Post # 1
Hi! This is my first post on Wedding Bees! This forum has been so helpful in terms of dress ideas [this forum helped me choose my dress 🙂 ], and I love reading all the stories brides have been sharing about planning their special day. I hope you could help me out with mine!
I have been struggling with what to do for wedding favors. I understand the majority of them are gimmicky, but I think they’re still a nice way to thank our guests for coming. I’m opposed to edible favors for our wedding because we are having a dessert buffet at the end of the reception and I figure guests will be too full from chocolate to be taking any sweets home. I would also prefer a tangible item over a donation to charity.
I think I have settled on making soy candle favors in mini mason jars (I know mason jars have been overplayed as of late, but they were honestly the cheapest option instead of buying jars wholesale online – believe me, I’ve checked!). They are inspired by this DIY project:
Are candles silly favors? I guess I’m so worried about what people will think, even though it really should be the least of my worries. After doing a considerable amount of research online for buying supplies, I calculated that this project will cost about $2 or under per person. Instead of making them like the typical candles you could find at the dollar store, I thought that I could personalize them a bit more by getting a few fragrance oils. That way guests could at least pick out what scented candle they would like to take home. I figured I’d pick 3 scents because some people may dislike certain fragrances or prefer one over another (is this reasonable?).
Please help me pick out my scents! You could either pick your top 3 choices or just 1 favorite. Even though my wedding is not until next year, I’m so eager to get this project off the ground, only I’ve been holding it off because I can’t decide on what scents to pick! After surveying some family members, Green Tea & Ginger surprisingly came out on top, but I’d love to hear all of your opinions.
Thanks so much for your help!
Post # 3
Vanilla is my FAVORITE! I voted for lavender too. I’d go with something pretty neutral, or have 2-3 options.
Post # 4
I own a candle shop and do all kinds of wedding favors, so I have to say that YES, people will like this favor!
I have to ask though – have you tried making candles? It’s sometimes not as easy as you might think. There’s all kinds of things to consider from wax composition and burn point to fragrance load to wick guage. It’s not rocket science but I DEFINITELY recommend doing quite a few test runs before you buy a bunch of supplies to make these.
Post # 5
Im a sucker for Jasmine and green tea 🙂
Post # 6
I would do something light and fresh if we are going for mass appeal, so like citrus scents or very light florals (e.g. jasmine, lavender). I wouldn’t go with anything too sweet or cloying, like vanilla. My DH (and many men I know) hate the smell of vanilla because it is usually very strong and sweet. In fact, DH calls it the “old lady” scent.
I would definitely try to offer a few different choices, preferably with a significant contrast between them, so people can pick.
Post # 7
I think candles are an awesome idea! I used to work at a camp where we made candles all the time with kids and it was really fun: I’m sure there’s some easy tutorials online for it. 🙂 I think the fact you’re making them yourself is so sweet.
I like the idea of two contrasting fragrances, like a “his” and a “hers”: like a green tea and a vanilla!
Post # 8
I’m definitely going to be doing test runs in individual batches before I go for the big thing. I also asked a bulk candle making supplier for some advice on the appropriate wick for my jar size. It’s gotten crazy at how much research I’ve done into pouring and making your own candles. Do you have any advice or tips? 🙂
Post # 9
I love giving out candles as favors. In fact, we are doing this and our candles are from Yankee Candle (I wish I knew how to make them). I really love green tea and ginger because it’s a refreshing scent. Vanilla is a really nice scent unless if it’s too powerful because then it’s not pleasant. Lavender and coconut cream can be a toss up because a lot of people cannot take Lavender as well as cocobut cream especially those with a sensitive nose.
Post # 10
Great idea.. I can’t wait to see them
Post # 11
@jcl12: That’s awesome! Definitely helps to have a few tips so you don’t waste a ton of time and money. The wick is seriously one of the most important parts, so as long as you’ve got that you should be fine! I guess beyond that, if you’re pouring into clear glass, make sure you heat the jars first or you’ll get spots on the glass. Also look into what kind of fragrance load the wax you’re using takes. You don’t want to put too much oil in, or not enough 🙂
Post # 12
Super cute idea, if I got that as a wedding favor I would keep it and put it on my mantle.
I personally love vanilla, but my SO hates it with a passion. I’ve found that a lot of people have strange reactions to vanilla so I don’t know about that one.
I would pick lavender, jasmine and gardenia, simply because they are all nice floral scents, not too sicky sweet or exotic.
Post # 13
I would love a candle with a scent as a favor. I’m going to vote for Gardenia!
Post # 14
I love this idea! I actually flirted with the idea as well. (I recognize the tutorial!) Then my fiancé took it to a whole new level and wanted to make double-wicked candles with side-by-side scents. If we do non-food favors, they will be candles for sure.
How did it turn out?