Planning a wedding takes a lot of time and effort in making it a day you’ll never forget. Often, one of the final details is thinking of a way to thank your guests for celebrating this overjoying chapter in your life. If you’ve been to many weddings you’ll know the wedding favors can either be really useful and fun, or something that you secretly toss our the day after (sorry, not sorry).
To help prevent thrown out wedding favors giving your guests something they can eat is a thank you that you know they will enjoy. We have compiled 19 delicious DIY (do it yourself) wedding favors that your guest will actually eat.
We’re going to start off with one of the easiest DIY wedding favors yet. If you can’t be bothered to bake or make anything then this is the perfect favor for you.
This idea is as simple as filling a mason jar with popcorn kernels. Then, cover the lid with fabric or brown paper, anything that will suit your wedding theme and colors. Tie a ribbon and add a label thanking your guests and voila you have a fun little treat that they can take home.
https://www.evermine.com/blog/simple-gift-popcorn-in-a-jar/ PHOTOS AND IDEAS HERE: EVERMINE
Some of the most fun treasure hunts are times spent at the beach searching for sea glass. This recipe shows how you can make your own seas glass hard candy that your guests will love and can actually eat!
The theme of the candy is also very fitting for a wedding. The fun thing about sea glass is no two pieces are the same and this recipe provides guidance on how to create an array of colors and shades to make it look authentic.
https://somethingturquoise.com/2016/02/05/diy-sea-glass-candy-favors/ PHOTOS AND IDEAS HERE: SOMETHING TURQUOISE
It’s almost next to impossible to not be tempted with eating cookie dough while baking. It’s technically not the safest idea to eat raw cookie dough due to bacteria that can be found in raw eggs and flour.
In this recipe, you’ll toast the flour first to burn off any pre-existing bacteria and then you’ll mix all the ingredients together to achieve the most perfect edible cookie dough. This recipe even comes with Free printable labels to add to your own jars of cookie dough for your guests.
https://www.sprinklebakes.com/2015/12/gift-this-gourmet-toasted-cookie-dough.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SPRINKLE BAKES
You could buy store-bought chocolates as favors for your guests but they may just appreciate the homemade variety much more. This recipe is incredibly easy to follow and requires minimal time and ingredients.
In this recipe marshmallows, caramel chews, peanut butter and chopped nuts are used for the filling. However, you could fill the center of your chocolates with any of your favorites. Then the last step will be the box up the adorable chocolates to surprise your guests.
http://tiphero.com/ice-cube-tray-chocolates/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TIP HERO
Apple butter is one of the warmest spreads that is popularly used in the fall. Although, it is sweet and savory enough that really, your guests would enjoy it any time of the year. This recipe and tutorial provide FREE printable labels to glue onto the lids of the jar.
In this recipe, you’ll discover how simple it is to make your own apple butter that your guests will love. The butter will store in the fridge for up to two weeks so if you want you to want to prepare this wedding favor months before the wedding just make sure to freeze them until the wedding.
https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/crockpot-caramel-apple-butter-diy-gift-idea.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ITS ALWAYS AUTUMN
Cake pops are adorable and they’re delicious. Nothing says wedding like these “just married” and “sweet love” pops.
You will find a step by step tutorial on how to achieve the most perfect and precious cake pops that your guests will enjoy. When you’re finished you may want to do head off to Hobby Lobby or your favorite craft store so you can re-create these lovely cake pop labels.
https://www.weddingchicks.com/blog/make-your-own-cake-pops-l-7148-l-45.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WEDDING CHICKS
You won’t need to spend a large chunk of your wedding budget with this wedding favor. This gift is thoughtful, personalized and most importantly delicious.
The making of chocolate bark is as simple as melting good quality chocolate then adding toppings of your choice. Some great topping ideas are craisins, coconut shreds, nuts, sea salt, pretzels and whatever you please. Then you could wrap the broken bark pieces in brown paper and wrap with twine to truly make these look gourmet.
http://tasty-yummies.com/how-to-make-chocolate-bark/?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-make-chocolate-bark&crlt.pid=camp.tThxmBOX7ppA PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TASTY YUMMIES
Trail mix or mixed nuts are some of my favorite treats to snack on and they too would make an awesome wedding favor. This recipe is so easy it’s even made in the slow cooker. This is a convenient way to make large batches at a time.
With a few spices, some maple syrup and honey these nuts will reach a savory flavor and no time. To turn this treat into the perfect wedding favor pack them up into little mason jars and decorate the jars according to your wedding colors and theme.
http://therealfoodrds.com/slow-cooker-spiced-nuts/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE REAL FOOD DIETITIANS
Many chocolate shops sell gourmet truffles but you can easily make them yourself. Considering they can taste wonderful and look amazing this makes them another perfect candidate for a wedding favor.
There is no cake baking required for these truffles because this is a no-bake recipe. To create the soft truffle texture you’ll use oreo cookies blended in a food processor with cream cheese. After you’ve rolled the mixture into balls and they have hardened in the fridge then you’ll roll them in melted chocolate and decorate to your liking.
https://www.fifteenspatulas.com/no-bake-oreo-truffles/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FIFTEEN SPATULAS
If you’re seeking a wedding favor that doesn’t have to be frozen or refrigerated until your wedding then this soup mix in a jar would be a great idea. Not only will you get to create your own soup mixes with this tutorial but there are 6 different types of soups to choose from.
Included in this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a dry soup mix for the following soups; Italian barley soup, split pea soup, coconut curry soup, five bean soup, chicken noodle soup and spicy black bean soup. Within each soup recipe is a Free printable tag that explains how to cook it.
https://wholefully.com/homemade-soup-mixes-in-a-jar/?m PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WHOLEFULLY
If you weren’t thrilled about the apple butter recipe the vibrancy of this lemon butter should excite you. It pairs nicely with rolls, biscuits and bread and would be a precious wedding favor to gift your guests.
Creating lemon butter is as easy as mixing softened butter with powdered sugar, lemon curd and zest and juice from a lemon too. It has sweet and tangy flavors that are oh-so-delicious. Wrap up the lemon butter in mini mason jars for a delightful gift.
https://www.thegraciouswife.com/lemon-butter/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE GRACIOUS WIFE
I had never heard of infused olive oils until I attended a wedding and was gifted with this beautiful jar of amazingness. This recipe is super easy to follow and comes with 3 different kinds of infusion recipes for variety.
Infused olive oils are great for salad dressings and even for dipping freshly baked bread into. Pick a fancy jar and fill them up with the infused oil to serve as an enchanting gift.
https://www.lucismorsels.com/2013/11/diy-holiday-gift-infused-olive-oil.html/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LUCI’S MORSELS
Jam is a popular wedding favor idea and this recipe is definitely worth trying. With just 4-ingredients this blueberry jam comes together effortlessly.
Instead of gelatin or pectin, this jam is thickened with chia seeds. There are no preservatives or artificial flavorings either. Your guests will need to eat this jam within 2 weeks but they’ll definitely enjoy this healthy version. Have your wedding party help in the jam making fun to help get it done even sooner.
https://lexiscleankitchen.com/easy-blueberry-jam/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LEXI’S CLEAN KITCHEN
Caramel apples would be a fun wedding favor, especially for a fun fall wedding. Many candies and chocolate shops are making these gourmet apples but with this recipe, you’ll learn how easy it is to do yourself and not to mention, will save you money.
The caramel coating comes together as easy as melting down soft caramels with heavy cream. Add the apples to lollipop sticks which you can find at many craft or bulk food stores. Then, dip the apple and decorate with toppings of your choice. You could even wrap this delicious treat is a cellophane bag so your guests can see your crafty handwork.
https://www.justataste.com/easy-caramel-apples-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JUST A TASTE
This homemade pasta gift set not only looks adorable but its also practical. This tutorial walks you through how to make several kinds of homemade pasta and marinara sauce recipe as well. Then, it is shown how to put this charming gift set together.
This tutorial even provides printable labels for the pasta, marina sauce and even a “FOR YOU” label to put on the box. Your guests will be excited to enjoy dinner specially made by you!
http://www.spoonforkbacon.com/2013/12/homemade-pasta-gifts/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SPOON FORK BACON
As a bonus, we’re including three gift bag ideas to help you wrap up your delicious treats for your guests. Starting with these cute polka dot cellophane bags. They have a self-adhesive strip to help keep the bag sealed.
You can keep them plain or add a thank you sticker or something customizable for your wedding to thank your guests. This comes with a set of 100 perfect for weddings with big guests lists.
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If you’re planning a rustic wedding or love all things earth-tone then these burlap bags would make a great addition to your wedding favors.
Whatever you decide to do gift your guest, whether it be homemade jam, candies or chocolates these bags will take care of them perfectly. This is a 50 piece set, perfect for smaller weddings or simply purchase multiple quantities to accommodate your guest lists.
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Last but not least are these paper candy bags. If you take your plastic consumption seriously then these biodegradable bags would be perfect for you.
They come with the cute slogan on the front of the packaging and there are 48 bags per package. You could even consider adding your own customized stickers to seal the bags closed.
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Granola is delicious breakfast food, but storebought granola can be expensive and packed with processed sugars. Did you know it’s actually incredibly easy to make your own though? This recipe is nut-free but still full of protein! Many people can’t eat nuts because of allergies or can’t take them to work or school because of no-nut policies. We’ve found a way around that without sacrificing flavor, crunch, or protein with this recipe. It’s perfect to package up in little cello bags or mason jars and give out as wedding favors!
https://www.forkly.com/recipes/best-ever-simple-nut-free-granola/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY