Wedding Traditions – The subject of the Wedding Favour

Today on Plans and Presents UK  Wedding Blog, I would love to delve a wee bit into the subject of Wedding Favours.

The decision to have Wedding Favours is a personal one, but a token gift to say thank you to your guests for attending your Big day is always a lovely touch.




Traditionally, a gift of 5 sugared almonds or Bonbonnierre was given, and these represent health, wealth, fertility, happiness and longetivity, but these days couples tend to get a little more creative.

The history of this goes back to the aristocrats of Europe, notably France and Italy.

The bonbonnierre was actually a box made of porcelain, crystal, and precious stones, but in more recent times this tends to have been replaced by a gift box, an organza bag or the almonds wrapped in netting.

Modern gift trends can be candy, picture frames, personalised CD’s with couples favourite music, the ever popular lottery ticket, soaps, candles, and drinks minatures.

What to choose a lot of the time comes down mainly to budget.

My choice for my Big Day was silk notebooks [wth a personalised message] for the ladies and lottery tickets for the gentlemen.

In the evening I had Love Heart sweeties in gift boxes, and a love scroll wrapped in green ribbon to co-ordinate with my theme.

It is also increasingly popular to theme your wedding, whether this be through colour choice or subject matter.

Favours are generally placed at each place setting for reciept during the Wedding Breakfast, but some couples choose to go round with a basket in the evening and hand out each small gift personally.

Whatever you choose try to inject a little bit of your own personality into your choice.

Another sometimes very personal choice of wedding favour these days is the charity pin or favour.

Bride and Grooms sometimes have very personal stories to tell and loved ones they especially want to remember on their Big Day and giving back this way can give a small sense of peace.

A few suggestions for charity wedding favours can be – Cancer Research, Oxfam, Alzheimers society, The British Heart Foundation amongst others.

It is also becoming very popular these days to DIY both wedding decor and Favours and this is great and can save some pennies for a Bride / Couple that enjoys crafts.

However there is no pre requisite that says you have to have favours.

If you just don’t wish to, or you budget won’t stretch it doesn’t matter as the Wedding is about sharing the joy and each others good company.

Here is a selection of my favourite Wedding favour choices.


Personalised wedding favour napkins – The Little Foundry – NOTHS –  £6.25




Pack of 10 Wedding Favour Bottle Openers – Snapdragon – NOTHS – £38




Scottish tablet heart wedding favours – Phil Rao Studio Two – NOTHS – £2.95 




Wedding favour personalised scented candles – Hearth and Heritage – NOTHS – £5.50




Wedding-favour just my cup of tea The Wedding of My Dreams – NOTHS – £1.50




I hope this gives you a little inspiration for if you wish to incorporate Favours into your day.



UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow


  1. Reply

    Thank you very much for highlighting our wedding favours – I really appreciate it and enjoyed reading the article.

    1. Reply

      Hi Jane, it was my great pleasure to feature your favours and I thank you for your kind words x

  2. Reply

    Personalised favours are also becoming popular for both weddings and hen nights. Now you can find inexpensive personalised favours with labels that you can design yourself with colours and motifs to match your theme. Ours start at only 99p each!

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