Finding a wedding favor that feels personal isn’t always the easiest task. To start brainstorming, think about your hometown or the location of your wedding. Are there any edible local specialties that your guests might enjoy? Presto! That’s a favor idea!
While checking out the Fancy Food Show this week, we saw food companies from nearly every state – and lots of really neat favor ideas! Check out a few of our favorites:
If you’re from New Jersey…First Field ketchup
Okay, so ketchup might not be a conventional wedding favor – but it sure is useful and something your guests can keep for a while. If you’re from the Garden State, you’re probably aware that New Jersey is known for its tomatoes, so if you’re a proud Jersey Girl (or guy), a small jar of locally-made ketchup from First Field could be a fun (and yes, quirky!) favor idea.
This week, we visited the Fancy Food Show at the Washington Convention Center to search for the coolest new edible wedding favor ideas. Of course, we saw lots of chocolate – the most obvious choice for a sweet favor. But we were delighted to see many other options – in particular, artisan caramels. It’s a bit of a foodie-friendly twist on the candy favor, and there were lots of flavor and packaging options to choose from. Check out four of our favorite caramel companies. Even though these sweets are sold all over the country, for a local twist, hand out caramels that are made near your hometown or wedding location – they also make great welcome-basket additions!
Mouth Party Caramels, Baltimore, Maryland
A cool collection of flavors, like Cappuccino, Cinnamon, and OMG! (a chocolate caramel with fleur de sel), plus some pretty packaging options.
Heidi + Albert
Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, Vista, CA
Photography Courtesy of:
Orange Turtle Photography
Devon John Photography
Although I have about a gazillion other things to think about for the wedding, I jumped ahead to think about what I could give my guests as a favor. I figured that if I thought of something crafty, I could spend the cold winters indoors making them.
When thinking about what would be a good gift, I did a lot of searching online and thinking back to what I got at past weddings. Most of my favorite things were edible (of course) and since both me and my finacee love to eat, I thought that this would be a good route to go and left that as an option. I also looked at a lot of little trinkets, but wondered if anyone would really want an engraved salt and pepper shaker with OUR names on it. So I passed on anything along that line.
After thinking some more, I realized that the things that I keep the most from weddings are pictures! I’ve heard of many people having photobooths at their wedding and how much fun they were so I knew right away that this might be the exact favor I wanted. There are a ton of companies out there that offer this service. We went with Partybooths which is a national company.
Photo from partybooths.com