It’s always a kind gesture to send guests home from your reception with a favor. This small gift, designed to thank them for celebrating your wedding with you, shouldn’t be something they wind up stashing in a junk drawer only to throw away a year later. So, how do you avoid the circular file with your wedding favor? Two words: edible favors.

A bite-sized sweet treat such as a cookie or dessert square will be a relatively inexpensive favor idea and we guarantee there won’t be any leftovers hanging around at the end of the night. Edible favors are also a great way to infuse your personality into your wedding. You can use your favorite cookie or your grandmother’s brownie recipe.

Heather Hammer, pastry chef at Cookie, says personalized wedding cookies are the ideal favor. Endless shapes and designs make customization easy. You can match your color scheme or theme, or simply celebrate love with heart, ring and wedding cake shapes. These delicious, handmade and intricately decorated cookies will be the perfect treat for your guests to enjoy the next day as they reminisce about your wedding. Those who frequented the bar might even indulge in a bite or two on the ride home!

If you’re on a budget, gather the girls and make mason jar baked goods. Layer all the dry ingredients for your favorite cookie recipe into a jar and decorate it with a monogramed seal. Attach a ribbon holding the preparation and baking instructions and display on a table near the exit. This idea also pairs well with a rustic wedding theme.

Fall weddings are the perfect time to showcase apples. Caramel and candied apples are great edible favors. The sense of nostalgia will appeal to your guests and bring everyone back to their childhood. For a more formal affair, caramel apples can be dipped in chocolate and elegantly decorated like tuxedos and wedding dresses.

Our final suggestion is simple: anything that contains chocolate. From truffles to molded candies, chocolate is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

No matter how you choose to thank your guests, make sure it’s personalized, genuine and says something about you as a couple.

All rights reserved Salient.