With the cost of attending a wedding reaching a rather eye-watering £1,015 according to this study – this includes the cost of gifts for the couple, wedding outfits, food and drink, hair and beauty, childcare, transport, and the stag or hen party – you can understand why so many marrying couples put lots of time and thought into preparing wedding favours for their guests.
As well as being a great way to thank your guests for their attendance, the right wedding favour can make your very special occasion memorable as Real Wedding explains:
“Wedding favours are also a remarkable way of ensuring that the guests have a lasting memory of your big day. For instance, if you are giving out novelties like customised glasses and mugs or portraits the guests get to take home something that will last a long time and always remind them of the wonderful time that they had during the wedding.”
You don’t have to blow the wedding budget in search of the perfect favour for your guests. In fact, edible gifts make the perfect treats, even if they don’t last long due to their scrumptious taste! Here we share our favourite edible favours, many of which you can even make yourself.
A homemade classic
Packaged in adorable mini mason jars, homemade jam is a great DIY wedding favour and the perfect way to spread the love long after your wedding day, especially if you have access to your own fruit and veggie patch at home.
All you need is a winning combination (strawberry and thyme is a particular favourite of ours), some honey or sugar, lemon juice and zest, and a bit of patience to craft this sweet preserve just in time for your wedding day.
It’s not just homemade jam that makes a fabulous favour for wedding guests. Chutneys, fudge, sweets, lollipops, truffles, biscuits and even gourmet coffee look and taste great, and can be packaged to perfection to present to your guests.
A French fancy
If confection is more your thing, why not take inspiration from across the Channel by gifting your guests some macarons?
Macarons are commonly given as dinner party gifts in France. The almond-based treat also makes a picture-perfect, elegant favour for wedding guests. Whether you’re purchasing your macarons from your favourite French delicatessen or crafting them in your kitchen, you can coordinate their colour with your wider wedding theme for an extra flourish.
A wise choice
Fortune cookies make excellent, budget-friendly wedding favours, and can even be personalised to ensure some hilarious results.
Whether you want to stick with tradition and share words of wisdom with your guests or use your fortune-telling favours to inspire your guests to buy you a drink or do a funny dance, fortune cookies are fantastic options.
A sentimental treat
Personalisation is everything when planning the weddings of today. So it makes sense to use your food-based wedding favour to pay homage to your family. Your family’s long-running tradition of harvesting honey or your mother’s famous bolognese sauce should certainly be shared.