Wedding favors are not the same as that for any other party. Favors, or gifts for guests, are designed to show the host’s appreciation for his or her guests’ attendance, however when it comes to weddings more than just appreciation is involved, for matrimony is the high point of one’s life – as suggested by the old word for it in languages such as German, “Hochzeit,” or “high time.” As such, therefore, the thoughtful couple usually considers not just that their favors should convey appreciation but also that such favors should commemorate the special occasion appropriately.
In that spirit, among the best wedding favors would be a CD compilation of the happy couple’s favorite songs. It may be overly done nowadays, but then again so are chocolates and candles and yet no one’s complaining, right? And technology being what it is today, couples will no longer have to contract the job out but can save money by doing the work all by themselves – and what could be more personal than a gift that has one’s own sweat involved?
Obviously, the DIY route can apply to anything that’s given, from choclates to candles. Indeed, wedding favors were initially edible, being sugar cubes (which were then a luxury item) along with other sweets offered in fancy semi-precious containers of lacquered wood or crystal glass, often studded with quite precious stones and metals. Such gifts were given among the aristocracy at first, but have filtered down to turn into a common tradition at practically any wedding. Couples do not need to spend money on silver and gold accents for their signed and framed photographs, say, but some air of distinction should be preserved. The question is, however, how? In what way can what has turned into a common ritual be made special once more?
The answer to that will demonstrate the considerate couple’s true esteem for their guests!