I have been giving wedding favours, and actually just the act of giving gifts a lot of thought lately. When wedding budgets hit the roof (as they do!) wedding favours are almost always the first to go. I get it… I have also been at weddings where the end of a beautiful evening showed evidence of rude receivers who abandon their gifts. And that sucks, I know.
But I am still (stubbornly) a believer in wedding favours.
I am probably old fashioned in that way. Old fashioned in that sense that I try to call or just sms the hostess the morning after a great dinner party to thank them for their hospitality (yes, sometimes I forget or the day just runs away with me, but I try!).
Thing is, that while a wedding day is YOUR day, it is also one of the few (if not only) opportunities you have to host an entire roomful of your favourite people. And what could be more awesome than telling your supportive family and loving friends how much they mean to you. Some of your guests will travel long distances to be there, some will spend days helping out on your DIY whims, they will buy expensive gifts to help settle you in to your new home, the will phone, sms or leave Facebook messages on your wall counting down the days with you, being excited and wishing you well… all to tell you how much you mean to them.
So spoil them in return! It need not be anything expensive, even just a sweet, personalised thank you message on their place cards, a slice of wedding cake individually packaged, a mixed CD sharing all your favourite moments. Be clever about it: why not give away those expensive flower arrangements on the tables, by adding a little tag or bag with a message for your guests to please take them home with them. Pot herbs, small trees or succulents as a gift that doubles up as décor. Create a sweetie or cookie bar where guests can indulge, give bottled home-made jams, cordials, ground coffee, speciality tea, olives, infused salt, cupcake mix or honey. Give each couple a bottle of wine or even just a small Lindt slab with a customised wrapper that could double up as a place name and favour. Give mixed Hot Chocolate as a late night favour or after dinner mints. Any small token of thanks will do, the trick is just to make it special, personal and lovely.
DIYing these projects, just add a bit more love to your wedding… and after all, isn’t that what the day is all about?
xx Anelle from Seven Swans
All images were found via Pinterest
Sweetie Boxes with Washi Tape | Heart Cookies | Favour Bags | Home Made Limoncello with labels | Hot Chocolate mix in a jar | Take-Away floral arrangement | Honey Favours | Heart Boxes | Tea Buffet | Cheery Cherry Gifts | Wedding Cake gift | Champagne per Couple | Airplants | Succulents | Potted Herbs | Centrepiece favours
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