There are so many options when it comes to favors for weddings these days. Below are some of my favorites, all from Martha Stewart Weddings.
Tools and Materials
Several varieties of flowers
Fortune Bouquets How-To
1. Combine several varieties of flowers (Martha uses roses, calla lilies, and ranunculuses). Separate flowers into small bouquets.
2. Trim the stems evenly, and wrap stems of each bunch with floral tape. Cover the stems with seam binding, securing with a bow; leave ends trailing.
3. On strips of fine paper, handwrite fortunes, such as "You will marry the boy next door," "You will marry your true love," and "You will marry a millionaire." You can also print out fortunes from your computer. Cut the end of each fortune strip in an inverted V. Use a straight pin to affix each fortune to its bouquet.
Tea Bag Favors
Buy your favorite teas in bulk, or devise a blend to your liking, then decant it into packets large enough to brew an entire pot. Attach a homemade tag inscribed with a fitting message to a length of embroidery thread, which can be sealed into the seam of the tea bag.
Old Time Candy Cups
For a favor that brings out the kid in guests, turn baking cups into darling dishes brimming with old-fashioned hard candies (these have hazelnut chocolate filling). The cups are normally used for baking single servings of brioche, so they're made of stiff paper that can hold lots of little treats. To package each favor, add candy to the cup, then wrap in cellophane. Tie closed with a ribbon threaded with a printed paper tag.
Trees to go
Give a favor that symbolizes love growing and becoming stronger with time. Many seedlings are available at online nurseries -- these are foot-tall Norway spruces. Keep them in their plastic-wrapped pots so soil stays moist, but cover those in rustic fashion: Tear squares of fabric, gather, and tie with twine. For "tree tags," download our template here, and cut out. Trace onto card stock; stamp with your names and wedding date.