Different Styles of Wedding Boxes

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Different Styles of Wedding Boxes
Adorn a two-piece wedding favour box with decorative ribbon. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Thank your wedding guests for attending by choosing favour boxes as carefully as you choose the rest of your decorations. Wedding favour boxes come in a variety of styles, and each style comes in a staggering array of colours. In most cases, you can choose from both solids and prints. Once you've selected a style, personalise your favour boxes with ribbons, flowers, tags, monograms or custom seals.

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Two-Piece Boxes

Two-piece favour boxes have open bases and separate, rimmed lids that fit over the top. They're typically covered with fabric, paper or metallic foil. Most two-piece boxes have rigid pasteboard construction. Wire frames covered with plastic or semi-sheer fabric are the exception. Two-piece boxes come in square, rectangular, round and speciality shapes, such as stars, hearts or pentagons. Because two-piece favour boxes have completely removable lids, you can buy them in several colours and then mix and match the bases and lids.

One-Piece Boxes with Tuck-Top Lids

Standard one-piece wedding favour boxes have attached tuck-top lids. The boxes typically ship flat, and you fold them at pre-scored lines for assembly. Most are made of decorative paper affixed to thin pasteboard, but you'll occasionally see them made from clear or coloured plastic. Some paper-covered versions feature laser-cut patterns or clear plastic windows to give your guests a peek at the favour inside.

Tuck-top favour boxes come in square and rectangular shapes. Ballotins, also called truffle boxes, are tuck-top boxes with tapered bottoms. Look for tuck-top boxes in your wedding colours, or use plain white and wrap them in decorative gift paper.

One-Piece Boxes with Specialty Tops

For one-piece favour boxes with extra flair, look for versions with speciality tops. Like tuck-top boxes, favour boxes with speciality tops are made from plastic or paper-covered pasteboard, and may feature patterned cutouts or clear plastic windows.

Three-dimensional styles include milk cartons, rounded treasure chests, and gable-top boxes. Others feature intricate, flat closures created by specially shaped flaps. When you fold the flaps to close the box, the closure looks like a petal, star, spiral or bow. On some, the folded flaps create an inverted petal or star. The inverted portions frequently feature a different colour than the rest of the box.

Origami and Pochette Boxes

Both origami and pochette favour boxes ship flat, and you create the box by folding them at pre-scored lines. With origami boxes, such as the spiral box, the folds form a distinct wall and top. Like pochette envelopes, pochette favour boxes have shaped flaps radiating from a base. Pochette envelope flaps fold flat. Pochette favour boxes have longer flaps, which create a tented space for your favours. Pochette shapes include triangles, squares, rectangles and pentagons, and the closures may resemble spirals or blossoms.

Novelty-Shaped Boxes

Novelty-shaped favour boxes have die-cut shapes pasted to the front and back of a pasteboard box. Novelty-shaped boxes may have open tops, or may close with a handbag-type flap. Common shapes include butterflies, snowflakes, flowers, chairs, purses and dresses.

Chinese Takeout Boxes

Brides sometimes pack their favours in miniature Chinese takeout boxes. The boxes have metal or plastic handles, and are frequently made of paper or fabric-covered pasteboard. Other styles feature plastic or fabric stretched over a metal frame.

Pyramids and Cones

For something elegant, yet less expected, consider pyramid or cone-shaped wedding favour boxes. Typically made of pasteboard covered with decorative paper or fabric, both have flat bottoms and triangular shapes. Pyramid boxes sit upright on their bases. Lay slender cone-shaped boxes on their sides.

Pillow Boxes

Pillow favour boxes look just like their name, like puffy little pasteboard pillows. Two rounded flaps on each end of the pillow form the closures. Though pillow boxes for wedding favours are typically covered with decorative paper, you've probably seen plain versions wrapping miniature hotel soaps..

Cake Slice Boxes

Wedding favour boxes shaped like slices of cake come in one- and two-piece versions. You can use the boxes to send cake slices home with your guests, or fill them with other goodies. Some come with multi-level display stands, so you can arrange them to look like a real wedding cake.

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