Deciding on a wedding favor that guests will appreciate can be a challenge. After all, everyone has different tastes. That’s where a sweet treat can come the rescue, and there’s nothing sweeter than honey!
Throughout history, honey has played an important role in many cultures. For example, the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all offered it as a gift to their gods. Honey has also been used as a medicinal ingredient, an ingredient in embalming fluid (hello, Egyptians!), and various other applications.
Of course, honey’s biggest claim to fame has always been as a sweetener – perfect alone or as an ingredient in both savoury and sweet dishes.
If you have a sweet tooth or a fondness for honeybees, a honey wedding favor may just ‘Bee’ the perfect fit for your big day!
Honey Wedding Favors
Still trying to make up your mind on whether to go with honey wedding favors? Below I’ve outlined a few great reasons to make the sweet treat your choice for wedding favors.
Why Give Honey Wedding Favors?
- It’s a symbol of sweetness and prosperity – two things that we’d all wish for our wedding guests to have in their lives
- Honey never expires – Did you know that honey is the only food that never goes bad?! Well, if you’re like me, a jar probably never lasts very long in your cupboard. Still, I think it’s a pretty neat feature and it means you can purchase your favors far in advance, without any worries the honey will go bad.
- Most people love honey – According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, on average, each American consumes 1.5 pounds of honey per year, either directly or as part of another food. That’s a lot!
- A versatile ingredient – Honey is very verstaile and can be used in entrees such as honey spareribs, savory snacks (e.g., honey roasted peanuts), as well as a huge array of sweets and desserts. If you love cooking with honey, why not include your favorite recipe alongside your honey wedding favor for an added touch?
1. Honey Jars with ‘Meant to Bee’ Stickers
Pretty and practical, your guests will fondly remember your wedding every time they reach for their ‘bee-loved’ honey jar!
What do I especially love about this particular jar? It’s a whopping 4.5 ounces, whereas most honey jar favors are one to two ounces in size. Plus, it contains 100% organic US honey, making it an excellent option for those embracing an eco-conscious lifestyle.
Note: We think these small jars would also make for an easy DIY project. Simply gather up your set of mason jars, add a personalized tag, and fill with your favorite honey. Wrap some twine around (similar to shown) for a little extra rustic touch. We love the taste of wildflower honey, but we bet you can find some local honey in bulk to fill your honey jar favor set.
2. Custom Honey Stick Favors
Send guests home with a novel and convenient way to enjoy their next honey fix. Lightweight and small, these honey sticks are a tasty treat to take on a hike or for a cup of tea on the road. Best of all, you can customize each pair of honey sticks with a thoughtful (or punny!) message and your wedding details.
3. Personalized Honey Soaps
by B Buttons Co
Soap never goes out of style, especially when it comes in sweet, unique scents. Choose from four honey-inspired options with quirky names, including Goldilocks (contains gold glitter) and Bee’s Knees!
There’s even a Honey Lager soap, perfect for the beer-loving couple. Customize the cute label with your initials and say thanks to your guests with these sweet-yet-affordable soap favors.
4. Wildflower Seed Packets for the Bees
by Etsy: BentleySeedCo
Did you know that bee populations are dwindling across the US and throughout the world? Bees are super important to our ecosystem and without them working their magic (i.e. pollinating), our whole food system will be in trouble.
Why not use your wedding favors as an opportunity to help save the bees and get your guests involved in a good cause? Encourage them to plant these pollinator-friendly wildflower seeds (18 species are included in each packet) in their backyards. They’ll be rewarded with good feels AND a bunch of gorgeous, colorful wildflowers.
5. Rose & Honey Lollipops
Marry two of nature’s most beautiful flavors – honey and rose – and you’ve got perfection. And in this case, perfection comes on a stick. These glammed-up rose and honey lollipops are as gorgeous as they are tasty. They’d work equally well with an elegant, rustic, or whimsical theme and will be a hit with your guests, no matter their age.
Looking for a different color or not keen on the rose flavor? No worries, this shop offers plenty of flavors and coordinating colors to choose from, although not all incorporate honey.
6. Honeypot Favors
by Beau Coup
Get your guests buzzing by gifting them with a whimsical-yet-practical honey pot wedding favor. This white ceramic pot celebrates the ‘bee-auty’ of honeybees, with its beehive-inspired shape and delicately-painted pollinators. To top it off (literally!), each pot comes with a cute heart-shaped honey comb dipper.
7. Mini Honey Jar Favors from England
Impress your guests with a tasty treat from Essex, England courtesy of Tiptree, a family-owned farm established in 1885! These small-but-mighty jars of honey will pack an extra punch of sweetness into your wedding day celebrations and make your guests feel like British royalty. Ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but they’ll love the thoughtful gift!
8. Rustic Honey Jar Favors
These burlap and lace wrapped honey jars will add an extra special touch to your rustic wedding theme. Adorned with a cute wooden honeycomb and personalized label, this wedding favor is sure to find pride of place in your guests’ kitchen.
9. Custom Beeswax Lip Balms
Pucker up! I love any wedding favor that encourages guests to prep their lips for a kiss and these lipbalms definitely fit the bill. Made with beeswax, these little tubes of lip lustre come in 10+ flavors, including Lavender Vanilla, Coffee, Coconut Grapefruit and, fittingly, Tupelo Honey. You’ll also get to customize your label colors and add a personal message of thanks.
All that’s left to do is create opportunities for your guests to share a kiss with their loved one on your big day. Might I suggest a few slow songs weaved into your dance mix and a kissing game that encourages audience participation!
10. Lavender and Honey Marshmallows
by Sweet Niks
Not your average white, store-bought variety, this artisan version of the classic marshmallow is in a league of its own. Infused with lavendar and honey flavors, these pretty wedding favors would pair perfectly with an elegant wedding theme in shades of lavender. Packaged in cellophane and tied with a ribbon, these elevated marshmallows make a sweet favor on their own or paired with a pouch of hot chocolate.
11. Donate to Save the Bees
As I mentioned earlier in this post, the planet’s bees are in trouble. Bee populations are plummeting and some species of bees have become extinct or endangered in the US, United Kingdom, Canada and other countries. Not all is lost, however, and there have been some signs that honeybees are making a comeback. There’s also plenty we can do to help save the bees.
In addition to the many individual actions we can take, we can also support organizations committed to protecting bees. In lieu of gifting your guests a wedding favor, consider making a donation to a local environmental organization in your area that’s ‘bee-focused’ or to a larger organization that is working on this cause, such as
Let your guests know about your donation with a small thank you card at their table setting or with a big, bee-inspired sign placed in a prominent location at your wedding. Perhaps beside some honey-inspired treats at the dessert table!
With your honey wedding favors taken care of, why not take a break and treat yourself to a cup of tea with honey, or a slice of buttered toast drizzled with honey. While you’re at it, have a little snuggle with the honey you’ll soon be marrying!
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