The Wedding Affair’s Perfect Planning Guide… Fancy Favours For Your Wedding?
Today we are looking into “favours”, everyone has heard of them… but what do they actually symbolise? You can either love them or hate them, wedding favours have been around for donkeys years. Traditionally they are given as a gift to the wedding guest as a thank you from the bride and groom for attending their special day, a keepsake of their lovely wedding.
We are aware, as we begin this post, that for some of you, wedding favours represent an unnecessary waste of a precious wedding budget that could really be more wisely spent elsewhere or donated to charity. For others though, these small gifts are a sweet way of demonstrating your precious thank you’s to your guests as well as continuing/supporting your wider wedding theme. We do hope we can offer a variety of favours that will meet all budgets!
Of course the first place you should take a quick peep at is The Wedding Affair Approver Supplier List!
If you are looking to go down the Traditional route then wedding favours were made using 5 sugared almonds, each of the 5 sugared almonds symbolise; Health, Wealth, Happiness, Long Life and Fertility. However (thankfully!!) times have moved on and these days anything goes as a wedding favour…
With D.I.Y weddings on the up rise, there is no doubt that the selection of wedding favours is growing hugely, so why not ditch the sugared almonds and choose something much more personal to you both?
For those who are really wanting to splurge on the wedding favours. Look to the more luxurious side, and what better way to do so than buying miniature bottles of Champagne? Complete them with cute silk bows and calligraphy adorned labels. They look fabulous and frankly we wouldn’t mind being a guest at a wedding like this (who wouldn’t?!). See if you can take advantage of purchasing in bulk so that you get a little bit of a discount, or perhaps weigh up the costs of providing your guests with a mini bottle of fizz for the toasts versus the venue providing them. The kids could even get involved too with dainty bottles of old-fashioned lemonade instead of alcohol!
For the D.I.Y lovers, the arty and the crafty… this is your chance to really make your wedding personal. Why not give yourselves the task of designing and creating your favours? Your guests will really appreciate the work you have put into them, perhaps making them that little bit more special. To create your lovingly handmade favours there are so many options! Why not collect old jam jars and fill them with a home made favourite, or tiny shot glasses and fill with your favourite potion (drink!). Hunt round local car boots and re kindle your love with Etsy, trust us you will come up with something really magical!
Foodie favours… the majority of favours that I’ve been the lucky recipient of have been food-related. We’re talking macarons, sweets, cookies and slices of cake. All utterly delicious and universally loved by guests and happy couples too. If you’re having your nuptials at Christmas, why not provide your nearest and dearest with a lovely tin of a mulled wine mix and a homemade mince pie. Alternatively, if you’re having a summer affair, a tiny punnet of fresh wild strawberries would look adorable in a customised paper bag (of course with your wedding branding on!).
You cant go too wrong when you offer food! P.S… if you are looking for some amazing foodie favours take a look here!
Finally, for the ones who cant really see the point in wedding favours. Why not give to your local charity through the gift of giving? Your guests will appreciate the kindness of this gesture, and it really will be a memorable one! Choose something that is close to your hearts, or to those of your beloved friends and family. At The Wedding Affair we whole heartily promote Martin House Hospice.
The aim of Martin House is to provide family led care for children with life-limiting conditions. It is a place where children, young people and their families can come to stay from time to time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help. It is a place of love and understanding, a peaceful place but one that can also have a lively, friendly atmosphere full of fun and laughter.