Favours are traditionally given as a thank-you taken to guests for attending your wedding.
From heavenly chocolates to personalised cards, you can make all manner of gifts that will please your friends, young and old. Think of unusual options that say something about you as a couple.
Decadent little rounds of soft chocolate, dusted with fine cocoa powder, melt-in-the-mouth truffles are simple to make at home. Prepare them just a few days beforehand, and keep them cool.
Homemade sugared almonds
Serving five sugared almonds is the original favour gift to symbolise wealth, happiness, health, long life and fertility. But rather than buying preservative-laden shop varieties, try cooking your own caramel-scented sweets with almonds.
Delicious butter biscuits are a cost-effective treat. Use a heart-shaped cutter and pack the cookies into cellophane bags, tied with a natural raffia bow. For extra decoration, add coloured icing and a dusting of edible sparkle. For a Christmas wedding, choose a holly o tree cutter and pierce a hole at the top of the biscuit before baking. Once cooled, thread with a ribbon so the double as tree decorations.
Tiny decorative boxes are extremely popular to hold gifts, from trinkets to flower bulbs.
Combine name cards and favours by writing the table name or number, together with a personal message, on a small piece of paper and rolling into a scroll. Display in alphabetical groups in terracotta plant pots or glass vases.