10 Wedding Favour Ideas for your Special Day
Wedding favours are a centuries-old tradition, it is believed that wedding favours first originated amongst the French aristocracy and upper classes, who would gift small porcelain or crystal trinket boxes filled with sugar or confectionery, named bonbonnieres, to their guests. The meaning behind a wedding favour is that it is a symbol of good luck.
In recent years favours are gifted in all shapes and sizes. Couples really get creative with their ideas which makes it even harder for those planning their wedding to be unique but also without breaking the bank.
Here is a selection of 10 of our favourite favour ideas...
Photo Credit: Rosewood Co
Scratch cards are a fun, budget-friendly and easy option for favours. You can double up your scratch card as a place setting by popping it in an envelope to match the theme of your wedding with the guest's name. Megan at Rosewood Co does this beautifully. Favours do not have to sacrifice the look and feel of your table settings, they can even contribute to it...
Donation to Charity
In lieu of favours, it is common to see couples are instead donating that money to a charity that is near and dear to their hearts. This is a lovely way to thank your guests for their presence whilst also sharing kindness and helping others. This can be done in a variety of ways, a simple donation recognised in the bride or groom's speech, a charity badge gifted to each guest or even biodegradable confetti, there are so many options.
Seed Packet Favours
An economical, eco-friendly and meaningful favour that looks pretty incorporated into a table setting or grouped in a display. You can personalise the packet to the theme of the wedding making it a thoughtful personal touch to your special day, and it's the gift that keeps on giving year on year.
Photo Credit: The Kitsch Hen and @sweetcharitycookies | Instagram
Who doesn't love a sweet treat at a wedding and let's be honest, by the time you have sat through the ceremony and drinks reception you are probably a bit peckish come the wedding breakfast. Biscuits are a lovely favour and generally stay fresh for around a month after they are made. You can have the biscuits iced with your initials or even have them stamped with the guest's name to double up as a place setting. The Biscuiteers and The Kitsch Hen have some lovely styles and we also love @sweetcharitycookies on Instagram. Michelle has such a talent and all proceeds are donated to Francis House Children's Hospital.
Wedding Drink Tokens
Wedding drink tokens or vouchers are a great way to raise a glass for the bride and groom and get the party started. A wedding favour that is definitely useful and will be appreciated by your guests.
Mini Bottle of a Local Spirit
Gin, whiskey, vodka... locally brewed spirits are all the rage at the moment. It's always nice to shop local and inject a bit of your home town into your wedding day. Just be sure to check with your wedding venue on their alcohol policy beforehand.
Photo Credit: Instagram | @ashley.thelittlecakery
I mean who doesn't love a macaron? Ashley at The Little Cakery has completely nailed it with these handpainted macarons doubling up as both place settings and as favours encased in their own cloche domes. We cannot get enough of these!
Votive Wedding Favour
Candles have always been popular but in recent years we have seen a rise in a lot more hand-poured artisan candle makers. Votives are a lovely gesture and would also compliment any wedding table setting.
There are so many sweetie brands jumping on this now and if you're a sweetie lover, it is a lovely gesture. You can get personalised Love Hearts with your names on or M&Ms with your actual face on, the possibilities are endless.
Mini local honey jars
Mini local honey jars make the cutest wedding favour, reminding your guest's of your special day every time they reach for the jar.