5 Vintage Wedding Favor Ideas

by Justine Lorelle Blanchard

Send your guests home happy with vintage-style wedding favors that are anything but passe.

1. Open Up

Give a nod to a bygone era -- and snail mail! -- with engraved letter openers. Complete the package by wrapping them in brown paper tied with twine or tea-stained lace ribbon. Print your new address on the paper to encourage guests to stay in touch beyond the occasional Facebook wall post.

2. Hanky Panky

Collect vintage handkerchiefs on sites like eBay.com and Etsy.com (don't worry if they don't match -- it adds to the charm) and have them embroidered with your new monogram and wedding date to pass out at the ceremony.

3. Timeless Tunes

Recordings of your favorite golden oldies can help the vintage atmosphere of your wedding extend far beyond the last dance. Create playlists of hit songs from the era that inspired your wedding's theme and put them on flash drives to hand out to guests. If you're worried about the devices looking too modern, package them in beaded coin purses or matchboxes you've decorated in vintage wallpapers -- no one will be the wiser.

4. Classic Smokes

Nothing says, "Time to celebrate!" quite like a good old-fashioned stogy. Arrange yours for guests to grab on their way out after the reception or with antique ashtrays on a nearby patio. Personalize your favors with custom old-fashioned cigar bands to complete the look. (Try a site like CustomLabels4U.com.)

5. Sweet Memories

Add an air of nostalgia with penny candy. Rock candy, wrapped caramels, or lollipops can give your dessert table an old-timey air when arranged in old-school glass jars or on silver, tiered stands.

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