It’s time to start planning your big day. You’ve booked the venue, tasted the cake, and picked the perfect dress. Now it’s time to select the mementos you can give your guests so they’ll remember your wedding for years to come. And we’re excited to let you know wedding favours don’t have to be an afterthought or another line item in your budget; this can be a fun task to tackle.
Rather than sticking with the usual chocolates, candles or bubbles, think outside the box. Your wedding is a reflection of you and your partner’s unique style. The favours should be too! This article explores memorable and meaningful wedding favour ideas that your guests will love.
Personalized wedding favours: Make it meaningful
Want your wedding favours to be memorable? Personalize them! Customized touches show your guests that you put thought into even the smallest details. And remember, a thoughtful favour doesn’t have to be expensive to be memorable.
Here are some meaningful ways to personalize your wedding favours:
- Monogrammed or engraved: Have your initials or wedding date engraved or monogrammed onto favours like wine glasses, picture frames, or jewelry boxes. Your guests will appreciate these timeless mementos.
- Location-themed: Pay homage to your wedding location or venue with favours that evoke the area. Maple syrup or beach sand can fill decorative bottles for a rustic or nautical theme. Mini cacti or succulents are perfect for a desert setting.
- Photos: Photos always make a great gift, but you can take them up a notch for your wedding. Rather than just giving your guests a picture in a frame, you can customize items with your photo and wedding details. Think coffee mugs, beer koozies, calendars, magnets, and more.
- Custom packaging: Wrap favours in custom packaging like muslin bags, boxes or paper printed with your names and wedding date. The presentation makes a memorable impression and allows for an artisanal, handcrafted feel.
- Meaningful quotes: Share an inspiring quote or verse that is meaningful to you as a couple. Have it printed on favours like bookmarks, tea bags or stationery for a sentimental touch.
Edible wedding favours: Sweet treats for your guests
Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? Edible favours are always a hit with guests. Here are some delicious wedding favour ideas that your guests will love:
- Homemade cookies or brownies: If you love to bake, you can whip up a batch of your favourite cookies or brownies to gift as your wedding favours. Wrap them in pretty paper and add a customized label with your name and wedding details for a special touch.
- Candy or chocolate: For a fun twist on edible favours, create custom candy wrappers or labels to personalize candy bars, mints, or other treats. Or create a candy buffet where guests can fill up bags with their favourite sweet treats.
- Mini cupcakes: Cupcakes are a fun, memorable favour. Have them made in your wedding colours, and top them off with flowers or other decorations that match your theme. Be sure to wrap or box them so guests can enjoy them after the wedding.
- Maple syrup or local specialty: For an extra special touch, share something iconic from your area, like maple syrup, local honey or regional snacks. Your guests will surely appreciate such a thoughtful, unique favour.
- Jams, chutneys or flavoured olive oil: Gourmet food products also make lovely wedding favours your guests will use. Look for products that showcase local, organic ingredients for an artisanal touch.
Practical wedding favours: Gifts they’ll actually use
While some couples will prefer edible wedding favours that will be devoured in an instant, others will want to give their guests a gift that will be used and appreciated long after their wedding day. Here are some practical yet thoughtful wedding favour ideas:
- Coffee or tea accessories: Personalized coffee mugs can be filled with packets of your favourite coffee or tea flavours, while monogrammed tea towels or infusers for loose-leaf tea can be paired with a tin of aromatic tea leaves.
- Candles or diffusers: Scented candles or reed diffusers make excellent favours. Choose fragrances that match your wedding colour palette or theme. For example, you can use citrus scents for a beachy wedding or lavender for a rustic wedding. You can also add custom labels on the bottles or candles with your names and wedding date, making them a wonderful take-home gift to remember your big day.
- Measuring spoons or kitchen accessories: If you’re known for your baking or cooking skills, why not gift a set of beautiful measuring spoons as your wedding favour? You can attach them to a recipe for your favourite cookies or cake, or include ingredients for a successful marriage. Other good ideas include stainless steel whisks tied with ribbon, monogrammed oven mitts, and beautiful wooden chopsticks engraved with your wedding date.
Wedding favour etiquette: Need to knows
Should I include wedding favours?
Wedding favours are a thoughtful way to thank your guests for celebrating with you, but they’re optional. Don’t feel obligated to give them if you’re on a tight budget or simply prefer to skip favours.
When and how should favours be given?
It’s best to display your favours on a table as guests enter or leave the reception venue. This allows guests to choose when they pick them up, rather than you distributing them during the event, which can interrupt the flow.
For a more intimate and personal gesture, have your favours placed at each table setting.
What are some other popular favour ideas?
Some classic, crowd-pleasing favours include:
- Personalized shot glasses, wine stoppers or bottle openers
- Mini succulents, air plants or seed packets guests can plant
- Local gourmet food items like coffee, tea, chocolate or honey
- Donation cards indicating you donated to a charity in guests’ names
- DIY bath & body products like sugar scrubs, bath bombs or lotion bar