to make your guests feel individually appreciated.