The tradition of wedding favours is centuries old, but these days it’s a lovely way to give a little something special to your guests, to let them know that they’re special to you. Stuck for wedding favour ideas? Take a look at some suggestions below…
We all know the traditional sugared almond wedding favours, but did you know that they were symbolic? Originally, guests would receive five sugared almonds wrapped in tulle to represent health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity. These days, you could choose a different type of sweet treat to gift to your guests, like Love Hearts (which can be personalised to include your names), chocolate hearts, jelly beans, macarons or wedding M&Ms.
The great thing about edible wedding favours is that you’re guaranteed not to have them left behind, and you can easily make them yourself. Ideas for DIY edible wedding favours include homemade biscuits, scones, jam, chutney, popcorn and cake pops. You could even go down the drink route and opt for hot chocolate mixes with marshmallows, tea (either homemade looseleaf or pretty teabags), or miniature bottles of liquor, champagne or wine.
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Fancy creating some DIY wedding favours but don’t want something edible? There are plenty of other DIY options, including lip balm, candles, soap, a CD with your wedding playlist, or personalised magnets or coasters.
The cost of wedding favours can quickly start to stack up, but luckily there are lots of options for budget wedding favours. Mints with a cute label reading ‘Mint To Be’, chocolate coins with the label ‘For Richer or Poorer’, lottery tickets, sparklers, bottle openers, paper fans, or packets of flower seeds (we love the idea of including flowers from the bride’s bouquet!). Plants are increasingly popular too – why not make your table centres with potted plants such as succulents, herbs, or miniature daffodils, and then encourage guests to take them home after the night is over?
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Finally, if you’re not keen on the idea of putting together hundreds of favours only to have them lost or left at the end of the evening, the option of charity wedding favours is always a good one. Instead of spending extra money on favours, you can instead donate to a cause that’s close to your heart. Charities such as Cancer Research UK, Mind, and the NSPCC all offer wedding favours options, so that your guests will have something to take home such as a miniature sunflower or a pretty pin.