Wedding favors that leave a lasting impression

This story first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of Columbus Weddings, published June 2019.

Weddings are a labor of love. Each decision is carefully orchestrated to enhance the overall experience of the couple and their guests. Of all the components of the day, the wedding favor bears two of the most important tasks: to be a heartfelt symbol of the couple’s gratitude and to act as a reminder of the special day.

When Renee and Cy Falter were deciding on their wedding favors, they wanted to select something memorable and utilizable. The couple settled on gifting a packet of wildflower seeds to each guest.

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 “I absolutely love flowers,” says Renee. “We garden. I love landscaping and things like that, and I also wanted to give my guests something that they could enjoy long-term. A lot of times when I go to weddings, the favor is something I don’t end up using.”

Not only did the wildflower seeds enable the Falters to put a unique stamp on their day and express their identity as a couple, they provided guests with something they could enjoy year after year.

The Falters also were pleasantly surprised that they were able to keep the cost down—with the packaging and seeds, the favor cost them roughly $1 per guest.

On Sept. 15, 2018, in the lush backyard of a family member’s home, Renee and Cy said “I do.” The wildflower seeds were placed in small brown packages that read, “Plant these seeds with love,” and illuminated by the glow of one small, red candle that matched the groom’s tie.

“Many women came and complimented and said they loved the idea,” says Renee. “Everyone planted them last fall, so it will be cool to get feedback about that [this year].”

The idea of gifting wildflower seeds is something that also appealed to Jennifer and Henry Thomas—married just one week later—but they added their own unique spin.

“We gave little jars of honey and little packets of wildflowers seeds. I wanted to do something that was practical, that people would enjoy,” says Jennifer.

Under the arched wood beams of the lodge at Camp Mary Orton, Jennifer and Henry celebrated their union. In one corner of the lodge, three egg crates held dozens of small jars of honey with dippers and packets of wildflowers seeds with text that read, “Let Love Grow.” A sign nearby urged the guests to take one of each item and to “Eat, drink and bee merry.”

“Henry really cares about bee conservation,” says Jennifer. “That’s why he really liked the idea of the wildflower seeds.”

Although the favors didn’t directly ask their guests to start taking bee conservation seriously, the Thomases did choose a gift that would subtly encourage guests to look beyond the wedding and consider their part in a larger arena: their local ecosystem.

As our environment continues to change, many couples’ wedding favors are beginning to reflect a growing awareness that a wedding is much more than two becoming one; a wedding also can be a symbol of how one is responsible for all.