Favours are a great way to show your guests you appreciate their support and to give them something to remember the wedding day by; however, they often get left behind or tossed the morning after. So we have put together some top tips to help you find the perfect gift your guests will appreciate and take home.
How much are you willing to spend
Every couple naturally wants to thank their guests for attending their big day and with the variety of favour options out there it can be easy to let the costs run away with you. You need to sit down and firstly decide how much you can and/or feel comfortable with spending on the favours and be realistic in regards to your budget. You also need to be practical, don’t spent money on favours that have no function or purpose…..this will be money thrown down the drain as they will be left behind or thrown away.
If you have your heart set on a specific favour but it is out of your budget you can always consider getting one favour per couple instead of one per person, this won’t necessarily save you money but it will allow you to get the more expensive favour and still stay in budget. Something that is also very important to keep in mind that the favours can extend further than just the guests; it can include the wedding party gifts, parent gifts, out of town guest gifts and even gifts to each other. So when working out your budget be sure to take all of this into consideration.
What are you trying to say
Decide what type of gift you want…are you looking for something practical your guests can use, something cute/meaningful, or just something that speaks volumes of you two as a couple. Once you have a good idea of what you want you can start by looking for inspiration on the web, in magazines and on Pinterest. There are hundreds of ideas and suggestions that will get your creative juices flowing for a DIY job or you can consider hiring a supplier who specializes in this - they will be of great help regarding suggestions and of course the hard work of making the favours (one less thing for you to do).
Are they practical
Like any good gift, you'll want to put some thought into your selection - the last thing you want is something that is just going to gather dust or get thrown away.
A good way to help with this decision is to ask yourself these 3 questions with every favour you are considering
1. Is it useful?
Is it something the guests will be able to use; for example candles, bottle openers or even photo frames for the photo booth pictures taken at your reception. Other ‘very useful’ favours are edible favours; these are pretty much a fail-safe option as you can be 95% sure they will not go to waste. You can look at things like macaroons, hand-made chocolates or mini pies.
2. Is it meaningful?
Choose a favour that express your personalities or share something you love with your guests. For example if you both love wine you can look at mini wine bottles with personalized labels or a tin of cookies with the old family recipe attached. You could even make a donation to a cause close to your heart in lieu of traditional favours and let your guests know by placing a note at each place setting
3. It is something you would enjoy receiving at someone else’s wedding?
If it is not something that you would be happy with you cannot expect your guests to be happy with it.
Lastly try to resist the urge to put your initials and wedding date on everything. Personalizing the favours may seem like a good touch but it can be a fast way to turn a useful gift into something guests will pass on. For example, guests who enjoy entertaining would find coasters handy, but no one will want to display coasters featuring your engagement photo.
Plan the Display
The packaging of the favour is just as important as the favour itself and these days you have a variety to choose from - from colourful boxes and clear cellophane bags to tiny tin pails and slim silver canisters.
How you package the favour can have quit an effect from adding that little bit extra to the table décor to giving you the opportunity to incorporate the personal touch of your names and wedding date.
Something to keep in mind if you are considering edible favours is that paper bags or boxes can quickly absorb the grease of cookies or custom popcorn which can lead to unsightly favour box. A good solution to this is so simply line the container with wax paper before adding any edible goodies.
Homemade gifts don’t necessarily have to be complicated and they are a great way to show guests how much you appreciate their support. They may even save you money, but be wary….they can end up being more time-consuming than you might think.
Should you decide on the DIY route make sure that you allocate enough time to do the favours so it does not end up being a last minute rush; if you are really clever you will throw a favour-assembling party complete with cocktails and snacks to entice your friends or wedding party to help out.
It can be very nice if the favour you choose fits in with the theme of the wedding, for example a more formal wedding will call for an elegant favour like a personalized notebook while for casual outdoor weddings something like a fan might work better.
Other aspects like the seasons can also be used - if you’re having a summer wedding on the beach, then maybe a pair of cool sunglasses or flip flops. For a fall wedding some baked goods or maybe some dark candles. Spring time some miniature champagne bottles or potted plants. For winter, warm blankets or hot cocoa kits could top off the night.
And if all else fails you can simply match the colours.