For many Latinos, the display of wedding favors and other chochkeys of past celebrations occupy an almost Hall of Fame status in our hallways and living rooms. Yet now-a-days, wedding guests and planners are choosing tokens that can take up very little space, either in your home or your stomach.
Bakers, artists, and other wedding industry professionals are seeing an increase in the couples wanting to distribute edible wedding favors at their event. Bronx-based entrepreneur Taneesha Crawford, who has worked both as a wedding planner and baker, believes that the trend has caught on because it’s a great way to have fun and keep costs down.
“It’s popular because it lets brides/grooms reflect their own personal style through food, and break away from tradition,” said Crawford. “It’s also easier to transport and arrange once you get to the reception, especially if you are sticking to a strict schedule.”
Jeanette Rodriguez, owner of New York City’s Little Cakes shop, agrees, saying that best edible favors are small items that can be easily eaten and stored without any refrigeration. Especially if you are doing a destination wedding in a warm climate.
“[It’s best] to select something that is not too powdery or gooey as some guests may be tempted to eat the favors right away,” said Rodriguez. “It would be a shame if little Sally accidentally got some chocolate on her beautiful dress, or even worse, on others’ clothing.”
For entrepreneurs, small favors also provide an opportunity to wade into a new market or business idea.
“Initially these were to be small samples of our edible prints that I could show people more easily than a cake,” said Carolyn Sevos, owner of YouCake, that specializes in incorporating high quality photos and designs into their cakes and cookies. “But, the YouCake cookies turned out to be perfect for gifts and party favors because they are so easy to ship and distribute. It is a perfect delivery canvas for sweet sentiments.”
Couples can choose to do anything from cupcakes, mini-wedding cakes, or cookies that incorporate wedding colors or the couple’s initials. Treats like butter toffee, truffles, and granola provide an alternative to baked goods.
Inspiration can also be found in seasonal details, cultural elements, or any hobbies that the couple shares and enjoys.
“If the bride and groom love to bake, attach their favorite recipe to a mason jar and fill it with all the dry ingredients needed,” said Rodriguez. “Think about how the favor connects to the couple and their wedding theme. If there is a special treat that a couple just has to have even though it doesn’t really go with the theme, don’t forget that packaging can go a long way in helping to make that connection.”
When choosing a vendor, both suggest starting early and looking for a detailed oriented person who will incorporate the design ideas of the couple. If possible, ask for samples before making a decision and try out any recipe or mix before you give it out to guests.
While personalization is important, couples should also remember that some guests may have dietary restrictions, including nut allergies or sugar conditions such as diabetes. In those cases, it may be advisable to go with a variety of flavors or a non-edible variation that guests can take home.
At the end of the day, choosing the right favor is just one of the many elements to a wedding. Hopefully, it will be a fun one, a sweet reflection of the love that will usher the bridge and groom forward on their special day.