Wedding favors have evolved over the years, becoming more of an opportunity for the bride and groom to showcase their personalities to their guests in a unique, memorable way. Rather than simply setting out candies or mints, couples are taking favors a step further so their guests have a token of appreciation to take home from the wedding.
If you’re getting married during the cold-weather months, particularly around the end of the year, a New Year’s Eve wedding favor is a guaranteed opportunity to incorporate the season and holiday into your big day. Not sure where to start? Use the following favor ideas as inspiration for favors that your guests won’t soon forget.
1. Pinecone fire starters
For couples looking to bring the outdoors in for a rustic-themed wedding, guests will appreciate these adorable and practical wedding favors. These will help guests to keep the fire going at home and fill the room with a fresh pine scent – perfect for cold, winter evenings! Nature Favors on Etsy even provides each favor wrapped individually with a personalized tag.
2. Hot chocolate in a jar
Nothing is quite as comforting in the cold weather as a hot beverage. Instead of setting up a hot chocolate bar at the reception, consider adding all the ingredients into individual jars for guests to take with them and enjoy in the comfort of their home. They are sure to think of you with every sip they take! Follow this recipe for exact ingredients and measurements.
3. Seasonal Candle
A candle always makes the best gift because people can never seem to have too many in their home. Give candles that have winter adornments or ones that are scented to the specific season. Bath and Body Works always has great options.
4. Throw blanket
If you want to go a step beyond offering gloves to guests, throw blankets are not only practical but a luxurious gift to give and receive. A blanket can keep your guests warm throughout your wedding day, as well as at home throughout the winter months.
5. Champagne flutes
No New Year’s Eve wedding would be complete without champagne flutes! Instead of setting the flutes out at each table place setting, create a festive display and double-up the flutes as escort cards. Guests can then grab their glass and have it on-hand all night for toasts and to ring in the New Year.
6. Kiss me at midnight table mints and/or Hershey Kisses
Get your guests in the mood to share a midnight kiss with their special someone (or a stranger on the dance floor!) by offering up mints or Hershey Kisses at their table place setting. Put the mints or candies in a little favor bag, and dress it up with coordinating ribbon and a cute New Year’s Eve-themed tag – Create. Craft. Love. offers this Kiss Me at Midnight tag as a free printable!
7. Sparkly mini champagne bottles
Your guests can’t quite get good use out of their champagne flutes if they don’t have champagne to fill them with, right?! Provide mini bottles of champagne for your guests to take back to their hotel room to keep the party going all night long. For an added touch of sparkle, consider covering the bottles in glitter paint.
8. New Year’s party favors
Fun party favors and decorations are part of what makes New Year’s Eve the biggest party night of the year. As midnight approaches, designate some of your bridal party to start handing out noise makers, hats, tiaras, etc. to get your guests in the New Year’s spirit. Be sure to color coordinate your favors with your wedding color scheme.
9. Confetti popper
Yelling “Happy New Year!” at midnight is more fun if confetti and glitter is involved. Provide each guest a confetti popper to open on the dance floor at midnight to shower the bride and groom and all their guests! There are several DIY tutorials for this favor, or you can purchase them pre-made, including these from Anthropologie.
10. Midnight snack boxes
Once the official party has ended, your guests may be feeling a bit hungry. In each of their hotel rooms, have a box of late-night snacks waiting for them to curb their appetite. They’ll thank you in the morning.
If you’re getting married this winter season or New Year’s Eve, what favors are you handing out to guests?
Karly Anderson is a born and raised Midwest girl currently residing outside Milwaukee, Wis. Her blog, Miss in the Midwest, chronicles her take on beauty, life and style in the Heartland. Catch up with Karly on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter