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92 Creative Wedding Favour Ideas

Published date: 20th May 2020 | Author: Hollie Bond


Treat your guests to a present to say thank you for their presence at your big day with one of these amazing wedding favour ideas.

Wedding favours are a lovely touch to include at each place setting on your wedding reception tables. Not only can you use them to let your guests know how happy you are that they made the effort to celebrate with you, but they can also do double duty as ice-breakers, pretty décor or as a way of giving to a charity that means a lot to you.

It’s important to make sure you choose fabulous favours, otherwise you might find them left on the tables at the end of the night. We’ve compiled a list of the very best ideas for favours that your guests will love, covering everything from macarons, spice mixes and shot glasses to luggage lags, coffee stencils and hangover kits.

 

Personalised Wedding Favours

1. Wine glass charms

How many times have you put your glass down at a wedding and not known which one it is when you come back from the dancefloor? There’ll be no glass confusion at your wedding if you give guests these personalised wine glass charms.

2. Recipe tea towel

Got a favourite family recipe that you want to share? Have it printed on a tea towel and leave one at each guests’ place setting. They’ll think of your special day every time they bake it.

3. Personalised pens

Personalise some pretty pens for your guests. They can use them to sign your guest book too.

4. Personalised sunglasses

Getting married somewhere hot and sunny? Leave personalised sunglasses on the chairs at your ceremony so your guests don’t have to squint through the “I dos”.

5. Bottle stoppers

Bottle stoppers with the date of your wedding or logo will be a lovely reminder of the day each time your guests have a bottle of wine.

6. Fridge magnets

Create a lasting souvenir for guests with a fridge magnet with a picture of you or something around the theme of your wedding.

7. Notebooks with name on

Everyone loves a good notebook. Choose ones that match your colour scheme and get guests names etched on the front so they can double up as place names.

8. Candles

Having candles at your wedding to create a certain scent? Give guests a mini version of your favourite candle and when they light it, they’ll remember your big day.

9. Coasters

Personalise drinks coasters with your wedding details and guests can use them on the day and at home.

10. Matches

These ‘Perfect Match’ personalised matches are really cute and useful, especially if you’re giving candles as favours too.

11. Keyring

You can personalise a keyring with a picture, the guests’ initials or your wedding details.

12. Shot glasses

Get the party started early by leaving personalised shot glasses at each setting, with a bottle of your favourite spirit in the middle of the table for guests to share out.

13. Luggage tags

Personalised luggage tag favours are perfect for destination weddings. Your guests will think about the amazing trip they had with you every time they go on holiday.

14. Tote bags

Tote bags are a useful and chic option for wedding favours. You can create any design, logo, illustration or picture you desire. They’re a particularly smart option at a beach destination where guests can use them as beach bags the day after your big do.

15. Chopsticks

Getting married in Asia or serving Asian food at your reception? How about personalised chopsticks that guests can use on the day and afterwards.

16. Tissues

Personalise tissues to mop up your guests’ happy tears as they watch you say “I do”.

17. Wooden initials

Pretty up your tables and let guests know where they are sitting with stylish wooden initials at each of the place settings.

18. Vinyl name wine glass stickers

For a modern take on wine glass charms, how about some vinyl name sticker decals for guests’ glasses.

19. Personalised Nutella bottles

Are you well-known for your love of Nutella? Give guests a giggle and a delicious treat to take home by personalising mini bottles of your favourite spread.

20. Socks

Socks are a classic gift for the groom, in case of cold feet, but they can also make lovely favours. Personalise with a phrase like ‘The perfect pair’ or budget-allowing with your guests’ names.

21. Mini olive oil

Getting married in Italy or Greece? Reflect the destination in your favours with mini bottles of the local olive oil, presented perfectly with a chic personalised label.

22. Coffee stencil

Wake up and smell the coffee with this fab and unusual idea for a wedding favour. You can get coffee stencils personalised with your wedding details or your guests’ names to really pimp up their morning latte.

Charity Wedding Favours

23. Charity place cards

When it comes to planning your place cards, think about any charities that are close to your heart and support them by ordering place cards that give back instead of physical favours. Most charities offer place cards that include a message to let your guests know why you have chosen that charity.

24. Wildflower seeds

A packet of wildflower seeds is a wonderful favour idea as guests can plant them and ‘let love grow’ in their gardens as a lasting reminder of your wedding. Plenty of charities have seed mixes to choose from including The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Action Against Hunger, and Tree Aid.

25. Bubbles

Give guests a giggle and the opportunity to create some magical pictures with a bottle of kids-party style bubbles from The British Heart Foundation.

26. Badges

Wear your heart on your sleeve with some pretty badges from Cancer Research UK.

27. Dog’s Trust pins

Support man’s best friend with these pins from The Dog’s Trust. These work really well if you’ve got any dog-themed touches in your day or if your furry friend is in attendance as flower dog.

28. Ring in a box

Give everyone a ring on the big day with these favours from Plan International UK that support girls who are forced to marry against their will.

29. Charm bead

GOSH have the option to buy a beautiful charm bead to support seriously ill children. A good option if you have a smaller wedding.

 

Wedding Favours for Men

30. Hipflasks

At a small wedding you could personalise a hip flask for each of the male guests and fill them with the groom’s favourite spirit.

31. Miniature spirit

Too many guests for a hip flask each? How about a miniature bottle of the groom’s favourite spirit instead?

32. Scrabble cufflinks

Give your male guests a favour that they can use again with these fun personalised scrabble piece cufflinks.

33. Novelty bowties

After the ceremony and the formal pictures, let you guests have a bit of fun with their outfits with novelty bowtie favours. Guaranteed to create some funny pictures.

34. Tie clip

Guys will love a personalised tie clip to give their wedding look a natty edge.

35. Pocket square

Personalise pocket squares with your wedding details, the guests’ initials or even a favourite picture.

36. Cigar

Cigar stations are a popular option at weddings, especially in hot destinations where you can sit outside and enjoy them at the end of the night.

37. Beer soap

Giving soaps as favours but don’t want to give the guys anything too flowery? How about these fun beer soaps instead?

38. Beard kit

The Modern Man do some brilliant retro gifts for guys including this Beard Grooming Kit that is the perfect size to be given as a favour.

39. Money clip

Personalised money clips are a lovely idea especially if you’re having a cash bar, so the boys can keep track of their money as the night goes on.

40. Bottle opener

If you’re having crates of bottles at a festival style wedding, a bottle opener favour will be a seriously useful gift. You can personalise them and even get flat ones that fit in a wallet like a credit card.

Wedding favours for women

41. Lip balm

You can get alcohol flavoured lip balms like gin, Prosecco or a cocktail, so choose your favourite tipple and give female guests a celebratory beauty treat.

42. Vintage tea cup

Having a vintage theme day or an afternoon tea? Scour your local charity shops and car boot sales for a mix of vintage tea cups and saucers and gift them to guests, who can also use them for their cuppa on the day.

43. A compact mirror

Pretty compact mirrors will go down a treat with girls who need to check their lippy is in place as the night goes on.

44. Nail varnish

Give nail varnishes in a rainbow of shades and watch as guests start trading amongst themselves!

45. Bracelet

Remember friendship bracelets? Remind your girly guests how much you value their support and love on your big day with an adult version of the much-loved kids’ gift.

46. Pillow spray

Give your guests the gift of a good night’s sleep after the big day, with a pillow spray. If you’re getting married in the South of France, lavender scented sprays are a must.

47. Mini perfume

You can create your own perfume as a hen do activity and then decant it into small bottles for your guests. Or perhaps you’re wearing a special wedding day scent and want to share it with your female guests in miniature form.

48. Hand cream

A mini hand cream will slip nicely into your guests’ evening bags. Choose a tube that fits nicely with your colour scheme.

 

Unusual Wedding Favour Ideas

49. Temporary tattoos

Temporary tattoos are a really fun favour and guaranteed ice-breaker. Get yours personalised with your faces and wedding dates!

50. Succulents

Succulents are a trendy and décor-friendly favour. They cheap and easy to grow so your guests can take them home and continue to nurture them long after your nuptials.

51. A beanstalk

Create a magical fairy-tale feel to your day with these favours inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk. Don’t ask us how they work, but you can have your initials or every guest’s name magically appear on the bean!

52. Hangover kit

A little personalised bag with a few hangover helpers like Berocca, plasters for those post-dancing blisters and an eye mask will be gratefully accepted by guests the morning after.

53. Cool place card holders

Let your place card holders do double duty as favours too. Think baubles at a winter wedding, cute gold animal place card holders or heart-shaped single photo holders.

54. Baubles

Getting married at Christmas? Nothing is more festive when it comes to favours than a special bauble that guests can take home and add to their tree.

55. Egg cups

Remind guests of your amazing day when they’re having their breakfast each morning with a personalised or wedding themed egg cup.

56. Matchbox games

Worried your guests will get bored over dinner or want to break the ice between guests who don’t know each other. Matchbox games are the way forward. They look great in their vintage containers and can be used well beyond the big day.

Cheap wedding favours

57. Fortune teller fish

Not much left in the budget, but keen to provide some ice breakers on the table? Everyone loves a fortune teller fish that rolls a different way depending on your fortune/ mood. Guaranteed to get guests talking and only 13p a pop!

58. Soap

Personalised or in pretty wrappers that work with your wedding theme, locally-sourced brands of soap will be a winner with guests. Plus, just imagine how nice your reception area will smell!

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59. Sparklers

Place a single sparkler on each place setting with a note to keep them until the end of the night when your guests can create a sparkler arch for you to walk through as a married couple. Make sure you ask your photographer to stay to capture the incredible moment.

60. Scratch cards

Scratch cards are the ultimate budget favour, because not only do they give guests a fun few minutes playing the game, they might actually win some money. Now that would be a conversation starter and a half. They’re only £1 a go and you can display them beautifully in a personalised postcard holder.

61. Photo frames

You can get pretty photo frames for next to nothing these days. Use them as place cards on the day and have a note telling guests to take them home and fill them with a picture from your wedding.

62. Mini bottles of bubble bath or a bath bomb

You can get bath bubbles or heart-shaped bombs personalised for very little for your big day. Guests will love a good long soak the day after to get rid of any sore heads.

63. WedFest wrist band

If you’re hosting a WedFest style big day, with live music, tepees and street food stalls, these WedFest wrist band favours will add to the fun theme. They’ll make a lovely keepsake for guests too.

64. Drink tokens

It would be wonderful to be able to have an open bar at every wedding, but often the budget doesn’t stretch. If you want your guests to feel spoiled, even on a tight budget, consider giving drinks tokens as favours so their first or second drink of the night is on you.

65. Song request card

A song request card is a really budget-friendly option, but is great fun for your guests too, who’ll enjoy filling them out and hearing their tune playing later on in the evening.

66. Christmas crackers

Having a festive wedding? Crackers can double up as décor details and favours on your tables. You can get DIY crackers that you can fill with personalised presents and jokes too.

67. CDs with wedding music

Go retro and make up a mixtape/ CD of the songs that will be playing at your wedding. Present the CD in a cute sleeve that you can personalise to fit your theme.

 

Edible wedding favours

68. Meringue kisses

Meringue kisses in a cute colourful bag will look great on your tables and meringues last for ages so are an excellent choice if you want to make or order ahead.

69. Truffles

Try your hand at truffle making in the run up to the wedding, or if you’re pushed for time, you can buy a batch and then box them up in pretty favour boxes to match your colour scheme.

70. Jam

Homemade jam is a sweet idea for a wedding favour. Bonus points if you use fruit from your own garden. Personalise with a sticker on the jar with your wedding logo.

71. Fudge

Fudge is surprisingly easy to whip up and lasts a long time so you can make It ahead of your day. Guests will have snaffled it up well before the first dance!

72. Cupcakes

Got a handy baker in your bridal party? Ask them to whip up a batch of their finest cupcakes and place one on each place setting.

73. Honey

Honey that is local to your venue or where you fell in love is a lovely idea for a favour. Plus, you can have fun with the labels… ‘Meant to bee’, ‘We bee-long together’, ‘Bee mine’.

74. Sweets

If you love pick ‘n’ mix or are having a fun fairground theme, sweets in stripy bags will look fabulous and guests will love tucking in at the evening party.

75. Fortune cookie

Fortune cookies are great conversation starters and a fun way to start the meal. You can get all sorts of messages inside including wedding quotes, wedding trivia or you can ask guests to fill the piece of paper inside with a wedding wish for you.

76. Sloe Gin

Get foraging for sloes with your other half and then spend the year before the wedding making your own sloe gin. Include instructions for guests to add the gin to their champagne for the toasts.

77. Individual wine or champagne bottles

Get the celebrations off to a flying start with an individual bottle of your favourite wine or champagne for each guest. We love these cool colourful bottles from Pommery.

78. Coffee or tea

If you’re known for your love of tea or coffee then treat your guests to your favourite brew. Tea leaves with a strainer or a packet of coffee beans will be a sweet personalised touch.

79. Chutney

Make your own chutney and then serve a cheese course or a cheese tower cake that your guests can enjoy it with.

80. Love hearts

The classic sweet Love Hearts are perfect for wedding favours. You can personalise the wrapper with your wedding details too.

81. Sugared almonds

Keep things traditional with the classic wedding favour – sugared almonds.

82. Lollipops

We’re not talking the tacky kids’ versions of this sticky treat. Lollipops can be made to look wedding perfect with edible flowers inside or edible glitter to match your theme.

83. Macarons

Want your favours to be simply chic? The French sweet treat macarons always looks and tastes good and you can display them in all sorts of fun ways.

84. Chocolate bar

Personalise a bar of chocolate with a wedding-worthy label.

85. Cake pops

If you don’t want your guests to fill up on an entire cupcake before the main meal, how about a pretty cake pop? Cake pops can be decorated beautifully to match your décor.

86. Biscuits

Make your own and ice them as creatively as you can or leave it to the professionals at Biscuiteers, who have a fabulous wedding favour range that you can personalise with your guests’ names or a on-theme picture.

87. Spice mix

Jetting off somewhere exotic on your honeymoon? How about giving your guests a spice mix from your chosen destination? You can buy the spices easily and cheaply at local markets and present them in pretty bags.

88. Doughnut wall

Doughnut walls are a huge wedding trend and look really eye-catching. Use them as décor and favours by leaving an empty, personalised bag at each place setting for guests to fill with their doughnut of choice.

89. Candy cane

Christmas wedding tables will look cheerful and festive with the addition of a candy cane at each seat.

90. Hot chocolate kit

If you’re having a winter wedding, warm guests up with a hot chocolate kit favour. These cute little tubes come complete with hot chocolate powder and all the toppings.

91. Cake in a jar

A cake in a jar is a clever way to keep a cake favour nice and fresh, plus it looks amazing and is really unusual. You can buy a job lot of jars and decorate to suit your taste.

92. Mulled wine mix

At Christmas weddings give your guests a mulled wine spice mix that they can add to red wine on Christmas Day. The spices will add a gorgeous festive scent to your venue too.

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Written by

Hollie Bond

Hollie is a lifestyle journalist with over ten years’ experience working in the wedding industry as Lifestyle Editor for You & Your Wedding magazine Also a Regional Editor for Muddy Stilettos, Hollie has written for Square Meal magazine, Family History Monthly, BBC History magazine and Homes & Antiques. In her spare time you can find Hollie in a dance studio practising ballet…

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