Wanna talk weddings today? Great, me too.
It’s been awhile since I have updated you on our wedding planning. Things have been quiet which is starting to freak me out a tad. I like to be organized.. some would say extremely organized, so I am constantly thinking of things I need to do.
Somehow though, I forgot to book our rehearsal dinner restaurant after my parents and I toured it in November. I kept meaning to call them but with the holidays it just slipped my mind. I finally got to calling them today and luckily all is good. Another thing off my list.
One of the things Grant and I haven’t decided on yet is wedding favours. Do we reeeeally need to have them? No. But would they be a fun way to say thanks to our guests, absolutely. Especially since ALL of our guests are coming in from out of town. As much as we love the idea of them, neither of us can get over the price tag that comes along with them. We have close to 200 guests.. that’s a lot of dough to be shelling out for a favour we aren’t even sure our guests will like.
As we continue to ponder the idea of favours, I have been obsessed with finding ideas on Pinterest. How did people get married before Pinterest? Seriously, most of my ideas come from there. I was going to keep some of these ideas to myself because I don’t want anyone to guess which one I’ll do (if I even do one) but then I couldn’t resist sharing! Here’s my top 10 favourite DIY favours:
I will always and forever love macarons. They are so DARN adorable and I think everyone can agree they taste amazing. Even a ‘bad’ macaron is somehow delicious in my books. Although they aren’t vegan (and I have never seen a vegan macaron) guests at any wedding would appreciate a duo of macarons at the end of the night.
2. Hangover kit
Hangover kits are a genius idea for wedding favours. Chances are that most of your guests are going to have a few drinks during the night so what better way to show your love for them than helping them cure their hangovers! Hangover kits can include Advil/Tylenol, Redbull, breath mints, granola bar, etc. Just think of the things you would appreciate having if you were hungover and throw ’em in.
I adore the idea of making a donation to a special charity in lieu of wedding favours. There are so many awesome organizations out there that would welcome $100, $500, or how ever much you can afford. A small donation can go a long way and you know that your donation/gift is very appreciated by your guests.
4. Homemade Granola or Trail Mix
Grant disagrees with me on this one – but I think homemade granola OR trail mix would be the perfect wedding favour! I know I would open that jar ASAP to start munching. It would be a great way to get your bridal party together before the wedding to help make and jar and the artsy people could make the labels. Think of the possible recipes… cranberry vanilla.. chocolate coconut… almond cherry… MMMM.
5. Welcome Bag
I love the idea of welcome bags for your guests if you are having an out of town wedding. Our wedding is in a town that neither Grant or I are from so all of our guests are coming in from out of town. Welcome bags are a great way to ‘welcome’ your guests without actually welcoming each and every person. Let’s face it.. the day before the wedding we are going to be busy and as much as we are going to want to see every person before the ceremony, it just isn’t going to happen. Welcome bags are the perfect way to let your guests know you appreciate them coming.
Grant and I are both tea lovers so this was an idea high on our favour idea list from the start. How adorable are those personalized tea packets? Too friggin cute. Another idea would be to wrap the bride and groom’s favourite teas and give them as favours. For us it would be a green and peppermint tea, wrapped with a pretty blue bow!
7. Cookie Cutter and Recipe Card
When I first thought of this idea I overwhelmed myself with all of the possible recipes I could share. A classic sugar cookie recipe would be perfect to go with the cookie cutter but the possibilities are endless. Not only would it be great to share a yummy vegan cookie recipe with my guests but I could also shamelessly promote my blog ;).
8. Pretzel Rods
Another edible favour.. can you blame me? Chocolate covered pretzels are the best and I’m sure all of your guests would snag one before they left. To jazz them up you could use coloured chocolate and fun sprinkles or go plain-jane and do one dark chocolate and one milk chocolate.
9. Homemade Coasters
If you respect wood (any Larry David fans ??) than coasters would be the perfect favour! I especially love the “Instagram” coasters that are all the rage right now. They are so cute and would be the perfect way to share your favourite snaps with your loved ones. The plain wood coasters are also a great idea and you could decorate them by drawing in your initials or burning designs into them.
10. Fridge Magnets
Yes, you read that correctly.. fridge magnets. I think fridge magnets are the best idea ever. I never have enough magnets so I am always taping things to the fridge. A cute magnet would be an awesome favour for your guests and you could make them with photos or just your initials. It would be a nice reminder of your special day that people could have displayed for years!
That’s it for now! I plan to be back with some more wedding updates in a few weeks. Stay tuned!
What is your favourite DIY wedding favour?
Yay or nay to wedding favours?