temporary tattoo wedding favors

I have a love-hate relationship with wedding favors. Having amassed my own small collection of never-used silver-plated bottle stoppers, impossibly tiny picture frames, and engraved glassware from friends' weddings, I'm really not a fan of “keepsake” favors unless it's something truly special and unique. (Sorry, friends who read my blog! My ambivalence toward your wedding favors doesn't mean I don't love you a whole bunch!)

Consumable favors are my favorite, and they're what I recommend to most of our couples. That usually means something edible. Most guests are only too happy to leave your wedding with a cookie or some candy and as long as they're good quality, you know they'll be enjoyed. The thing is, everybody wants to be unique and cookies and candy have, of course, been done (because they're awesome, but still...). So what's a couple looking to put a unique stamp on their day to do?

Gold Floral temporary tattoo by Tattly, designed by Rifle Paper Company

Gold Floral temporary tattoo by Tattly, designed by Rifle Paper Company

Love Watch temporary tattoo by Tattly, designed by Julia Rothman

Love Watch temporary tattoo by Tattly, designed by Julia Rothman

Enter the temporary tattoo! They've graduated from the kiddie birthday party treat bag into something all grown up but still really fun. We like them because they're consumable, full of personality, and still unexpected enough to delight your guests. Plus they can make for some awesome photos!

Diamonds temporary tattoo by Tattly, designed by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Diamonds temporary tattoo by Tattly, designed by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Just Love temporary tattoo by Tattly, designed by Lila Symons

Just Love temporary tattoo by Tattly, designed by Lila Symons

One very cool thing about temporary tattoos is that companies like Tattly (our favorite) will print a custom design just for you, so your temporary tats can incorporate your names, wedding date, or some other special detail. If you're not looking to be quite that creative, they have lots of fun stock designs as well. We've pictured some of our faves in this post.

Today is the Day temporary tattoo by Tattly, designed by Jen Mussari

Today is the Day temporary tattoo by Tattly, designed by Jen Mussari

I Heart Sparkles temporary tattoo by Tattly, designed by Bekka Palmer

I Heart Sparkles temporary tattoo by Tattly, designed by Bekka Palmer

Like every other aspect of your wedding, you'll want to put some good planning into your temporary tattoos. Guests will probably want to apply them right there at the wedding, but you don't want everyone dipping their napkins into their water glasses or disappearing to the restrooms, and water and formalwear often don't mix. We recommend setting up a temporary tattoo table:

  • Your temporary tattoos (of course)

  • Water in small bowls or spray bottles

  • Clean, soft sponges

  • Small absorbent towels

  • A receptacle for the clear plastic tattoo covers and used backings

  • Instruction signage

Putting all this on a round table with multiple stations will allow several guests to be applying tattoos at once. You might also want to have an attendant there to help keep things tidy and assist guests so they don't accidentally drip water all over themselves.

What do you think? Are tattoos for you? Let us know!

We received no compensation from Tattly, their designers, or anybody else for featuring their tattoos in this post. We just think they're great!