To favour or not to favour? This is the question that will haunt many brides in the run up to their big day! The humble wedding favour is traditionally a simple gesture to thank friends and family for sharing your special day. However, it can cause quite a headache. It is one of the many hidden costs that can potentially blow your budget, leaving you worrying about how much is appropriate to spend or whether they should give any favours at all. Here are our top wedding favours that add a personal touch and won’t break the bank.
Many couples are beginning to ditch the traditional wedding favour, instead choosing to donate to charity as an alternative. A place-card at your guest’s seat will inform them that a donation has been made on their behalf to your chosen charity. Last week we told you 5 ways to include your dog at your wedding. If you are animal-mad and want to embrace this theme, a donation to The Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind is an ideal choice. Their team will even work with you according to your budget requirements.Guests will appreciate this nice token, especially if it is a charity close to the family’s heart.
A selection of your favourite penny or hard boiled sweets circa 1980s is a quirky way to show your guests how grateful you are for their time. Personalised holdalls and stickers from websites such as Etsy are cheap and cheerful. These bags of fun are sure to satisfy those midnight munchies once the bar closes!
Love is Brewing
Us Irish do love a good olde cup of tea and a natter. What better way to thank your friends and family than to create a personalised blend teabag to take home. These are perfect for the morning after; sipping from a mug and reminiscing the day before. Either that or guests will be secretly thanking you for providing them with a mini hangover cure!
Grow in Love
For couples who are eco-friendly, a personalised packet of seeds or a small plant has become a hugely popular table gift. Guests can take their favour home and get in on the green action by nourishing it and watching your wedding love blossom.
Make sure you have your apron and cookbook handy. DIY treats such as baked goods, honey and jam are making a come-back. Why not make it a family affair and get everyone in on the action to help prepare for the nuptials. These homemade favours add that extra touch, showcasing to your guests the time and effort spent making them.
So original and romantic! Prepare a soundtrack on a mix CD of your favourite songs played throughout the wedding party including your first dance. To make it extra special, pre-record a thank you message for guests letting them know how grateful and touched you are for their support and love.
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