Donna Chiles
Donna Chiles 25 Jun 2017

do wedding favours matter i went into our wedding room the other week to...

do wedding favours matter i went into our wedding room the other week to look at how people set up and to me it looked messy with bits strewn all over the tables and little bags, to me it looked messy, i want the table to look classy... whats peoples take on this im just under 2 months from our wedding and could use ideas please, pintrest and google who have been my best friends are giving me nothing x

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We didn't bother with favours...how bad does someone want some mints or sugared almonds lol ....whatever you do it won't be treasured x we had mini wedding cakes people could take home in a box if they wanted x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We did charity pins which u can use as place name for ppl

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

If I go to a wedding I'm not fussed on a favour either x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

Im not doing wedding favours for our wedding. They are an extra expense we juat cant afford and like you i want to keep the tables minimalist and tidy. They are nice if you can afford them but i really don't think people will miss them if they are not there x

Gemma Belisle
Gemma Belisle 25 Jun 2017

We arnt we just having sweet table with little cakes too

Naomi Chappel
Naomi Chappel 25 Jun 2017

I think it is intirely up to you. If you don't like how your table will look then don't bother. I am planning on having little bottles of home made liquor for everyone so it will be small and only 1 per place setting not all over the table x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We are thinking of doing charity pins x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

Charity pins. Can be on the back of place cards

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I think these are a brill idea for favours x

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I made origami cranes as favours, and the doubled as place card holders.

Shakira Badwal
Shakira Badwal 25 Jun 2017

We've got personalised candles. Don't look messy as they're only little and will be part of our decor on the tables.

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We didn't bother with favours as it's just an added expense. I did put together activity packs for the kids though just to keep them occupied, they went down a treat x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

Ive just made my sisters for her. I done cane in a cupcake box, decorated with with a name tag... it doubled up so less things on the table x

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We didn't do any favours either, we had these little hearts which I bought really cheap online as part of the table decoration with other little gems which I knew people would take if they cared about a memento. I also bought wedding cake shaped bubbles for the kids which were only a pound for a set of 3

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I've been to a wedding and they didn't have them and I didn't even notice that they weren't there. We're not having them because I can't think of anything relevant but we're providing a sweet table which can be used by those that want it

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We're having crackers but we get married 28th of December

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I'm making my wedding favours which are also my place settings ^_^ double whammy and they are useful too ^_^ (I have my own business so they are part of that).

Donna Chiles
Donna Chiles 25 Jun 2017

atm im thinking they should feel lucky to be getting 3 bottles of wine per table lol :) my cheeky ass daughter asked if it was a free bar !! do we look rich lol

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We had shot glasses with our names and wedding date on. So they were only small and didn't take up loads of room. People loved them!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

You Could have miniature bottles of alcohol,Charity pins, Scratch cards,mints,mini hangover kits x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We didn't do favours we just donated to charity

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I had macaroons for my favours and had them brought out at then end of meal to accompany tea and coffee for same reason x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We purchased cancer pinbadges... So we had a ribbon prostate one for the men which had a blue stone in and a sparkling heart breast cancer one for the women... We attached them to their name cards on the table and inside was the little thank you note off cancer research... I think the ribbons were 2.50 each and the hearts 3.50 so it ended up being about 150 donation to cancer... They are small and don't clutter the table and are worn with pride afterwards... All my guests put theirs on straight away x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

Were providing party bags 4 the kids which will av haribo a colouring book crayons party blower & a balloon. 4 the adults were just gonna put peanuts & crisps on the tables

Donna Chiles
Donna Chiles 25 Jun 2017

im kind of liking the charity thing... mom passed a few years ago of a stroke i have raised money in the past for this cause... thanks all :)

Donna Chiles
Donna Chiles 25 Jun 2017

i also like the peanuts and crisp thing hummm..... :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We had brooches in organza bags for the women and bottle openers in the shape of playing cards in organza bags for the male guests. Everything matched our Art Deco theme so they actually worked as part of the table decor

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I got married last week and instead of giving people favours we had our own sweet table where people could make their own.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We attached charity pins to there place names.. I'll see if I can find a photo

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I'd made lavender wands, which were just on the table with the fingerprint tree, then people could take one if they wanted one.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

we did favours but if im honest there were loads left not many people took them. We had little wooden hearts fabric hearts birdcages, keys that were bottle openers and for men little tie keyrings and pens and we had them hung on a tree near were people could leave presents cards sign a book etc we also had them hung on tables for the reception for centre pieces which made it look nice and not messy this is how ours looked x

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We have a photo booth with key rings so people can take home a photo of our day with them

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

im not doing favours just a added expense that isn't necessarily needed im paying for a 4 course meal for them all what more do people want

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I had personalised wedding candles for the girls and personalised bottle opener for the boys. Our candles were scented so made the room smell beautiful and we had none left behind so must have gone down well.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I agree with you, our florist actually pointed out to us that once you've got everyone sat down with drinks etc the tables do get very cluttered so she advised us that less is more. I don't feel that inclined to spend all that money on little gifts for guests anyway. Most of the time they get ignored anyway. My fiance and me have been to two weddings together, one had charity favours which were a nice personal touch, the other didn't have favours at all, and no one noticed.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

You don't have to have favours but if you do want them they don't have to go on the tables. Maybe put them in a little basket on a table near the entrance to your venue room

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We liked macaroons, two in a little clear box then you can coordinate to your colour scheme, and also classy. I also love the idea of the charity favour x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We had heart shaped cookies, decorated in our colour theme, with guests names piped on - these were the favours but also used as place settings/name cards so we saved money too! Photo isn't the best as this was the day after and it had got a bit squashed in transit! x

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We aren't doing favours but we do have a photo booth with double prints, so 1 print goes in our guest book and the other print is kept by the guests x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We made little liquor favours as these kept it tidy

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

My cousin ordered Coke bottles with people's names on and they doubled up as place settings.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We plan on having favours spread around the cake table so people can pick them up as they please, rather than have them at the dining tables as I also think they get in the way xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

Your flower girls and page boys could hand out your favours whilst photos are being taken. You could decorate a beautiful basket for them.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I think there just a cute little extra I didn't want anything expensive so I did little hessian bags of pic n mix cheap and didn't look messy, popped the bag on the table and put the name card which was a tag up against them :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I'm mean, I'm not doing favours. Think they are a waste of money! People leave them behind or bin them! I've only done children's xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

My friend had cancer research pin badges. They were only small x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I like the idea of wedding favours, and you can really make them special to your day.

We got married on the 5th November so we had toffee apples and white chocolate apples. Xx

Kat Smalley
Kat Smalley 25 Jun 2017

Here's a tip for every bride out there: It's YOUR wedding, do what YOU like and what YOU think looks good.

Jess Moorby
Jess Moorby 25 Jun 2017

You could do little jars with name tags on, so you don't put place cards out,

Vanda Kaminski
Vanda Kaminski 25 Jun 2017

We're having a separate sweetie table fot the kids and little bottles of limoncello liqueur for the adults as favours. The colour keeps to our theme but they don't take much space on the tables or look messy x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I didn't have them amd no one noticed I didn't have them! Lol. Just goes to show it would've been a waste of money xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

As a wedding planner I would say no. 70% get left on the table at the end.
Be careful with adding miniature drinks bottles. The venues can get very funny over them if people open them at the wedding.
A favour that doubles as part of the dessert can work.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

These were our favours the hearts were our place names. It certainly didn't look cluttered or tatty. People took their hearts home and put them
On their Christmas trees and still do x

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UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I know it's been done before, but I made jam and canned them in small jars with a little tag that read "jam packed with love". Everyone took theirs, and the extras I made went too!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We have colouring activity packs for the kids and a sweet cart for everyone!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We had a December wedding and pink and silver as boxes of chocolates wrapped in shiny silver paper.
I don't know if it was because it was just before Christmas but they looked lovely on the table.

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I've done slightly different favours. There the name place setting. The water glass for at the meal and the drinking glass for later outside as we're doing a garden party/camping type event with giant games.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I didn't have any , completely up to you whether you want them or not :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

My brother & sister in law didn't have favours as such but pin badges for the Highland Hospice on little cards that doubled up as name cards. On the card read *in lieu of favours a donation has been made to the Highland Hospice, please keep this badge & wear it with pride as a remembrance of our day*

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We did a sweet cart with personalised paper bags for people to take. I think favours are a waste of money and time that people just throw away and agree it looks messy! Charity donation is a other nice idea though

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

VM Bespoke to lovely wooden names (really decent price). You could combine the names for place settings and they can also take it home as a cute keepsake.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We didnt do wedding favours and noone noticed. Given that we had paid for a drinks package we thought that was enough. Everyone agreed.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I'm not doing any

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I had 3 lots! Love hearts in boxes. Cancer research pins and I made chocolate keys as we were in a Castle. So they were the keys to the castle. Everyone has said after that it was all the little touches that made the day. I did all my Flowers and my cake. Made baskets of toiletries for both ladies and gents. Made the order of the day as old type scrolls, heel protectors for heels as there was a lots of grassy areas of and bought flip flops for the evening. Loved every minute of doing it all and everyone still pass comments a year later. Xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I made our favours for our wedding on 10 June. As we were on a tight budget I knitted little pin cushions in wool matching our colour scheme then stencilled our names and the date of our wedding and ironed the name labels on. Then I stuffed them with cotton wool and added a few drops of lavender essential oil to give them a nice fragrance. There were about a dozen left over but that's ok, they were cheap to make and the leftovers I'm going to give to people such as the bridal shop, the dress-maker, the cake maker etc and people who would have liked to be there but couldn't.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

Im not having them. We are literally just having centrepieces with the tables on and tags tied around the napkins thanking them for sharing our first meal and their place name. The children will have a bag with their name on to hide their crayons and sweets and a colour coordinated activity book (im a little ocd )

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I think it's personal choice i didn't do wedding favours or nice centre pieces and our tables look simple elegant and beautiful I think the wedding industry makes you feel like you need all these extra things that of course cost money when actually it's about two ppl

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We had the wooden names from vm bespoke, as the place cards. We also had little glass bowls with a few edible things in, wrapped in cellophane bags. We put a little card in explaining what we'd chosen and why too. Everything went. :D In fact I heard a massive rustle of the cellophane at the end of the meal when everyone picked things up off the table at the same time!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We've bought little boxes for favours to hopefully not have clutter however we will have to put them on the table if certain people come because I could picture her stuffing favours into her massive bag for more than her family! But ultimately I've been to weddings with no favours so it would be your choice. Have a wonderful day and don't stress. Follow your heart xx

Lucy Lewis
Lucy Lewis 25 Jun 2017

Hi we are not having favours and although there are no children attending we are having a sweet table :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I was at a wedding last year and they never had a wedding cake and a cheese tower instead, then little mini wedding cakes in boxes for favours which was nice

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We didn't have wedding favours and no one even mentioned it, we spent the money on an extra drink for everyone which I'm sure they rathered

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We had shortbread cookies for our favours and they doubled up as the place cards

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We didn't have the favours on the table we had them in a big jar next to the guest book and card box. It worked well and it meant we didn't have loads on the table

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I'm having charity pins as favours. Both my parents have passed so I'm going to do some for a hospice my mum passed away at and meningitis what my dad passed away with.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We had a sweet table set up. My mum did it for us (and had the love hearts personalised with our names and dates as a "keep sake" everyone loved it tho xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We bought everyone lottery tickets rolled them into a scroll tied with pink ribbon to match our colour scheme. Some guests won the odd £10 one guest won £90 xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

Our are free key rings with her wedding date on that are part of the photo booth

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We have heart biscuits as our favours but they also double up as place cards! They are super cute & only £35 for 60!! I've also done some little tags to go on the ribbon that ties them thanking guests for coming! Very similar to the pic...

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Catherine-Rebecca Hall
Catherine-Rebecca Hall 25 Jun 2017

Wedding favours are something I'm not sure whether to do I think they can be done well though:) if you want them find something fitting to your theme. Xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

we had cancer research UK and diabetes pinbadges and paid a little extra for them to come with place cards as we needed those anyway...they went down so well not one was left behind and we were lucky to be able to get pins that fit well with our colour theme, for the children we gave them colouring books each and 2 packs of pencils per table which were placed in their seat xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I've made my own seed packet favours and bought a decorative twig tree to hang them on so that they're tidy and all in one place x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I didnt want our favours strewn all over the place so we made little bags of mixed perennial seeds and placed them around the base of our wish tree which was on the table with our cake and post box and we wrote a poem that basically invited guests to take a bag to plant and as they'd bloom arpund our anniversary theyd be able to remember the day xxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

How much do u want to spend per Favour?x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We opted for charity donations in aid of cancer research as my mum was extremely poorly when we were married. You get little cards sent personalised and pin badges on them. Everyone loved them. Also liked that idea better as so often I've been to weddings and the favours get left on the tables untouched and it's such a waste of money- at least this way you know the money has gone to a good cause.

We also had personalised chalkboard cookies made instead of place cards. I think it looked lovely...

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We had little gauze bags with charity pins, heart chocolates and love heart minis. Looked very elegant placed in the soup bowls. Nearly everyone took them home.

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I am having these mason jars with peoples names on to make them personalised these will also act as name cards so will save money

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I think the charity thing is pointless. It's like showing off. Might as well not do the favours and give to the charity separately.instead of advertising "look you're not getting a present but we are such great people cause we gave it to the charity we chose "

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

Mine are Yankee candles,all our friends like them and it's something they can actually use .

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I'm having favours. I'm thinking some sweets, maybe some candles but not sure what else. Just put in eBay wedding favours or go on confetti.co.uk they got loads of stuff

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I'm planning on doing little jars filled with hot chocolate, marshmallows and a cinnamon stick tied around the top. I've bought some chalkboard stickers to place on the jars, which I will then write the place settings/names on. That way the favours are a substitute for name cards and the tables won't be too cluttered :) we get married end of October so I thought DIY hot chocolate favours would be a nice autumnal treat :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

According g to survey wedding favours are a waste of money because over 90%. Are left behind and binned !! Latest idea, and I think is a good one, is to make a donation of that money to a charitable cause . Leave a note on the table to explain if I must ..

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I want to do oysters as wedding favours... Pretty shells at each placing and then when they get home they can open them and reveal their very own pearl

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

I need abit help my nana is marrying on July 26 but having a sort of party on the 19 Aug as wedding only small, could I have sum clues how to decorate tables

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

At my cousins wedding the favours were handed out rather than having them on the tables

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

We arent doing favours, instead doing wine for the tables and maybe some beers too for the non wine drinkers. We are trying to keep costs down and have made alot our selves too

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

Favours can be classy :-) if done well.. x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Jun 2017

My sister bought a lucky dip lottery ticket for every guest, she put it in a small envelope with their names on and it doubled as a place card... someone even won £20... would be lovely if somebody won from your wedding and fairly cheap to do xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 26 Jun 2017

You could still have favours if you want them, but have them on a separate table in baskets or a display, maybe next to the guestbook if youre having one.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 26 Jun 2017

I used mine as favors and place settings. We made donations to Macmillan so each bag had a little note explaining that we had made a donation on their behalf with a Macmillan badge. Filled them with some shredded tissue paper.

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 26 Jun 2017

This was one of our tables. We had little purple butterfly boxes from ebay which contained little tins of mints which were also from ebay. It didn't look messy. X

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UKbride Administrator 26 Jun 2017

These were the boxes which closed up to look like butterflies. X

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 26 Jun 2017

I chose to have forget me not flower seed packets in aid of cancer research.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Jun 2017

I'm not one for wedding favours but I did want our guests to have something to remember our day by so I ordered packets of wild flower seeds, sunflower and lavender seeds, we got married 11 days ago and everyone loved them !!! Good for the environment, and cheap too ... good luck for your day !

Chelsey French
Chelsey French 4 Jul 2017

Favours are NOT essential anymore. Classy tables always look great but if you wanted to provide something, cake boxes for your cake to be taken home (these dont have to be on the table) or a sweet cart!

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