When I first started planning my wedding four years ago, I imagined sending my guests home with handmade macarons dusted with different shades of pink and green ombré metallic food coloring.
Fast-forward six months to when I had a breakdown on the corner of 5th and 57th streets regarding font for the program, and any DIY dreams went out the window. I went the prepackaged gift route and it was fine. However, in retrospect, I do wish I had DIY'd one of these adorable wedding favors for our guests instead of going the store-bought route. They're not only delicious, but they're also actually feasible to make. Forget throwing rice — people will be throwing kisses if they get to take any of these home.
1. Spiced Nuts
You can make these awesome black salt and pepper roasted cashews well in advance of your wedding. They're a thoughtful and delicious snack to munch on that your guests will actually want to eat.
More Spiced Nut Ideas
2. Citrus Sugar
You only need three ingredients for this simple DIY wedding favor: sugar, lime zest, and lemon zest. Yes, you'll need to zest quite a few lemons and limes for this (I might recommend wearing gloves for this), but it's worth the time spent. It's an inexpensive gift that's perfect for cocktails and baking.
Get the recipe: Citrus Sugar
3. S'mores Kit
This might take a little time to assemble, but the ingredients are easily purchased and the result is too delicious to resist.
See it on Pinterest: S'mores Wedding Favor Idea
4. Infused Olive Oil
Infused olive oil is elegant, useful, and not overly complicated to prepare. Plus, every time your guests make themselves a late-night pasta snack, they'll remember your fantastic nuptials. Just make sure the gift is small enough to get by TSA for out-of-town guests.
Get the DIY: Olive Oil Favors from Style Me Pretty
5. Instant Mac and Cheese Kit
This is pretty much the best idea for a wedding favor in my opinion. All you need are shells, powdered cheese, a jar to hold it all in, and some directions on how to make it. It's the perfect late-night snack for your guests.
Get the recipe: Instant Mac and Cheese Mix in a Mason Jar
6. Homemade Granola
Granola is an excellent wedding favor because it can be made in bulk, the ingredients are inexpensive (for the most part), and it's absolutely delicious. This cherry pistachio granola is great by itself or in a morning bowl of yogurt.
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7. Homemade Caramel Popcorn
After all that dancing and drinking, this smoky candied popcorn wedding favor will be a welcome gift.
8. Local Honey
This one is as easy as going to the farmers market for honey, picking up some cute jars from the craft store, and then pouring and labeling. Be sure to use a funnel for easy transferring of the honey.
See the idea: Vibrant Spring Wedding Ideas from 101 Layer Cake
9. Seasoning Salt
These seasoning salts come together quickly and look stunning in presentation.
Get the recipe(s): Seasoning Salt Recipes
10. DIY Mini Booze Bottles
Instead of just buying mini bottles of vodka and putting everyone's name on them, make your own nips. This simple infusion uses bourbon, apples, and cinnamon. Funnel them into small bottles to give to guests.
Get the recipe: Apple and Cinnamon Infused Bourbon