Wedding favors serve two purposes. One is to thank the guests for attending and sharing in your special day and the other is to give them a keepsake to help them remember their time spent there with you.
Once upon a time, most couples chose old standby items like golf wedding favors, but in the modern era, the search is on for creative and unique wedding favors. This also leads to another phenomenon – escalating prices in the industry. Therefore, many people start their research with the idea of finding inexpensive or cheap wedding favors. One trick to get the best of both worlds is to find an item that you like on an individual basis and see if you can purchase it in wholesale or bulk quantities. (This reminds me of someone who once tried to make a distinction between cheap and inexpensive, but here I'm simply using the terms to indicate items that won't break your budget.)
Edible wedding favors such as wine bottles, chocolate, candy, or cookies are appreciated by guests. If choosing a consumable item like this, it is a good idea to make the box or wrapping something of a keepsake itself. This can be accomplished by obtaining printable or personalized containers. If you have the time and talent, homemade wedding favors are just as elegant at the reception as store bought items. There are many sources of information which will teach you how to make wedding favors. This can be a good way to get a discount on them. Throw a favor-making party as a fun way to get the bridesmaids working together and socializing before the wedding.
You'll find lots of inspiration when looking at bridal boutiques, magazines and websites. Spring, summer, fall (autumn), and winter are all represented if you want favors of a seasonal variety. You'll have no problems finding matching accessories for theme weddings either, especially for popular destination themes such as beach weddings, Las Vegas weddings, and Hawaiian weddings. Other themes like Wild West, Asian, and "lucky day" will also be easy to find.
There are two ways to distribute the favors. One is to have them at each individual place setting before the guests even arrive. Another option is to set up a favor table at a convenient location so guests can take the favors as they leave. Either way, do yoursefl a "favor" and make sure you have enough trinkets in case any guests show up who did not properly return their RSVP cards.