Wedding Favor Ideas for Small Pails

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Wedding Favor Ideas for Small Pails
Small metal pails can be used as wedding favours. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

If your wedding has a beach theme or is particularly casual, small pails filled with treats that reflect you and your groom's personalities makes an impressive wedding favour. Consider your decoration colours and accents when creating your pail favours to come up with items that your guests will enjoy right away or cherish for years to come.


Fill the tiny pail with treats such as candy-coated almonds that feature your wedding decoration hues or small coloured mints. These make for affordable favours that look attractive and elegant. Another idea is to fill the pail favours with jelly beans for wedding guests to enjoy. Accent the favours by tying a satin ribbon around the pail in one of your wedding colours or tying a small ribbon to the pail handle to add more colour to this wedding reception gift.

Miniature Candles

Small candles that fit comfortably inside the pails can add a splash of colour and a pleasant fragrance to the gift. If you've decorated your wedding reception with roses in various colours, place rose-scented yellow candles in the pails and give them to your friends and loved ones as a "thank you" for attending your wedding. Yellow roses represent friendship. If your ceremony takes place in the fall, fill each pail with a candle that has an autumn scent, such as pumpkin or apple cinnamon. Further customise the favours by having your new family initial painted on each pail.

Seashell Potpourri

A pail filled with tiny, colourful seashells fits a beach-themed wedding and reception. Visit your local craft store to find real or synthetic seashells that match your wedding colours, or place shells in each pail that you and your spouse-to-be have collected on a previous vacation or a visit to a local beach. Make the seashells into potpourri by adding rock salt and oil concentrates that smell like tropical flowers such as hibiscus or red ginger for an inventive favour guests can use at home.

Trail Mix

A tiny pail of trail mix is a tasty wedding favour that guests can enjoy right away. This type of favour can also speak to the casual, laid-back nature of the ceremony or reception. You can use colours in the trail mix that coordinate with the hues of your wedding or reception. For example, include spring colours in the trail mix by using small pretzels and orange Skittles or M&Ms, dried peaches or apricots and white chocolate chips. Attach a small card to the pail handle by tying a string to the handle, punching a hole in the card and attaching the card to the string. Write a short note such as "Thanks so much for sharing in our day. Enjoy!"

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