Beach wedding favors should be appropriate for a beach environment. Simple, attractive favors that have the potential to withstand wind, sun, and sand will work best for your beach wedding.
Beach Wedding Favors: Considering the Weather
Many brides dream of a beautiful, breezy beach wedding. The sound of waves crashing lightly against the shore, the glow of the sunset, the salt-scented air, and gorgeous surroundings -- just imagining such an environment for your impending nuptials is enough to take anyone's breath away.
Although beautiful, it's important to consider the effects of a beach environment on all the aspects of your wedding, including decorations and the favors. Beach wedding favors need to be able to hold up against Mother Nature's wind, sand, and sun.
For this reason, you may want to consider items that are not too delicate or that won't be ruined from sitting in the sun.
Beach Favors for Any Budget
Since most beach weddings are more on the casual than the formal side, finding the right beach wedding favors isn't usually too difficult. Even if you are having a more formal beachside wedding, however, you can find appropriate formal and elegant favors.
There is a wide variety of price ranges, and you have many choices, from custom-made favors to homemade wedding favors. Muted, neutral, or pastel colors have a more formal or elegant look, while bright colors have a more fun and casual feel.
Homemade Beach Favor Ideas
Even if you have small budget for your wedding favors, you don't have to fret. Inexpensive favors can still be beautiful. You can make completely homemade wedding favors, purchase items and put your wedding favors together, or find inexpensive favors that will match your beach wedding.
Seashell or Sand Bucket Favors
Look at craft stores or discount stores for medium to large sea shells or mini children's sand buckets or tin pails. Fill the seashells or pails with a small scoop of candies or individually wrapped sweets that will hold up to the heat. Jordan almonds, hard candies, and mints are all good choices.
Find some inexpensive plain picture frames at a craft or discount store. Decorate them with a sprinkling of craft sand and hot glue a few small seashells or beach scrap booking decorations to the border. Send a wedding photograph after your big day for a special memory for your guests.
Music by the Ocean
Make a CD with some of your wedding music and/or some good beach songs and distribute to each guest for a fun gift that's sure to please.
Decorate small candles or votive candle holders by affixing beach related items. Wrap in tulle and include a personalized matchbook with your names and wedding date.
Give each guest or couple a mini cookie cutter in the shape of a starfish or other beach related item. Include a copy of your favorite sugar cookie recipe and a sweet note of thanks.
Beach Tote Treats
Look for mini tote bags at craft stores, decorate with puff paints to resemble mini beach bags. Place a sugar cookie or durable candy inside and attach a message on the handle.
There are dozens of beach wedding favors available for purchase from craft and party stores, as well as online wedding retailers like Island Wedding Shop, Wedding Things, and Escape Concepts. Prices range from less than a dollar to over ten dollars for couture favors.
Some of the favors you'll find are more casual, designed or decorated with Hawaiian shirts and flip flops, while others are more elegant. Shells, flowers, oceans scene, beachside umbrellas, sand dollars, starfish, dolphins, palm trees, and nautical themes are all popular.
The following favors will work for almost any beach wedding:
- Beach themed candles or gel candles
- Picture frames embellished with seashells or ocean scenes
- Beach chair ornaments or photo frames
- Beach themed coasters
- Wine stoppers with a dolphin, shell or starfish top
- Letter openers with a sea theme
- Beach related bookmarks
- Seashell wine charms
- Floating hibiscus candles
- Theme sugar cookies with a hard frosting or finish
- Nautical luggage tags
- Sea turtle tea lites
- Message scrolls in a bottle
- Keepsake boxes with ocean scenes or décor
- Mini notebooks, pens, or key chains with sandcastle designs
- Spreaders or coffee scoops with shell or starfish designs
- Mini lanterns
- Mini palm leaf fans
- Shell shaped scented soaps
Chocolate is one of the most popular wedding favors. There are also a number of choclatiers that make seashell, sandcastle, starfish, seahorse, and other beach-themed chocolates. If you'd like to choose something chocolate for your beach wedding favors. keep the chocolates stored in a cool place. Distribute them before guests leave rather than setting them out at the reception tables.