To many young women, the very idea of getting married to the man of their dreams is a fairy tale all by itself. So, it is no wonder that many brides are looking to reflect this classic concept at their wedding; and the wedding favors are a huge part of this design. While having the decorations and outfits reflect the classic fairy tale stories like Cinderella that we all grew up watching and fanaticizing about is fairly straight forward, every detail including the favors needs to be perfect in order to properly create the illusion that you and your guests have been literally transported into the story. Here are some fun wedding favors to help you create the magic on your special day.
Engraved Silver Keys
Nothing is more romantic than classic sentiments and terms of endearments, so giving your guests solid silver keys with your names and wedding date engraved in them can be a constant reminder of the fairy tale love that you and your partner share. Your guests will cherish the beauty and elegance of the handcrafted key, and they will hold onto them forever because they are made from precious and valuable silver; though the memories are certain to be the most precious of all.
Allowing your guests to create an atmosphere that seems like it is out of a storybook is crucial to the illusion of a fairy tale wedding, so incorporating that concept into the wedding favors is always a great idea. Your guests can use sparklers to write words or create a “sparkling tunnel” that will look like something out of a movie when captured on film. Many couples only dream of a demonstration that quite literally displays the fire burning in their hearts for one another, but sparklers can do that very task and make a great impression at the same time.
“Cinderella’s Shoe” Bottle Opener
Bottle openers are a classic wedding favor regardless of what type of wedding theme you are going after, but the shape and purpose make all the different. By giving your guests a bottle opener that is shaped like Cinderella’s shoe, you are giving then a gift that is both useful and will fit nicely into your fairy tale wedding theme. Plus, it is a gift that your guests will actually use on a regular basis rather than putting in a drawer to forget or to use at your wedding with only memories to look back upon.
There are many couples using sparklers for their weddings, but many people find that there is little about the design of wedding sparkler packages that distinguish them from ordinary sparklers. Though there are other differences between them and other types of sparklers, enhancing their appearance to blend into your wedding decorations is a very attractive idea to many people in the planning stages of their wedding. Fortunately, there are items known as sparkler tags that can spice up the way your sparklers look, and they come in a wide variety of different shapes, colors, and styles.
In a nutshell, a sparkler tag is simply a professionally printed piece of cardstock that slides over an individual sparkler that has a particular design or saying on it to enhance their overall appearance. Many people also put useful information on their sparker tags such as when they will be using them or when the photographer plans to start photographing sparklers for the couples’ scrapbook. It’s amazing how much nicer your sparklers will look with something as simple as a tag slid over the top of them.
There are literally hundreds of preprinted designs to choose from with various famous quotes or romantic graphics that you can purchase online. Optionally, you can either download or purchase a template online to add your own names or wedding date; but the template versions usually require that you print them out and cut them to size yourself. This can be a great way to save some money if you are a DIYer or enjoy craft projects, but many couples opt to buy them ready-to-go because of the virtually limitless number of options available.
- Color: Various
- Material: Card stock paper
- Details: Sparkler tags are made from thick card stock paper and come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and designs.
- Quantity: Varies by style
Sendoff lines are a very popular way to exit your wedding reception and head off to your honeymoon in style. Sometimes called a “grand exit” or “farewell line”, most guests really enjoy the fun and excitement of lining up along the aisle as you make your hasty getaway. Traditionally, rice and birdseed are the most common types of items used to make the sendoff line more interesting, but companies have been adding new ideas and items into the marketplace over the years to give couples a little more variety when it comes to their favors for sendoff lines and other interactive parts of the celebration. I have comprised a list of my favorites to help you think outside the box and make your sendoff line as memorable as possible.
Ribbons are a fun way to add some movement to the sidelines of your sendoff and they really show up great in pictures. You can buy multi-colored ribbons specifically designed for sendoff lines that are basically a long stick to hold onto and a long ribbon hanging off the end. As your guests and their children waive their ribbons and you make your dash down the line, the busy movement and variety of colors will create some amazing effects for your wedding photographer to capture.
Sparklers are another item that can be captured on film quite easily, and they are also a favorite among wedding guests. Many couples choose sendoff line sparklers over traditional items like rice and birdseed because they more fun, more memorable, and nearly as inexpensive. You can buy sparklers for your sendoff line for literally pennies each, so you can get plenty of them for a very limited amount of money. They also double as wedding favors, so you can save some money instead of having to buy favors for your sendoff line and reception tables.
Confetti and Party Poppers
Another common and remarkably fun item is party poppers or just loose confetti. Everybody loves making a mess, so shooting streamers from the poppers or throwing handfuls of loose confetti in the air truly appeals to children people of any age. The major benefits to using confetti or party poppers as favors for sendoff lines is that the colors, shapes, and sizes are virtually limitless. However, they make a tremendous mess that can be very difficult to clean up so you need to check with your venue to make sure they can be used. Some venues don’t allow confetti or may require an additional cleanup fee if you plan to make that type of mess.
Recently, there has been much attention generated by wedding sparklers because of their relatively low price and the huge impact they can have on a budget wedding reception. Sparklers are a low cost way to make your wedding reception more memorable, and they are quickly emerging as a new tradition for the modern bride. However, very few couples put much thought into the risks and dangers that having sparklers at your wedding can pose, especially if you are planning to use them indoors. Below, we have outlined a few safety tips that should keep you and your guests safe while being able to enjoy everything that sparklers can bring to your event.
Because you and your partner will undoubtedly be busy on your special day, it’s very important to put someone responsible in charge of the safe use of your wedding sparklers. Their job should include keeping the sparklers safe, educating the guests about safety, and coordinating when the sparklers will be used. All companies offering sparklers for sale should provide you with basic safety instructions, so you shouldn’t have any problems relaying this information to your guests.
Safely Lighting Sparklers
One of the most dangerous parts of using sparklers is the lighting process. There are several ways someone can get burned or injured during the process, so it’s a good idea to have a safe method in place. Most commonly, people choose to use a barbecue grill lighter because they are easy to operate. Other common methods are having a large candle that everyone lights their sparkler from or using one lit sparkler to ignite the rest. However you light your sparklers, make sure you have a responsible person supervising to keep things safe.
Disposing of Used Sparklers
Once you have finished using your sparklers, you will want to get rid of them in a safe manner. The wire can remain hot for several minutes after the sparkler appears to be out, and any unused powder can reignite if not properly extinguished. The proper method to ensure you don’t have any fire risks is to setup a bucket of water where your guests can discard of their used sparkler wires. If a bucket of water isn’t practical, you can optionally use a bucket of sand or even a fire pit. Regardless of where you choose to dispose of your used sparklers, you need to make sure it is in a location that doesn’t pose a fire risk and will ensure that the sparklers are completely out.