By Brittny Drye
The idea of giving sentimental wedding favors that give back to loved ones or the community makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. TresSugar chatted with Abby Larson, the editor and found of Style Me Pretty for favor ideas that leave a lasting impression. “Whether it’s a token of gratitude chosen to represent who you are as a couple, a nod to your family roots, or it’s something that truly gives back to the world, the gifts given with meaning will always be treasured the most,” Abby says.
A simple and straightforward way to give back on your big day is to donate to a favorite charity that means something to you and your soon-to-be spouse in lieu of gifts. But don’t forget to let your guests know. Abby advises, “Gift each guest a note mentioning your donation and you will surely bring a sense of lovely to your day.” Plus, this is the perfect opportunity to show support for marriage equality by donating to organizations such as WhiteKnot.org, Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign.
One of the most heartwarming favor ideas that gives back are passed centerpieces. “Forgo the traditional cut-flower centerpieces and opt for the potted variety,” says Abby. “Tie a note to each, encouraging guests to take—but instead of keeping, to deliver them to an area nursing home or hospital. You’ll be surprised at how many guests will jump at the chance to spread your wedding joy to those who need a smile the most.”
Supporting locally driven farms and other small businesses is an incredible and easy way to give back with your favors—plus your guests will appreciate taking home a little bit of local taste. Abby shares her ideas: “We are partial to jelly jars filled with jam, honey, or other sweet treats, though we’ve seen some pretty gorgeous olive oil, vinegar, and flavored sugar favors.”
Take an edible favor to the next, personalized level by gifting a family recipe along with it, just as brides Kim and Randie did in their rustic chic wedding with Kim’s grandmother’s famous fudge. Abby says, “A family recipe not only makes for a beautiful gift, it’s also an incredible way to honor the ones you love, sharing their sweet and savory passions with those you adore.”
Be sure to check out TresSugar’s five other ideas for favors that give back.