It’s a lovely tradition to give your wedding guests small gifts, known as favours, on your big day. The custom dates back to the thirteenth century when five sugared almonds were given to symbolise health and fertility for the newly married couple. Today anything goes from chocolate to charity pins but if you would like to give your friends and family something a little more special then be inspired by this collection of pretty, practical and personalised keepsake favour boxes and gifts.
Favours may be taken home and admired for years to come for their beauty, originality or simple sweetness. Small glass or ceramic jars, pretty mini lanterns and gift boxed candles make very pretty keepsakes.
The bear hugs salt and pepper shakers are as practical as they are pretty and could be taken home to adorn the dining table of each of your wedding guests for years to come.
The star fish keepsake box could hold chocolate shells or something more special and the starfish candle are both ideal for a blue beach wedding theme.
This antique ceramic Perfect Pair jar in the shape of a pear makes a very cute cookie jar. Use the glass bell jars to hold a personalised cup cake for each of your guests, with their names iced on top as a very sweet alternative place card.
Practical gifts are always well-received if they are useful. Wine bottle stoppers are a great practical keepsake as they are ideal for men and women, useful, attractive and inexpensive. There’s also a design for every style, from love birds to love hearts, antique styles for a vintage theme and even sea horses for a beach wedding. It’s ‘the gift that keeps on giving’!
The ultimate keepsake is engraved with your names or initials and wedding date, a personal message or love quotation; the personalisation is what makes the gift truly unique and a keepsake to be loved for years to come. Give bridesmaids a lovely jewellery box with a special message of friendship engraved on the lid, your best man a fob watch with the date on the back or for a rustic country wedding give home-made jams in personalised keepsake jars to every guest.
Whether you’re planning to give a small keepsake in a throwaway box or a little gift in a keepsake box the cost is likely to be higher than giving the customary sugared almonds. The difference is that the sugared almonds will be eaten and forgotten about while a keepsake favour box will be treasured long after. These keepsakes could be given just to your bridal party: your bridesmaids, best man, ushers and parents while a smaller gift, perhaps even those sugared almonds, is given to all your other guests.
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.