Favors or small gifts are given as a form of appreciation to the guests of the wedding.

Here are a few trendy ideas this year.

• Miniature picture frames (can serve as place cards during the reception).

• Decorative wine bottle stoppers.

• Personalized wine bottles with customized labels.

• Local favors such as honey or jams from fresh berries with labels and stickers to convey a personalized message.

• Personalized bookmarks.

• A small potted tree, packaged seeds, and bulbs placed in canvas sack, tied with a ribbon and attached with a thank you tag.

• Personalized sprinkle cupcakes.

• Personalized chocolate candy bars with date of wedding and verse of thanks from bride and groom.

• Phone cards (these can also be personalized).

• Votive candles.

• Handmade soaps accented with ribbons, dried flowers or satin rosebuds.

• Asian takeout boxes filled with fortune cookies with personalized messages tucked inside.

• Have instant photos taken of each guest and place in a special note card or frame.

• Decorated candles/ aromatherapy oils.

• Gourmet coffee packs.

• Gourmet food mixes and dips (include a favorite recipe).

• Gourmet cookies wrapped in cellophane and tied with a personalized message.

• Refrigerator magnets.

• A donation made to a favorite charity in the guest’s name or in honor of someone who has passed on.

• Heart-shaped cookie cutters filled with treats and wrapped in netting.

• Personalized mint tins.

• Decorated miniature baskets or wreaths.

• Welcome baskets (for destination weddings and out-of-town guests).

• Chrome luggage tags with engraved hearts (for traveling guests and destination weddings).

Seasonal favors

For a garden wedding: Wind chimes, miniature decorated birdhouses, miniature topiaries, butterfly cookie cutters, clay pots filled with treats or potpourri.

For a western or backyard barbecue wedding: Gourmet chocolates in the shape of cowboy boots, horses, etc., barbeque sauces/chili mixes, red bandanas filled with gourmet treats or western hot sauces.

For a Christmas wedding: Handcrafted Christmas ornaments, personalized hot-chocolate mixes, holiday potpourri, or a frosted snowflake cookie in a glassine bag tied with white satin ribbon.

For outdoor summer weddings: A welcome basket with water bottles, sunscreen, bug spray, and even a pair of flip flops.

For 4th of July celebrations: Hand out sparklers. Guests can enjoy illuminating the night once the sun goes down – and lighting up your grand exit.

For a fall-time celebration: Caramel apples wrapped in cellophane with personalized leaf-shape tags, maple leaf coasters, a pair of pumpkin-scented taper candles or “A Perfect Pair” pear-shaped candles.