Back in the day you got a box of sugared almonds at your place setting as a little gift for joining the bride and groom on their special day. And while some may still choose to adopt this time honoured tradition, nowadays couples are putting more imagination into their wedding favours. After all, this is a great way to inject some personality into your day and offer something unique to your guests that they may not have seen before.
So if you’re planning a wedding and have decided to side step tradition and present your guests with something a little more quirky, there are so many fun ideas you could try out for your favours. Below we’ve put together a list of 10 ideas for favours with a difference, ranging from the more extravagant and expensive, to fabulous budget favours that will add the finishing touch to your big day.
1. Say it with seeds
There are so many ways you can present seeds as a wedding favour, from small tie bags to personalised paper packets or even small jars! This versatile favour allows your guests to plant the beautiful seeds of your choosing, so when their flowers bloom they’ll be reminded of your special day each time they look at them.
2. Puzzle it together
There are a number of companies out there that offer personalised wooden favours specially made for your big day. One of the popular options is custom made puzzle pieces, with your names and wedding date carved into them, thanking your guests for celebrating with you. These cute gifts are a very sweet reminder of your day.
3. Make a toast
As the gin revolution has taken the world by storm in recent years, there are so many delicious craft alcohols on offer and these can make really great favours. From bottles of ale, to miniature gins or whiskeys, choose your favourite tipple to share with your guests. You could personalise this further by adding name tags, serving in small jars or even having custom labels stuck on the front.
4. Share your good fortune
Share a message of love and good fortune with your guests on an affordable budget. There are a number of retailers out there offering personalised fortune cookies and these can be packaged in small packets or individual boxes depending on what you choose.
5. Celebrate with a great cuppa
Is there anything more British than a good brew? As the tea revolution continues, why not choose unique or interesting flavoured tea bags to present to your guests. You can add some context with sweet slogans such as ‘Love is brewing’ or simply add your names and wedding date to the packets.
6. Let the sun shine
If you’re planning a summer wedding, why not add some fun to your favours with personalised sunglasses. You can choose your own message and select colours to match your wedding theme. These are fun and practical gifts, and just think of the great wedding photos you can get as all your guests don their personalised sunnies on your big day.
7. Choose something sweet
There are a number of sweet treats with a twist that you can choose for your guests, from chocolates with your initials on, to personalised Love Heart sweets and even individually boxed Krispy Kreme donuts! The choices are endless and perfect if you’ve got a real sweet tooth.
8. Let’s raise a (shot) glass
Are you known to like a drink? Perhaps personalised shot glasses could be the perfect favour to get the party started. Your guests (all those over 18 of course!) can raise a shot glass to the happy couple and you could ask your caterers to go round and fill these with your favourite spirit or cocktail, and perhaps a mocktail for those who aren’t quite old enough yet.
9. Give the gift of charity
If there’s a particular charity that’s close to your heart, why not donate the money you would have spent on favours to them. You can then give your guests a little gift that explains what you’ve done. For example, charity pins, wristbands or cards.
10. Hangover kits
It’s not a wedding without a few glasses of champagne, so prepare your guests for the morning after. You can order custom made hangover kits online, or perhaps even get creative and make your own. Find small bags or boxes and these can include things like mints, face wipes, paracetamol and Lucozade.
There you have it, 10 great ideas for unique wedding favours and if you want to add a personal touch check out our own range of gifts.