Modern favour ideas
Modern favour ideas for your special day
If you have ever been a guest at a wedding, chances are you came away with a memento of the day – perhaps a boxed slice of cake or a tulle bag of sugared almonds. Wedding favours are one of the oldest wedding traditions and a way for the bride and groom to extend their blessing to their guests and thank them for their attendance.
The practice comes from Europe where originally five plain almonds were given to guests to represent health, wealth, fertility, long life and happiness. Over the years, confectioners jazzed up the almonds with a hard candy coating. Today, many couples want their wedding favours to convey the same sentiment, but in a modern way that is more specific to them.
All the usual sources of wedding inspiration apply when thinking about wedding favours, but before you wade into the ocean of ideas out there, first consider: a) how much you can afford to spend, b) how much time you have, especially if you are planning to DIY, and c) what aspects of yourself or your wedding you are trying to reflect.
Consider the season and location of your wedding. Getting married at a vineyard? How about wine charms? A summer beach wedding? A pair of jandals, lip balm or a coconut-scented candle would go down a treat. If you are marrying in the winter months, how about a personalised mug filled with cocoa? Find out if your reception venue could do you a deal on something it produces itself – wine, oil, honey or preserves, if there is something the region is known for.
Edible favours remain very popular, with some of the top picks these days being personalised chocolates or truffles, macarons, cupcakes, cakepops, fudge, fortune cookies, toffee apples, mints, gingerbread, wedding cake or iced biscuits. Or, for couples with a more culinary taste, you might consider little bottles of hot sauce, infused oils, or flavoured salt or sugar. Another option is a wedding favour that does double duty, for instance a luggage tag or mini photo frame that stands in as a place card, or table decorations that the guests can take away.
A popular source of favour inspiration is a small gift that reflects your shared hobbies. This could include tea or coffee beans, potted herbs or succulents, a music CD compilation, golf balls, playing cards, personalised glassware or a bottle of your homebrew beer or homemade limoncello. Sometimes a personal touch can really add value; for example, an inexpensive cookie cutter or wooden spoon coupled with a handwritten family-favourite recipe turns the ordinary into something special.
If you are an avid baker or DIY expert, you might like to make your own favours – homemade gifts such as jam, sweets or biscuits have a special significance. Just make sure not to overstretch your time or budget, or take on something you don’t quite have the skills for!
A perennial favourite is the breakfast bag, a muffin or serving of cereal and a sachet of coffee for guests to enjoy the morning after the wedding as they reflect on the night before. Or how about a hangover kit containing water, painkillers, an eye mask and salty snack!
Some couples are choosing to have a table with the favours laid out near the exit and a sign asking guests to help themselves, or you could consider having a lolly table or sweet buffet where guests can pick and mix their own goodie bag to take away.
Finally, you may like to forgo traditional favours and donate to your favourite charity on behalf of your guests. Let them know you’ve made a donation in their name with a cute card to take away.
Sweets: photo by Jody Lidstone from Arti and Adrian's wedding
Spread: photo by Sara Duck from Melissa and Paul's wedding
Bottle/straw/lollies: photo by Benjamin & Elise from Rachel and Matt's wedding
S'mores: photo by Jake Thomas from Candice and Gerrard's wedding
Biscuit: photo by Becki Moss from Claire and Michael's wedding
Love potion: photo by Nisha Ravji from Annelise and Ryan's wedding
Beer: photo by Jessica Jones from Susan and Rupert's wedding
Herbal tea: photo by Meredith Lord from Teresa and Chester's wedding
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