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10 Top Ideas for Wedding Bomboniere
Having worked with brides and grooms for many years, I know that wedding bomboniere is usually the last thing on their minds when they are planning their big day. With wedding gowns, rings, venues, honeymoons, families, food and parties to organise, the little gifts you give to your guests on the reception tables to symbolise your love, thankfulness and gratitude for their attending your day ends up being an after thought.
I'm a big advocate of making anything for your wedding do double duty - it saves you money and time, so here are my top 10 ideas for wedding bomboniere to help you decide what to do with your wedding favours without leaving this step to the very last minute!
1. Make your wedding bomboniere part of your budget and planning from the beginning. I love a wedding (or party) where the theme flows through rom the start to finish, and as your wedding favours are the take home memento your guests will leave the wedding with, they really ought to be part of your original planning. If you have a rustic theme, take this through to your wedding bomboniere with rustic wedding bomboniere such as home made chutney in a glass jar. If you have a beach theme, bring the beach idea to your souvenirs with beach wedding favours such as starfish guest soap or miniature lanterns. Guests will have a reminder of the theme of your wedding day well after the final goodbyes!
2. Mix traditional bomboniere with modern wedding favours. Brides and grooms can mix traditional with contemporary throughout their weddings and this includes their wedding favours. Many couples I know have melded traditional wedding almonds wrapped in a tulle circle, with a modern twist by adding a personalised tag, embellishments or attaching the traditional bomboniere almonds in tulle to a modern wedding gift such as a bottle stopper favour.
3. Mini photo frames will delight guests and double duty as a place card holder for your decorations. There's nothing I love more than helping brides and grooms save money on their day (all the more for the honeymoon), so this is truly one of my favourite ideas - miniature photo frames! Take a small photo frame and use it as your place card to let guests know where they are seated and simply add a little tag or table card that lets guests know to bring this home with them at the end of the reception as their wedding bomboniere.
4. Home made favours will make your guests smile. A big trend in recent years in weddings is the do it yourself wedding - whether it's planning the whole wedding day yourself or simply bringing some of your talents to the table by making your own cake, decorations or invitations. DIY wedding bomboniere is a great way to save money and get creative. You can make a meaningful wedding favour that guests will adore - think homemade cookies, pretty hand stitched handkerchiefs, or jars of home made jams.
5. Candy buffets are a fun way to let guests enjoy their inner child! I adore lolly tables in place of traditional wedding bomboniere - and your guests will too! Purchase your own candy buffet supplies, buy apothecary jars and candy jars in many shapes and sizes, candy scoops and tongs and lots of delicious wedding candy and lollies to fill them, and fun favour bags which you can personalise and style to suit your wedding theme, then let guests fill their bags and take home their booty. Yummo!
6. Your wedding bomboniere does not need to be the same for every guest. Personalising your wedding bomboniere doesn't just mean popping a personalised label on your favours. Think outside the square and prepare a personalised wedding gift for each guest - particularly if you have a small guest list. A hand written note for each guest attached to a small token of your appreciation is a beautiful and heart warming way to say thanks for coming to share your big day.
7. Practical wedding bomboniere will be well received. If you're a practical couple, think practical wedding favours for your guests such as bottle stoppers, coasters, soap, salt and pepper shakers and luggage tags. If your guests take home a useful wedding bomboniere, they will think of your wedding day every time they use the favour in the future.
8. Just about everyone loves chocolate and edible wedding bomboniere. I cannot remember a wedding where there were any chocolate hearts as bomboniere left on tables after the reception ended! Almost everyone is a fan of chocolate, lollipops or rock candy, so why not indulge your guests? Delicious wedding chocolates and personalised wedding candy is a yummy way to say thanks.
9. Bridesmaids, mums and sisters make brilliant helpers! Most wedding bomboniere requires some assembly, whether it's filling a wedding favour box with chocolates and adding a ribbon, or more complicated crafting to create a DIY wedding favour, so gather your bridesmaids, your mums, your sisters and anyone else who dares and make a night of it! Crack open a bottle of bubbly and get assembling together - it will be a night you will remember fondly!
10. Shop online for the best bargains and ideas. Wedding favours are one of those wedding must-haves that really aren't available in everyday shops, so indulge your love of online bargain hunting and search online for great budget wedding favours and unique wedding bomboniere ideas.
Finally, when it comes to giving wedding bomboniere, make sure your selection comes from the heart. Your wedding favours are meant to be a token of your gratitude to your guests for sharing your wedding day, so giving a gift that is meaningful to you as the bride and groom is paramount in your decision making process.
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