7 Easy Ideas for Wedding Favors

Excerpted from WORDS FOR THE WEDDING

Why give the usual sugar-coated almonds when you can give something that says "love" best? Here are some suggestions for wedding favors that say what you mean -- literally:

  • Give pocket-sized books of poetry (available at any chain bookstore). Or make minibooks yourselves, using your favorite 20 quotes. Print them from your computer and get them bound at a copy shop.
  • Give magnetic poetry sets to let people make their own love poems on the spot.
  • So maybe you did meet just six months ago and couldn't wait another moment to tie the knot. Give guests coffee mugs imprinted with these words (from When Harry Met Sally): When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
  • Having a sock hop wedding? Give guests cushy socks to slip into, with these words from William Butler Yeats embroidered or imprinted on them (put the first line on one sock and the second on the other): I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
  • Music lovers? Give guests harmonicas, small bells or toy flutes with these words from Brigadoon on them: Oh, the music of life seems to be like a bell that is ringing for me.
  • Put something whimsical in front of each place setting, such as a small, children's kaleidoscope, a crystal in a velvet bag, a small globe, or a snow globe with a scene from your hometown. Tie with a card with this line by Nikki Giovanni: We love because it's the only true adventure.
  • Put an invisible pen-and-ink kit (kids' sets are available in any toy store) in front of each place with a card that says, To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others.

From Words for the Wedding (Perigee; January 2001) by Wendy Paris and Andrew Chesler.

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