A flash of black ribbon adds a stylish finish to your favours.

Neatly wrap a rectangular gift, such as a fragrant bar of soap, in tissue paper. Bind with a piece of black scallop-edge ribbon and secure the two ends firmly by melting a gold sealing-wax candle over the join. While it's still hot, stamp with your own personalised wax seal.

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Soaps, £6 each, labourandwait.co.uk; tissue paper, £1.50 for five sheets, paperchase.co.uk; scallop-edge ribbon, £2.95 per metre, vvroleaux.com; monogram wax-seal set, £24.99, confetti.o.uk

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As seen in the November/December 2012 issue of Brides