10 Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

These are favors your loved ones won't leave behind at the end of the night.

One of the first things experts suggest you drop if you're worried about budget is your wedding favors, as guests often toss them in the trash after the big day. However, these favors will be much appreciated!

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Photo: Amy & Stuart Photography

Wedding favors are probably the most commonly skipped detail at weddings, as guests generally disregard them, leaving newlyweds to see what they chose so carefully left behind. Why would you want to spend money on something that's just going to end up in the trash?

If you want to have wedding favors at your reception, there are ways to make sure your friends and family actually leave with their gifts – and be happy they did. The most accepted wedding favor is something edible. Whether it’s a local delicacy or a homemade recipe, even those guests who don’t plan to eat the items are likely to bring the snack home to someone else. Instead of figuring out a new tasty treat to wrap up in darling packaging, some couples elect to offer to-go boxes along with their sweets table and dessert station so attendees can choose their favorites to bring along.

Besides food and desserts, popular wedding favors are those that are both useful during the wedding without being disposable – bonus points for if they may even be useful after the wedding. Go for plain sunglasses over personalized for your outdoor ceremony; everyone can use a spare pair for their car. We also love when couples offer blankets or pashminas, candles or unique décor, and other details that guests are invited to take home.

Take a look at some ideas below, and see what the rest of these real weddings looked like by clicking the link below each photo. For further inspiration, check out our favors and gifts photo gallery!

1. Personalized Cookies

Custom Cookie Label

Photo by Kortnee Kate; From Real Wedding: Sophisticated Outdoor Wedding Celebration in Cincinatti, Ohio

2. Gift Boxes Filled with Treats

3. Hand Sanitizer 

Escort Cards with Hand Sanitizer

Photo by Theo Milo Photography; Floral Design by Amaryllis Floral & Event Design; Planning & Design by Evoke Design & Creative; From Real Wedding: Luxurious, Intimate Backyard Ceremony & Tent Reception in Virginia

4. Take-Home Donuts

donut bar wedding favors

Photo by KLK Photography; From Real Wedding: Nature-Inspired Alfresco Ceremony & Tent Reception at Malibu Ranch

5. French Macarons

Macaron Favors

Photo by Jodee Debes Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: Elegant Alfresco Ceremony + Reception with Parisian Elements

6. Wine Bottles

Vineyard Estate Wedding Favors

Photo by Michael Segal Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: Stunning Outdoor Ocean-View Wedding at Tuscan-Style Villa in Malibu

7. Candles

Candle Favors for Celebrity Wedding

Photo by Amy & Stuart Photography; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; From Real Wedding: Wedding of Dancing with the Stars' Cheryl Burke & Matthew Lawrence

8. Pashminas or Blankets

Light Blue Pashminas with Custom Labels

Photo by Roey Yohai Studios; From Real Wedding: Romantic New York Real Wedding with Upscale Summer Camp Feel

9. Sunglasses

10. To-Go S'mores

s'mores kit wedding favors

Photo by Michael Carr Photography; Planning & Design by Ann Whittington Events; From Real Wedding: Glamorous Outdoor Wedding with Rustic & Rose Gold Details in Texas

For more ideas, find out how to fill your welcome bags and discover why some bridesmaid gifts aren't really gifts