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13 Creative Ideas for Engagement Party Favors

by Joy Editors
13 Creative Ideas for Engagement Party Favors

The question has been popped, and now it’s time to celebrate. Your first stop in a potentially long line of wedding celebrations is an engagement party. As you search through decoration ideas, venues, and other party necessities, consider adding engagement party favors to the mix.

The tradition of giving wedding favors is well-established, but you might not have thought to offer a keepsake from this pre-wedding party. Engagement party favors are not only fun for all ages, they’re also a great way to create an extra splash of goodwill among your future wedding guests.

Since there are seemingly endless engagement party favor ideas to choose from, we’ve narrowed them down to 13 of our best picks to help make the selection process fun and simple. After all, you have enough on your plate with your upcoming wedding planning!

Tip: Choosing the perfect engagement favors will be much easier after you select a theme for your engagement party, as the theme can inspire your gifts. 

1. Handmade Candles

Engagement party favor: thank you candle

DIY mason jar candles are all the rage right now—and for good reason. Making your own candles not only gives you and your honey a fun activity to do together as you chat about wedding plans, but it also allows you to craft a signature scent candle that recipients will associate with you. If you want to use romantic aromas, try neroli, jasmine, sandalwood, or patchouli. But if you’re not feeling the DIY favor jar, you can simply have your candles made. Either way, these make for great coffee table centerpieces!

2. Engagement Party Favor Bags

Allow guests to relive the childhood joy of receiving a mystery gift bag by putting together party favor bags or totes that include items like heart-shaped bottle stoppers, tiny Champagne or wine bottles, wedding-themed bottle openers, “We’re Getting Married” coasters, “Mint to Be” mint tins, wedding candy, confetti, playing cards, fake diamond rings, and other festive or useful trinkets.

3. Portrait Tattoos

Give your guests the pleasure of representing your love somewhere on their body by having temporary tattoos made that feature the likeness of you and your fiancé. Have an area where guests can apply the tattoos and make sure to snap ample photos.

4. S’mores Kits

Engagement party favor: s'mores kit

If you’re having an outdoor party with a bonfire or fire pit, amp up the merriment by having s’mores goody bags with marshmallows, chocolate bars, graham crackers, and skewers. If your theme is Valentine’s day, you can enhance those love vibes by using pink, heart-shaped marshmallows.

5. Photo Booth Strips

Send your guests off with a series of festive photos by renting a photo booth for your engagement party. Make sure the photos are lively by having a collection of feather boas, wild sunglasses, wedding-themed masks and signs, or anything else you find fun outside the booth. To make sure you get to chronicle the good times, have a photo album nearby where guests can add one of their photo strips and write a note.

6. Party Favor Boxes for Destination Weddings

Get your guests excited for a destination wedding by creating party favor boxes that include small gifts like a globe keychain, travel-inspired stickers and a luggage tag.  You could also include items that represent the area where you’ll say “I do.” For example, if you’re getting hitched in Hawaii, you could add a lei, dried pineapple slices, Hawaiian coffee and a travel-sized bottle of Koloa rum. Include a note or favor tag in the box encouraging guests to use it as a home for the keepsakes they collect while on vacation for your wedding.

7. Baked Goods or Candy

Engagement party favor: baked goods

Sweets are a hit with pretty much everyone. Give your guests cookies, brownies or cupcakes from your favorite bakery, or make them at home. Wrap each treat individually and customize it with a sticker that lists your wedding details. If you really want to go all out, you can even arrange to have an image or message placed on the face of your desired treat(s).

8. Popped the Question Popcorn

Play up the classic “They popped the question and I said yes,” theme by gifting your guests some popcorn. You can make this gift extra special by creating a station with popcorn bags or small tins that guests can fill with the air-popped snack.

9. Caricature Portraits

Add humor to your party by hiring a caricature artist to capture your guests’ unique features. This can be especially fun since your guests are likely already dressed up and looking their best.

10. Flower Crowns

Engagement party favor: flower crowns

This is an engagement party favor idea and interactive activity all in one. Set up a station with fresh blooms and all the supplies guests need to create their own flower crowns. Bonus: If your wedding has a romantic or bohemian style theme, your guests can keep the crowns and wear them on your big day!

11. Customized Beach Balls

For parties taking place near water, beach balls with your names and wedding date are a light-hearted gift option. They’ll please everyone from guests who love games to those with kids who are happy to receive a new toy. These can also be great engagement party favors if your wedding will be on the beach. If you haven’t told your guests where the wedding will be, the beach balls can serve as a fun clue.

12. Personalized Wine Glasses

Why not have customized wine glasses or Champagne flutes made to give your guests a keepsake for your upcoming union? This glassware can be inscribed in rose gold with something as simple as “We’re Engaged!” You could also opt for an infinity symbol representing your endless love. Some couples even have a wedding logo made. For that, consider options like a tree with roots that create a heart. You can use this again on customized wedding favors, wedding invitations, place card holders, and wedding decor.

Monogrammed cufflinks can be a classy gift to hand out during the engagement party. Since it can be a bit of a splurge, you could also reserve this for special VIP guests such as your wedding party. Choose a simple design so they’ll be able to enjoy this gift after the party is over. 

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