25 Elegant Wedding Favors for Classic and Formal Events

Impress your guests with one of these stylish souvenirs.
Wedding Favors That'll Impress Your Guests
Photos, from clockwise: TheDancingWick, MyecoDesigns, DesertViewCactus, Kate Aspen
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Alison Meehan
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Alison Meehan
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  • Alison writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups of anniversary gifts.
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  • Alison holds a master's degree in writing and a bachelor's in textile design.
Updated Jan 31, 2024
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When it comes to planning a wedding, there are lots of things to think about—food, fashion, entertainment, etiquette, the list goes on! The good news? Choosing elegant wedding favors for your guests is one of the more straightforward tasks to cross off your to-do list. While wedding favors aren't a required element of your celebration, they are a lovely way to thank your loved ones for celebrating with you. And, if you think tasteful party favors always come at a high cost, you're about to be pleasantly surprised. We've rounded up a beautiful selection of sophisticated but budget-friendly wedding favors that'll really wow your guests. Even better, they're all less than $10 each.

From personalized giveaways and unique gifts for guests to edible treats, these elegant party favors look and feel expensive without the designer price tag. Check out our favorite picks below to ensure your guests don't go home empty-handed and your big day ends on a high note.

1. Candle Wedding Favors

personalized candle wedding favors
Photo: TheDancingWick

You can't go wrong with a pretty candle when choosing elegant wedding favors for your guests. Available in silver or gold tins, these fragrant flames come in a variety of sweet scents, including wedding cake, freshly cut roses and lavender and lemongrass. Personalize each one with a custom label, then use them as part of your table decor for a refined touch.

2. Elegant Matchbox Favors

The perfect match punny matchbook wedding favors
Photo: Zazzle

A custom box of matches makes for a unique (and useful) memento of your special day. This popular design from Zazzle is simple yet chic, with a cute phrase that reads "The perfect match" in a cursive font with your names and wedding date underneath. They're sold in packs of 50 and are easily one of the best wedding favors out there to help you achieve elegance on a budget.

3. Bottle Opener Favors

bottle opener wedding favors
Photo: My Wedding Favors

Enhance your elegant wedding with useful wedding favors like this eye-catching bottle opener. Equal parts practical and stylish, it reads "Cheers" in flowing script and can be personalized with a thank you tag for a thoughtful touch. The antique gold finish will add the perfect amount of sophisticated sparkle to your guests' place settings at the wedding—and their bar carts when they get home.

4. Tea Light Holder Favors

Beach themed tea light holders with seashells and ocean-blue gel
Photo: Kate Aspen

Hosting a beach wedding? These beautiful tea light holders, featuring authentic seashells in an ocean blue gel, are the perfect elegant party favors for the occasion. They even come with a tea light candle and are packaged in clear gift boxes with white satin ribbon and shell-shaped tags for a thoughtful presentation. They're guaranteed to make waves at your sea-themed celebration.

5. Elegant Glass Coasters

Customized wedding coasters for the perfect favor
Photo: The Knot Shop

If simple, elegant wedding favors are what you're after, these glass coasters will fit your minimalist aesthetic perfectly. They can be custom-printed with your names and wedding details for practical party favors that double as table decor. Choose from a variety of personalization options to match your theme and color palette.

6. Scented Soap Favors

personalized wedding soap favors

When it comes to choosing wedding favors for your loved ones, we're big fans of affordable elegance. These sweet-smelling soaps are sure to impress your guests without leaving a massive dent in your wedding budget. They come beautifully packaged in a ribbon-tied gift box and, as if they weren't charming enough, also boast a cute pun on the front of the box, dubbing the two of you the "perfect pear" as a nod to the soap's scent. They're sold in sets of four, with the option to add personalized tags for a more bespoke touch.

7. Coffee Wedding Favors

Love is Brewing coffee wedding favor ideas
Photo: Zazzle

After a late night of dancing, guests will need a strong cup of coffee in the morning. Gift them a small packet of medium roast coffee beans to help them get the next day off to a great start. Each one comes with a personalized label featuring your names and a cute phrase in a cursive font that reads: "Love is brewing." Bonus: These elegant wedding favors are available to buy in bulk, making them a more wallet-friendly option too.

8. Tea Bag Favors

tea bag wedding favor ideas
Photo: Uncommon Goods

There's just something about sipping on tea that makes us think of refined soirées and tasteful parties. Whether you're planning a themed celebration or just want to give your guests something cute, these heart-shaped tea bags are the perfect solution. Each one comes with a label that reads "The perfect blend" for a sweet and romantic nod to you and your spouse. These elegant wedding giveaways are sold in sets of 15 and come in three classic flavors: English Breakfast, Earl Grey and White Berry.

9. Chocolate Candy Favors

hershey kisses personalized wedding favors
Photo: Zazzle

Nothing delights wedding guests more than some late-night sweet treats! Hershey's Kisses are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and are the perfect way to add some fun to your elegant table setting. They come wrapped in colored foil (there are 12 different combos to choose from) and are finished with printed stickers featuring your initials and a simple message that reads, "Love is sweet." Our advice? Best to stock up on these edible party favors because guests will be coming back for more.

10. Stylish Can Coolers

Personalized drinks koozies for the best wedding favors

Looking for stylish wedding favors for your outdoor celebration? These floral-inspired can coolers will dress up slim cans of beer, soda and seltzer to help your guests stay hydrated throughout the day. They can be customized with your names, a meaningful quote (or even a cheeky message) for practical party favors your loved ones can use again and again.

11. Wildflower Seed Favors

flower seed wedding favors by MyecoDesigns on Etsy
Photo: MyecoDesigns

At first glance, these heart-shaped favors look like ordinary paper confetti for the table, but they actually hide a secret surprise: They're all embedded with wildflower seeds (including daisies, poppies and celosia) that your guests can sow to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to their garden. Once they bloom, guests will be reminded of your wedding all over again. Bonus: These plantable hearts are made from 100% recycled materials, making them stylish and sustainable party favors.

12. Breath Mint Favors

mint to be wedding favor ideas
Photo: Zazzle

If you're still looking for elegant wedding favor ideas, here's one that'll take your breath away. These peppermint candies are the perfect way to thank your guests and help them freshen up after dinner. Each one is individually wrapped in custom packaging that displays your name and wedding date, along with a punny message that reads "Mint to be." One thing's for sure, you won't see any of these left on the table when the party's over.

13. Luxury Handwash Favors

Aesop Geranium Leaf handwash wedding favors
Photo: Aesop

Want to splurge a little on luxury wedding favors for your guests? This hydrating scented handwash from Aesop is worth every cent. Made from geranium leaf, mandarin rind and bergamot, this citrusy gel cleanses hands easily without needing water. It's an especially useful party favor for outdoor weddings and one your guests will be happy to have after a night of eating, drinking and dancing.

14. Stylish Playing Cards

Wedding themed playing cards favors
Photo: The Knot Shop

Playing cards are a fun gift idea for adults and kids alike. This sophisticated set—available in a minimal gold heart print—is packaged in a sleek box with a humorous message that reads: "All in." Whether your guests take them out for an impromptu card game at the reception or save them for later, these elegant wedding favors are made for refined revelry.

15. Elegant Bookmark Favors

Elegant Bookmark wedding favor ideas
Photo: Zazzle

Believe it or not, it actually is possible to achieve elegance on a small budget. If you're searching for cheap, elegant wedding favors, these miniature bookmarks from Zazzle get our top vote. They can be personalized with your names or your favorite literary quote for a thoughtful keepsake that'll impress casual and avid readers alike. Choose from a selection of refined color palettes and play around with the different customization tools to fit your aesthetic.

16. Heart-Shaped Trinket Dishes

Heart-Shaped Trinket Dishes from Kate Aspen
Photo: Kate Aspen

We love these heart-shaped trinket dishes as elegant wedding gifts for guests. They're made from white ceramic and feature a gold foil heart motif with the word "Love" inside it. Whether your guests use them to stash sweets, jewels or even keys on their nightstands, they'll serve as a sweet memento of your special day.

17. Custom Golf Ball Favors

Customized golf ball wedding favor gifts
Photo: Personalization Mall

Are you and your S.O. getting married at a fancy golf resort? Not only are these custom golf balls elegant wedding favors for guests, but they're also a clever way to pay tribute to your wedding venue. Have them personalized with your names and wedding date for a fun and practical gift that may inspire your loved ones to hit the green the day after the wedding.

18. Scented Pillow Spray Favors

Scented Pillow Spray Wedding Favors Ideas
Photo: PremiumFavors

If you've ever found it hard to fall asleep after a full day (or a weekend) of socializing, chances are your guests have, too. Help them unwind after your wedding day festivities with this soothing eucalyptus and spearmint pillow spray. The handy spray bottle can be personalized with a printed label including your names, wedding date or anything else you want to include. We can't think of a better way to thank your guests than to wish them sweet dreams.

19. Elegant Gold Compass Favors

compass wedding favor gift ideas
Photo: The Knot Shop

Bring a touch of old-school elegance to the table with these gold compass wedding favors. These antique-style accessories feature a brushed brass finish and can be personalized with your initials and wedding date on the lid. They're an especially great option if you're getting married on a boat or want to show off your adventurous side as a couple. Pair them with seating cards at your reception to point your guests in the right direction.

20. Mini Succulent Favors

Cactus Succulent wedding favors
Photo: DesertViewCactus

Perhaps rustic elegance is the vibe you want to create at your wedding. If so, these mini succulent favors are the perfect combination of sweet and sophisticated. Each one comes in a burlap-covered pot, with the option to add a thank-you tag for a more personal touch. Choose the rosette plant variety for a matchy-matchy aesthetic or opt for the random selection for a more eclectic look. Whatever combo you pick, you can expect your guests to be charmed by these cute, eco-friendly gifts.

21. Gold Placecard Holders

gold frames for your wedding place cards
Photo: Kate Aspen

These refined gold frames work equally well as decor and elegant party favors that guests can take home with them. You can use them as placeholders on the wedding day, and when the big day is over, they can use them to frame their favorite snapshots of the festivities. P.S.: These are great options if you're hiring a photo booth, as they give loved ones somewhere safe to keep their prints.

22. Personalized Shortbread Cookies

customized box of shortbread cookies for your wedding favors
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Guests will eat up these elegant, edible wedding favors. Each vanilla shortbread cookie is stamped with personalized text of your choice (like your names, wedding date or a short message) and is individually wrapped to keep it fresh. They're sold in boxes of 24, so you can personalize each batch with a different phrase to be extra creative.

23. Recipe Card Favors

Recipe card wedding favor ideas
Photo: Personalization Mall

If you're a couple who loves to cook, these printed recipe cards are the perfect way to show off your personality and interests. They feature the line "From the Kitchen of [your names]" on the bottom and are left blank for you to fill in your favorite recipes. Jot down the recipe for your wedding cake or a special dish from your dinner menu for a creative keepsake that'll inspire your guests to get cooking.

24. Mini Salt and Pepper Shakers

Mini Salt and Pepper Shaker Wedding Favors
Photo: The Knot Shop

Salt and pepper will always belong together, just like you and your other half. Pay tribute to your lives as a couple with these practical and tasteful wedding favors. The tiny holes on these stylish glass shakers line up to create a heart shape, adding a romantic element to the overall design. You can also order custom stickers to display your names and initials on the front.

25. Elegant Chocolate Favors

Chocolate Bar Wedding Favor Ideas
Photo: FavorsByHappyYellow

We couldn't resist sneaking in another chocolate option on our list of most elegant wedding favors. These refined candies taste delicious and look so sophisticated, thanks to their shimmering foil and minimalist packaging. They're available to order in batches of 50, so you can easily ensure there's enough to go around. Just don't expect any to be left over at the end of the night.

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