14 Unique Literary Wedding Favors

by Alex Weiss

You've decided to have a literary themed wedding — and for that, I give you a round of applause. Not only will you have an unforgettable and outrageously gorgeous wedding, it'll also be one for the books. All puns aside, I'm sure you're overwhelmed with by your wedding to-do list, from the cake to the dress to the decorations to the small-but-important wedding favors. Whether you're putting your heart and soul into every literary detail or just planting a few book references here and there, there's no doubt your bookish wedding is going to be incredible.

No matter if you're a crafty DIY bride or more of a let-the-pros-handle-it kind of gal, I've gathered up a list of 14 unique and literary-inspired wedding favors to consider giving away at the end of your big day. Your guests are there to celebrate you, your partner, and the love between the two of you. As a kind gesture for their generosity throughout all the wedding, you're probably trying to figure out how to give back. Not to worry. My list includes everything from inexpensive party favors to DIY ideas to somewhat over-the-top gifts, so there's something for everyone and every budget.

Bring out the literary love between you and your partner on your big day, and don't forget to say thanks with these awesome wedding favors:

1. Let Your Guests Choose From Your Used Books

Do you and your fiancé have a ton of used books neither of you really care to keep around? At your wedding, set up a mini library for your guests. Or, you can even transform the books into placement cards and have your guests pick theirs up as they find their seat.

2. Create Personalized Bookmarks

This Etsy shop offers personalized bookmarks for your special day. You could include the date, your names, a special shout out, or even your favorite book quote or poem. If you're crafty and want to have some fun, these are easy (and super cheap) to make yourself!

Literary Wedding Bookmarks, $32, Etsy

3. Package Some Novel-Tea

Do you have some tea lovers attending your wedding? Consider getting some small jars, scooping in one of these literary themed teas, and getting creative with the decorations. "Tea for two", or "Love is brewing" are just a few ideas.

The Literary Collection Loose Leaf Tea Blends, $51, Etsy

4. Hand Out Lord of the Rings Inspired Succulents

If you're someone who dreams of having a wedding in a magical forest or someone who loves the LOTR series, there's no better way to include your geeky love than by handing out tiny and unique succulent favors. It's a great gift, and one that symbolizes your growing love. You could stop at the garden store and get some tiny pots to plant them in (and paint, if you dare), or simply hand out a bunch of succulents like these.

Assorted Potted Succulents, $45, Etsy

5. Make Some Harry Potter Inspired Treats

There seems to be a million and one ways to make your wedding Harry Potter themed, so don't stop at the wedding favors. Give guests a jar of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, or make your own chocolate frogs. This is one treat any guest of yours will be endlessly thankful for.

6. Put Some Liquid Luck Into Honey Jars

Whether or not you're into making honey, you have to admit these are some sweet favors. Order some of these adorable glass bottles with Liquid Luck stickers, or head to your local craft store and make your own version!

Mini Glass Bottles, $18, Etsy

7. Bake Some Alice in Wonderland Cookies

If you or your partner is a natural baker, try making some sweet sugar cookies that resemble the iconic treats in Alice in Wonderland ! Pack a few up in some little bags, and you've got yourself an easy and cute wedding favor.

8. Make S'mores Books

I absolutely adore Rosanna Pansino and her Nerdy Nummies YouTube show, so when I saw her make Textbook S'mores, I had to try and make my own! It's a relatively simple recipe, and it offers endless decorating options. While you could stick to the textbook look, you could also decorate your s'mores with literary titles you and your SO love.

9. Give Some Lip Love With Literary Lip Balm

This Etsy shop offers a few different literary scented lip balms, and I want them all. Odds are, your wedding guests are going to enjoy them, too! Another route to take with this wedding favor idea would be to buy plain lip balm in bulk and create your own bookish print or quote to decorate the outside of it with.

Thornfield Kiss Lip Balm, $3, Etsy

10. DIY Book Candles Or Soap

Candles are one of my favorite gifts to give and receive, as is soap — but maybe I'm just into things that smell great. Either way, giving your guests a book paged candle holder, or a book scented candle or bar of soap, is a uniquely awesome wedding favor.

Vintage Book Page Candle Holders, $18, Etsy

11. Set Your Love Ablaze With Literary Matchbooks

If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind wedding favor but don't want to spend much time on making them, matchbooks might be the perfect solution. Coming in an array of different book covers, your guests can pick and choose from their favorites.

Book Covered Matchboxes, $100, Etsy

12. Put A Love Poem In A Bottle

Send your guests home with a love poem (from iconic to handwritten between you and your partner, or even a bunch of random poems) in a jar as a decorative piece they could place just about anywhere. You can get as creative as you want with this by adding some sand and seashells for a nautical feel, or some book confetti just for fun.

13. Personalize Small Journals

Your guests were there to see a major point in your love story, so send them home with a journal to share their story. Gather a bunch of plain journals, and then use your handwriting skills (or get a personalized stamp) and get as creative as you want.

Bulk Plain Notebooks, $2+, Etsy

14. Use Book Bags For Any Favor

Already have a favor in mind but aren't sure how to package it? Use these awesome book bags! Whether you're sending your guests back with treats, knick-knacks, or personalized pieces no one but you could've thought up, this is one way to tie in that literary wedding theme.

Vintage Book Gift Favor Bags, $11, Etsy

Images: Shannon Doyle, Tasha Rhoads, Robert Couse-Baker, pteittinen, Geneva Vanderzeil /Flickr; Rosanna Pansino/YouTube