As the cold air begins to sweep in, we at EFD Creative are wrapping up another busy wedding season! It all went by so quickly this year and I wonder how Halloween could possibly be just a few days away…
Regardless, I figured it would be fun to play off of this treat driven holiday by taking a closer look at the goodies that guests receive at an event.
That is right, we are talking about favors! Wedding favors are one of the top ten items that couples are inclined to forego when planning their big day. However, at EFD Creative we find favors to be an important detail for two reasons.
First, as Jennifer Burkhart from Cookie Creatives by Jennifer says, “It is very important to make your guests feel special”. These are people who have taken the time to come and help you celebrate, why not thank them?
We also love favors because we see them as an opportunity to enhance the overall wedding design. If you put just a little bit of thought and creativity into your wedding favor then it can actually have quite an impact on your event.
One of my favorite favors of the year came from a wedding we planned at The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts. The Mount is a historic mansion that was designed by the American author, Edith Wharton.
The overall look for this particular wedding was inspired by the beautiful gardens that surround the country style home.
It was a garden party complete with farm tables, luscious flowers and rustic chairs.
Each wedding guest received a handcrafted matchbox that perfectly represented the wedding day.
From the pink garden flowers to the Edith Wharton quotes, these favors were spectacular! Colleen Kroening from Little Match Girl, LLC worked closely with the couple to find images and quotes that truly reflected the look and feel of their day. It is this type of attention to detail that can transform an average wedding favor into something so much more interesting and memorable.
For example, many may consider a wine stopper to be a pretty mundane wedding favor. However, with a little effort, you can give your guests something that will have a real impact on the overall event design.
These coral shaped wine stoppers were part of a New England Aquarium wedding that we planned last year. The unique venue influenced the design for the entire event. Notice the cocktail napkins, the fish decor and the turtle on the signature drink sign.
Even the couple’s invitation suite matched the wine stoppers to a T.
Now, every time a guest from this wedding uses their coral shaped wine stopper they are reminded of a night full of fun and laughter at the New England Aquarium.
At that end of the day, that is the most important feature of a wedding favor. You want to give your guests something they will actually take home and enjoy.
That is why, at EFD Creative, we love edible favors! Jennifer Burkhart from Cookie Creatives by Jennifer says, “Guests will always take a cookie home, it is just not something that people tend to leave behind”. I agree with Jennifer, as her cookies are always a crowd pleaser. They are not only delicious but beautiful too!
Her edible image cookies make it so easy to tie in the overall wedding design.
In addition to cookies, we also love cake pops! The cake pops at Amy’s Apples and Devilish Delights are really a work of art. Amy has created everything from flower pops for an enchanted forest party…
To flapper pops inspired by our client’s 1920’s style gala.
Amy’s cake pops are a sure way to impress the guests at any celebration.
Another great way to thank your guests is by booking a photo booth. Earlier this month, I spoke with Nanette Kenney from PhotoBooth Favors who said it perfectly, “your guests get all dressed up to attend your event and at the end of the night they often realize that they forgot to take pictures”. By providing a photo booth for your guests you give them the opportunity to take home images of themselves that they can keep forever.
The best part about Nanette’s photo booth is that she customizes the photo strips to match each event.
My favorite example of this comes from a wedding that included both Nanette’s photo booth and Jennifer’s cookies. The event had an old world Boston feel inspired by the couple’s close ties to Bunker Hill in Charlestown, Massachusetts. The idea of lanterns during the Revolutionary War played a huge role in the overall design concept. Lanterns were used in the floral arrangements, on the stationary items and on Jennifer’s cookies.
So, it was important to incorporate that same look on the photo strips as well.
As you can see, all of the pieces came together and reflected the couple. At the end of the day, that should always be the ultimate goal. Infuse who you are into every element of your event, including your wedding favors!
Feature Image: LifeFusion Photography
Video Editing: Creative Heights Media