You’ve chosen your wedding venue, flowers and even your honeymoon, but time and time again, couples report that when it comes to wedding planning, nothing gets the brain swirling more than one minuscule element of the day – wedding favours! That’s right, for something so small, choosing wedding favours seems to demand a surprising amount of planning, energy and creativity. The quandary of how much to spend and where to find a unique and interesting gift that everybody, from your best friend to your uncle Jim, is going to enjoy is an incredibly tricky one!
Wedding favours are given to guests as small gestures in gratitude of their attendance, love and friendship and are generally presented in front of place settings at the dining table or can even be distributed to guests as they leave the venue at the end of the night.
The origins of wedding favours are rooted in 16th Century France where couples would present guests with bonbonnières. These delicate bejewelled boxes were filled with sugared almonds as it was thought that the bitterness of the almonds and the sweetness of the sugar was symbolic of the bitter-sweetness of marriage.
Guests are still occasionally treated to sweet little bags of sugared almonds; however, wedding favours have grown arms and legs and nowadays anything goes, from a single striped candy-cane to a chilled bottle of mini-Moët Champagne, the world is your oyster!
With all that choice, a little inspiration can’t do any harm so we’ve narrowed down our favourite favours with a distinct Scottish flavour (try saying that after a prosecco or two!):
Get Lucky with a Lottery Ticket – £1.70
Gifting guests a Scottish Children’s Lottery ticket and popping it in one of these super cute little ‘Lucky in Love’ paper holders is a fun, affordable and charitable favour idea, which could also prove incredibly lucrative to one or two of your guests! The Scottish Children’s Lottery supports four Scottish charities so you’ll also be giving a bit back by including these in your big day.
Tablet – The Sweetest Scottish Treat – Less than 50p
For couples on a budget, why not try your hand at baking a huge tray of the nation’s favourite treat? Everybody loves tablet and it’s the perfect gesture to symbolise the sweetness of your big day. Couples can make their tablet well in advance of the big day (all that sugar acts as the perfect preservative) and can personalise the tasty favours by using cellophane/organza bags, tartan ribbon, hessian or favour boxes. For less than 50p, you can produce a tasty pick-me-up that your guests will be raving about.
Scottish Wildflower Seeds – £1.20
Native wildflower seeds make for perfect wedding favours as they’re easily transportable, unbreakable and once planted they will give guests a beautiful reminder of your wedding day. We particularly love these seeds from Friends of the Earth as the seeds are perfect for feeding our native bees. Each packet is personalised with the details of the couple and their wedding date and the plants are perennial so will come back year after year.
A Tipple of Scottish Gin – Less than £1
If you’re a gin loving duo then why not share your passion and your favourite Scottish gin with your wedding guests. Buy these cute mini-bottles and fill them with your favourite tipple, from Hendricks to Harris Gin. Couples can then personalise them in any way they see fit and voila, you have a unique, tasty wedding favour.
A Scottish Bookmark for Literature Loving Couples – £4
For bookworm couples, why not treat your guests to one of these glorious personalised tasselled bookmarks from Fine Art by Shaun. We are obsessed with the Highland Cow sketch and Shaun can even personalise the back with the couple’s names, wedding date and even the name of the guest. This is definitely a wedding favour that won’t be left on the table.
Pamper Guests with Amaranthine – from £3.50
After an entire day and night of merrymaking, what could possibly be better than a treat for tired skin? Your guests will love you forevermore if they find one of these pamper potions on their place setting. Amaranthine is an Edinburgh based skincare company and their products are DIVINE! These trial sized facial oils and masks are exactly what the doctor ordered and Amaranthine will even personalise the packaging to include the couple’s names and wedding date. The perfect wedding favour from £3.50
Grooving all the way Home with a Personalised CD – Less than £1.50
Why not give guests a little memento in the shape of a soundtrack from your big day? Couples can include prominent tracks from the wedding day, but why not include some local musicians from the region too. Buy fifty blank CDs for £8.65 and then pop the disks in these beautiful personalised CD sleeves. Guests can get their groove on and be forever reminded of your special day.
If you like the thought of wedding favours, but can’t decide what to choose to suit everybody, then why not consider donating your wedding favour budget to a charity of your choice instead? From £1 per person, your chosen charity will send out place cards for the table that will comprehensively explain your donation. The majority of large charities offer this service, from Cancer Research to the RSPCA, so your favour could really be the gift that keeps giving!!
So there you have it, we’ve listed our favourite wedding favours with a Scottish twist; however, do keep in mind that guests truly won’t expect a gift and if wedding favours aren’t your thing or your budget won’t allow for gifts, nobody will care. They’ll just be happy to be soaking up the magic of your big day!