The key is to have favors small enough to fit in your wedding favor boxes. Other alternatives could include a bottle stopper, a pack of playing cards, a shot glass, a wine glass charm, a small jar of homemade jam. These favors are a fun reminder for your guests of your big day, pick something that is special to you, and your guests will be sure to love it as well.
If you don't like the offered embellishments try to order the box just plain and make some DIY embellishment. Is the wedding on the beach why not embellish each design individually with sea shells or sea horses? If the designer working on your invitations does not have the embellishment you desire, try eBay, you can often buy them there in small qualities but at very low price. But don't forget, real Czech rhinestone brooches have their price so be prepared to spend more for long lasting quality.
Favor boxes can be easily personalized these days. A lot of print firms offer this service at very reasonable prices. This may be something that your favor box supplier can organize. You can't fit many words on a favor box so, perhaps, just your names and wedding date will suffice. There is often the option to add a symbol to the box, a butterfly, love heart, wedding bell to name a few. For a little extra cost this can really make the difference between plain boxes and boxes with real flair!
Decide whether you will go for matte, glossy, crystal acrylic look for your favor boxes. To add a unique touch, you can have your choices embossed or you could also try a metal mesh. To further enhance the look of classic boxes, you can use organza ribbons, raffia, silk or paper flowers, decorative butterflies, interlocking wedding rings, hearts, doves, craft pears, sequins, crystals, tassels, customized stickers or labels.
Take care of the constraints imposed by the nature of the gift while packaging. For example, if the gift is made of glass, you need a holder inside the cage. It is elegant to use small dummy lanterns to hold small bottles of whiskey. If the box shield is opaque but the gift inside requires special care, it might be mishandled by the guests. Hence, the box or bag must not be misleading.