Perfect Favours

While wedding favours are not crucial, they are a great way to thank your guests and give them a lasting memory of your special day.

They don’t need to be extravagant or expensive – it really is the thought that counts and couples can be as creative and original as they like. First, set a budget: if you’re expecting a large number of guests so will need to supply a large number of favours, you may want to consider alternative gift ideas, such as inexpensive seeds for guests to plant at home in honour of your wedding.

If you have a particular wedding theme, pick a favour that complements your theme. Personalised favours (for instance, love hearts with your names on them) are very popular and can be a fun way to add your own touch to the day.

If you’re giving each guest a favour, leave them at each place setting or as part of the table centrepiece. If you decide to give a favour per couple, make sure you label it with both names. If you have children attending, give them a goody bag filled with sweets, colouring book and small toys to keep them entertained throughout dinner. Plan ahead: Make sure you know definite numbers before ordering. Whether your guest list is intimate or extensive, make sure you do your research to find gifts that are likely to have universal appeal.

It’s just as tough thinking of wedding-gift ideas for yourself, let alone your guests, and soon after you announce your wedding date, your family and friends will begin to ask what you want as a wedding gift. Thanks to the internet, couples can now create an online gift page, where they list the objects of their desire and guests can buy directly from the website. As guests buy each object it is crossed off the list, so the couple can see what’s been bought and by whom – useful when it comes to writing Thank You cards. Most department stores or gift shops also offer this service.

If, like many couples, you have already set up your home together so don’t actually need anything for yourselves, you could follow the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s example and ask your guests to donate money to your favourite charities as your wedding gift. As a less altruistic alternative, you could always request travel vouchers to help cover the cost of your honeymoon, or to to go towards a break to celebrate your first wedding anniversary.

Top Tip

If you’re getting married abroad why not consider wine-glass charms and personalise them with your guests’ names? They’re inexpensive and light to travel with.

Main Photo by Steve Ayres