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Wedding Decoration And Food

The Wedding Favours

There are literally millions of different kinds of favours to choose from - you are only limited by your imagination

Token Of Thanks

Wedding favours give you a fantastic opportunity to get really inventive, and if you spend any time at all researching the subject you'll soon realise that the possibilities are endless. The most important concept behind the idea of favours is of course to offer your guests a small token of thanks for taking the time and effort to celebrate your wedding with you, but this is one tradition that has evolved into so much more. As well as a thank you present for attending the wedding, favours are also seen as keepsakes or mementos of your big day. If you're clever your favours can also acknowledge your cultural heritage, or double up as attractive table decorations and/or place settings - and can even serve as a way to get your Mum or any other family members involved in the wedding preparations.

What Do Your Favours Say About You?

Depending on how many guests you have, favours can turn out to be quite expensive, simply because everybody attending gets one these days rather than the favoured few female guests who received them in the past. But with proper planning this needn't be the case. The most important factor is that they have some kind of meaning for you both. So if you're both big on nature you might give away packets of flower seeds, offering your guests a permanent reminder of the day when the seedlings spring up.

Tried And Tested

The Classic or traditional favours present was of course five sugared almonds said to represent health, wealth, happiness, long life and fertility. The idea originated in Italy and it is still customary to give sugared almonds in many European countries. Almonds are not your only choice if you're set on traditional favours, other popular classics include sweets or chocolate dragees, often wrapped in layers of tulle or netting.

If you're having a classic wedding you may want to follow this tradition, but there are plenty of ways of giving this a modern twist. For example you could go with favours as traditional as fudge pieces but packaging them in an elegant modern box, or personalise them with a handwritten thank you note. Usually favours are placed on the tables at your reception venue, however you may think it's a nice touch to hand them out personally. This is a great way of making sure you get to speak to everybody.

Making Your Own - Ideas

There are plenty of gifts you can personalise - here are just a few ideas:
  • Shot Glasses
  • Bath Bombs
  • Chop Sticks
  • Wind Chimes
  • Homemade Jams
  • Potpourri
  • Organic Soap
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Trinket Boxes
  • Fridge Magnets
  • Scented Candles
  • Teddy Bears
For a more Scottish feel - here are some more ideas:
  • Little tartan bag containing a little traditional cootie dumpling wrapped in a linen cloth
  • Little tartan bag containing homemade shortbread
  • A silver sixpence
  • Whisky miniatures
  • Celtic love spoons
  • Homemade Fudge
  • Heather