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November 13, 2015  TAGS:  FAVORS  INSPIRATION  RESOURCES  DIY

DIY Wedding Favors

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine

When planning a wedding you have taken the time to choose your guest list, design and mail your invitations, and finalize your registry items. Then in turn, your guests have to take the time to pick out an outfit, book a hotel room and make vacation plans on top of deciding what to gift you as your first present as a couple. So why shouldn’t your guest favors not be well thought-out too? It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but something heartfelt and/or handmade is a very special way for your guests to feel thought of in your celebration of love. Your favors could go along with the theme of your wedding, act as centerpieces to fill your tables, or incorporate an interest or hobby that the two of you share. Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite DIY wedding favor ideas that I have seen while photographing weddings, including custom frisbees, handpainted ornaments for a Christmas themed-wedding, and table seating cards with family recipes – make it your own, and make it thoughtful!

Beverage containers have become more popular in the past few years. I love the idea of personalized cups that double as table seating, “cozies” for those couples that prefer their beverage from a can, and one couple even went thrift-shopping for glasses then custom decaled each one. Talk about a labor of love!

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine

If you have a green thumb, mini plants make for an adorable gift, and can also double as table centerpieces. I’ve seen succulents in modern containers, violets grown in up-cycled baby food jars, and even mini trees.

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine



In Vermont, maple syrup and maple candies have to be the most popular. It is a nice “Vermonty” gift perfect those out of state guests. Mix it up a little and do maple lollipops or place the maple in unique containers, or personalize the label on it. Guests will think of you the next time they enjoy pancakes for breakfast! I thought this twist on Vermont-made was an adorable idea, honey with  honey sticks for table seating.

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine

Other edible treats are always appreciated by guests, from the ever-popular candy bar tables with thank-you bags, to a cookie themed-bar, I’ve seen my fair share of adorable edibles sure to be enjoyed by guests. A couple that met at a movie theater bagged up flavored popcorn for their loved ones, and one couple made caramel apples for their fall-themed day, another hand-made chocolate bon-bons. My current favorite handmade sweet has to be jams and jellies that the couple have slaved over the stove for, and for s’mores kits to be enjoyed by guests by the fire later that evening.

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine

Candle holders are also a wonderful idea, and can double as romantic lighting at the tables. I’ve even had a couple that handmade beeswax taper candles – and they were even in their wedding colors!

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine

For those couples who like to volunteer their time, or have a cause that is near and dear to their hearts, a simple placecard on each table notifying guests they are making a donation on their behalf is a very thoughtful gesture as well.

DIY Wedding Favors | Vermont Bride Magazine
All photos by Letter10 Creative

No matter what you decide to do for favors, try to make it fun and something that speaks to you two as a couple. Don’t make it stressful or too complicated, sometimes the simplest things make the most impact!

Hi! I’m Jamie – a photographer and designer at Letter10 CreativeA fourth-generation Vermonter, I’m inspired by Vermont’s natural beauty, laid-back lifestyle, food and people. When not documenting love stories, I’m a board member of The Vermont Association of Wedding Professionals, and Secretary for Vermont Professional Photographers. I enjoy teaching Zentangle, playing disc-golf and tasting my way around the world. My husband is also named Jaime, and I love that we get to photograph weddings together.