When giving a favour to guests, consider functionality as well as individuality. Tie these two elements together, and guests will hold onto your favour long after the wedding day.
Here are a few examples:
Book of Recipes
Ask for your families and friend to give you their best recipe. You will have a collection of the most delicious passed-down recipes from my family and friends; each recipe card is handwritten, with helpful hints about how he or she perfected the recipe over time or why it is his or her favourite.
Make a copy for each of your guests.
If you’re planning a wedding with a school theme, consider this favour: create a Kraft tag with your monogram or “thank you” stamped onto the front. Punch a hole on the side and string twine through it. Wrap the twine around a pack of five no.2 pencils and place it at each setting, along with a place-card apple.
Keep guests singing along to your handpicked wedding playlist with a CD. Order personalized CD stickers from a print service that include your names, the wedding date, and track listings.
A succulent is a long-lived, easy-to-care-for plant, which makes it a great wedding favour. You can even order the plants in small galvanized pails or miniature watering cans, ready for gifting. Include care instructions for guests, along with a thank-you tag.
Seed Packet Favours
Seed packets make terrific wedding favours because they are useful and inexpensive. To create a unique favour, customize muslin drawstring bags with a floral stamp, and place a seed packet inside. Print a message on kraft tags, telling guests, “Love Has Bloomed,” punch a hole in the tags, string twine through it, then tie it around the muslin bags. Secure it with a bow.
Soap is one favour you know guests will use. Place a handful of miniature soaps in a small spice bag you’ve customized with a thank-you stamp. Look for unique soap shapes: cowboy boots for a Western wedding, Eiffel Tower soaps for a Parisian theme, starfish for a beach wedding, or sailboats for a nautical theme.
If you’re having a winter wedding, you can create ornament favours. Buy clear plastic, round ornaments, craft paint, and coordinating ribbon and start creating. If you are not into DIY you can always purchase finished ornaments, and just add a little tag with your names and date of the wedding.
You can create unique fabric-covered coasters with 4-inch cork rounds; or if you have pretty penmanship, use a gold or silver metallic paint pen to draw, write, or stencil a design on top of a cork coaster; finally, you can create a set of decorative coaster favours using ceramic tiles. Coasters are something that everyone uses and its good to have personalized ones.
In lieu of spending your budgeted money on favours, why not contribute to a cause about which you are passionate? For instance, if you are an animal lover, consider a donation to a local animal shelter. Or, if you are inspired by music, contribute money to a local children’s-music program toward purchasing sheet music, instruments, or supplies to keep music playing in your town.
We hope this is helpful,
Love, the GWM Team