I made Italian cookies called pizzelles for my favors. I got my bridesmaids and some family together and we baked them a month in advance and froze them. Then we pulled them out the week of and packaged them in cello bags.
We had little monogrammed boxes that we ordered from E-bay and filled them with chocolate. But honestly it is NOT necessary to have favors. If they are stressing you out just skip them. I can promise that your guests will not notice. I wanted to skip mine but my mom insisted, so we just did something simple.
In lieu of favors why not donate to a favorite cause and handout info or have framed signage to educate the guests. As a venue that throws away tons of favors after an event I can testify that they are generally a waste of time and money.
My FH's mother died of cancer a few years back so instead of favors I am giving a donation to "Stand Up 2 Cancer" and giving the guests little pearl lung cancer ribbons. My FH doesn't know. It's a surprise!
Be creative! For my own personal wedding a picked up Yankee Candle Votive candles in the colors of my wedding and put them in pouches to hand out with my seating cards. If you have a theme go with your theme.
Something super easy is glass coasters. Most of them are pretty inexpensive. You can just wrap each with a little ribbon in your wedding colors and be done with it. At this stage of the game you don't want to take on favors that are too labor intensive. Here are some examples...
@Startsteph, how meaningful that will be! Your FH will be sure to appreciate the surprise! Are you worried that he might get overly emotional or are you telling him at some point before the wedding?
We're doing a donation but haven't for sure decided to where yet. About a month ago and less than a wk apart his cousin and my grandpa suffered from strokes. Both are in recovery now, so we are thinking about donating to the American Stroke Association.
We burned CD's for our favors of our 10 most meaningful songs in our relationship including our first dance song. It went over well and atleast it isn't something that will get thrown out or pushed in a drawer somewhere.
Edible favors are always a hit - chocolate, candy, cookies, etc. One wedding we went to had gourmet candy apples... those were fun. Another had a popcorn bar with different types of gourmet popcorn - chocolate, caramel, cheese, etc.