Looking for wedding favour ideas? We’ve got you sorted.
In this article, we’ve listed many different types of fun wedding favour ideas at different price ranges. There is something for every type of wedding.
What are wedding favours?
Wedding favours are small gifts you give to all of your guests which traditionally are placed around the table for guests to discover.
Let’s dive in!
Wedding favour ideas
Below you’ll find a list of wedding favour ideas. We are not affiliated with any other companies, these are purely recommendations.
If you want to add a touch of vibrant colour (orange, green, red…) to the tables, mini-cocktails are a great option. You can make them with or without alcohol depending on your preference.
Mini alcohol bottles
For a classy look, why not give small bottles of alcohol to your guests. You probably want to avoid wine, as you’ll most likely be serving some with dinner. But it could be Champagne, Prosecco, Gin, Whiskey… These are very Irish choices, but there is no wrong answer.
Give small cocktail shakers you all of your guests. They look nice and they can be decorated to suit the rest of the table as well as filled up with a drink if you wanted too.
These are biscuits that you get baked with custom messages on them. It’s a simple idea that allows you to be as creative as you want.
Mini jam jars
Mini jam jars are another great option to add colour to the tables. You can decorate the jars as well as customise the label. If you have time (and a small-ish wedding) it can be homemade jam, but it doesn’t have to be. You might also want to consider lemon curd or marmalade jars if your wedding colours are yellow or orange.
Give a small pack of seeds to your guests for them to grow at home. It could be flowers, vegetables or cooking herbs. Just keep in mind that any guests who are taking a flight home, might not be able to bring the gift with them. It depends on where they live and air travel restrictions.
Cookies in a jar
This is a very instagramable gift. Simply place all the dry ingredients required for making a cookie inside a small jar. Layering each on top of each other. It looks great and people can simply add some butter and they get to eat them afterwards.
Hot chocolate in a jar
Similar to the previous item, you can have all the dry ingredients for a hot chocolate in a small jar or tube. With just a ribbon it’ll make for the perfect wedding favour.
Cake in a jar
If you want something that’s immediately edible, you can go for a cake in a jar. Again, depending on your cooking skill and the size of your wedding, you might be able to make them yourself.
This is a bit of an unusual one. But small, nicely packaged, craft soaps make for a great gift. If you have a local craft shop, this might be an item to consider.
In recent years, giving doughnuts as wedding favours has grown in popularity. Just remember that between the time they’re delivered (or collected) and the time the guests eat them, there is likely to be several hours. Choose doughnuts with a variety of toppings that will stay fresh for the required amount of time.
Another unusual gift that’s visually appealing. As they keep fairly well, you can make them at home or buy them for the occasion.
Mini olive oil bottles
Mini olive oil bottles are a fairly popular option. They look great and they’re likely to be used. The quality of the oil you buy will have a big impact on the price but, depending on where you live, you should be able to get something nice without breaking the bank.
Macarons are always a popular choice. Putting 3 in a neat little bag makes for the perfect wedding favour. Depending on where you live, you might be able to get some at your local bakery. Otherwise, ask your caterer; they might be able to help.
Fancy hand sanitisers
A 2020 idea in the making… You can find some nice bottles with custom labels, that will complement the rest of the decoration nicely.
Small scented (or non-scented) candles make for the perfect gift. It’s also a convenient gift as they’re readily available and you can find them in all shapes & sizes.
Unfortunately, this is probably not the number one wedding favour for Irish wedding! However, if you’re having your wedding somewhere sunny and warm, this is perfect. Especially if you have guests travelling from less sun-prone areas.
Small personalised matchboxes make for nice gifts that people are likely to keep and use.
Succulents make for really fun gifts. They’ll fill up a decent amount of table space (and provide decoration) which is something to take into account.
For an original wedding favour, give all of your guests a small pack of chilli seeds for them to grow at home. As mentioned previously, any guests who are taking the plane home, might not be able to bring the gift with them.
You can’t go wrong with chocolate, it’s popular for a reason. Chocolate comes in all shapes, sizes and flavours which allows you to pick and choose exactly what you’re looking for.
For a unique gift, why not have shot glasses as wedding favours. These can be customised for the wedding or can be an existing design that you like. If you serve alcohol inside, make sure guests are aware that they can keep them. A small ribbon or label should do the trick.
You can get socks custom-designed online, which makes for funny and unusual wedding favours. You probably won’t know everyone’s size, so you’re probably best off getting one-size-fits-all.
These are mini-games that fit inside a match-box. Most games (tic-tac-toe, chess, connect-4…) exist in this format. However, you may not find these locally. Your best bet is probably online.
As simple as it sounds, giving out pictures of the newly married couple always goes down well. Not everyone is going to get their photos printed so they’ll be happy to have something to hang on their fridge when they get home.
Giving out sunglasses as wedding favours will make for hilarious pictures. Once again, the blazing Irish summers aren’t the best for this kind of gift…
Simple and fun; Why not get lottery tickets (or scratch cards) for all of your guests. Statistically, you’re unlikely to break even, but one of your guests might be lucky!
Giving out sparklers as wedding favours makes the most sense if you’re planning on using them during the event. For example, when the bride and groom arrive in the room.
Customised fortune cookies
You can get fortune cookies with custom printed messages inside. This makes for a nice surprise after dinner when guests open them up.
A luggage tag is a fun wedding favour that most people have a use for. If you also use them to indicate the seating arrangement, just make it clear that the guests can also keep them afterwards.
If you’re looking for the added touch of colour, get lollipops for your wedding favours. As a bonus, you can also get custom messages printed on them.
Tea makes for a nice, easy to appreciate present. With loose tea, you can also customise the bag, to match the rest of your wedding decorations.
Custom bottle openers
You can get bottle openers with engraving on them which make for perfect gifts. This is also true for corkscrews.
Wine cork stopper
You can get custom wine cork stoppers with engravings or small pictures on them. It makes for a nice souvenir, that won’t take too much space on the way home but is likely to be used.
Things to keep in mind
We hope you’ve found these ideas useful. Here are a few more things to keep in mind.
Do you need wedding favours?
The short answer is no. They’re very common and a lovely touch but it’s up to you and your partner whether you want to have wedding favours or not.
To keep or to use?
When choosing wedding favours, decide whether you want your guests to use the gift on the day or take it home with them. Both options have their pros and cons.
How much will it cost?
We didn’t include prices in this article as it will depend on where you live. However, the cost can add up fast. If you’re on a tight budget, skipping wedding favours is a place to save money.
Should I do DIY wedding favours?
When it comes to DIY elements at weddings, you want to pick your battles carefully. You can’t do everything. However, if you’re up for it, DIY wedding favours are definitely an option. We’ve listed a few above that can be homemade.
That’s a Wrap
We hope you’ve found something you like and we hope you’ll have a great wedding.
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