Make forgotten favours a thing of the past with these five fab favour ideas.
Traditionally the bride and groom treat their guests to a box of sugared almonds as their wedding favours. As the trend for Pinterest-inspired, handmade weddings goes from strength to strength, more and more couples are opting to create alternative favours, often homemade. We’ve rounded up our five of our favourites that your guests really will appreciate.
The options for homemade wedding favours are endless, as a quick search on Pinterest will show you. Bake cookies, brew your own alcoholic beverage and decant into small bottles, make jam or preserves, make a decoration to remember the day by. The trick for homemade favours is to start them well in advance of your big day so you don’t end up in a last minute rush.
We’ve been loving the sparklers featured in some of our real weddings lately as favour ideas (Elizabeth and Richard from issue 162 we are looking at you!). Store them in a pretty bucket for a rustic wedding or place them individually at each place setting. When night falls – venue permitting – you can venture out and celebrate tying the knot with these sparkly fireworks.
Buy a ticket for each of your guests and package in a pretty envelope. Add a wish for good luck – both for your happiness as a couple and for the guest’s ticket. These wedding favours won’t take you long to prepare, but introduce a bit of fun and excitement and will actually be used and enjoyed by your guests.
This has been a big trend with our real brides and grooms of late. Couples choose a few charities that are close to their hearts and make a small donation on behalf of each of their guests. Some charities will provide small items in exchange to give your guests. You can also place a little card at each guest’s place setting to tell them about the donation and charity.
Pick and Mix
This favour option is ideal for brides on a budget. Roll your dessert and favour into one. If you’re having a dessert or sweets table during your reception, add paper bags, scoops and ribbons to tie them up and your guests can each take away a bag of sweets as their favour.
Make sure your favour ideas fit with the overall theme of your wedding and any decorations or flowers that they will be displayed on the table with. We love using our real bride’s for inspiration, so check out these tips for choosing your colour palette taken from real bride’s bouquets – your colour combos, sorted!