Just like big-shouldered bridesmaid dresses and Croquembouche wedding cakes, all wedding trends peak and wane, as sure as the seasons come and go — and wedding favors are no exception.
Given to guests as a token of appreciation for their participation in the celebration of your marriage, the tradition of wedding favors began with the presentation of precious stones and sweet treats to guests in centuries past across Europe as a sign of fertility, wealth, longevity, health and happiness.
From precious stones to personalized koozies, we explore the top trends in wedding favors for 2017.
- Organic ornaments
Building on the organic-inspired bouquets, decorations and accessories from 2016, the trend toward organic ornaments as a favor-of-choice continues to grow. Couples are increasingly sourcing local products and produce of the organic variety to give to guests — not only as a sign of appreciation, but also as a symbol of respect for the locality in which they have chosen to take their vows.
Locally-sourced and organic produce including honey, herbs, foliage and even locally-brewed alcohol is finding favor with couples everywhere, as a memorable token of their wedding celebrations to bestow upon guests.
As well as organic favors, this trend extends to encompass bridal bouquets, table centerpieces, ceremonial arch coverings and venue decorations. And with Pantone’s color for 2017 officially denoted as Greenery, this organic sentiment is being echoed across many a celebration this season.
- Sweet treats
With the demise of the traditional wedding cake, take-home sweet treats that double as wedding favors are gaining in popularity. This wedding season, many couples are choosing to forego the expense and hassle of a traditional wedding cake and replacing this overdone dessert with simpler options such as cupcakes, donuts and even cheese plates and savory platters.
Harking back to humble origins of sugared almonds and scarcely-sought sweet treats in times when sugar was a rare commodity, couples are choosing to say thank you to their guests with a take-home treat that can be enjoyed even after the final curtain has closed on the wedding festivities.
- Personalized products
Perhaps the most rapidly increasing wedding favor trend this season is the tendency to avoid the mass-produced favor market for a more customized approach. In addition to acting as a symbol of gratitude for your guests, wedding favors should reflect the individual identity of each newlywed partnership and offer an authentic reflection of your wedding celebrations for years to come.
Couples are turning towards personalized products, custom-made for their own unique wedding celebrations and designed to feature individual details of the recipient or the event itself, as sentimental take-home tokens that will double as a keepsake for guests in the years to come.
From engraved golf balls to bespoke bottle openers, personalized pens to customized koozies — personalized wedding favors are proving a popular choice for couples tying the knot in 2017.
- Interactive games and activities
No longer observers at the nuptials of you and your betrothed, guests today are expected to take an active role in your wedding celebrations – from post-ceremonial games and activities to table trivia competitions.
Think croquet and lawn bowls, darts in the parlor and dance/karaoke comps after dark — wedding receptions have become a hyperactive, interactive frenzy of activity for all attendees. And wedding favors are no exception.
In 2017, guests are being given pocket-style games they can play at their tables as icebreakers and then take home to continue the fun. Your imagination is your only limitation. Take inspiration from wedding-inspired Sudoku, couple trivia teasers, pint-sized pinball machines and pyramid puzzles. When it comes to wedding favors in 2017, it’s game on!
- Monochrome merchandise
Previous seasons have seen a veritable rainbow of color across all elements of wedding celebrations. 2017 is bringing things back to basics with an increasing trend toward monochrome merchandise across invitations, decorations, bridesmaid dresses and wedding favors.
You simply can’t go wrong with a sophisticated black and white color palette and guests will appreciate the stylish applications that will suit any personal preference and home décor.
A monochromatic color scheme is a timeless nod to elegance and sophistication across the eras. Watch this space – this trend is on the rise.
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By: Melissa Wilkinson – Melissa is the founder of Personalized Favors. She is commonly sought for comment on all things wedding related and has worked closely with thousands of couples to create invitations, gifts and wedding favors that are truly unique.