Wedding favours that will mean the world, without costing the earth.
Ask anyone who’s ever walked down the aisle, tied the knot and then disappeared into the sunset with tin cans rattling behind them what it was really like to plan their wedding and they'll tell you it was stressful. But they'll also tell you there are some extremely fun parts too. Really-really fun parts, such as cocktail-tasting and dress shopping and buying your groom a watch, and getting creative with your table plan. That said, it can be hard to remember what’s important when the stress of it all starts to add up.
That’s why we asked some of the happy couples that got married at the Thursford Garden Pavilion what they did to stop the stress and most of them said, "focus on the things that have the most meaning." And they're right, especially when it comes to choosing your wedding favours.
For those that don't know what a wedding favour is, they're basically little thank you for being there when we got married gifts for your guests to cherish or enjoy. Something special and memorable and personal. Something that will remind your guests of your amazing big day, but also the relationship you share with them - the laughs and tears, the ups and downs, the good times and the life lessons.
And in that spirit, here are some affordable wedding favours that your guests will absolutely love:
1. Your Wedding Playlist
If you’re looking for a totally free way to help your guests remember your big day - and relive the suspect shapes they were throwing on the dance floor - create a Spotify Playlist full of your wedding songs and send everyone a link.
2. Pressed Flowers
One of the most beautiful things at any wedding is the botanicals. That’s why you need to go buy lots of gorgeous copper frames, press a load of flowers (preferably those you asked your florist to use in your wedding decor) and then hand these whimsical moments of magic to each of your guests. They’ll look great in any home.
3. Picnic Blankets
It doesn’t matter if you’re walking the aisle in the depths of winter or a midsummers night, blankets will always be appreciated at a wedding - and they’ll make the most gorgeous photographs too; your guests sat around a firepit beneath the stars, their matching blankets wrapped around their shoulders. And here’s the best bit: pop a sign by the exit that says, “Let our love keep you warm” and then give them away as favours they can break out at every picnic.
4. Handwritten Notes
There’s nothing more meaningful than a thoughtful note. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. So if you’re having a small and intimate barn wedding, don't underestimate the power of writing out short, individual notes to each of your guests, maybe with a little anecdote from your story together — it will be the ultimate keepsake, cherished by each person. Promise.
5. Nuts For Nutella
The first best favour you can give your guests is a handwritten note. The second best is a personalised jar of Nutella - we don’t care what anyone else says. It’s thoughtful and yummy and sure to get used (and probably refilled too). Imagine it: your name in the Nutella font with the date of your wedding below. Amazing.
6. Personal Polaroids
If you’ve totally forgotten about the whole wedding favour thing (or you just couldn’t stretch the budget that far), don’t worry. There’s a super-easy and super-gorgeous solution: polaroid snaps. Simply put a table in a quiet corner, pop a polaroid camera and a basket on top, and finish it off with a chalkboard sign asking your guests to grab a photo with the newlyweds. Everyone loves a polaroid and, chances are, each one will live a long and happy life on your guests’ fridges.
7. Personalised Mugs
If there’s a trend that will never die, it’s the novelty mug. You just can’t have too many of these beauties in your cupboard and that’s (probably) a fact. Here’s what you need to do: buy some pretty tin mugs and then get the words the adventure continues printed on one side and your names (and date of the wedding) on t’other. Voila. Your guests will think back to your party every time they have a coffee (or go camping).
8. Say It With Wine
Because no good story ever started with, “This one time I had a salad.” That’s what makes wine so good. The stories. And if you’ve found you ordered too many bottles (whoops), simply turn them into the most welcomed favours by sticking some personalized labels on them and inviting your guests to take a couple of bottles home.
9. Thank You Video
This is probably our favourite wedding trend at the moment - a video of you and the guy’s name you stole recording a thank you video the next morning thanking each of your guests for such an amazing night. Bonus points for sharing some of your favourite (read: embarrassing) stories and double points for proudly wearing your hangover, bags n’ all.
10. Personalised Wine Glass
Whether you're looking to give your best men and bride tribe a special gift that they can enjoy for a long time to come or wanting to give your entire guest list a favour that will last forever, you can't go wrong with these custom monogrammed wine glasses. They are the epitome of cool and elegant, and with your names and wedding date embossed on the glass, they'll get to make a toast to you and your big day every time they pour a drink.