Unique Wedding Favors

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I don’t know about you, but I remember going to weddings as a kid and getting so excited for the little favours or take-aways that were handed out at the reception. But wedding favours in the ’80s were, well, tacky (to be nice). My parents had a collection of these weddings favours: a small porcelain bell with the couple’s names on them; hard, tasteless candy wrapped in all sorts of colors of mylar foil; and (my personal favorite) a plastic and paper statue of a bride and groom that was as large as my fist!

Thankfully, wedding favours today are more practical and personal than those of previous years. Take a look at some unique wedding favour ideas that are available:

David's Tea Wedding FavorsIf you’re not familiar with David’s Tea, allow me to introduce you!  They are a Canadian company who carries specialized loose teas…and they have hundreds!  (If there’s a David’s Tea in your city, check it out! You will not be disappointed!) For wedding favours, they offer tins of loose tea or boxes of blooming tea. You can select 1 of 4 flavours of loose tea and you can also choose 1 of 4 label designs.

Printed Tea Guest FavorsIf a tea bag is more your style, check out these personalized tea bag favours. These tightly-sealed packages contain one black tea bag and allow you to personalize the label with your monogram, names and wedding date, or even add a special message of thanks for your guests.

Wedding Coffee Card Guest Favor - Edmonton Wedding PlanningAre you a Starbucks fanatic? (hand up, guilty as charged!) You can order large quantities of Starbucks Cards from their corporate store. Depending on the size of your guest list, this could be a bit pricey as the smallest denomination available is $5. But what coffee fanatic wouldn’t appreciate a free latte?

Sniff Kleenex Wedding Favors

For a favour that’s the epitome of “practical”, how about some wedding tissues?  These pocket-size tissues come in 2 different wedding patterns and are available from Beau Coup.

Rocky Mountain Soap Wedding FavorsAnother Canadian company that’s making their products custom-designed for wedding favours is Rocky Mountain Soap Company. These wonderful handmade soaps are 100% organic and come with a variety of different label designs to choose from. Oh! And did I mention that they smell WONDERFUL?

Shawl Wedding Guest Favors

photo courtesy of: Wish Special Events

I don’t know how many times I’ve gone to a wedding and have been freezing during dinner! To help keep guests warm (and stylish!), give them a shawl.  “Pashmina” shawls make wonderful wedding favours and are actually quite affordable! You can order them in a variety of colors and tie them with a ribbon and gift tag; or you can tie them on the backs of chavari chairs and have them double as decor. Check out wholesalers and eBay for lot sizes and prices.

Custom Wedding PhotoboothBy far, I think that most fun wedding favour is a Photo Booth!  Flashworks Photobooth not only provides you with a state-of-the-art photo booth, but they will also create a graphic design for your wedding. The photos are printed while you wait and come in two strips – one to give to the couple, and one for guests to take away. They also offer unlimited pictures, so your guests can use the booth again, and again, and again!

Sweet Candy Buffets

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Ah, the candy buffet. One of my personal favourite things to see at a wedding reception. Not only are Candy Buffets always a crowd pleaser with adults and children alike, but they can also act as a very affordable alternative to a wedding favour.

It was once thought that the Candy Buffet was a pasing trend; however, this does not appear to be the case. Candy Buffets are being seen with more freqnecy at weddings and the trend doesn’t look like it will end any time soon.

A Candy Buffet can really be whatever you want it to be: large, small, multi-colored, or matching to your wedding theme. You can let your imagination (and your taste buds!) run wild!

Here are a few examples:

Bunting Birthday Candy Bar

Baby Shower Sweet Table

Modern Candy Bar Or how about using candy as a centerpiece for an informal wedding?:

Child Birthday Lollopop Centerpieces

Childish Wedding FavorsOr how about having a Sweets Table, with cakes and other treats:

Wedding Sweet Table

{For a sweet table, look for items like: cake pops, mini cupcakes, dessert squares, meringues, French macaroons, etc.}

Here are some of my tips and tricks for making your own Candy Buffet:

1) Get a variety of different glass containers for your candy. The more dissimilar they are, the better they will look all displayed together. Check Ikea, JYSK or even your local thrift shop for old glass vases and bowls. Or, if you have some time until your wedding, make sure to check out Winners and Homesense regularly. You can often find some wonderful glass containers (with or without lids) in their clearance section. They also have a great variety of glass containers and jars regularly.

2) Bulk Barn will be your best friend!! They have a huge selection of different candies, even some from Britain or America that you won’t find anywhere else in Canada. You can also try to colour match the candy to your wedding colours. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a Bulk Barn in your city, then hit up the bulk section of your local super market, or check Costco for larger quantities of your favourite candies.

3) Be careful if ordering candy online. This isn’t because of damage or melting (reputable candy suppliers will ship chocolates with ice packs to prevent the items from melting), but mainly because of shipping and customs fees. For those of us North of the border, ordering candy online from the States just isn’t a cost-effective option as the shipping is often more than your order total.  Some candies also cannot be shipped to Canada for customs reasons.

4) Please do not forget to buy scoops & tongs for the candy. I cannot stress this enough!! (Picture this: Half-drunk Mr. x goes to the washroom, but forgets to wash his hands…THEN proceeds to dig into the M&M’s you have in your candy bowl. Icky!!) Check the dollar stores for scoops and tongs (olive tongs work well), or you can order various sizes online from Hendrix Restaurant Equipment for a very reasonable price.

5) Have a container for guests to scoop their treats into. You can order cute little Chinese take-out boxes online, or you can provide them with little organza or decorative plastic bags. If you need something more economical, head to a wholesale store (like Great Canadian Wholesale or The Grocery People) and pick up some small paper bags. They are available in white. You can then add a decorative label with your names and date of your wedding, or you can have a rubber stamp made (very inexpensive!) and stamp each bag.

6) Buy enough candy so that each container looks full.  Nothing looks worse than setting up an amazing Candy Buffet, only for it to look already picked-over at the beginning of the night! Some places will tell you to buy x many pounds of candy per x amount of guests, but I found that this is not a very reliable form of measurement.  There’s no problem with over-buying. If you leave the Candy Buffet out for the entire duration of the reception, you will find that a lot of guests will graze the table for candy during the dance. Ask someone to refill the candy, if necessary, during the night. You won’t have much (if any) left over!

7) Give the Candy Buffet table a bit of extra decoration. Buy some fabric to match your theme and use it as a backdrop and/or table cloth. Decorate your jars with ribbon and add a sign for each so that guests know what sort of candy it is.

(NOTE: When selecting your candy, be very aware of guests who have peanut allergies. If you have diabetic guests, try to provide some sugar-free options and label the candy as such. Your attention to detail will be VERY much appreciated!)

Great Candies for a Candy Buffet:

  • jelly beans
  • M&Ms / Smarties
  • salt water taffy
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs (if you’re getting married in the Spring, you can find large bags at Costco)
  • old fashioned lollipops and candy sticks
  • rock candy
  • gummies (remember to provide tongs!)
  • chocolate covered almonds
  • candy corn (would be fun for an autumn wedding!)
  • lemon drops
  • candy necklaces

(Try to avoid gum. Most venues will not appreciate it when little children leave gum all over the place!)

Overall, a Candy Buffet will only cost you around $200 – $400 depending on the style and quantity, which makes it a great addition to any wedding. Your guests will love it…and you may just find yourself grazing at the Candy Table too!