Why not surprise your wedding guests with not-just-the-usual favors at your rehearsal dinner? The possibilities can be pretty interesting when the theme you’ve chosen is unique or extra-special. And of course, the guest list at a rehearsal dinner is much smaller than at the wedding itself. So this is your chance to have a little creative fun choosing favors—with inspiration from our very own styled shoots. Take a look!
Favor Ideas with a Cultural, Cuisine, or Seasonal Spin
Talk about a unique theme! An Arabian Nights-inspired dinner will let you wow your MOB and MOG with authentic Moroccan slippers, and the other guests with elegant rhinestone votive holders as favors.
For a Havana Nights theme, your guest favors can be part of the breezy, plantation-style table decor—like mini bottles of rum, Cuban spice mix, or citronella oil bundled up in natural sinamay wraps.
Another take on a Cuban-themed gathering would be to gift each guest with home-made empanadas, a Cuban favorite, presented in woven heart boxes. Or the fillings could be the famed Torticos de Moron (Cuban sugar cookies) or Pastelitos de Guayaba (Cuban guava pastries).
Going Asian at your rehearsal dinner? Then, pairs of chopsticks trimmed with wired strands of beads and DIY tags would make great themed favors.
Similarly, for a cherry blossom motif, handmade paper bands inspired by the Japanese obi sash and crane-shaped tags would make lovely packaging for miniature gold frames given as favors.
Whether your rehearsal dinner will be in the spring or summer months, petite straw baskets filled with sweet treats make appealing favors. Think jelly beans, saltwater taffy, gumballs, peanut M&Ms, or Jordan almonds (they do look like tiny eggs for an Easter theme, don’t they?).
Equally delightful for a spring wedding rehearsal dinner would be a Vintage Country theme. Imagine a flower-decked garden setting, matched by lacey table settings and lovely ruffle cupcakes as favors.
For a romantic garden theme, how utterly charming are these bunches of tiny asters and baby’s breath in DIY doily favor cones?
For the rustic charm of a French country theme, you can’t go wrong with favor ideas like burlap bags or wraps holding a freshly baked mini baguette perhaps with a wedge of cheese, or miniature bottles of French wine with personalized labels.
Play up the rich colors and natural textures for a fall-time rehearsal dinner—all the way to the favors you give. Here, caramel apples get a rustic look with clear cello wraps finished with heart-shaped corn husk tags.
Capture the brilliant flavors of autumn in a harvest theme! Give artisan-made caramels, toffee, or chocolates in lovely candy bags.
Having a summertime rehearsal dinner? Create a romantic seaside ambiance—from seashell tea light trays as table decor to tropical-themed hand fans and little baskets of shell cookies as favors.
Another summer beach-themed favor idea would be to prepare little “message in a bottle” keepsakes. You could have these hold heartfelt personal notes for how each guest is special to you as a couple.
Favor Ideas that are Posh or Playful
If you’re lovers of fine cuisine, why not go for a gourmet cooking theme? For favors you can give fresh herbs like dill, mint, basil, oregano, or rosemary in gilded globe vases wrapped in sheer organza rounds.
For an exotic Arabian Nights’ theme, give gold-foil wrapped chocolate in shapely rose bags as favors for an auspicious message of gratitude.
For an evening inspired by Hollywood glam, the lady guests could each receive a bejeweled pen as a favor in a special box. (Believe it or not, this pen is DIYable! Just use the same procedure as for our glitzy candle holder as seen in the bottom picture.)
Bring on the glitz and glamour of a NYE rehearsal dinner with these sparkly candle votive holders. Great as practical favors to take home!
Does the Alice in Wonderland classic have a special meaning for you (or maybe your name is Alice?). Then, why not combine playful decor elements and whimsical favors at your rehearsal dinner? Here, each place setting displays a flower favor bag filled with colorful candies.
Or maybe it’s the Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland fame that sparks your rehearsal dinner theme. Then, put a zany spin on tea party favors with modern-style tea cups in colorful fabric wraps.
Going for an outdoor BBQ rehearsal dinner? You can turn on that Western charm with a favor display of bandana-wrapped gift bundles—hiding goodies like homemade BBQ sauce, bags of trail mix, and bottles of maple syrup, honey, or jam!
There’s more where those Western-inspired favors came from! If you’d like to give a sweet treat, check out these “gingham” covered cupcakes with the cutest cowboy hat toppers.
How about these “S’mores on a Stick” as cowboy-themed favors? Guests will love the creative presentation on their place settings—from the checkered ribbon and Western favor tags to the place cards tucked into denim jeans’ pockets!
And for a rehearsal dinner with a nautical or Americana theme, even sweet and simple iced sugar cookies can make great favors all wrapped up in red, white and blue!
Who doesn’t love the circus? Relive the Big Top nostalgia with your guests by preparing colorful themed favors, like clouds of cotton candy and rainbow swirly pops displayed on a circus-inspired dessert table. Plus, popcorn for them to scoop into clown hat favor cones!
More Creative Rehearsal Favor Ideas for You
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