Sugared almonds? Forget ’em! Sure, they’re traditional, but how many packets are left on the guest tables at the end of the night? We’re firm believers of out with the old in with the new. So, here are some fun and budget-friendly wedding favour ideas that your guest will love.
Whether you want to splurge on luxury favours for your guests, or you budget can only stretch to some DIY offerings, here’s our pick of the best wedding favours your guests will actually want to take home.
20 Wedding Favours You and Your Guests Will Love
Small Scented Candles
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a scented candle. A mini version of one your favourite scents is a great little keepsake for wedding guests. When they light it, the smell will take them back to all the fun from your wedding day.
Chocolate Wedding Favours
Not quite as steeped in tradition as sugared almonds, but still a classic choice. Chocolates are a failsafe crowd pleaser, particularly for guests with a sweet tooth. Nowadays, you can also cater to your vegan guests with vegan chocolate wedding favours.
Biscuit Wedding Favours
Another edible treat, iced biscuits can be personalised with guests names, or you can stick to the bride and groom’s details as a cute (and delicious) keepsake.
Plant Pots or Personalised Succulents
Plant a bulb (tulip, hyacinth, daffodil) in a mini terracotta pot or splash out on a succulent Attach a parcel tag with the guest’s name to every pot and it doubles up as a place setting.
You could also Print out some sticky labels saying something like ‘Thank you for being here to make our wedding day blossom’ and then stick on to a packet of seeds, putting one by each place setting.
Temporary Tattoo Wedding Favours
While you’re making a commitment for life, your guests don’t have to. But they can still join in the fun and brand themselves with your wedding details thanks to a cute temporary tattoo. Go for gold foil for some added glitz.
Play around on your computer and create a monogram of everybody’s intials, then print out on to card and put by their places.
Cupcake Wedding Favours
They’re almost (almost) too cute to eat, but if you’re guests aren’t already full from all the wedding food then a little cupcake could be the perfect finisher. If they’ve got no room following the cheese course, then they’re a nice take-home to enjoy with a cup of tea the morning after the big day.
If you’ve got a bigger budget, get smaller replicas made of your wedding cake and package up in presentation boxes to be placed on every table.
The new cake trend we’re currently obsessed with is the cake pop. Whether you order bespoke or whip up your own, leave a cake pop at each place setting wrapped in cellophane and tie with a bow.
For the ladies at each table, buy some inexpensive small rose bushes and personalise with their names on a handwritten gift tag. Use them as floral table centre decorations to be taken home afterwards.
Mini bottles of bubbly
Instead of giving guests a glass of Champagne, put a mini bottle of bubbly by each place setting along with a straw (and personalise each bottle with a label). Everybody can add to the atmosphere by popping the corks when the speeches begin!
Personalised luggage tags
If you’re having a destination wedding, put a personalised luggage tag by everybody’s place setting.
Fill jam jars with jam, honey, sweets or whatever you fancy. Then present them in present in small jam jars tied with a gingham ribbon with the name of the bride and groom on the label.
They’re not difficult to make, and look fabulous wrapped in cellophane, tied with a ribbon and label with the wedding date and nam
e of the bride and groom. Perfect for an autumn wedding.
Paper flower favours
You can make paper flowers yourself – tie in with your wedding theme or maybe use blue for boys and pinks for the girls. Use them to wrap a small gift – it could be just an after dinner mint but your table will look so pretty!
Soap wedding favours
What about making mini guest soaps? Soaps are not difficult to make (so don’t worry if you’re not much of a cook) and you can match the scent to the time of year of your wedding – something rich like cedar for winter or a light floral note for summer.
Burn a CD of the music played at your wedding, slip into a jewel case that you’ve personalised with the bride and groom’s names and the date of the wedding and give a copy to each guest.
What about making a little buttonhole or corsage for each guest? You can place it in a folded napkin. You don’t need to do anything complicated – a sprig of lavender is perfect for both men and women, topped with a little bit of greenery, and wrap the stems with florist tape. Just choose a bloom that doesn’t need to be kept in water.
How about making your own fortune cookie favours?
You’ll have to add the paper fortunes yourself and you’ll have fun thinking some up for your guests. Print them out using your computer on to paper and then cut into long strips to slide inside the cookie before it’s baked. Of course, you can also save time and purchase your fortune cookie wedding favours in bulk instead for another cost-effective option!
Wedding Favours for Children
Colouring books and crafts
For younger guests, put a colouring book with their name on and some smart new pencils by their places. This can also keep them entertained if the speeches carry on for a little too long.