etiquette calls for a small gift to be given to guests. Although some couples tend to scoff and scratch this off their wedding lists, finding the right favor not as difficult as you think.
According to LoveToKnow,
the favor itself was a porcelain box, given at any large celebration to the guests. The Jordan almond eventually became the staple, and the porcelain box was replaced by wedding veil material (tole). Unfortunately, this has developed into the tradition. Boring.
If you're going to spend the money, why not make it personal? My best friend and her husband - who is now considered cured of Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- donated what they would have spent on favors to a cancer research charity. The key is to find something personal to you and your wedding. Is your wedding in the winter? Why not give homemade hot chocolate mix? If you're a gardener, give seeds or seedlings; baby trees make a great and lifelong gift. Even if your budget is tighter than bark on a tree, do something simple, like write a thank you poem. Even a great family recipe can make a great favor.
Regardless of what you decide to do, make it personal, make it meaningful. This way, not only will your guests be touched by your thoughtfulness, you will be able to express your gratefulness authentically.