You don’t need to be the disgruntled couple who spent their hard earned cash on wedding favours, only for them to be left behind.
The key to wedding favours that will be favoured, and not forgotten, is choosing well. There’s no one size fits all approach here. A lot will depend on your wishes, your guests, and your budget for these traditional gifts.
We’ve nailed down four steps to help you choose your wedding favours and have them savoured.
P H O T O G R A P H Y: octoberward.com and katherineashdown.co.uk (l-r)
What’s your type?
Traditions have their place, but the custom of gifting sugared almonds to your guests is one you can take or leave. To begin choosing what you will give, think about what you want your favour to do.
Do you want it to go with your meal, choosing jars of jam, chutney or an after dinner sweet jar, perhaps? Or maybe you want it to provide entertainment, in which case a quiz or game for the whole table might be better. Then there are those that can be taken away as mementos of your day…
How to present the presents
Once you’ve narrowed down the type of favour, you need to decide how to present them. For foodie gifts, they’ll likely be packaged in a jar or bottle, but for others you’ll have more flexibility. Think pretty birdcage boxes, cute pegged gift bags or boxes tied with ‘just married’ ribbon.
If you’ll be making the contents for your favours, take into account the time you’ll need if you’ll also be making the packaging yourself. It will be much more fun to do if you get your bridal team together, relax and do it ahead of time. Avoid last minute rushes at all costs!
Style over substance?
Of course you’ll want your wedding favours to co-ordinate with your theme and look pretty, but if you want them to be taken away at the end of the day, they need to do more than just that.
Favours people can use are much more likely to be wanted than those that are purely decorative. Try foodie treats, lavender bags for wardrobes, or your own unique ideas. Lottery tickets also go down a treat (just imagine if you bought somewhere their lucky ticket!). You can present them beautifully in these lottery ticket holders.
We’ve also seen couples create one luxury hamper as their wedding favour, hosting a raffle after the speeches for one lucky guest to win! Likewise, a basket of flip flops or blankets might be more gratefully received by your guests.
The bottom line
At the end of the day, you probably don’t want to spend a fortune on your wedding favours. You’ve got bigger things to budget for, like your flowers, your venue and of course your dress, so always bear costs in mind.
While £4 per favour might sound relatively little, when you scale it up to 150 guests, you end up forking out a lot of money for something relatively small. Some couples skip gifting favours altogether, so before you spend a lot, be sure it is where your money is best spent.
And while the DIY approach can be cheaper, it isn’t always. You may not be able to source the resources as cost effectively, for example, so don’t discount wedding favours that are already put together for you, like these sweets jars.