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Wedding Favors

Stalindsay | Posted in General Discussion on

Does anyone have suggestions for making wedding favors? I’ve thought about doing simple bags of sparkly organdy, stitching the ribbon with the names and date and filling them with candy. I would love to hear ideas from anyone who wants to share.

My daughter is having a simple wedding ceremony and party.




  1. slowpoke | | #1

    my daughter recently had a small garden party wedding.  As 'thankyous' we put a votive candle and holder, mini salt and pepper in tulling, gathered up and tied with ribbon.  I bought (from the dollar store) some plain white large napkins (had intended to embroider) but decided to decorate the centre with two hearts (a combination of silver glitter paint pen and foiling) and with a silver pen wrote their names and date of wedding in the corner and rolled into a stainless steel napkin ring.   We laid these out in a basket and as each guest left they were given a napkin and ring, plus a tulling package.   It was very inexpensive, different, and appreciated.Our tulling was black and white, with black and white organza narrow ribbon.  These were her colours.  Hope I have given you some food for thought.

  2. mimi | | #2

    Stalindsay:  My daughter is getting married at the end of September and we just today decided on the favors for the reception.  I have made her dress (and it is 99% done!) and after lots of ideas and searches she has decided to make pincushions filled with pot pourrie (sp?).  They will either be made of the leftover dress fabric or silk dupioni, filled using the Aileene method, tied around the neck with silk ribbon and topped with a silk flower.  They will be set at everyone's designated seat with the placecards pinned onto them with a hatpin.

    This is going to be a small wedding, so I think we can do this in 5 weeks ;)


    1. bellefille | | #3

      I went to a wedding several years ago, and liked the idea for favors so much I still have them.  Instead of champagne for the toast, each person had a small bottle of wine by their plate.  The red wines were the "grooms", and the pink wines were the "brides", and they dressed up the bottles.  So each table had 4 of each.  Around the pink wine cap they glued  some beaded trim with tuille for the veil.  Lower, they glued another of the same trim with some gathered tuille bust to "floor"length for the dress.  The red wine had a tophat on the cap, which, to me looks like the most involved part of the project--glued, again.  It has what looks like a black cape, with a part folded over to look like lapels, and a white  triangle at the neck , so the whole effect is like a tuxedo.  When it was time for the toast, everyone cracked theirs open and poured it into a glass.  I liked the idea a lot, and wouldn't mind sending pictures (if my husband will take them!) or the bottles themselves if you're really interested!  LMK!


      1. mimi | | #4

        bellefille:  What a cute idea!  Thanks for sharing!


  3. Sandy | | #5

    A few years back I made favors for my daughters wedding--I glued a bead on the bottom of Hershey's kisses so that they resembled bells--and wrapped them in sets of 2    in tulle with ribbon tied at top. 

    Also bought Hershey's miniatures and printed labels with bride and groom's names & wedding date and covered the original label with the printed ones.  I just used Avery address labels (30 to a page) and used Print Shop or other label making program.  These were easy to do in volume.




    1. nancymoon | | #6

      My sister just got married and her bridesmaids wore custom gowns of silk dupioni. I took the extra fabric and made drawstring jewelry pouches for bridesmaids' gifts (or rather gift-wrapping, since the bride put a small gift of jewelry inside each one). I was also gonna make herbal eye pillows with the scraps, but ran out of time.  

      The pattern I used has been around for a while - a lined drawstring pouch made of two circles, one about 16" and the other about 12". Each circle is two layers stitched together and turned right-side-out. The two circles are sewn together one on top of the other with a 5" circle of stitching in the center, and then criss-crossing lines like you'd cut a pizza. Thus the smaller, inner circle forms little pockets inside for the jewelry. (The larger, outer layer has a drawstring channel and two buttonholes for threading the drawstrings.) Know what I mean? You can still find that type for sale. My mom had an old one from the 1980s which I took apart to get the pattern. I sewed six of them in an afternoon. They will last forever and remind the bridesmaids of the wedding. They were a huge hit and added some magic to the wedding.

      For more general wedding favors, herbal eye pillows (rectangles about 4" X 8") would be easy to make in bulk. You could fill them with flax seeds and herbs like lavender or rosemary (for remembrance!), then tuck in the ends and machine-stitch closed. If your reception involves lots of champagne toasts, they would be good for the guests' "morning after" headaches!



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