It’s getting to be that time of year. Wedding planners are working 80 hour weeks, brides are frantic and grooms-to-be are wondering if the insanity diminishes or gets worse after the big day. Okay, maybe that’s overstating things a bit, but it seems like there’s always something else to think about as the wedding day gets increasingly closer. I know some days you probably just wish someone else would handle some of the little stuff. Because there’s just so much to do. Well, here are some great ideas to consider for eco-friendly wedding favors that will have your guests talking for weeks. See? I’m helping take some of that little stuff off your “to do” list.
EDIBLE TREATS AS FAVORS
Everyone loves a delicious treat now and again, so what better way to thank your guests than by presenting them will a little (biodegradable) bag filled to the brim with homemade cookies, fresh cherries or artisan smoked almonds? When I was searching for ideas for this piece, I came across a blog that featured infused sugars in tiny glass jars as a favor idea. Not only are the fruit and lavender-infused jars of sugar absolutely adorable, they’re easy to make in your own kitchen and delicious to boot. If you’re less of a DIY diva, package a little handful of Jordan almonds in a plantable box that’s embedded with wildflower seeds. When planted, the biodegradable parts of the box will fall apart and the seeds with sprout, giving your guests a lasting reminder of that special day.
MULTIPURPOSE WEDDING FAVORS
Make Mason jars pull double duty by painting a simple design in chalkboard paint on one side. Then write each of your guests’ names on the jars to create individual place markers that take the drama out of finding your seat. The jars are great for drinking fresh lemonade or other beverages at the reception. When the party’s over and everyone’s heading home, each guest can take his or her jar as a reminder of the day.
Soy candles are another great favor for weddings. Purchase a ton of them in customizable votive holders or, if you’re feeling industrious, make your own using teacups or other reclaimed containers. In the same way that the Mason jars can be personalized, the candles can also serve as place markers at the reception by tying a little tag around the votive.
WEDDING FAVORS FOR THE YARD
Springtime weddings are always such fun for little details like favors. Purchase individually potted succulents from your favorite nursery. Wrap the pots in a simple piece of brown butcher paper and tie a piece of ribbon or twine around it. If you want something a little fancier, replant the succulents in containers that reflect the wedding’s theme.
There are also a number of really cute birdseed favors that you can make to grace the trees of your guests’ yards. Mix flour, water, gelatin, corn syrup, and birdseed together to form a paste-like concoction. Press the mix into molds or cookie cutters to create cute shapes. Make a hole in the “cookie” with a small dowel rod or chopstick, through which you can string a ribbon for hanging.
Regardless of how you choose to thank the guests who attend your wedding, think of how that favor will impact the earth before deciding. For those of you who have given earth-friendly favors at parties or your wedding, what did you do? I’d love to hear your ideas!