Favor Boxes are traditional and expected at a wedding celebration in some circles, and completely unheard of in others. The question I get from time to time is “What the heck do you put in one of those things?”.

Yes, they are small, but there are tons of really, really cute ones on the market. What you put inside this little treasured keepsake is only limited by your imagination! Here are some ideas:

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  • M&M’s – Personalized! Order in advance, pick the accent color from your wedding, add your newly combined initials, and pop them in these personalizablely precious favor box/place card holders with a keepsake heart charm. Get your M&M’s here http://www.mymms.com/customprint/, and click the picture for the favor box link.
  • Jordan Almonds! Scoop up a handful into a bit of tulle, tie with a tiny satin ribbon, and place in these cute calla lily favor pails! Jordan Almonds here (lots of colors!) http://www.mymms.com/customprint/, and click the picture for the favor pail.
  • Chocolates! Who doesn’t like ’em? Find a chocolatier near you and have them create a special truffle for your wedding day! Then pop one single piece of melt-in-your-mouth heaven into a fairy tale carriage center plate for each guest. To find a chocolatier near you, go to www.whitepages.comand under Business Search, plug in “chocolatier” and your zip code. (side note – I tried my darnedest to find an “American Association of Chocolatiers” to give you a handy index, but no luck). And to save repeating myself, click the picture of your interest from this point forward to find the favor box link.

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  • Second Harvest is a non-profit organization serving Americans who don’t have enough to eat. It’s a neat idea, the way they work (learn about it here http://www.secondharvest.org/how_we_work/). Every dollar donated serves 10 people! So make a donation in the names of everyone on your guest list, then create a lovely note to tuck inside one of these Autumn Elegance favor boxes, like “To show how much we appreciate your sharing our special day, and in the spirit of the Fall Harvest, we made a donation in your name…..”
  • “In Favor of a Cure” – Kate Aspen has designed a favor line around a special group of people – Breast Cancer Survivors. 10% of the profits from these favors will be donated to a national breast cancer organization. Fill these special boxes with treats, or make a donation yourself (good idea + good idea = great idea!) and tuckin a special note from the two about the donation.
  • Remember our Asian Neighbors still battling the devastating effects of the May Earthquake in southern China. With a donation to Tzu Chi or even your local Chinese Business Association in honor of your guests and your special day, you can help these lovely souls rebuild their lives. Tuck a note inside about your donation, and be sure to add the internet link where your guests can also help donate to this humanitarian effort. Tzu Chi http://www.tzuchi.org/GLOBAL/. Chinese Business Association of Atlanta Earthquake Relief Fund http://www.cbaaweb.com/about/ChinaEarthquake2008.html.

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  • Did you meet on a cruise? Honeymooning on a cruise? Are you getting married on a cruise? These darling “Miles of Memories” Suitcase Favor Tins can be personalized with your choice of pictures and words They have actual rolly wheels on the bottom and travel markings imprinted on the back. Fill with excellent candy covered chocolate mints from http://www.groovycandies.com/V2ProdDetail1.asp?Product_ID=1877.
  • Are you heading to Las Vegas for your honeymoon, getting married in Vegas, or just consider yourself “Lucky in Love”? These cute favor boxes come with an imprinted “Lucky in Love” satin ribbon and a keepsake heart charm. Fill them with Fortune Cookies made just for your special occasion from http://www.myluckyfortune.com/. They let you make up your own “Lucky In Love” sayings! How original is that?
  • Did you meet at the beach, are you heading for a tropical island wedding or perhaps that’s where your honeymoon will be? These awesome Palm Favor Boxes set the right tropical note at each place setting. If you’re really crafty and have the time, fill them with marzipan tropical fruits that you make yourself (handy instructions here: http://www.fabulousfoods.com/school/cstech/marzipanfruit.html) or purchase them through http://www.marzipanworld.com/acatalog/Marzipan_World_Marzipan_Fruits_1.html.

Favor boxes are inexpensive and clever additions to your wedding celebrations. You can spend a little or spend a lot to fill them, that’s your call. But your personal touch inside is what’s most important. I hope some of these ideas have set your imagination on fire!

Celebrating imagination and creativity and favor boxes today – but always remember to “Celebrate Something Everyday!”.