When TBK and I tied the knot a few years ago, it was nearly impossible to find Asian wedding favors we liked. Either they were too bold for our outdoor, tented reception, too tacky, or just not us. So, in the end, I relented and made my own favors with a very non-Asian flair– little glass jars from Crate and Barrel filled with herbes de provence, tied with a satin blue ribbon and a little card with our names on one side and a recipe on the other. They were a hit, but I certainly paid the price with achey hands and blurred vision for days! I don’t even want to tell you how long they took to make.
But, now, with sites like Etsy.com, you can get that custom, handmade look without having to make yourself crazy on the couch at night. So, here are a few unique finds I made recently:This handmade, carved soap comes in a number of scents, including this intriguing blend: The Waxed Dragon, “With warming notes of amber, incense, Madagascar vanilla and patchouli, lightened up with layers of romantic notes such as rose, jasmine and lilac. Topped off with the colorful, light touches of blood orange and grapefruit.”
These adorable little pillow boxes can be stuffed with anything from dried red dates to notes indicating you made a donation to charity in the guests’ names and are decorated with a contemporary fan pattern that evokes the far east.TBK and my first date was actually sushi, so this would have been a sweet favor if it had fit in with our decor. Super cute.
Funky little tin with a contemporary print that’s perfect for holding loose tea leaves or herbs. (And for brides who love Twitter, it’s a wink to their social media savvy!)