7 Sweet (and Creative) Ideas for Packaging Candy Favors

Try these out-of-the-candy-box ideas to turn an everyday treat into an extraordinary wedding favor.
by Ayn-Monique Klahre
bag of M&M's wedding favor

Whether you’re getting married in a barn, under the stars, or in a place of worship, there’s one wedding favor that will work every time: sweets! Guests love a take-home treat at the end of the night, and they’re all the more special when they’re packaged with love. When it comes to personalized favors, My M&M’S offers a ton of options to spark your creativity, including a range of over 20 colors, containers and customization options like adding photos and text right onto the candy. Not sure where to start? Check out My M&M’S wedding inspo page or use one of the following ideas as a jumping-off point to make your favors your own. And don’t worry: These DIYs are so foolproof, just about anyone can pull them off—no matter how many #PinterestFails you’ve got on your record.

  1. Upscale Earthy

    green wedding favor packaging

    If your wedding’s in a field, garden or arboretum, incorporating greenery into your favors is a must. For a natural touch, package up a mix of green and cream M&M’s in a lush jewel-toned pillow box, then wrap it with skinny grosgrain ribbon in a deeper shade. Tuck in a sprig of real or faux herbs to complete the effect.

    DIY it: My M&M’S color mix (in dark green, green and cream), $85 for 5 lb. bag, MyMMs.com; For Your Party rustic leaf frame box, from $108 for set of 50, ForYourParty.com; Flower & Arts dark green ribbon, $11 for 27 yards, Etsy.com; Jamali Garden faux rosemary spray, $5, JamaliGarden.com

  2. Say Cheers

    gold wedding favor packaging

    If you’re a couple that loves to share a bottle of bubbly with friends, continue the toasts late into the evening with flutes filled with a sparkling array of champagne-toned M&M’s (you can even customize them with festive clip art or text). To prevent spills, wrap plastic champagne flutes in foil-printed cellophane bags and secure them with gold twist ties (they’re easy to tie back on for guests who prefer their sweets in moderation).

    DIY it: My M&M’S color mix (in gold, cream and pearl), $85 for 5 lb. bag, MyMMs.com; Visions plastic flute, $38 for set of 64, WebstaurantStore.com; Glerup Revere metallic gold dot bag, $25 for set of 100, Glerup.com; Oriental Trading gold twist ties, $4 for set of 600, OrientalTrading.com

  3. Chic & Graphic

    black, white and pink wedding favor packaging

    Even if you’re not a DIYer, great-looking treats are easy to create with some smart online shopping (you can even do it from the office—shh). Start with perfectly proportioned containers from My M&M’S, then fill them with a custom mix of candy in your wedding colors, printed with a favorite selfie and catchphrase (or even just a simple “Thank you!”). Top off the tins with personalized stickers in a graphic theme and you’re done.

    DIY it: My M&M’S DIY white candy tin kit (in black, white and dark pink), from $157 for set of 48 tins and 5 lb. bag, MyMMs.com; Moo Crosstown stickers, from $13 for set of 52, Moo.com

  4. Sophisticated Simplicity

    white and silver wedding favor packaging

    Sure, you’re wrapped in shantung—but underneath that elegant dress is someone who values the simple things in life. So for your favors, dress up your treats in a hand-calligraphed vellum envelope (“Thanks for celebrating with us!” is a classic). Glue down the flaps, then decorate them with a seal in a custom wax imprint. The result: a favor that’s refined on the outside and straight-up delicious inside. 

    DIY it: My M&M’S color mix (in platinum, pearl and cream), $85 for 5 lb. bag, MyMMs.com; Jam Paper translucent vellum envelope, $40 for set of 100, JamPaper.com; The Stamp Press custom wax seal, from $60, Etsy.com; Nostalgic Impressions gold sealing wax, $3 per stick, NostalgicImpressions.com

  5. Farmhouse Fresh

    orange and blue farmhouse wedding favor packaging

    For a casual barn or vineyard wedding, call to mind a homegrown gift with a tiny jar of M&M’s in your wedding colors. Top it with a scrap of matching fabric in a sweet floral or check print, then tie it in place with coordinated bakers twine. 

    DIY it: My M&M’S color mix (in dark blue, cream and orange), $85 for 5 lb. bag, MyMMs.com; Nice Bottles mini jars, $20 for set of 24, Amazon.com; Cavell Ferguson Bunches of Berries fabric, $32 per yard, Minted.com; Nashville Wraps bakers twine, $10 for 240 yards, NashvilleWraps.com

  6. Treat Yourself

    gumball machine wedding favor packaging

    If you’re a couple that loves a fun, retro vibe, consider a favor inspired by a vintage candy shop. Fill these tiny dispensers with M&M’s in your wedding colors, or add a cheeky photo and your wedding hashtag. Use a paper punch to make tags from bright card stock and handwrite a note for your guests (try: “So sweet of you to come!”), then attach it to the dispenser with a loop of elastic.

    DIY it: My M&M’S mini candy dispensers and personalized M&M’s available in over 20 colors (shown in red, white and dark pink), from $110 for set of 24, MyMMs.com; Fiskars Tag shape punch, $26, Fiskars.com; Recollections Shades of Red card stock, $3 for set of 50 sheets, Michaels.com; Nashville Wraps metallic stretch cord, $6 for 50 yards; NashvilleWraps.com

  7. Modern Art Moment

    Mondrian wedding favor packaging

    Artsy couples: Try your hand at creating a Mondrian-style display of favors. To make your own art installation, order bags of M&M’s in primary hues, then place them inside the corresponding-color plastic box. Arrange your boxes in a color-block pattern for maximum impact. You can stack them vertically against a wall, or horizontally to cover a tabletop. Your guests will be surprised and delighted to learn that this artful display is actually full of take-home treats. 

    DIY it: My M&M’S bulk bag (in red, yellow, white, blue and black), from $85 for 5 lb. bags, MyMMs.com; Container Store Amac boxes, from $1 each, ContainerStore.com

    The Knot and My M&M’S present Sweet On You, a sponsored series featuring creative ways to thank your friends and family throughout your wedding journey. For more on how to get personal with customized candy, visit My M&M’S online.

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