When you think of wedding favors, what is your first thought?  Candles with the Bride and Groom’s names?  Pastel colored mints?  M&M’s with the Bride and Groom’s initials?  Unknown candy?  Bags of tea or coffee with cute little quotes?

Don’t get me wrong, I love candy, but the little bags or boxes of candy given at weddings are so small that half the wedding guests eat the contents of the bags/boxes before they ever leave the wedding.  A good number of the remaining guests forget their bag/box on the tables.  Almost every guest will have forgotten what the favor was a few weeks or months after the reception.

One of my favorite favors is a donation to a charitable foundation.  Make it personal to the situation with your family and friends.  If you have a family member who has suffered from cancer, consider giving to a cancer charity.  If you love animals, consider the SPCA.  If you have a heart for hungry children and families in other countries, consider giving gifts like fruit trees, goats, or chickens through World Vision.  If you have a friend or family member with Autism, consider the Autism Society.  The possibilities are too numerous to name here, but you get the idea.

To let everyone know about the favors, you can put a card at each place setting on the table, you can put a card in a frame on each table, or you can even do a small box or bag of candy with a tag explaining the donation.

One of my recent couples, chose to give to World Vision Ministries.  Each table gave a different gift to a family in need.  An example of the favor card that was placed at each table setting is displayed below.  It looked just like the invitation and was a beautiful addition to the tables.