Wedding Favour Ideas: The Ultimate A-Z Guide
Wedding favours. Now that subject can be a minefield when it comes to wedding planning. There are literally so many things to consider, such as whether they fit in with your budget, whether they fit in with your wedding theme and whether your guests will like or have a practical use for them.
We want to mention that wedding favours are really not obligatory – you don’t have to provide them and your guests shouldn’t expect them either. However, they are a lovely, personal touch that show your guests that you really appreciate them sharing your big day with you and to thank them for their support in your marriage. After all, it really is the little things that make all the difference!
It can be hard to know which wedding favours are perfect for your wedding as the possibilities are endless and you just want to pick something with a personal touch that reflects you and your partner. But – here at Guides For Brides, to start you off, we have put together wedding favour ideas that will surely reach your guests’ hearts, stomachs or homes! Time is of the essence when it comes to wedding planning, so from A, all the way down to Z – here are our top wedding favour ideas!
A is for… Alcohol.
Boozy favours are always a winner at weddings. Depending on the time of year that you’re tying the knot – gin is perfect for summer weddings and for a winter wedding, cream liqueurs will hit the spot. Miniature alcohol bottles will go down a storm, especially if there are gold flakes inside – perfect for gold themed weddings! Depending on your wedding theme, you can take things further by having ‘love potion’ cocktail drinks and naming them ‘truth serum’, ‘courage builder’ and ‘painkiller’, adding a quirky touch to your big day.
Your guests will also get a kick out of pink champagne truffles – classy, edible and oh-so-perfect, if pink is part of your wedding colour palette. Alternatively, you can always opt for drink tokens, ensuring that your guests get the drink of their tastes and also means that your tee-total guests won’t be missing out.
B is for… Biscuits.
Style the tables with delicious biscuits! Anything sweet is sure to be a hit on your wedding day and we would definitely say that biscuits are a pretty sweet idea. When it comes to biscuit design, the sky’s the limit! From heart-shaped biscuits and biscuits matching your bridal bouquet, to colourful biscuits with your names on, the world is your oyster. You can add a creative, yet personal touch by hand-icing the biscuits yourself. After they’ve all been made, they might just be too pretty to eat!
- Guides For Brides Top-Tip: Hand-ice the biscuits with every single one of your guests’ names! Using the wedding favours as place cards for the tables will save you money – fantastic if you’re on a budget!
C is for… Chocolates.
Perfect for chocoholics. Chocolate hearts, chocolate with fruit, chocolate truffles, chocolate gems, chocolate love buttons, chocolate cakes, chocolate lollies – you can really go to town with this one! Wedding chocolate favours are popular with almost everyone and are so scrumptious that your guests will remember the explosion of flavour for the years to come. From milk chocolate, to white and dark chocolate, you are sure to find the chocolate of your dreams, to match your wedding theme. Add the ultimate finishing touches to your yummy chocolates with wedding chocolate wrapping. Wrap them up in ribbon for that extra dose of charm.
If you’re feeling extra lavish, you can carry on the chocolate theme by indulging in a wedding chocolate fountain… the cascade of flowing milk chocolate is sure to tempt all of your guests.
D is for… Diamante.
They do say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Shake things up by adding a hit of glamour. Litter the table with diamante table gems and glittering rings (unless you can afford to buy real diamonds!), alongside diamond-shaped cookies or cupcakes with a pretend diamond nestled on top of the icing. You can even easily extend the diamante theme to your wedding party invitations and wedding party gift bag.
They will never go out of fashion, after all – diamonds are forever, forever, forever.
E is for… Engraving.
Engraved wedding party gifts add a dash of extra special to your wedding day – from love heart signs and champagne flutes, to coasters and tealights, they will certainly make your wedding more memorable!
F is for… Flute Glasses.
Celebrate in style with champagne flute glasses. Timeless, chic, classy, elegant. Perfect for the toasting! And the added bonus – the guests can take the flute glasses home as their wedding favour gift – saving you money.
To add style to one of the most memorable moments of your wedding day, decorate with flutes with pearls, lace, rhinestones, glitter or even Swarovski crystals for a touch of opulence. Round off the look by inserting champagne chocolate truffles into the flutes. Ooh-la-la.
Ready. Set. Cheers.
G is for… Glass Coasters.
A trendsetter for 2017 and beyond. Wedding party favours coasters are a fab little keepsake for your guests to take home with them. Elegant and adds to your wedding theme, but also useful. From frosted glass and rustic coasters, to humorous and personalised coasters, there are so many avenues that you can go down with this oh-so-practical wedding favour.
H is for… Hangover Kits.
Hangovers are to be expected post-wedding, so wedding hangover kit favours will go down a treat with your guests! You can provide painkillers, a bottle of water, chewing gum, plasters for blisters, tissues and tea-bags – for maximum relief from the night before’s antics!
You can insert them all into a very cute pouch-string bag, personalised with you and your partner’s names and wedding date on, or even very fittingly stamped with: ‘In Sickness and In Health’.
I is for… I Love You.
Weddings are all about celebrating the love that you and your partner have for each other. You can really encapsulate upon this by having ‘love and hearts’ themed wedding favours. From Love Heart sweets inside champagne flutes, to heart-shaped candles and chocolates, love will really be in the air. Ahhhhhh.
J is for… Jars.
Is there a more versatile wedding favour than jars? (No!) They come in all shapes and sizes and can be personalised – whatever your wedding theme! Jars can also act as a place card, saving you valuable time and money.
What’re you waiting for?! – Go get those jars!
K is for… Keys.
Keys. Where to start with this wedding favour with a twist?! Romantically play on ‘The Secret Garden’ book and film theme with rustic antique keys attached with luggage tags for the place cards. Adorn them across the wedding tables surrounded by flora and greenery. Give your guests a practical use for this wedding favour by giving keys that are also bottle-openers!
L is for… Lottery Tickets.
Take a gamble by putting a spin on the traditional wedding favours with lottery tickets! Add to the wedding theme by placing the lottery tickets in personalised lottery ticket holders. Hopefully, some of your guests will get equally as lucky with the lottery, as you are in love!
M is for… Mints.
You cannot go wrong using mints as a wedding favour. Weddings usually last most of the day and mints will be appreciated by everyone. Customise the mint tins with your wedding theme or names/wedding date on – you and your partner are ‘mint to be’, after all.
N is for… Nautical.
Say thank you to your guests nautically! Anchor your love with nautical wedding favours, such as gold compasses with a message attached, candles wrapped in rope, sea glass sweets in all shades of seaweed blues and greens, decorative shot glasses and anchor bottle openers.
- Guides For Brides Top-Tip: Serve rum or gin drinks during the wedding toasts to really encapsulate upon the nautical theme.
O is for… Once Upon A Time.
With twinkling fairy lights dripping from the ceiling in your kingdom (wedding venue), continue the fairy-tale theme by dazzling your guests with glittering fairy dust and chocolate with ‘Happily Ever After’ adorned across the wrappers. You can also have a Cinderella carriage tea-light holder, for a drop of Disney magic.
‘Happy Ever After’ needn’t begin when you jet off for your honeymoon!
P is for… Prosecco Lip Balm.
Send your fizz lovers all a-fluttering with prosecco lip balm! It’s the perfect wedding party gift as romance is always in the air at weddings! Your guests can scrub up whilst leaving their lips pampered, soft and moisturised. Perfect for cocktail lovers and for winter weddings – in other words: ‘mistletoe season!’
If prosecco lip balm doesn’t take your fancy – opt for prosecco gummy bears! A fizzy ‘melt in the mouth’ magic for your guests.
Q is for… Quirky.
Looking for unusual wedding favour ideas? Want ‘out of the box’ and quirky wedding favours to show creativity and thoughtfulness? You’ve come to the right letter! From fortune wedding cookies, origami love messages and seeds (perfect for botanical or nature themed weddings), to alcohol themed soaps, lollipops, popcorn and even temporary tattoos, your guests are sure to appreciate quirky wedding favours.
R is for… Roses.
‘Rose’ to the occasion by having rose-themed wedding favours! Roses are a symbol of true love, beauty and strength – amazing for weddings. You can have crystal roses, rose cupcakes, chocolate roses and rose soaps. They will also fit like a dream if your wedding is ‘Beauty and The Beast’ themed.
S is for… Soaps.
Soaps! You cannot go wrong with this sweet-smelling practical wedding favour. Everyone uses soap – everyone needs soap. Bath bombs. Bath melts. Handmade soap. Bath blasters. Bubble bath. Shower gels. Sugar scrubs. Your guests are certain to smell heavenly and you can customise the soaps, depending on the wedding theme.
T is for… Tealights.
Ramp up the romance and set the ambience at your wedding with tealights! Beautiful, practical and a classic party favour, your guests will really appreciate this gift. Themed candle favours will really enhance your wedding with its fragrance. For summer weddings, opt for fruity scents such as strawberries and mandarin, or even salty ocean fragrances – perfect for beach weddings! Clementines, cloves, cardamom, red berry and cinnamon aromas are ideal for winter weddings.
U is for… Unicorns.
Taking the twenty-tens by storm, unicorns are everywhere! From slippers and bags, to t’shirts and jewellery, you cannot escape them and weddings are no exception to this. Add a sprinkle of colourful love for your guests with unicorn wedding favours – you can have unicorn cupcakes, unicorn cake pops, unicorn biscuits, unicorn soaps, unicorn shot-glasses, unicorn candles, unicorn coasters and so on. Think whimsical. Think pastel colours. Think glitter.
Unicorn wedding favours are no doubt unique, but always be yourself (unless you’re a unicorn – then always be a unicorn!)
V is for… Vintage.
Wedding favours vintage is a hugely popular theme. The best thing about having a vintage wedding theme is that you can make anything vintage! From the place cards and tealights, to sweets, jars and bottle openers – vintage is just oh so versatile.
- Guides For Brides Top-Tip: Go retro with Rubik’s Cubes – this timeless toy is perfect for keeping the younger guests entertained!
W is for… Wine Glass Charms.
Well, wine glass charms are simply faultless! They are brilliant for weddings as you can personalise them or even hand-make them, to go with the theme of your wedding. Wine glass charms are super easy to make, fitting around the glass stem and they also double as a gorgeous party table decoration.
- Guides For Brides Top-Tip: They help your guests know just which glass belongs to them, when they go back to it after a spot of dancing! And they can take it home with them too!
X is for… Kisses xxx.
Your wedding day deserves more than one kiss. Make the most of the romantic atmosphere by blowing out on kisses. From puckering up to Hershey’s Kisses chocolate and heart-shaped lollies, to ‘hugs n’ kisses’ soaps and meringue kisses… because nothing but a kiss will do.
Y is for… Yellow.
Add instant warmth to your wedding with yellow wedding favours! From the saffron, ochre and golden shades, to the bright canary and buttercup shades, you can’t go wrong with yellow. The colour symbolises freshness, happiness, optimism, energy and joy, making yellow perfect for your wedding colour palette.
Z is for… Zen.
Symbolising love, peace and happiness, create a serene oasis for your guests with zen themed wedding favours. From incense burners and bead bracelets, to ying-yang biscuits and chilled cupcakes, your guests will be in a state of utter relaxation.
Wedding party gift giving is very personal indeed, but don’t be afraid to opt for something unique and quirky! Your guests will appreciate anything that represents you and your partner as a couple. Usually, the best wedding favours are ones that are original – so get your thinking caps on!
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