Are you providing your guests with wedding favours? Not only are they a fun way to show your guests gratitude and how much you love them, they're also a sweet reminder of the most special day of your life.
The very first wedding favours date back centuries ago and were known as 'bonbonnieres'. Given as a symbol of good luck, guests could usually look forward to sugar cubes or sugared almonds! Today, you can really tailor them to your chosen wedding theme or preference. From luggage tags, succulents and shot glasses to cake pops, egg cups and fortune cookies, there’s so many amazing and unusual wedding favour ideas for you to explore!
Thankfully, we’ve made the task a little easier by coming up with 106 wedding favour ideas to inspire you and to guarantee your guests will be delighted. You won’t see any of these left on the table at the end of the night!
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Edible Wedding Favours
1. Cocktail in a Jar
Most guests will love finding a delicious cocktail waiting for them as they take their seats for the wedding breakfast. This is so easy to DIY! Mix up a big batch of one or two of your favourite cocktails and then decant them into little jars and top with a personalised sticker or tag. We love these mini mason jars from Amazon and these wedding favour tags from Etsy to tie onto the handle.
2. Fortune Cookies
Fortune cookies are a great cheap wedding favour. You can go to an Asian supermarket and buy loads at a very affordable price or spend a little more and order personalised ones with fortunes of your choice. We like ‘You will buy the bride or groom a drink’. These chocolate covered ones contain a message of good luck and come in at £1.25 a favour.
3. Chocolate Moustache
If you’ve got a photo booth, give your guests a hint of what’s to come by giving out chocolate moustaches as wedding favours.
Jars of honey allow you to use wording like ‘Meant to Bee’. If that’s not enough to convince, perhaps how cute these rustic honey jars are will?
Meringues taste amazing and they look pretty too. We love these individual ‘meringue kiss’ favours from The Meringue Girls – their flavours include gin & tonic, lemon sherbet, chocolate and coconut. Favours are £2 each and can have an edible disc added with your initials or even a photo of you both!
6. A Sweetie Bag
Give each guest a candy-striped bag and allow them to fill it to their heart’s content at a sweet buffet.
You can make honeycomb at home (or buy it ready-made if the thought scares you) and present it in pretty bags.
8. Fudge or Tablet
As above! Get crafty and make your own or buy it ready-made (like these ones from Etsy) and package it up prettily. Tablet’s an excellent option if you have Scottish heritage or are marrying in Scotland.
Jars of jam look amazing at a vintage wedding, especially if you personalise the labels and add pretty fabric lid covers.
If you prefer more savoury products, give out little pots of chutney. These glass mason jars would be the perfect containers.
11. Gourmet Coffee
A small package of gourmet coffee will ensure your guests are wide awake the following day. These hessian bags contain freshly roasted and ground Brazilian coffee.
12. Love Hearts
They’re a classic and with good reason! The retro sweets are the epitome of sweet romance and you can personalise the labels too!
A pretty lolly at each setting will really add to the table décor! These vegan and halal friendly lollipops contain edible petals.
14. Bubble Gum
Go retro and give out bubble gum – bonus points if it comes in a cool dispenser like these mini gumball machines.
Did you have your first date at the cinema? Reminisce on old times with these novelty popcorn boxes that you can personalise with your wedding date.
If you prefer your treats to have a softer texture, consider giving your guests marshmallow wedding favours. These marshmallow wedding favours come in luxe gold foiled boxes and are totally scrumptious. There’s lot's of fun flavours like Amaretto Sour and Raspberry Champagne.
Get fancy and treat your guests to some pretty pastel macarons, like these from Mademoiselle Macaron. The macaron wedding favours come in boxes of two or three, and you can choose bespoke flavours and colours to suit your wedding theme.
18. Spirit Miniatures
Treat your guest to a miniature – you could use your favourite and your partner’s favourite tipple, or name your tables after spirits and base the favours on the table names. We love these personalised gin miniatures.
19. After Dinner Mints
Another excuse for a great pun – ‘Mint to Be’.
Handmade or not – it depends how creative you are! Chocolate truffles will be well received and can be paired with the post dinner coffee. Lily O’Brien’s do sets of two boxed truffles from £1.20 each or, for something more personal, we love these initialled chocolate wedding favours from Morse Toad.
Mini ketchups are great if one of you is a tomato sauce fiend – you can buy 80 mini jars on Amazon for under £30. Nice olive oil, balsamic sea salt, spice mixes or herb infused sea salt are all interesting favour ideas too!
22. Chocolate Champagne Bottles
If the budget doesn’t run to a Champagne bottle per guest, opt for the chocolate alternative. These are less than 60p each.
23. Chocolate Bar
Keep it simple and treat each guest to your favourite bar of chocolate. You can buy bulk boxes from wholesalers like Costco or from Amazon.
Whether it is bags of your favourite brew or super cute tea in a glass bottle, there’s nothing more British than a cuppa – so it makes the perfect wedding favour. It’s actually a cute idea for a destination wedding: if you know everyone will be missing their favourite brand, give them tea bags as their favour.
25. Jelly Beans
Hogwarts-themed weddings need Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. If you don’t want your guests to accidentally get a vomit or earthworm flavour jelly bean, you can find little bags of normal flavoured beans that you can fill these mini globes with!
26. Sugar Mice
Go retro with your favours and give each guest a delicious sugar mouse.
27. Pancake Mix
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially after a heavy one the night before. Give your friends these fancy packets of gourmet American pancake mix and they can whip up a delicious batch the next day. Flavours include raspberry and white chocolate, apple crumble and rocky road.
28. Cupcake or Cake
If you have a tower of cupcakes or a large wedding cake, give each guest a cake box so they can safely take a slice or cupcake home.
29. Cake Pops
Custom cake pops will add a quirky twist to your wedding tables – and we especially love these pearl drip pops! They start from just over £2 each and come in flavours like carrot cake and indulgent chocolate, topped with white chocolate and sugar pearls. If you’re stuck for space, display them on a treat table and encourage guests to help themselves.
Bake a brownie for each of your guests to enjoy.
32. Drinks Voucher
If you don’t want to buy favours as such, give everyone a couple of drinks vouchers to use at the bar. Try to choose paper or card ones instead of plastic tokens for a more eco-friendly favour!
33. Kinder Eggs
Chocolate and a toy?! Your guests will love you! These aren’t just for kids.
34. A Blend of Spices
Make sure your friends and family have food that is perfectly seasoned by giving out jars or tubes of spices. These personalised blends feature spices from India, Sri Lanka, Jamaican China and more!
35. Sugared Almonds
They are the traditional choice, so why not go for that?
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Cool Wedding Favours
36. Playing Cards
A custom deck of cards is not only a practical gift for your guests to take away, it's a great way to keep people entertained at the table with games and tricks.
37. Temporary Tattoos
Temporary tattoos have moved on so far from when you used to get them free with your teen magazines. Now you can get custom temporary tattoos with your faces on, or personalised with your names and wedding date.
Succulents are so on trend now, and are cheap to buy and grow. They look amazing on the tables at a rustic wedding. Why not use them in the centrepieces then invite your guests to take them home at the end of the night? Head to a local nursery, garden centre or propagate at home.
39. Watering Cans
These mini watering cans are seriously charming! Fill them with flowers to match your theme, napkins or even cutlery!
Give everyone bubbles and a wand and encourage your guests to get blowing for some amazing pictures.
41. Golf Balls
42. A Recipe
Pass on some family favourites and leave out one of your favourite recipes for your guests. Ask your stationery designer to write them up on card in a cute handwritten font or you could even print a recipe on a tea towel!
43. Second-Hand Book
Pick up books from charity shops and car boot sales and give each guest a good read! You could pick them based on your guests favourite books or on their personality.
44. Fortune Teller Fish
You know those little red fish you place in your palm and they tell your fortune? They’re great icebreakers to have on the table at weddings, seriously cheap and really light so you won’t need to worry about finding space to transport them to the venue (which make them great for a wedding abroad too!).
45. Pen or Pencil
46. Bottle Stoppers
Be kind to your guests and ensure their wine never goes off by giving them all personalised cork bottle stoppers. You can add cute backer cards to these ones in your choice of white or gold pinstripe.
47. Glass Charms
These delicate and pretty favours will make a subtle difference to your wedding table – place a personalised charm on your guests’ wine glasses to add a personal touch.
48. Wildflower Seeds
Packets of wildflower seeds or biodegradable seed papers are a great choice for nature lovers. Add the caption ‘let love grow’ for bonus pun points. They’re eco-friendly and excellent for bees if you plant them in your garden.
49. Cookie Cutters
Help your guests become star bakers by giving each one a cookie cutter. We love these tropical cookie cutters!
50. A Beanstalk
Go for that fairytale feel and treat each guest to a beanstalk. You can have personalised ones with every guest’s name on, or go for this set of 1,000 beans for £200 that come with your initials or names on and you can give everyone a bag with a few in.
51. Charity Donations
Of course, your choice of wedding favour can have a deeper meaning. Donate to a charity that is close to your hearts. Some charities will print off place cards, like this one from Prostate Cancer UK, and give pins or bracelets in return. Check out our favourite charity wedding favours here.
52. Fridge Magnets
If you sent out fridge magnet save the dates, why not follow up with a wedding one?
53. Lip Balm
Show that you care for your guests by treating them to a lip balm to protect their lips!
54. Wedding Soundtrack
Give each guest the gift of music by leaving out USBs loaded with your wedding playlist.
55. Bottle Opener
If you know your guests are partial to a beer or two, give out bottle openers. These rose gold bottle openers are really chic, and if you’ve got a Disney themed wedding, we love these key-shaped bottle openers.
56. Individual Wine Bottles
Give out small bottles of wine (or Champagne if you’re feeling fancy). Pair with fancy gold paper straws to really get the party started.
57. Hangover Kits
Be pre-emptive and put together hangover kits for your guests. Include paracetamol, a tea bag, mints, sunglasses, a cereal bar and whatever else you might need to beat off beer fear.
58. A Vintage Tea CupScour charity shops to find a selection of vintage tea cups for your tables or search on eBay. If you’ve got a retro-themed wedding, it’s such a cute gift to take home.
If you’re having a smaller wedding, you might be able to spend a little more on the favours. Personalised hipflasks will be well received.
It’s nothing personal! Artisan soap will be appreciated by all. This cute personalised pack is natural, vegan, organic and handmade for just £1.10 a favour – plus it comes in scents like lavender milk and black pepper & lemongrass.
Not just for bonfire night! Get everyone outside with their sparklers for some amazing photos during a sparkler send-off. These Polaroid-style sparkler holders are two gifts in one: a sparkler and a cute picture of the couple to remember the day.
Hearts made from slate or wood can enhance the décor and can also be personalised with the guests’ names, doubling up as place cards!
63. A Notebook
A cute little notebook is a great idea – you can never have enough notebooks!
Leave out scratchcards for each of your guests. Just make sure they agree to give you a cut if someone wins big! You can pick these up for cheap at your local newsagent, usually for 50p or £1 each.
65. Lucky Dip Tickets
If the idea of getting scratchcard peelings on your pretty tables makes you feel tense, opt for lucky dip lottery tickets! Present them in these cute lottery ticket wallets.
Who doesn’t like candles? Little Yankee candles or special tea lights will go down a storm. These personalised wedding favour candles are seriously lovely and smell amazing.
Don’t let your guests ruin their furniture at home. A personalised coaster will prevent drink-based damage and give them a chance to remember your day every time they take a sip! Go for a cool slate coaster or a budget friendly paper one.
Provide your guests with these paper origami kits and instructions and let the fun commence. These animal kits come in shapes like a whale, cat and dog.
If your wedding has a Far Eastern twist, give each guest some beautifully decorated chopsticks. These personalised ones are seriously cute!
A box of matches is an old school wedding favour, but it’s quite useful. It also gives you the opportunity for some excellent puns about being a ‘perfect match’ or a ‘match made in heaven’.
71. A Compact Mirror
Always handy! These rose gold compact mirrors are £2 each and can be personalised with your guests’ names.
Personalise keyrings with photos, messages or simply your names and wedding date.
73. A Cartoon
Hire a caricaturist and get them to sketch each guest – they can have the drawing as a keepsake.
74. Colouring Sheet
Not just for children! Colouring in is having a big moment. Let your guests enjoy it at your wedding with these personalised table place mats. Just add a small set of coloured pencils with each or have a pot in the middle of the table – it’s a great icebreaker.
75. Paper Flower
Make each guest a paper flower to take home with them. Here’s our easy step-by-step tutorial on how to make paper flowers.
76. Bath Bomb
Let your guests have some pamper time when they get home by giving them bath bombs. How amazing are these brightly coloured bath fizzers with cheeky Love Heart-style messages on them?
77. Mini Bottle of Bubble Bath
Mini toiletries are useful, and bubble bath is lovely, so why not combine the two?
Leave out a fun badge for everyone. These custom badges are awesome, but you can get cheaper generic team bride and groom and wedding badges too. Find more affordable favour ideas in our wedding favours for £1 or less article.
79. A Wristband
If your wedding has a festival feel, give each of your guests a personalised Wedfest wristband.
80. A Magic Trick
Use the money you would have spent on favours to hire a magician and make sure he gets around to everyone to perform a trick.
81. Polaroid Photos
Everyone loves Polaroid cameras. Leave a couple out (or opt for a cheaper Fuji Instax) and let everyone snap selfies to take home and a second selfie to stick in a guest book or hang on a guest book wall. You could even leave cute disposable cameras out for people to develop after the wedding.
82. Rubik’s Cube
Drive everyone a bit insane by providing Rubik’s Cubes. You can get three of these puzzle cubes for £2.
83. Shot Glasses
Personalised shot glasses will get the party started! These glasses are less than £2 each and come with several phrases and 12 ink colours so you really can customise to your theme.
84. Tea Towels
Get personalised wedding tea towels printed and leave one at each table setting. We love this one from Original Wedding Tea Towels – you can also get save the date tea towels too!
You can get keys personalised, or seek out antique ones for a vintage feel.
86. Nail Varnish
This is more for the female guests, but why not leave out nail varnish in your wedding colour scheme?
87. Photo Frames
Use them to hold each guests’ place card, but then let them take them home! These star fish ones would be fabulous at a coastal wedding.
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Destination Wedding Favours
88. Luggage Tags
If you’re headed abroad for your big day or are having a travel theme, give everyone a luggage tag. We’re in love with these personalised tags that can have each person’s initials on them and be used on the seating plan, or simply stamped with the word ‘Love’ and placed on each table setting. They cost from £7.30 and come in lots of different colours. These faux leather luggage tags are also so chic and can be personalised with initials.
89. Hand Fans
If your wedding is taking place in a hot country or on a summer’s day, leave out pretty fans for your guests. We love these gorgeous sea breeze hand fans which would be ideal at a beach wedding.
90. Eco Water Bottles
These eco-friendly water bottles from the Hitched Shop can be printed with initials. If you’re in a hot country, get a bulk ordered delivered to your hotel and your guests can use them to keep themselves hydrated.
91. Tote Bag
How cute are these tiny tote bags! Fill them with sweets or treats to match your theme and place them on your table mats. We also love these destination stitched tote bags. They’re ideal to use for a wedding welcome bag to leave in guests’ rooms or just hand them out as beach bags.
92. A Personalised Note
If you don’t have much budget, make up for it with time and write a personalised message for each guest. This works best for a destination wedding when firstly, you’ll have fewer guests, and secondly, they’ll have made a bigger effort to fly out to join you. Telling them thank you and how much you appreciate them being there in a handwritten note will mean the world.
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Seasonal Wedding Favours
93. Fresh Fruit
A shiny apple at each place setting will look pretty, or opt for citrus fruit for a summer celebration. Peaches and nectarines are ideal for summer too, while pears, pomegranates and plums have a lovely autumnal feel. Toffee apples are our number one choice though!
94. Candy Canes
95. Pine Cones
Ideal for a winter wedding – pine cones can be treated to become firelights, or you could cheat and give out chocolate ones made from chocolate buttons.
96. Hot Chocolate Kit
Warm up your guests on cold winter days by treating them to a hot chocolate kit. You can splash out on luxury hot chocolate kits or cute cones like these hot chocolate reindeer ones. If you’re on a budget, buy instant sachets and give them out with mini marshmallows!
Add to your guests’ Christmas décor by giving them all a personalised bauble. Alternatively, buy blank ones and order decals with your initials on and DIY your own.
99. Bird's Nest
The perfect touch to an Easter wedding, fill these tiny bird's nests with mini eggs for a delicious dinner treat.
100. Flip Flops
Leave out flip flops for your guests if you’re having a beach wedding or you know they’re prone to wearing uncomfy shoes.
An essential for a chilly, winter wedding. But how many people actually own handwarmers? Solve that problem.
102. Christmas Crackers
If you’re having a Christmas wedding, give each guest a cracker to pull. It can be a very cheap option if you bulk-buy crackers, but if you have a bit more budget, personalised crackers are a magical touch.
103. Mince Pies
Is it really a Christmas themed wedding day without a few mince pies dotted around? Whip up your own and package them in these festive brown boxes, complete with candy cane string.
104. A Christmas Biscuit
105. Lavender Bags and Jars
For spring and summer weddings, a lovely smelling hessian or organza bag of dried lavender is beautiful. Lavender is known for reducing stress and helping you fall asleep, so your guests can keep it in their wardrobe or under their pillow for a delightful scent. For a DIY alternative if you grow lavender in your garden, you can dry some out and pop it in these mason jars.
106. Egg Cups
Egg cups are great for spring weddings. You can leave them as they are, or fill with a chocolate egg around Easter time. We adore these bright, floral egg cups for a garden tea party wedding.
Now you’re sorted when it comes to wedding favour ideas, why not take a look at 37 ways to make your wedding even more personal to you?