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“Do we have to give our guests wedding favours?”

Written by Katie Byrne, published 2nd may 2017

Favours - is it an essential yay or a not-so-important nay? We answer this real bride's question...



Question: "At weddings I’ve been to in the past, the favours have always been pretty naff, and I’ve noticed that some guests have even left them behind on the tables. My partner and I are working with a small budget and I’m wondering - will anyone notice (or care) if we don’t give our guests favours?"

Answer: The notion of a newlywed couple gifting their wedding guests ‘favours’ as a sign of gratitude is one of the oldest wedding traditions in the bridal book.

No, you don’t have to give your guests favours - but if you’re hesitant about skipping the tradition altogether, perhaps think outside the box.

Favours don’t have to cost a fortune, and even something as small as a pouch of sugared almonds or a ribbon-wrapped chocolate bar, complete with a name tag to double as a place-setting, can go down a treat.

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Alternatively, think of double-up ideas: instead of having elaborate table centres, pick candy trees that people can help themselves to as and when they please. Or, create a signature cocktail that can be served instead of champagne, with guests’ names tied around the flute stems on luggage tags.

If you do want favours but are worried your budget won't stretch to accommodate, have a think about what you (or a member of your bridal party) can make. More simply, find another part of your wedding you can cut-back on! 

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