92 Creative and Cheap Wedding Favour Ideas
Published date: 30th May 2021 | Author: Gracie Pritchard
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Treat your guests to a present to say thank you for their presence on your big day with one of these amazing wedding favour ideas. Favours for weddings don’t have to be a nightmare, so we’ve put together a list to help make your life a little bit easier.
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
How many times have you put your glass down at a wedding and not know 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.
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.
Personalise some pretty pens for your guests as a wedding favour. They can use them to sign your guest book too.
Nothing says ‘we just got married, thanks for being here’ more than a personalised mini bottle of gin. These will go down a treat!
Bottle openers 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. Tea Bags
Create a tasty wedding favour for your guests with your favourite flavour tea bags. Not everyone enjoys alcoholic drinks!
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.
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 special day.
Personalised drinks coasters with your wedding details and guests can use them on the special day and at home.
These personalised lollipops are the perfect sweet treat to hand out to your wonderful guests on the big day!
Leave your guests with a lasting reminder of your big day by giving them all CD’s with your big day soundtrack on them!
Get the party started early by leaving messages in bottles at each setting, with personalised messages for all your guests inside!
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.
Getting married in Asia or serving Asian food at your reception? How about personalised chopstick wedding favours that guests can use on the day and afterwards, a useful wedding favour to keep!
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. Champagne Flutes
For more of a sophisticated wedding favour idea, give your guests a personalised champagne flute each. Pop a bottle of bubbly in the middle of the table for extra brownie points.
19. Mason Jars
Perhaps slightly less classy, but still a stunning gift to give to your guests. And it holds more alcohol too – we love a good mason jar!
Socks are a classic gift for the groom, in case of cold feet, but they can also make lovely wedding favours. Personalise with a phrase like ‘The perfect pair’ or budget-allowing with your guests’ names.
21. Scratch Card
You might not be the only one getting lucky on your wedding night with these unique personalised scratch card favours!
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
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 wedding 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 wedding 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.
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.
Wear your heart on your sleeve with some pretty badges from Cancer Research UK. We think these are stunning!
For all the beautiful guests that couldn’t make it to the big day, hand out remembrance angels to your guests!
One for the suit lovers, this rose gold tie pin is a gorgeous favour idea, that will last!
Show your guests just how amazing they really are by providing them with their own ‘you are amazing’ books!
Wedding Favours for Men
30. Hip Flasks
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.
Too many guests for a hip flask each? How about a miniature bottle of the groom’s favourite spirit instead? These mini jagermeister look incredible!
Give your male guests a wedding favour that they can use again with these fun personalised leather cufflinks.
33. Novelty Bow Ties
After the ceremony and the formal pictures, let you guests have a bit of fun with their outfits with novelty bow tie wedding 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. Have their names engraved for a personalised touch.
35. Pocket Square
Personalise pocket squares with your wedding details with the guests’ initials or even a favourite picture.
36. Cigar Box
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. So why not provide your guests with their own personalised cigar boxes.
37. Beer Soap
Giving soaps as wedding favours but don’t want to give the guys anything too flowery? How about these fun beer soaps instead?
38. Beard Kit
NotOnTheHighStreet does some brilliant retro gifts for guys including this Beard Grooming Kit that is the perfect size to be given as wedding favours.
Wedding Favours For Women
39. 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.
40. Tea Cup
Who doesn’t love a cup of tea/coffee. Tea cups are fantastic gifts to give to your guests – especially when they’re as pretty as this one!
41. A Compact Mirror
Pretty compact mirrors as the wedding favours will go down a treat with girls who need to check their lippy is in place as the night goes on.
42. Nail Varnish
Give nail varnishes in a rainbow of shades and watch as guests start trading amongst themselves!
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.
44. 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.
45. Hand Cream
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
Temporary tattoos are really fun wedding favours and guaranteed ice-breakers. Get yours personalised with your faces and wedding dates!
47. Succulent Kits
Succulents are a trendy and décor-friendly wedding favour. They are cheap and easy to grow so your guests can take them home and continue to nurture them long after your nuptials.
48. A Beanstalk
Create a magical fairy-tale feel to your day with these wedding 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!
49. 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 wedding guests the morning after. Or by a ready-made kit online!
Let your place card holders do double duty as wedding favours too. Think baubles at a winter wedding, cute gold animal place card holders or heart-shaped single photo holders.
Getting married at Christmas? Nothing is more festive when it comes to wedding favours than a special bauble that guests can take home and add to their tree.
52. Egg Cups
Remind guests of your amazing day when they’re having their breakfast each morning with a personalised or wedding-themed egg cup.
53. 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
If you’re looking for some low-price wedding favours, take a look at our selection of gifts below that won’t break the budget for your special day. Not every gift has to be personalised and these budget-conscious ideas are so cheap, they might as well be free!
A unique way to set out seats at the evening celebrations. And your guest can take these place names home too!
Personalised or in pretty wrappers that work with your wedding theme, locally sourced brands of soap will be a winner with wedding guests. Plus, just imagine how nice your reception area will smell!
Place a single sparkler on each place setting with a note to keep them until the end of the night when your wedding 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.
57. Scratch Cards
Scratch cards are the ultimate budget wedding favour, because not only do they give wedding 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.
58. 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 wedding guests to take them home and fill them with a picture of your wedding.
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.
If you’re hosting a Wedstock style big day, with live music, teepees and street food stalls, a WedFest wrist band wedding favour will add to the fun theme. They’ll make a lovely keepsake for guests too.
61. 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.
Having a festive wedding? Crackers can double up as décor details and wedding favours on your tables. You can get DIY crackers that you can fill with personalised presents and jokes too.
Edible Wedding Favours
Marshmallows 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.
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.
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.
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!
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. Or buy them online if you really want to!
Honey that is local to your venue or where you fell in love is a lovely idea for a wedding favour. Plus, you can have fun with the labels… ‘Meant to bee’, ‘We bee-long together’, ‘Bee mine’.
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.
72. 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.
73. Love Hearts
The classic sweet Love Hearts are perfect for wedding favours. You can personalise the wrapper with your wedding details too.
74. Sugared Almonds
Keep things traditional with the classic wedding favour – sugared almonds.
Want your favours to be simply chic? The French sweet treat macarons always look and taste good and you can display them in all sorts of fun ways.
76. Chocolate Bar
Personalise a bar of chocolate with a wedding-worthy label. A truly tasty treat!
77. 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.
Make your own and ice them as creatively as you can or leave it to the professionals at NKLDN, who have a fabulous wedding favour range that you can personalise with your guests’ names or an on-theme picture.
79. Doughnut Stand
Doughnut stands are a huge wedding trend and look really eye-catching. Use them as décor and wedding favours by leaving an empty, personalised bag at each place setting for guests to fill with their doughnut of choice.
80. Candy Cane
Christmas wedding tables will look cheerful and festive with the addition of a candy cane at each seat.
If you’re having a winter wedding, warm guests up with a hot chocolate kit. These cute little Cubes come complete with hot chocolate powder and all the toppings.
82. 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 lot of jars and decorate to suit your taste.
83. 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.
Wedding Favours under £5
84. Cocktail Stirrer
If you’re planning on treating your guests to a special wedding day cocktail, or are having a cocktail making station set up on your big day, then these cocktail stirrers will go down a treat. You can even personalise them with the guest’s name so that they can act as place names too. An inspired budget idea for under £1.
There’s nothing better than a badge to make your guests feel like a part of the big day! And they’re cheap too, so everyone can have one!
86. Piece of Fruit
This might sound like a completely mad idea but stick with us. A piece of fruit on each place setting can look gorgeous if you choose right – we’re thinking of an apple at an autumn wedding rather than something more comical like a banana, or peach at a summer wedding with a soft pastel colour scheme. If you choose a piece of fruit with a strong stalk you can tie a name label to it and make it part of the place card decor too. You can bulk buy fruit from markets, and farm shops and you’ll need to plan to go the day before the wedding so the fruit is as fresh as possible.
87. Sweets in a Test Tube
If one of you is a scientist or works in the medical industry, this can be a really fun nod to your profession – a test tube filled with your favourite sweets or perhaps cocoa powder and marshmallows for a DIY hot chocolate kit.
Are you known as a tea-loving couple who can’t get enough of their favourite brew? A teabag favour in a cute pouch with the words ‘the perfect blend’ will definitely make your guests smile and they can choose to use their bag at the end of the meal or to take it home. You can have these bags pre-filled or filled with your own choice of favourite tea.
Fill some buckets around the venue with your favourite beer then give your guests the key to serve themselves with an assortment of ‘XO’ bottle openers on their place settings. These keys are really cheap but stylish and it’s a wedding favour your guests can keep and use again and again.
90. Bath Bomb
Bulk buy these heart-shaped bath fizzers and put them in cellophane or pretty organza bags that fit your colour scheme and they’ll make a lovely and very budget-friendly wedding favour. Your guests will definitely appreciate them the day after the wedding when they’re soaking their dance floor-tired muscles in the bath.
91. Cutlery Pouch
If you’re a dab hand with a sewing machine you can make pretty cutlery pouches really easily and cheaply from a single piece of fabric that works with your wedding theme. Alternatively, if you don’t have the time or sewing skills, you can buy pretty pouches cheaply online too and guests will love taking them home to use after the wedding.
Everyone likes to refresh their palate after a good flavorsome meal and some mini champagne chocolates will go down a treat as a wedding favour!
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you give for Wedding Favours?
Wedding favours are typically small gifts, like candles, chocolates or cufflinks. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive unless you want it to be!
Why do you give Wedding Favours?
Wedding Favours are a small way of saying thank you to your guests for joining you on your special day.