Personalized Favors: How Today's Couples Leave Their Individual Stamp
Personalized wedding favors are one of the fastest growing trends among today's couples. Modern brides and grooms are more likely than ever to write their own vows, design their own cakes, and leave their unique stamp on every aspect of the wedding ceremony and reception, so it is little wonder that this approach extends all the way to personalized favors. Today's printing and engraving technologies make it possible to have almost any favors personalized, from matchbooks to silver spoons, at a fraction of what the cost would have been a few decades ago. This makes it feasible for nearly any couple to offer their wedding guests personalized favors, and many couples do.
Traditionally, personalized favors are printed or engraved with the names of the happy couple, the date of the wedding, and occasionally with the names of the parents of the happy pair. However, contemporary wedding favors often boast more playful touches. Some couples chose a shared favorite quote from a work of literature, a lyric from a song with sentimental value, or even a line from a film they both enjoy. Young couples are especially likely to choose one of the less traditional ways to have their wedding favors personalized.
A photo frame that doubles as both a place card holder and a wedding favor is one of the most popular candidates for personalization. Slipping a place card into a photo frame that has been engraved or painted with a personalized message from the couple creates a place card holder that feels warm and intimate, and looks beautiful as part of the table setting. Using a place card holder that also serves as a wedding favor reduces waste, which makes it a choice that is smart for the wedding budget, and for the environment.
As the growing trend of photo frame place card holders shows, today's couples are more eco-conscious when planning weddings than any generation has been. Personalization means more than just engraving to today’s couples; it also means an expression of their most deeply held values and beliefs. Whatever appeals to the couple can be a part of how their favors are personalized, from materials to messages and beyond. The act of personalization, no matter how it is done, turns wedding favors from a social grace into a chance to express individuality, and many of today’s brides and grooms jump at the opportunity.