When it comes to planning your wedding, it all can seem a lot more fun in theory than in reality. Things like picking your wedding colors, finding
unique wedding favors, even choosing flowers all seem great individually — but the stress can really add up. Wedding planning is cumulative and you can soon find that your stress levels and your wallet are taking a beating, so it may be time to streamline. "Eliminate things that are not important to you or don't add value to your priorities," Boston’s Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center’s wedding expert, Leah Malin, tells Bustle. "Don't feel the pressure to have a completely branded and customized wedding with lots of signage and over-the-top favors if that is not authentic to your taste and style." Instead, focus on things that are more about meaning than cost.
This is especially true of wedding favors. You want to give something memorable, something that will let your guests remember the big day but also your history with them — and that doesn't always have to break the bank. The internet is BRIMMING with amazing ways to come up with cool, thoughtful favors that will make your guests feel cared about. Still overwhelmed? Here's where to start.
Personalized Bottles Of Wine
WINE IS ALWAYS GOOD. If you find that you ordered too many bottles — or just know your guests love their vino — buy some personalized labels and let them take some of the wedding wine home with them.
Disposable cameras are still a thing and they are
just as great as you remember. Ask your guests to swap their phones for something a little more retro — and you'll all enjoy the photos afterward.
Especially if you live in a more rural area and your guests have outside space, seeds are a simple and affordable favor with a lot heart.
Prints From A Shared Location
This favor works especially well if you theme your tables by different locations — where you grew up, where you want to college, where you live now. Then, just gift each member of the table a print from that location.
This listing might say "bat mitzvah" but these amazing temporary tattoos work for any occasion — and they'll definitely be memorable.
A Hungover Video Texted The Next Day
Really stumped on what to do? Text or email out a video the next day thanking everyone for an amazing night and sharing your favorite parts of the wedding. Bonus points if you're hungover and look
Cocktail kits are always fun, but if you had a signature wedding drink then a mini version to take home is a really great gift.
Send everyone a link to your wedding playlist — that way they can relive their terrible dance moves for forever!
You can never have too many good novelty mugs and that is a science fact.
If your wedding was a
real party, then sending them home with a little something to ease the pain is always a welcome choice. I would including fast food gift certificates, but I am a prince among men.
Individual Photos Of The Night
If you totally space the wedding favor issue until the last minute — or just don't have the budget — wait until after the fact and all of your guests photos from the big day. Or, take it easy on yourself and get a photo booth on the night. It's an activity in itself and the photos are a great favor for guests to take home.
Nutella is always the most thoughtful gift you can give. No arguments.
If your wedding has a whimsical feel, you can give your guests a little bit of whimsy and magic to take home with them.
Perfect for a destination wedding, luggage tags are really useful
and make an easy favor for guests to take home with them.
Blankets can come in handy on the night — especially if you have a lot of outdoor space at your wedding — and double as a favor that will make your guests think of you whenever they break out the picnic basket.
SELF CARE IS IMPORTANT. And it will help their hangovers the next day.
You can never have too much Sriracha — and some swear it doubles as a hangover cure.
A cheap pair of sunglasses is always handy, plus they can jazz up the wedding photos.
If you had a relaxed atmosphere and a zen vibe, incense can help your guests take the mood home with them.
If you have a smaller wedding, don't underestimate the power of a thoughtful note written to each guest — it's the ultimate keepsake.
If your friends are sick of the lip splinters you get from cheap takeout chopsticks, these are the way forward.
Want to be really thoughtful?
Make something yourself. A jar of jam, some fudge, some flavored gin — put some effort in and your guests will appreciate it.
Personalized Wine Stoppers
You can never find a wine stopper when you need one, but these little guys can really save the day.
Individual Water Bottles
Save the planet
and help your guests remember the big day — personalized water bottles are surprisingly easy to come by and they're a practical gift people will actually use. Planning a wedding can definitely be overwhelming, so make sure that you're focusing your attention where it really matters. With favors, like the with rest of your wedding, it's the thought that counts — that's what your guests will remember.