Ever received a wedding party favour and felt a pang of guilt throwing it away because it was utterly useless, ugly, impractical, dated or all of these? Let’s face it, someone spent his or her hard earned money on the keepsake and you wouldn’t want to disrespect the gesture. You might do the polite thing and hold on to the article for some time before realizing that it’s just taking up valuable space in your already cluttered or squeaky-clean home. So off it goes into the trash and you probably forget about it 1.5674 seconds later.
All those feelings will come rushing back to you when it’s time for your own wedding and the thought of others mercilessly dumping your own favours fills you with rage and disappointment. You’re determined to ace the wedding party favours game so that your thoughtful gesture remains with your guests much longer than the duration of the ride back from the wedding venue to their houses. Here are a few fantastically practical, quirky and innovative party favour ideas to ensure your gifts don’t meet the same sad fate as the numerous others before them. But that’s not all. All of these recommendations are unisex so you won’t need to drive yourself crazy trying to organise two different sets of gender specific wedding keepsakes for all your guests.
Send out personalised luggage tags along with your save the dates or invites for a double whammy of a wedding party favour. Request your guests to tag their bags before they check in. Making for a smooth room assignment and luggage delivery process for everyone. Quality leather tags printed with funny and witty quotes on the other side will definitely come in handy even after the wedding.
With so much personalisation possible these days why not plug in your social media feed into your wedding keepsakes? Convert memorable pictures with your guests from your previous Instagram posts into coasters that will make them smile for years after it’s all over. Alternatively you can also use pictures from your wedding venue to always keep those memories alive.
Everyone always loses keychains and unless they’re collectors, no one ever specially purchases them. Personalised keychains are a great wedding party favour with lots of sentimental value.
Before your throw your arms up in the air about lip balms not being strictly unisex let us defend ourselves by mentioning the words clear and DIY. If you’re having a small winter wedding and don’t have a massive budget for gifts then this is a cost effective yet extremely necessary item that you can give away. Make it special by creating off-kilter flavours like Strawberry Champagne and Blueberry Ginger.
With so many small perfumeries cropping up this one is an exceptional way to remind people of your wedding. Create a signature scent or choose from pre-existing options that appeal to you as a couple. Have the deliciously smelling fragrance bottled in personalised engraved glass packaging that your guests will surely relish.
If you’re short on dough then here’s another yummy DIYable option. Siracha salt is extremely easy to make and can be done in large quantities so you don’t spend too much time on the endeavour. Fill up the concoction in cute glass jars and gift your guests a treat with a spicy tangy twist.
DIY Siracha Salt
Siracha Salt Jars
If your wedding is going to be one insane alcohol fuelled party then there is no better gift than hangover kits for your previously drunk friends and family. Send them over a classy package that includes bottles of water, Ibuprofen, Gatorade, eye masks, sunglasses and fatty nibbles and they will love you forever.
While on the subject of fatty nibbles, you can also include personalised macaroons as part of your wedding party favours. Decorated with clever quips and funky pictures, these are sure to instantly put your guests in the festive mood.
If you’re a more is more kinda person and don’t want to limit your guests to a few odd pieces of dessert goodness, then go all out and have a buffet. Massive jars filled with various flavours and kinds of cookies complete with take away bags are a sure fire way to immensely excited and happy guests.
There can never be enough water at a wedding. Be it from all the dancing and drinking or all the chatter, water is an essential commodity at the event. For those of you who are concerned about the environment and don’t want to burden the planet with excessive plastic waste from your wedding, hand your guests personalised water bottles. Make them size appropriate so they aren’t too heavy to carry around and accessorise them with small hooks so they can be conveniently stashed away. But most importantly personalised water bottles work as wonderful wedding party favours too.
With so much of everything being only virtual it’s sometimes nice to get completely vintage. Give away disposable cameras to your guests so they can go snap-happy taking pictures of everything at the wedding and have physical photos of the memories. They might not open the wedding photos folder stored on their devices very often but chances are they will keep the printed pictures somewhere visible and look back on the day fondly.
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