Wedding Favours: To have or not to have

When planning their weddings, what do brides-to-be concentrate on first? The photographer or the florist?  Their dream dress or the venue? There is no universal answer to this question.  However,  what we do know is that favours, if any, usually come last.

So are favours even necessary at weddings?

The tradition

Whether you find favours at weddings or not does depend on a few conditions. First, what country the wedding takes place or the origin of the bride and groom. Where I come from, France that is, you can’t really get away with not having them as part of your big day.

Your guests can expect to go home with their cute box or organza wrapped bundle of dragées (sugared almonds). Some will keep them as a souvenir and those with a sweet tooth will give in to the temptation of opening up the little parcel and will let the delicacy sugar coat gradually melt in their mouth until the almond is revealed. Some say that they symbolise sweetness of love and the bitterness of life. A less romantic and more’ ironic’ type would see the perfect representation of marriage, sweet at the beginning, bitter after a while, but I personally disagree-Well most days anyway 😉  But then again, the French are VERY traditional.

The new wedding favours

Here in the UK, favours can take on many different forms, they can be edible, for example, cookies, sweets, chocolate but also lately, homemade jam and even paradoxically, French style macarons. You can also have drinkable favours (mainly alcoholic) or ‘gifty’ type ones such as bath bombs, mini photo-frames and candles.

Sadly, couples often treat favours as ‘extras’, depending mostly on the size of their budget. But to reduce the cost, creative couples are happily embracing the DIY wedding trend and are deciding to make their own ones.  Some won’t bother having any at all, considering that they may be to them a waste of money.

To me it is such a great shame because not only is it your chance to thank your guests for sharing your special day with you by giving them a small token of appreciation, but also, if done in a creative way, these cute little adds-on that reflect both your wedding theme and your personalities are another opportunity to wow your guests, make them smile and give them a memory of the amazing day they just shared with you.

So, although not technically necessary, should you have favours at your wedding?

Yes, definitely! As long as you plan them carefully, I promise you, everyone will love them!

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Image Credits: 
Featured image (top) and image 1:  Kat Forsyth photography | Image 2 – efc photography | Image 3  –  Claire Graham photography | Image 4 – French Made | Image 5  – Carla Thomas photography

Author: Lauren, French Made