There is always great debate in the wedding world about favors - should a bride spend the money on a silly favor that will inevitably end up in the trash or will the guest be upset if the traditional favor is missing???
Our opinion in the great favor debate is - go for it but think of them in a different way. We recommend spending a little more on your favors and using them twice in the wedding. Below are a couple of great ideas on how to multi-purpose wedding favors.
Above are super cute terracotta pots that that have been planted with an array of herbs. Theses favors are a great gift that your guests will actually be able to plant and use after your wedding. They also are being used as the placecard display. (available at Tre Bella Florist. http://www.trebellaflorist.com/ $$$)
As your centerpiece you can combine an eclectic mix of bud vases with thank you tags for the guest to take at the end of the night. You can also use them as additional decoration on the table with placecard assignments as shown above. (available at Tre Bella Florist $$$) Also, check out the post on our bride Youn's wedding, featured on Style Me Pretty. She bought awesome mugs from anthropologie and we mixed them into the centerpieces.
Dessert tables in addition to wedding cakes seems to be a new trend. Skip the extra dessert and use them as your wedding favors. Have preset cupcakes at each seat with a thank you note. These awesome cupcakes are available at Daisy Cakes ( www.eatdaisycakes.com $$).
Be an environmentalist!
I love the plant a tree favors which can also be used on display as your place card. (available at http://www.nurserymen.com/ $$). We also offer a version at Tre Bella Florist.
We haven't seen this anywhere yet but we think it would be an awesome favor :) Use these super cute dry erase boards as your placecard/favor. What we think is cool about this placecard/favor is that you can really personalize them for your guests. Include a handwritten note thanking them or include individualized pictures of you with the guest or of you and your finance. (available at shop.threebythree.com$$$) We have a chalkboad version available at Tre Bella Florist.