If you’re looking for a way to keep your wedding costs down, what about this amazing wedding budget hack – having homemade wedding favours to give to your guests?
If that sounds like a lot of effort, we’ve got 101 amazing wedding favour ideas to inspire you, but if you’re feeling creative, read on…
Our very own designer, Heather, made her own jam to give out as a wedding favour. It suited the couple’s afternoon tea style wedding perfectly and is a great idea if you are looking for vintage wedding ideas – just check out that pretty floral cloth lid.
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If you’re not a fan of jam, what about making your own lemon curd to give out to your guests? You can present it in little mason jars – tie a luggage label to each one with your guests’ names and then they can double up as wedding place cards.
Popcorn Wedding Favour
It’s easy to make bowls and bowls of popcorn at home – just buy microwavable bags and get popping. Put it in sealed containers to keep it fresh ahead of the big day before giving everyone popcorn boxes to fill to their heart’s content.
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Why not treat your guests to a delicious homemade meringue wedding favour? You could even add a hint of food colouring to them so they match your wedding colour scheme. Wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie with a pretty bow. We love the Meringue Girls meringue recipe.
Who could resist a homemade marshmallow? We are obsessed with these beautiful raspberry ripple marshmallows from olive, why not have a go at making your own?
If you have beekeepers local to you (or do it yourself!) why not treat your guests to local honey which you can dress up in pretty jars. This couple who chose to give out honey at their wedding at the Ballroom at Darenth Valley managed to match their favours to their newly shared surname.
Head Designer at hitched, Simon, got busy brewing up favours to give out to guests at his wedding to wife Laura – each guest received a homemade miniature of sloe gin or blackberry vodka (and we won’t say which member of the hitched team was spotting downing theirs in one upon arrival…). They served them up tiny corked bottles with a tag reading ‘Love Potion’.
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Turkish Delight Jellies
Want to go really out there? We love olive magazine’s recipe for Turkish delight jellies and you can easily serve them in shot glasses – which also feature in our wedding favours for £1 or less article, if you’re after some…
If the idea of spooning things into jars or baking up a storm doesn’t appeal to you, why not set up a wedding sweet buffet? Fill jars with your favourite sweets and give your guests paper bags so they can help themselves on the day – less homemade and more wedding-made, but it still counts. This treat table at Harrowden Hall looks amazing.
Pick Your Own Buttonhole
This is a fun and pretty favour idea, spotted at a wedding at Camp Katur. Pick fresh flowers and display them, allowing guests to choose their own buttonhole – it’s low maintenance for you and ensures everyone looks well dressed and unified in the photos!
If you’re up for a bit of baking, why not treat your guests to some homemade brownies as a wedding favour? If you make a lot you can always stack them up as a wedding cake alternative and encourage your guests to help themselves – we love this recipe for mint flavoured chocolate brownies from olive magazine.
DIY Photo Booth
You can make your own wedding photo booth with an instant camera and a lot of props. Let your guests keep the snaps they take as favours so they can be reminded of all the fun they had on your special day.
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Are you a bit of a chocoholic? We love this idea for couples looking for chocolate wedding favour ideas – homemade Nutella truffles! They’re super easy to make (it takes just 25 minutes) and will be devoured by your guests – find the truffle recipe on olive magazine’s website.
Feeling a bit more adventurous? No problem. We also adore olive magazine’s recipe for Nutella macarons, which will look so elegant at each guest’s place setting. Experiment with different flavours and colours for treats to match your colour scheme.
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This is a DIY wedding favour that involves minimal effort on your part – simply set up a bar with a selection of drinks and let your guests mix their own cocktails. Make sure your venue is ok with this first though! Alternatively you could give each guest a miniature and a mixer if that’s easier. How amazing is this gin bar at Ashfield House?
If you love cocktails, be inspired by this table of cocktails at hitched’s Head Designer Simon’s wedding. If you're looking for inspiration, we have the best wedding cocktails recommended by expert mixologists.
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Soft Drink Stand
If corkage is an issue, a good way round it is to give everyone a soft drink wedding favour. You could make your own virgin cocktails to hand out in jars, or jazz up pretty bottles to match them to your theme, like this couple who married at East Riddlesden Hall did with their pink lemonade.
Why not give your guests homemade biscuits as wedding favours for guests? Biscuit expert Amy Brown, owner of Cookie Delicious, has shared a foolproof wedding biscuit recipe with us. Your guests will definitely appreciate the thought and effort that goes into these treats.
Tiffin is easy to make and will look super cute doled out to guests in pretty cellophane bags. Check out this recipe for cranberry and ginger tiffin from olive magazine – your guests won’t be able to resist it.
Give your guests a healthy treat that you can make at home - such as a jar of caramel and sea salt almonds. They can snack away guilt-free and they look super pretty presented in glass jars. If you don't fancy that flavour combo there are plenty more almond recipes you can make at home.
Mason Jar Drinks
Be inspired by hitched Editor Caroline and serve up handy mason jar cocktails for your guests to make themselves. Her favours consisted of a shot of gin or vodka in a jar, with a mixer and a little bottle of syrup - ready to be shaken into a cocktail!
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Once you’ve made your own homemade wedding favours, make sure you check out our edit of the best wedding favour tags to dress them up with.