Savannah Guthrie and her new husband, Michael Feldman, gave each of their 80 wedding guests personalized, handwritten letters, accompanied by monogrammed luggage tags, as favors. While there aren’t any rules regarding wedding favors, personalized items are a great way to show your guests how meaningful it is to have them celebrate this special day with you.
If you’re looking for heartfelt, written wedding favors like Savannah and Michael, here are some creative DIY ideas:
Mad Libs or Crossword Puzzle – If you’re looking for a fun way to integrate a written wedding favor, mad libs or crossword puzzles are for you. Guests can entertain themselves during the reception or after the wedding by crafting a silly wedding story or finding out how well they know the new Mr. and Mrs.
Journal, Stationary or Notepad – Leave a journal or stationary (Use your wedding colors, favorite team or school colors, etc.) for each guest at their table setting with a personalized, thank-you note written on the first page. A photo notepad can also serve the same purpose.
Message in a Bottle – Are you having a beach-themed wedding? Do you and your groom/bride enjoy sailing? Did you get engaged on a tropical vacation? Tie this theme in to your wedding favors with a handwritten message in a bottle (Jars or vases can also be used.). Add sand and shells to your personalized message for an extra bit of the beach.
Book/Bookmark – If you have a favorite book, consider giving guests a copy with a personalized inscription. A book of love poems or another book representative of you and your groom/bride also works (Do you love to travel? Give guests a beautiful travel photography book.). Custom bookmarks can also be included in addition to/in place of handwritten inscriptions.
Recipe Cards – Are you a cooking couple? Do you enjoy entertaining? Give guests recipe cards with your favorite recipe(s).
No matter what wedding favor you select, ensure that you have enough time allocated for production. Rushing to pen personalized notes the night before your wedding may not result in the most thoughtful messages. Opt for favors that are easy to construct (or purchase), so that you can devote more time to the writing aspect.