The Power of Wedding Favours: Unique Ideas That Guests Will Love

September 10, 2023

The Power of Wedding Favours

Unique Ideas That Guests Will Love

Wedding favors are like a sweet, parting hug to your guests, thanking them for sharing in your special day. While traditional favors are lovely, why not make your token of appreciation unforgettable?

Let’s explore the world of creative wedding favors that your guests will adore and remember long after the celebration.

Bridal Appointment Tips


Timeline: From Yes to getting dressed

Most bridal boutiques won’t have your dress ready to take home with you on the day of your appointment. You are most likely going to get a new dress made to order. This will usually take anything between four and eight months. Also don’t forget you will have at least 2 – 3 fittings before you have your final dress.

If your timeline is shorter than the above mention period, take a deep breathe and DO NOT STRESS. Lots of boutiques will have something on “the rack” that will most likely need a few alternations. 

To ease your nerves, ensure that you dress will be in time, phone the boutiques ahead of time to see if your dress will fit in your wedding timeline before you make an appointment.


The Budget

This isn’t set a budget and then blow it. This is really set the budget and stick to it. Wedding dresses vary so drastically in prices you could spend a couple of thousands to a couple of hundred thousands. Be firm!

If you have someone who is buying the dress for you, have this conversation with them beforehand so you both on the same page and of course to avoid disappointment. There is no bigger disappointment than finding your dream dress and then seeing that its out of the budget. It is soul crushing.

Setting the budget means that the sales consultant at the bridal boutiques will only show you those dresses within your budget.

On a PS note about budget, not forget to think about accessories like veils, jewellery, shoes and hair accessories. Be mindful that some alterations could be added. Make sure when you purchase your dress that you are aware of ANY additional cost surprises.


Research: Designers and Bridal Boutiques

My goodness this could be one of those dark rabbit holes. There are thousands of designers and bridal boutiques. Doing some easy research will help narrow down the search for the dream dress.

I would suggest searching on social media, find some photographers pages, look at the dresses, the photographer usually tag all the vendors in their posts. 

Most bridal boutiques won’t have all their dresses online but they will stock the designers. Find your preferred designers and then narrow the search to those boutiques.


Create your Mood Board

The best part! Creating your wedding dress mood board! Pinterest is easiest the easies for this, upload all the dresses you are drawn too. As you go along, the more you add the more you will see a pattern emerge of the fabrics and silhouettes that keep recurring. 


The Entourage  

Just like your wedding guest list, deciding who comes with you during your bridal appointments can really make or break this should be fun and exciting experience.

I can’t stress this enough…..bring people who’s opinions you value the MOST!

The saying too many cooks in the kitchen could not be any truer for choosing your dress. The opinions of too many people could become stressful and confusing!

Think quality over quantity. Two to four people is more than enough. 


Avoid fake tans and heavy makeup

It’s only natural that you would want to feel absolutely SMASHING and GLAMOROUS when trying on wedding dresses, please bear in mind that fake tans and heavy makeup could be easily transferred onto the dress. Lets be kind to the dress and the future brides who want to try on the samples. 

If you feel better tanned, make sure you tanning day is a few days before your appointment so that it has time to settle. And with the make up, remember, a little goes a long way.

If you know more a less how you would like your hair to be done on the day, try and get your hair to resemble that style. It doesn’t need to be done by a professional but you could for example, if you know your hair is an “undo” throw your hair in ponytail. This with give you a realistic idea of how you will look on your wedding day in that dress. Also you can tick off buying hair accessories too.


Smash a burger before you bridal appointment!

If you anything like me, HANGRY is not a good look on me. Wedding dress shopping can be draining and most likely will be the entire day! And lets face it, there is nothing worse than shopping on an empty stomach!

So make sure you schedule a lovely lunch with your entourage and pack those snacks. You have an epic day to get through!


Lastly, be opened minded.

So you have done all the research, stalked wedding photographers pages, found designers, set your budget and created your mood board. You got this!

But there is that annoying but again, be opened minded! Try something that you might not think you would like. Sometimes, just sometimes you land up with something you didn’t expect. But the only way you will know is if you try.

Your body confidence is going to need a boost during this time, wedding dress shopping could be stressful. So give yourself extra extra love during this time.

The Power of Wedding Favours


1 – Personalized Mini Succulents

2 – Customized Mini Champagne Bottles

3 – Gourmet Popcorn Bar

4 – Personalized Keepsake Keychains

5 – Mini Terrariums

6 – Artisanal Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

7 – Handcrafted Candles

8 – Personalized Coffee or Tea Blends

9 – Mini Polaroid Cameras

10 – Charity Donations

11 – Personalized Playing Cards

12 – Mini Potted Herbs

13 – Wedding Comic Book

14 – Personalized Caricature or Cartoon Drawings

15 – Illustrated Portraits of the Couple

16 – Character Illustrations as Table Place Cards

17 – Miniature Bottles of Local Spirits

18 – Personalized Bottle Openers

19 – Mini Cookbook

20 – Mini Dessert Jars


Unique Ideas That Guests Will Love

1. Personalized Mini Succulents

Succulents are not only charming but also low-maintenance, making them an ideal favor. Put a personal touch on it by adding custom labels with your names and wedding date. Guests can take these little green friends home as a lasting memory of your love.

2. Customized Mini Champagne Bottles

Cheers to love! Give your guests mini champagne bottles with custom labels that match your wedding theme. Whether they pop it open right away or save it for a special occasion, it’s a delightful favor that will surely be appreciated.

3. Gourmet Popcorn Bar

Treat your guests to a gourmet popcorn bar with a variety of flavors, from savory to sweet. Provide cute bags or boxes for them to fill with their favorite popcorn combinations. It’s a tasty favor that’ll keep them snacking and reminiscing.

4. Personalized Keepsake Keychains

Create custom keychains that guests can use to remember your big day. Add your initials, wedding date, or a special message. Every time they reach for their keys, they’ll carry a piece of your love with them.

5. Mini Terrariums

Give your guests mini terrariums filled with tiny plants, rocks, and moss. These little ecosystems are not only beautiful but also symbolic of the growth and nurturing of your love.

6. Artisanal Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Elevate your wedding favors with bottles of high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Include a recipe card for a delicious vinaigrette to inspire your guests’ culinary adventures.

7. Handcrafted Candles

Hand-poured, artisanal candles in beautiful scents and designs make for wonderful favors. Customize the labels or containers to match your wedding theme, and let the soothing fragrance of your love linger in your guests’ homes.

8. Personalized Coffee or Tea Blends

For the coffee or tea lovers, create personalized blends and package them in cute containers or bags. Include a special note to warm your guests’ hearts with each sip.

9. Mini Polaroid Cameras

Encourage guests to capture candid moments during your wedding by providing mini Polaroid cameras. They can take home the snapshots as keepsakes, and you’ll have an extra set of candid photos to cherish.

10. Charity Donations

Consider making a donation to a meaningful charity on behalf of your guests. Provide each guest with a card explaining the donation, and let them know that your love extends to making the world a better place.

11. Personalized Playing Cards

Deck out your wedding with personalized playing cards featuring your names and wedding date. Your guests can enjoy a game or two and take home a piece of your love story.

12. Mini Potted Herbs

Give your guests the gift of fresh herbs they can use in their cooking. Mini potted herbs like rosemary, basil, or mint are not only useful but also represent growth and prosperity.

13. Wedding Comic Book

Transform your love story into a comic book or graphic novel. This unique and entertaining keepsake will delight guests with your romantic adventures.

14. Personalized Caricature or Cartoon Drawings

Hire a caricature artist to create custom drawings of each guest. These whimsical and fun caricatures can capture the essence and personalities of your friends and family.

15. Illustrated Portraits of the Couple

Have an artist create an illustrated portrait of you and your partner. These charming illustrations can be printed on cards or small posters and given as favours.

16. Character Illustrations as Table Place Cards

Instead of traditional place cards, consider having an artist create character illustrations of each guest. These can be used both as seating assignments and as favors for guests to take home.

17 – Miniature Bottles of Local Spirits

Share a taste of your wedding location by gifting mini bottles of locally distilled spirits, such as whiskey, gin, or flavoured liqueurs.

18 – Personalized Bottle Openers

Provide guests with stylish and functional bottle openers engraved with your names or initials. Every time they use it, they’ll remember your celebration.

19. Mini Cookbook

Share your favorite recipes or family dishes in a mini cookbook. Include a variety of dishes, from appetizers to desserts, to inspire your guests’ culinary adventures.

20 – Mini Dessert Jars

Satisfy sweet cravings with mini dessert jars filled with delectable treats like layered cheesecake, pudding, or brownies. Choose flavors that hold special meaning to you as a couple.

In Conclusion

Your wedding favors are a way to express your gratitude and share a piece of your love story with your guests. These unique and thoughtful ideas go beyond the traditional, ensuring your favors are cherished and remembered for years to come. Whether it’s a tiny plant, a gourmet treat, or a custom keepsake, your guests will feel the love you put into each thoughtful gesture.

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