From royalty-inspired pretties to charming eco-friendly fare, wedding favor selections are bigger than ever. As a wedding professional myself, I rub elbows with a great deal of wedding favor vendors tapped into the new trends. The buzz for next year’s themes is as varied and vast as there are wedding couples themselves. Here are some wedding guest gift ideas that stand out for 2011 marriage celebrations.
Here Comes the British Bride! Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the royal knot in April 2011. You can bet lots of nuptials all over the world will be inspired by this glamorous global-interest event. British wedding traditions often include good luck charms, like a silver horseshoe discreetly carried by the bride. Just in case you can’t be there for Kate and Will’s big day, let your own wedding guests celebrate in royal style with Lucky in Love Collection horseshoe bookmarks and Crown Design Notepadsavailable at My Wedding Favors, Etc.
Gay and Lesbian weddings are proudly on the rise. While many traditional wedding favors are certainly appropriate here, there’s strong demand for fun and special gift items for LGBT wedding themes. Like assorted pin up girl pocket mirrors from Flirtbuttons available at Offbeat Bride. Or give them adorable Tuxedo Bubble Bottles at Oriental Trading Company and lovely Rainbow Scent Goddess Soap from hippiesbath at Etsy.
And don’t forget gifts you can plant or feed to the birds! Providing eco-friendly goodies continues to be one of the fastest growing wedding favor trends. These hanging “Birdie” seed favors from 2birdsinlove at Etsy come with cute custom tags. The “Please be seeded” Cherry Blossom Plantable Seed Place Cards set is one of several soil-ready place card designs at The Favour Shoppe . Any wedding favor that’s recycled or reusable counts as an earth-friendly treat. So you might give your guests a refillable Marry Me Again gourmet tea tin from Tay Tea.
Finally, what would a wedding favor list be without some chocolate? It’s truly the gift that never goes out of style. This year, sweet-toothed brides and grooms should indulge in the rich, artisan kind. Select your favorite succulent Shocolaate artisan truffles to be packaged delicately in their dark chocolate-colored gift boxes, wrapped in baby blue ribbons. Or choose their elegantly presented artisan pretzels from The Bridal Collection which will wow and satisfy every crowd, no matter their family crest, gender or carbon print.