Spare your wedding guests a personalized CD, paperweight or mug and consider offering a more unusual favour as a thank you for attending your nuptials. With popular view suggesting that anything edible gets a thumbs up, where merchandise embellished with your faces or wedding date may miss the mark, we've rounded up a few creative and considerate take-home treats for your friends and family to enjoy.
Who doesn't like a succulent? Small, pretty and easy on the purse strings, these friends can be kept au natural or jazzed up with a brightly painted pot. The very miniature ones are perfect for poking place cards into. £440 (excluding VAT) for 100 mini succulents in little holders, Lavender Green Flowers.
Commission a print to sit at each place setting - if you're getting married abroad you might choose a map of that particular location for example. If you're a flower nut opt for your signature wedding bloom. Either way, it's going to be pretty (and light) gift that your guests can keep hold of afterwards. From about £2.50 per print, Isabel Fishlock.
3. Miniature Moët
Pretty much everyone appreciates a nice Champagne, and Moët's dainty miniature bottles are sure to be a hit with the crowds. They can even be personalized with your chosen date and image; provide a straw so guests can get stuck in during your wedding toasts. Personalised mini wedding packages from £800; from £13 per bottle without personalisation Moet.
4. Ornamental Gourds
Having an Autumn wedding? Miniature pumpkins make dinky, seasonal, table decorations. These cute felt decs could easily double as place-card holders, and might just become a yearly Halloween standby in your guests' homes. £20.04 for five, NedaArt at Etsy.
5. Drink Sleeve
Even if only used at the wedding itself, customized drink sleeves are a pretty fun idea, at once branding your big day and keeping guests' hands a comfortable temperature. You could play it more subtle and opt for a pattern, or monogram with your friends' initials.
6. Drinks Stirrers
These may err on the superfluous side, but aren't they fun? If you're serving long drinks like mojitos, these stirrers will add a playful touch. £12 for six at Love, Pieces of Eight.
7. Mini Gins
It's safe to say that gin is currently the tipple du jour – easy to flavour depending on the season, it makes a fairly foolproof wedding favour. These copper-foiled bottles will add a little decoration to those place settings, too. £350 for 96 miniatures (saving £50 on the standard price). At least 10% of profits fund safe, clean water projects in the world’s poorest communities One Gin.
8. Letter crayons
Having young kids at your wedding? They might enjoy these brightly coloured alphabet crayons. Frankly, the adults probably will too - £3.95 per set, CrayonsByKelly2016 at Etsy.
9. Hangover Pill Box
A pill box shaped like a macaroon – what could be more appropriate for your guests, post-party? Easy to slip into a clutch bag or trouser pocket, simply fill with your pain killer of choice. £6.15 for six, Amazon.
10. Decorative tealight holders
Fill your wedding tables with colourfully patterned tealight holders, and encourage guests to take one with them at the end of the night. £38 for 12, Chillipeppa at Etsy.