Wedding favours come in many flavours and even though sugared almonds are a traditional wedding favour to give; there are also great alternatives to keep in mind. Unusual wedding favours are an increasingly popular choice among couples and a fun way to thank your guests for celebrating your big day with you.
Here are seven ideas for unusual wedding favours:
Using locally sourced ingredients is an increasingly popular option for every part of wedding planning, and wedding favours are no exception. Picking a sweet treat that is seasonal and local rather than having something imported supports local business and minimises transport costs.
Nothing beats treating your guests with favours you have made yourself and biscuits and cakes make charming and affordable favours. Iced monograms can add a distinctive touch, and biscuits can be enfolded in cellophane bags while cupcakes work well in square boxes.
DIY sweet buffets
Have your guests make up their own wedding favours by adding a pic n mix style sweet buffet to your reception. Place a few large glass jars or bowls containing a range of sweets and chocolates on the table, and give out cute boxes or bags to be filled up by your guests. Make sure there is a quirky sign telling guests to help themselves, as some may be a little unsure what to do.
Support a charity
It is becoming more common to donate to charity instead of having a gift list, and the same can be done with wedding favours. Instead of including a gift in each place setting, just write a small note saying that a donation has been made in your guests’ name to a specific charity.
Photos will always make wonderful favours, and they can be used in a number of ways. If you had hen and stag nights, or perhaps an engagement party, try to find pictures of each of your guests from those events and place them in small photo frames that can double up as escort cards. You could also have pictures taken of each guest during your drinks reception, and give the photos to guests as they leave. If you don’t have time to print the pictures, simply send them with your thank you notes.
Go with current trends
With all white weddings being the big hit of the moment, simple all white favours are very popular. Any type of sweet can be placed inside an all-white box and tied with a white ribbon in a contrasting fabric, but for a modern touch place mints or white chocolates inside clear Perspex boxes and decorate with white ribbons and glittery crystals.
Wedding theme favours
Choosing a favour that highlights the theme of your wedding provides plenty of opportunities for your imagination. If you are having a seaside wedding, inflatable beach balls are a good choice, and if you are having a garden wedding reception try giving personalised boxes of seeds or a miniature pot plant.