WAYNE COUNTY 102 | TODAY'S BRIDE – WAYNE COUNTY GIVE THIS: Photo Booth Strips The best part about this favor is that guests can opt in or out. If they want a fun souvenir to remember your wedding, it’s perfect to frame! If they’re busy danc- ing, they don’t have to feel bad for not partaking. NOT THAT: Matches While “The perfect match” is a cute quote for these favors, this gift can often get left behind. Thanks to lighters, why does a guest need a box of matches with your names and wedding date? GIVE THIS: Jam or Jelly When getting married so close to J.M. Smuckers, how can you resist offering jelly-filled pastries or personalized small jars of fresh preserves with “Spread the Love” labels? NOT THAT: Mints If you want your wedding to stand out, forgo the mints. This would be the ump- teenth wedding at which your guests received them as favors, and the ump- teenth wedding where they get left on the table. GIVE THIS: Succulents Succulents are nearly impossible to kill; they just need a bit of water and light – even if it’s fluorescent! Whether your guest is a gardener or forgets to water his/her plants each day, their succulent will continue to thrive, reminding them of your wedding. NOT THAT: Seeds Unlike succulents, plants take a lot of work in order to bloom and stay alive. Unless your guests have a green thumb, these favors will most likely end up lost in the garage. GIVE THIS: S’mores This sweet treat is the perfect way to end the evening. Guests can gather around a bonfire to roast their marshmallows or take it home and save it for later. They’ll be begging for s’more (get it?!) and the quote “Sending you S’more Love” is just too cute to pass up. NOT THAT: Coasters Most people like to choose their own home decor. Unless your favors are lo- cal, hand-painted, or ceramic coasters, they'll end up forgotten in junk drawers, never to be used. GIVE THIS: Late-Night Snack Soft pretzels from a food truck, hand-cut French fries, or bags of popcorn – what- ever you choose, a salty late-night snack is just what your guests will need after dancing the night away. Make sure to have extras. This is a favor your guests will want seconds of! NOT THAT: Bottle Openers Most of your guests already have a col- lection of bottle openers, even though they have a trusty go-to they use every time. A more unique favor will ensure that you don’t waste money on just one of many. GIVE THIS: Candy Apples Candy or caramel apples wrapped in cellophane with the words “’Appily Ever After” stamped on them are adorable, and make for the perfect late-night treat. Your guests will love indulging in them on the way back home! NOT THAT: Jordan Almonds While candied almonds come in pretty pastel colors, these 1920s candies should stay at your grandparents’ house. Favors FANTASTIC If you don’t want to waste money on favors that get left behind, be sure to choose awesome gifts! We have a few suggestions of popular, crowd-pleasing favors your guests are sure to love. Favors are a considerate way to show your appreciation and gratitude for your guests’ presence at your wedding. From the gifts they’ve purchased to the parties and show- ers they’ve attended to dedicating an entire day to celebrating your marriage, your guests have invested a lot of time and money in your wedding. Gifting a small token is the least you can do to say thank you! Abby Caldwell Photography Evermine Sabrina Hall Photography LOCAL FAVOR AND GIFTS VENDORS Candyapple & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 D Marie Design Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Mel’s Sweet Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Find more local vendors at TodaysBride.com