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Wedding planning guide
Picking the right wedding favours can be a thoughtful way of showing appreciation to your guests for attending your big day.
These small gestures do not need to be costly to get a thankful reaction or to spark conversation. All that is required is a little thought and planning.
The below article covers everything you need to know about selecting the right wedding favours, from adults to babies, so you can just enjoy the fun of giving these gifts.
It is essential to establish a budget for wedding favours otherwise this small gift can get massively expensive.
Within the overall expenses do consider if there are any packaging costs. Realistically, a singular wedding favour will cost anywhere from £1-6 per head.
If you are splitting by sex, it is recommended to brainstorm with your partner so gifts are of similar value and the job can be effectively halved.
Wedding favours do not have to cost a lot to be fun, below is a run-down of top three wedding favours that come highly recommended:
When buying any of the above, it is recommended to buy in bulk and then proportion out into either little boxes or bags. This will give them a personalised touch and will also help to save money.
To keep to budget it is crucial to shop at cheaper stores that still provide good quality products. Four of the best places to shop are Tiger, Wilkinson, Superdrug and Body Shop outlets.
If you are opting for lip balms or toiletries, it is highly recommended to wait for January sales or to go to out of town discount outlets, where prices will be much lower.
For those looking for higher-end gifts and are willing to pay more; Debenhams and Marks & Spencer have good selections of small wedding favour gifts, which are also drastically reduced seasonally and in January.
If you are looking for a low effort option but are willing to spend more on your alcoholic wedding favours, it is best to go to a website offering ready-made mini bottles.
When picking alcohol, it is essential to choose a drink that guests will widely like. Wedding favours can also be themed by culture or gender if easier.
Before opting for a do it yourself wedding favour do be realistic; this option can often exhaust time and budgets although it initially is often viewed as the cheapest option.
It is best only to pick a DIY option if you are determined on a personal touch or are very talented at a particular craft. For inspiration, it is best to search a few arts and crafts websites such as Etsy, Pinterest and Hobby Craft for inspiration.
A lot of trendy and highly expensive websites will create and personalise wedding favours. However, with a small amount of effort and the aid of templates anyone can create their own stickers or labels to cover their wedding favours.
Most of the online print companies have label creation option that give step by step tools or ready-made templates.
When picking a supplier, it is essential to shop around as different websites will have differing discounts at a particular time. If opting for a personalised label or sticker, it is highly recommended to purchase the item to be labelled first to make sure that the measurements will be correct.
Gifts for toddlers and kids can be entertaining and, if you have a partner who is less keen on organising, this is a great task to delegate to them. The aim of this wedding favour is to find something that kids can have a play with while the wedding breakfast is going on.
These will be much more valued by the parents than a keepsake. Do remember that kids often do not have a social filter and if a gift is not liked you will find out when visiting the tables.
Great shops for children's wedding favours are Tiger for low cost and quirky designs and the Entertainer for puzzles and soft toys.
Larger department stores like Debenhams will also have a wide range of kids toys but these can be slightly more expensive.
Undoubtedly the hardest group to pick and buy for are babies as a lot of the traditional wedding favour ideas are unsuitable.
For this group, do consider that it is the thought and the appreciation of the parent that is important.
Try to aim for something the parent will value or that will help them to manage the tears while the wedding breakfast is taking place.
If opting for baby gifts do not be offended if you see your present misused, thrown or causing a tantrum.
If you do not have a baby yourself, it can be a little daunting knowing where to shop for these wedding favours. Highly recommended shops to try first are Mothercare, Tiger and George baby section in Asda
Give a time-limit for this task and keep to it or visit a shop and decide that you will leave with whatever is the best option. This will stop this job becoming stressful. Alternatively, this is an excellent task to delegate.
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