Mod­ern favour ideas

Mod­ern favour ideas for your spe­cial day

Bride & Groom - - CONTENTS - BY LAURA MACFEHIN

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

Mac­arons: www.mac­arons.co.nz

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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