When it comes to wedding favours, there’s an array of possibilities available to you. It’s perhaps one of the most personal touches that you can add to your day allowing you to connect and thank those loved ones who have come to share your day.
Over the years I have seen so many fabulous gifts ranging from the deeply personal to the beautifully simple to the hugely delicious so today I thought I’d share a few of my favourites.
I love a homemade gift and so just loved James and Alex’s very DIY approach to their favours. They sourced tiny glass bottles to fill with their own homemade damson gin.
‘I have often been to weddings where wedding favours get left behind and forgotten after all the dancing and I think what a shame. So we thought how about favours that are consumed on the day! James had home brewed some Damson Gin so we had the idea of giving everyone a miniature. We spent many an evening decanting into mini bottles and then making “Drink Me” labels, and to add some pretty detail I cut out discs of material to cover the lids. They didn’t last long once people saw them on their table, so I think that is a good sign!’
Naomi and Anthony’s wedding at Shilstone earlier this year had a decidedly sweet twist. Their wedding had a beach theme along with a vintage ice-cream truck so they continued that theme through to their favours. Their giant marshmallows were sourced from The London Marshmallow Company.
For Sarah and Nathan they wanted to include a gift that was personal but something original that their guests could keep for years to come.
‘I knew I wanted something edible, so we went with vintage sweets in miniature jars; ‘thank you’ labels were personally made and tied on with twine.’
They also sourced over 120 antique brass keys to use as name places but that could also be taken home by their guests.
Now anyone who has met me will know I have a weakness for chocolate….so how do you top a chocolate favour? You mould it into shocking pink lips and novelty moustaches! Heather and Kevin held their 1950’s inspired wedding at Boconnoc in Cornwall and sourced their favours from Maple Molly.
Becky and Ian liked the idea of giving their guests something that would always remind them of their day and so chose packets of wildflowers. The packet read simply “Sow these wildflower seeds as a reminder of our wedding day.” They also included a small ticket with ‘good for one drink’ printed on it which entitled the recipient to a strawberry daiquiri at the bar!
One favour that I simply adore and one that I am beginning to see more and more, is a deeply personal one. Laura and Sion, who married at Great Dodford, were one such couple who decided to add a very beautiful and personal touch to their wedding day.
‘We provided favours which were split between charities. Macmillan cancer for half the guests as Sions mum passed away due to cancer a few years ago. They were so helpful and provided little lovebird pin badges for a donation, which were pinned on a card with the date of our wedding. The other half were RLNI magnets which were my chosen charity in memory of my Dad who passed away a few years ago also. Again they were really helpful and provided little magnets in the shape of wellington boots for a donation of our choice. We thought these favours added a personal touch for the guests and for us and was nice to give back to the charities that were close to our hearts. We wanted to ensure my dad and Sions mum were there in spirit for our day and was nice to have the favours be a symbol this.
However, Kirsty and Simon proved that sometimes simple and elegant is all you need to make a beautiful gift to loved ones. They had tiny name badges made for all their guests which were then tied with a printed note and sprigs of lavender.