It might be cold, wet and blowing an absolute hooley here in the UK, but...
Today I want to open up the Blog to you and find out your thoughts on wedding favours. Love them or hate them wedding favours have been around for years. Traditionally they are given as a gift to the wedding guest as a thank you from the bride and groom for attending their wedding, a keepsake of their special day. If you are going down the Traditional route then it states that wedding favours are made using 5 sugared almonds, each of the 5 sugared almonds symbolise; Health, Wealth, Happiness, Long Life and Fertility. However times have moved on and these days anything goes as a wedding favour.
Back in the day when I first started going to weddings, to be honest it was mainly sugared almonds, then it moved to personalized chocolate, personalized matchboxes, lottery tickets, and now these days with the rise of the DIY wedding, absolutely anything goes and it seems the more personal the better.
Brides and grooms are using wedding favours not only as a cute gift for their guests but also as a way to tie their overall theme into the day. Sometimes they are used more functionally and double up as place cards or name tags.
BUT what are your thoughts on them? and will you be having them at your wedding? 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.
Others though feel that they are a complete waste of time and just another sap on the wedding budget, one more thing to think about in an already cram packed wedding planning schedule
Personally I did give out favours at my wedding. As we got married abroad and it was hot we gave out personalized paper fans with our wedding date printed on them, I wanted something that my guests could keep and also something that was functional, and thank God we did have them, because it was boiling! (Photo by Annie Peel)
On the other hand 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 bar and forget their little present and it gets left behind when the taxis are called.
So what do you think? Are you having wedding favours? if so what have you decided on? If you’re not having them then why not? Or are you already married with advice about what you did or didn’t do?