At this point you may be asking as to whether wedding favours are necessary? The chances are you are more than likely asking this question as you are trying to cut down on your wedding expenses or perhaps you don’t understand or see the need for small trinkets. Planning your wedding can become stressful and over-the-top when it comes down to traditional versus expenses.
Adore them, hate them, be confused by them, it’s common knowledge that wedding favours have been wedding tradition for many years. They are traditionally given as a gift and form of keepsake to the guests who have attended your wedding, as a form of thank you from both the bride and groom. If you are planning on a traditional wedding, 5 sugared almonds are typically used in order to symbolise; Fertility, Long Life, Happiness, Wealth and Health. Nevertheless, the times are constantly moving forward with many couples choosing a wide range of unique (often handcrafted) favours to offer to their guests.
It’s no longer unusual to see couples using wedding favours for cute gifts and also as a beautiful and creative way in order to tie their overall theme into their wedding day. Favours are now chosen for their functionally and are commonly used for name tags for seating arrangements.
When it comes to the etiquette surrounding wedding favours, are they necessary?
The truthful and short answer is no. Wedding favours are only an extra expense, which means if you already have a tight wedding budget, paying out for tens or hundreds of wedding favours can be an unnecessary expense which could go to something more worthwhile, such as a better caterer, bouquet or wedding cake. Think about it for a moment, you have offered your guests a beautiful event, evening party, free food, free drinks and memories that will last a lifetime. Photo’s will have been taken and the memories will never fade of your special day, a keepsake is nothing when compared to photographs or videography.
If you are still unsure about wedding favours and find yourself asking as to whether you should include wedding favours into your wedding day you may be struggling with the idea that you do in fact still wish to provide wedding favours, but aren’t too sure that you can afford them. If that is the case, you may wish to consider DIYing your own wedding favours.
Here is another way of looking at wedding favours, the reasoning behind wedding favours is to primarily say “Thank you for time out from your busy schedule in order to come to our wedding.” It’s worth to remember that when it comes down to wedding favours it’s all or nothing. If you choose not to provide them on your special day, then that’s fine. You can easily thank all of your guests in your wedding speech or even in your thank you cards that you may choose to mail out after the ceremony. Wedding favours are not the only way that you can say thank you, which means you should never feel pressured by tradition to buy them if you don’t necessarily want them or if they don’t fit in with your plans or budget.