Top 25 wedding favour ideas
It's the little gift that leaves a lasting impression. How do you want people to remember your wedding?
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Wedding favours are often the last thing you think of when it comes to planning a wedding. You've taken care of the dress, the suit, the music and the photography (not to mention the all-important food and drink), but what about a memento for your guests to take home and remember your day by?
All it needs to be is a small token, something memorable and sweet to act as a reminder. If you're struggling for ideas, never fear. We've come up with a list of the top 25 wedding favour ideas. Ranging from cute to unusual, you're bound to find something here that will suit the style and tone of your wedding.
Succulents are incredibly popular wedding favours at the moment, and we can understand why.
Whether you're a couple that loves gardening or just want to give a gift that symbolises the growing life that you and your partner have together, succulents are a good choice for couples who want their guests to have a lasting reminder.
And succulents are pretty resilient, so even your plant-killer friends can manage them.
Matchboxes are a simple, easy favour that doesn't have to break the bank and can even come in handy on the night.
For maximum impact, incorporate candles into the centrepieces of the table. Encourage guests to light the candles for photos, and if you're feeling extra generous, let them take home the candles too!
Personalisation is key with matchboxes – make sure that your names and the special day are recorded.
3. Sugared almonds
If you've ever been to a Greek or Italian wedding, we'd be willing to bet you received sugared almonds as your wedding favour (or bonbonnière).
It's a staple, and you can step up the game with how you choose to present them; whether you prefer a gauzy little pouch or a DIY box tied with a ribbon, it's bound to be a winner.
Even better? You can order them in your wedding colours so they'll match the centrepieces and work as part of the decorations!
4. Lip balms
If there's one thing we know it's that losing your favourite lip balm can be truly crisis-worthy.
It's even worse if you're at an event when you lose it. So, do your friends and family a favour by giving them a brand-new personalised lip balm for the wedding.
You can customise everything from the flavour of the balm to the packaging and label, to the colour of the stick itself. It's not a common wedding favour (yet), so it'll definitely help people remember your big day – every time they have chapped lips!
5. Nutella jars
There are very few people in this world who don't appreciate the wonder that is Nutella.
If you and your partner are big fans of the spread, why not use it as your wedding favour and (ahem) spread the love!
You can bulk buy the mini jars and have them display your names and the date of your wedding, or if you feel like splurging even more you can get them with each guest's name on them. Delicious and unusual!
6. Coffee beans
If you and your partner are caffeine fanatics, there's only one logical way to go.
Coffee beans are a cute wedding favour idea because they are practical and specific to the couple. Maybe your first date was over coffee, or you bumped into each other at a cafe!
Plus, if you love the smell of coffee, it's a good little gift for people to pop in their handbags as a scented freshener!
7. Bottle opener
One of the best things you can give as a wedding favour is something practical, and bottle openers are definitely that!
Bottle openers work as a favour because they're small, simple and easy enough to get engraved or personalised. They're also relatively low in cost if you buy in bulk, and you know that your guests will definitely get use out of them.
If you're feeling particularly generous, you could even include a mini bottle of alcohol as well!
8. Cookie cutter
Nothing says love like a heart-shaped cookie cutter – except maybe the heart-shaped cookie itself!
This favour is easy and relatively cheap, and if you feel like stepping it up a notch you can always include an actual cookie in the package as well – personalised with frosting, of course.
That way, every time your guests bake some delicious cookies, they'll think of you (and maybe share!).
Assorted glasses are a really unique way of cutting down costs for the wedding and allowing guests to have a say in their favour.
Over time, collect a whole bunch of different glasses – different sizes, shapes, colours and kinds! This makes for a really cool centrepiece and your guests can simply choose a glass to use for the night and then take it home at the end.
Plus, it cuts down on renting fees for actual glassware, so it's a win for you too!
10. Luggage tags
Are you having a destination wedding? Or maybe you're just a big fan of travel and you want to get everyone jealous about your honeymoon?
Either way, luggage tags are a cute and easy wedding favour that your guests will be able to use time and time again. No longer will they be forced to use the flimsy paper tags you get at the airport – they've got something better.
Personalise the tag with the details of your big day and then a part of you will be travelling every time!
11. Disposable camera
When was the last time you went to get camera film developed? We're betting it's been a while!
But there's something really retro about using a disposable camera, so outfit your guests with them and you might even get yourself a copy of their happy snaps from the wedding! It's all part of the excitement – you won't know how the photos look until you pick them up.
Plus, they're a unique little gift! Have a box of spare cameras around and your guests will be snap-happy all night.
What better metaphor for a new marriage than a packet of seeds?
Your friends and family have watched your love and relationship grow, so with this gift they'll be able to do the same. Pick an array of different seed types so your guests can choose which one they want to take home, and before long there will be lively plants all over the place.
Our recommendations? Herbs are always popular – they smell good and are practical!
13. Recipe jar
If you're into cooking or perhaps one of you is a chef, this idea is definitely going to be right up your alley.
Simply purchase some tubes or jars and ingredients, and you can give each guest a mini recipe for something easy to cook later. Take microwave cakes or brownies, for example. You only need a couple of ingredients and your guests can then mix them all together when they get home.
It's an unusual (and delicious) wedding favour that will keep your guests' tummies full.
14. Personalised coasters
Coasters are a really simple, effective way to incorporate the wedding favour into the decor.
Choose coasters in your wedding colours and use them as place settings. They can be used to mind drinks during the dancing, and at the end of the night, guests can take home their place setting as their favour.
There are some really beautiful designs out there, so it's not lacking in style!
15. Mixtape CD
If you really want to embrace a retro, vintage vibe, go for a mixtape CD!
Choose a selection of songs that mean a lot to you as a couple. Maybe it's the song that was playing when you first met, or the one you like to sing in the car together (loudly and off-key, of course). Maybe it's the song you dance to for the first time as husband and wife.
Just wrap the CD in brown paper and let your guests discover the music that means the most to you.
16. Popcorn kernels
Well, one of you popped the question so it's only fair that your guests get to pop something too!
Now, you've probably already planned to pop some champagne, but what about some popcorn? Everyone loves a big bowl of popcorn when they sit down to a movie, so this is a favour that will definitely be popular (pun intended).
If you've got a video showing at your reception, hand out the popcorn early!
Let's be honest: although you want your breath to be as fresh as can be the morning after a wedding, it often isn't. So take that into account and plan ahead with your wedding favours.
Little bundles of mints are a creative way to tackle a post-wedding problem, and they're cute to boot.
Package them in your wedding colours and they're bound to be a success.
18. Personalised tube of tea leaves
Obsessed with tea? We don't blame you. Maybe your guests are too!
Purchase some tubes and mix together your very own wedding-themed brew. It's easy enough to bulk order your perfect flavour, so just give each guest a tube with enough tea leaves for that perfect post-wedding cuppa.
Tie a personalised label onto the lid and you've got yourself a cheap and easy wedding favour!
Delicious, decadent and different! Macaroons are a yummy wedding favour that's sure to go down a treat.
With an array of flavours that you'd have to see to believe, macaroons are a great wedding favour due to their versatility. You can choose the colour, flavour and packaging easily – and your guests are bound to love a bit of a sugar hit.
It'll perk them right up through the night and provide a delicious treat for the day after!
Bet you didn't know that you could get your own personalised M&M's!
It turns out you can: not only can you get your own delicious blend of colours, but you can also get your initials popped on top of them to replace the Ms themselves. And really, who doesn't love a bit of chocolate?
Simply pop a handful in a tin or pouch and you're ready to go!
21. Clear umbrellas
If you're planning a winter wedding or the forecast isn't looking all that friendly, clear umbrellas make a great favour idea.
Think of it this way: if it rains, at least this way all the umbrellas will look the same and the photos will come out as if it was 100% expected! The best part? Everyone gets to stay dry and neat!
You can even inscribe the details of your wedding onto the handle if you want to personalise it further.
In a jam for what to choose as your wedding favour? Sorry, couldn't resist!
Jam is actually a great choice for wedding favours because it's easy to personalise and it'll keep far longer than a lot of the alternatives due to the preservation.
Plus it's delicious, and will make a great addition to your post-wedding breakfast.
23. Bubble mix
There's nothing quite as uplifting and fun as the sight of hundreds of bubbles floating up into the air. So take advantage of that and equip your guests with bubble wands as their wedding favour.
Not only will you get some great photos of all the bubbles floating along, you'll also have a lot of fun creating and chasing the bubbles too.
And don't worry – you can get bubble formula that doesn't stain your clothes!
24. Foldable fan
If your wedding is in the middle of summer, your guests will relish any opportunity to beat the heat. So why not help them along the way with their very own foldable fan to maintain the breeze?
You can get whatever design you like printed onto them, plus they make really cool accessories for your photos.
So keep your guests cool and your wedding even cooler with foldable fan favours!
25. Glow jars
Last but definitely not least, glow jars are a seriously gorgeous addition to any wedding and a creative favour idea.
All you need is a collection of mason jars and as much glow-in-the-dark paint as you can find. Paint dots and spatter the glow-in-the-dark paint all over the inside of the jar, wait for it to dry and then pour in tonic water mixed with glitter. Tightly close the lid, give it a shake and you're done!
You can also use glow sticks for the same effect, but they won't last as long.
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