Wedding favours are a great way to make a lasting impression on your guests. While in-your-face monograms and wasteful tchotchkes are a thing of the past, today’s couples want to give their guests meaningful gifts that remind them of their special night. It’s always best to go with something small and simple, and you can never go wrong with an edible treat that they can enjoy right away. Although they’re no longer obligatory, wedding favours are a nice extra your guests are sure to appreciate. Here are 20 inexpensive wedding favour ideas to consider!
Wedding Favours 101
Wedding favours are the perfect way to thank your friends and family for being there and supporting you on your big day. They’re small, often personalized gifts that can range from edible treats, to DIY creations, to thoughtful and practical gifts. While wedding favours of the past were often a bit cringeworthy, there are many wedding favour ideas that your guests will love.
The best wedding favours are the ones guests will use again or act as a memory of the night. For example, small bottles of limoncello at an Italian wedding or jars of honey at a rustic barn wedding. Consider your wedding theme/vibe, the time of year, and practicality. Favours could also reflect you and your partner’s personalities as a reminder of your special day.
Do You Need to Give Out Wedding Favours?
Just like any other extras at your wedding (flowers, a sweet’s table, late night food), you don’t need to give out wedding favours. It’s not considered rude to forgo wedding favours, however, you can consider them a fun extra that you and your guests can enjoy if your budget allows. Although wedding favours are a nice gesture, if you’re stressed about going over budget, it’s somewhere you can cut back (or eliminate completely).
How Much Should You Spend on Wedding Favours?
How much you spend on wedding favours is up to you and depends on factors such as your overall budget, the number of guests, and your preferences. Wedding costs add up quickly, and if you’re not careful, wedding favours can be quite pricey. Favours will typically be most affordable if you DIY them, but keep in mind DIYs take time, which you may not have a ton of leading up to the wedding. Be realistic about what you can take on and whether you can handle DIYs or if it would make more sense to buy affordable favours instead.
Where Do You Place Wedding Favours at Your Reception?
There are a few places you can display your wedding favours. If you’re having a traditional sit down dinner, you can place them at each individual guest’s place setting. You can also opt to set up a gift station that’s near the exit, so your guests can grab one on their way out at the end of the night.
With weddings transforming over the years, the ways couples display wedding favours has evolved as well. Some couples choose to have a favour wall, while others place them on a vintage cart or repurposed bookcase. Wherever you choose to display your favours, make sure they’re easy for your guests to see.
10 Wedding Favour Dos and Don’ts
- Do: Choose something practical and useful- gifts like food, matchboxes, or soaps are things that you know your guests can use and won’t go to waste.
- Do: Consider the time of year and weather (especially for edible gifts)- chocolate gifts for an outdoor summer wedding are a big no-no.
- Do: Try to make them personal- attaching a note or story about you as a couple is a nice touch.
- Do: Match them with your wedding theme/vibe.
- Do: Consider a group favour- a photo booth is a great option/alternative as guests can take home their photos as a reminder of the night. You can also consider making a donation to a local charity on their behalf.
- Don’t: Overspend- you want your guests to love their gift, but not if it puts you in debt. Pick something within your budget or skip favours completely.
- Don’t: Choose purely decorative favours- although it may be beautiful, it may not match your guests’ style and will often be discarded.
- Don’t: Get favours that are heavy, big, or fragile- they’ll often be left behind by guests, especially guests that have to travel home after your wedding.
- Don’t: Place them somewhere that’s not visible- wedding favours aren’t a sure thing. Your guests don’t know you’re giving out favours unless they see them, so make sure they’re visible wherever they’re displayed.
- Don’t: Go overboard with monograms- especially for favours intended for someone’s home. Would you want to display an item in your home with someone else’s monogram on it? If the answer is no, your guests likely don’t either. Monograms are great for edible favours though!
20 Inexpensive Wedding Favour Ideas
- Jars of homemade jam or honey
- Custom wedding matchboxes
- Nut or snack mixes
- Hot cocoa powder
- Scones or cookie batter
- Personalized bottle openers
- Plantable seeds
- Candy bags
- Hand fans
- Small batch popcorn
- Homemade s’mores kit
- Homemade cookies or sweets
- Jars of loose leaf tea or tea bags
- Miniature candles
- Maple syrup
- Lip balm
- Coffee jars
- Mini bottles of hot sauce
We hope you love these affordable wedding favour ideas. As long as they’re practical and meaningful, your guests are sure to adore them too!
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