Wedding Favors Q and A

Hello from IWA Team,

What do you need to consider when you’re thinking about wedding favors?

Wedding Favors Ideas

You’ve had a grand wedding and you are so excited. You sincerely want to thank your guests for making it to the event – but you want your wedding favor to be unique. Thankfully, there are a number of different ways to give your guests that momento that they will save and remember your wedding event. You can get favors from India. You can also try cross-cultural favors. Other Asian countries like China and Vietnam make very beautiful silk and ceramic products. If your guests happen to predominantly Indian, then these gifts stand out as being different. You can also make favors by yourself. There are products available online. We will discuss our favorites. You may also want to give favors to small boys and girls who were at the wedding. Apart from the usual photo album, we will suggest gift ideas that will make both the kids and parents happy. Of course, the wedding favors need to get into a bag. And, other things that get in the bag like chocolates and candles.

What are some Traditional Indian Wedding Favors?

South Indian wedding favors comprise coconut, blouse piece, bangles, betel leaf and nut. The men folk are gifted patkas and dhotis. Marble and sandalwood figurines and Darjeeling and Assam teas are much appreciated globally. They are expensive but very classy favors. Brocade purses for ladies and raw silk wallets also make a personalized favor. Silver vermillion (sindoor) containers and lamps speak volumes of Indian craftsmanship. Bandhini dupattas (chunaris), incense sticks and holders and diya shaped mithai make unisex favors.

South Indian wedding favors comprise coconut, blouse piece, bangles, betel leaf and nut. The men folk are gifted patkas and dhotis. Marble and sandalwood figurines and Darjeeling and Assam teas are much appreciated globally. They are expensive but very classy favors. Brocade purses for ladies and raw silk wallets also make a personalized favor. Silver vermillion (sindoor) containers and lamps speak volumes of Indian craftsmanship. Bandhini dupattas (chunaris), incense sticks and holders and diya shaped mithai make unisex favors

Can you give me some ideas for wrapping wedding favors?

Handmade paper from India with traditional, block-printed motifs is an elegant way to wrap your wedding favor. Choose crushed flower cards or scented paper cards to pen a personalized message. Raw silk fabric and gota or silver and gold twines are a great gift wrapping idea (although not the cheapest). Silverware and woodwork looks elegant in clear cellophane. You can choose red and yellow dori (twines) to tie them. They are auspicious as well.

What are some Wedding favors from Eastern India?

  • Madhubani and Mithila paintings from eastern India are much appreciated in the west. The bride and groom can personally sign them too.
  • Silver coins and religious idols are time tested auspicious giveaways.
  • Lac bangles from Muzzafarpur are eye catching symbols of suhaag or matrimony. For more details, check the india-crafts.com website.
  • Sea shell curios and red and white bangles from Bengal are great favors

What are some Wedding favors from Western India?

  • Gujarat offers a riot of colors and fabrics. Patola, Bandhini, Bandhej odhnis (scarves) and wall hangings make attractive giveaways.
  • Lacquer work from Vadodara is quite famous – you can pick up miniature toys and figurines.
  • Filigree, silver work and enamel work vases and attardanis from Saurashtra can brighten up the dullest of decors.
  • Torans or color patchwork welcome banners hung above doorways are symbols of warm welcome. Look at gujaratgifts.com for ideas.
  • Gujarat offers a riot of colors and fabrics. Patola, Bandhini, Bandhej odhnis (scarves) and wall hangings make attractive giveaways.
  • Lacquer work from Vadodara is quite famous – you can pick up miniature toys and figurines.
  • Filigree, silver work and enamel work vases and attardanis from Saurashtra can brighten up the dullest of decors.
  • Torans or color patchwork welcome banners hung above doorways are symbols of warm welcome. Look at gujaratgifts.com for ideas.
  • What are some Wedding favors from South India?

  • Tamil Nadu offers purses, clutches and small Kanjeevaram coasters and silk scarves.
  • Silver lamps, kum kum boxes, small trays and bowls are traditional favors which are considered auspicious too. White metal work is typically cheaper and looks just as pretty.
  • Mysore wood work with marble inlay looks classy. Agarbatti holders and sandalwood oil in unique packaging also are much appreciated.
  • How about little spice bags from Kerala containing pepper, green cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaf?
  • What are some Wedding favors from North India?

  • Lets start from Kashmir – you can get little boxes of saffron which is worth its weight in gold and intricately carved wood boxes.
  • Rajasthan has a huge selection of marble inlay curios – boxes, coasters and stone jewelry. • Delhi offers crisp fabrics, cushion covers, wall hangings and table cloths. • UP has a fine selection of marble figurines, especially miniature Taj Mahals from Agra.

What are some Odd Wedding favors?

A bride gave vouchers for her gift shop as a wedding favor. A salesman groom came up with the idea of giving discount cards to his store! More traffic meant improving chances of his promotion swiftly. Vinegar and olive oil in leaky bottles ruined some expensive clothes. A well-traveled couple presented heavily scented oils that gave the guests a headache! A nature lover in his overenthusiastic ‘Save the planet’ bid placed such realistic creepy crawlies on tables that auntyjis jumped off their seats!

What some Wedding favors – season-wise?

Butterfly cookie cutters, candleholders and fruit flavored candles make a perfect spring wedding favor. Swizzle sticks, sailboat paperweights and floral bottle stoppers are ideal for summer weddings. Come fall, you can give leaf shaped chocolates and maple leaf bookmarks. Winter weddings can use snowflakes as their central theme for similar items. Freshly baked cookies and rich cakes go down well in winter. You can select seasonal color material to package the favors.

Bag It! – What about Wedding favor bags?

Whether it’s gifting bangles during the sangeet ceremony or packing wedding favors, a pretty bag to give it in will always be appreciated. Raw silk or printed handloom drawstring bags from India can later double up as evening bags.

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IWA Team

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