Wedding Favours are given to guests by the bride and groom as a memento of their special day. The ever competitive wedding industry means event organisers have had to come up with ever more creative and original ideas for wedding favours. However, sometimes the simple ideas are the best, so keep your wedding elegant and intimate with a selection of favours with the personal touch. A selection of pretty jars and bottles can be filled with homemade drinks, sweets, jewellery or various other items and can be adapted to the interests of your various guests.
Homemade wedding favours
Busy brides may find themselves too short of time to knock up delicious homemade treats when there’s a wedding to organise, but sloe gin is quaintly old fashioned and works best when made well in advance. Its warming flavour suits a winter wedding best.
- 450g sloes
- 225g caster sugar
- 1 litre of gin
Prick each sloe with a clean needle a couple of times and place the lot in a large, sealable container. Add the sugar and pour over the gin. Seal the container and shake well to mix the contents. Keep in a cool, dark place and shake every couple of days for the first week, then once a week for another two months. Decant the gin through a muslin cloth into pretty glass jars decorated with a label to mark the event.
In summer, elderflower cordial has a similar rustic, traditional reputation as sloe gin.
- 20 elderflower heads, shaken to remove insects
- 1.8kg caster sugar
- 1.2 litres of water
- 2 lemons, unwaxed
- 75g citric acid
Make a sugar syrup by gently heating the sugar and water together until the sugar is fully dissolved. Zest and slice the lemons and add to a bowl with the elderflowers. Add the boiling sugar syrup to the bowl, add the citric acid and stir well. Cover the top with a cloth and set aside for 24 hours at room temperature. Strain the cordial through a muslin cloth and decant, again, into pretty, labelled bottles.
Wedding favours for kids
Sweets treats always go down well with children, but if you are clever you’ll avoid the sugar rush and keep the little darlings occupied while the adults have some fun by filling your jars with a selection of toys as their wedding favours. Marbles, lego, beads, small coloured pencils, stickers or trading cards work well placed in jars. First of all the children can collect their goodies up to take home at the end of an event and second everyone can see what they have and arrange trades as it suits them.