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Wedding favours? A wedding necessity?

06 June 2017

I wanted to know what people thought about wedding favours so popped into a few online wedding forums to get a bit of feedback on what I think is a bit of a sore subject between couples on what they think they should do, what they can afford to do and what they WANT to do. The messages I received was a real mixed bag of opinions and comments!

I have done many weddings here now at The Night Yard with a real range of favours and many not opting for favours at all. I have seen photo frames, candles, chocolates, beers, shots, and jewellery to name just a few! This year I am seeing more charity pin cards, scratch cards and even some fun phone photo camera lens.

Some people see them as a complete necessity and feel it is their chance to say thank you to their wedding guests in a personalised manner, fitting to their wedding. They take a great amount of time thinking about what sort of gift to give that reflects them as a couple and something the guests will want to keep. Handmade wedding favours being popular, but also a time consuming option.

How about the practicality of the gift maybe something that could be used during the wedding day? Brollies for a winter wedding? Blankets? Fans for a summer wedding? Sunglasses? Flip flops? Something that doubles up as a place card?

I have worked at many weddings and seen a lot of favours just get left behind, as soon as the guests have had dinner, they get off go to the dance floor and forget their little present which gets left behind when the taxis are called. So often they go into the bin or get returned back to the bride or groom.

That is why I completely understand couples that feel that they are a complete waste of time and just another drain on the wedding budget, plus it is one more thing to think about in an already cram packed wedding planning schedule.

Bridebook (the wedding directory) recently did a report that states the average wedding has 77 guests. With favours costing between £1and £5 that can mean a total cost of £385! To put that into perspective the average wedding cake costs £318.

Possibly prioritise your presents to those that have helped like your maid of honour/ best man and leave everyone to enjoy the present of your party!

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Small bags of fruit, would go really well on our farm setting although would have to be made up last minute!

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These mini bottles of champagne could double up as your guests drink at the table and their place setting.