The distribution of wedding favours began centuries ago when European aristocrats would offer their wedding guests sugar cubes in crystal or porcelain boxes. Sugar was an expensive commodity so to offer it in such style was a show of wealth and power. As time passed, the value of sugar dropped and those who were less wealthy adopted the tradition.
These days the wedding favour is used to thank guests for coming along, as well as a way of decorating the table itself, and there are many ways in which to approach it.
The cheapest and most simple way is to make them yourself. There are lots of companies able to provide unique and interesting favours for your table. Have a look at the Wedding Favours HQ, our sister site, for a huge range of boxes and bags, fillings and decorations. Once you have the boxes, you are really spoilt for choice with fillings:
TheDrinkShop supplies a massive range of miniatures delivered to you. Scottish weddings often see the men being offered a whisky and TheDrinkShop offers Famous Grouse for £1.67 per 5cl bottle (that’s a double).
A Quarter Of… sells traditional sweets such as Love Hearts, Rhubarb and Custard and Kola Cubes. Popping sweets into a box or an organza bag is a quick, cheap and effective favour.
My M&M’s is a company that can provide personalised M&M’s. Initials, first names, even the date of your wedding can be popped onto one side of these lovely chocolate treats, while the traditional M&M logo is on the reverse. You can choose two or three colours to tie in with your table, and can either buy large bags to make the favours yourself, or buy them pre-bagged if you want to save a little time. An excellent and unique wedding favour!
Cancer Research UK offer a wedding favour service which allows you to make a donation to charity on behalf of your guests. For a minimum of £1.50 per guest, Cancer Research UK will provide a card for each guests explaining a donation has been made, as well as a pin badge. With one in three people being affected by cancer, this is a nice way to give a little on your big day.
There are also a vast number of companies who will create a favour for you – a quick Google search will bring up a huge list. Matching your colour scheme, adding a filling of your choice and delivering them all to you is generally part of the service however it is often much more expensive than creating your own.
Whichever option you go for, choosing your wedding favours is a great bit of fun and something the majority of wedding guests look forward to. It doesn’t have to cost the earth but the end result is always pleasing.