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Planning the Perfect Wedding Favour
Whether you call them bonbonniere like the French, bomboniere as the Italians do or koufeta, as they are known in Greece, wedding favors are a charming way to thank your guests for participating in your wedding day. What's more, your friends and family will appreciate an eternal memento of the love you share for each other.
With so many options to choose from with your wedding favours, a bride and groom are only limited by their imaginations and their budget! So where do you start?
Personalise your wedding favours
Whether it's a DIY gift or an extravagant treat, it's important to select something that has meaning and is memorable. Choose favors and packaging that co-ordinate with your wedding theme and colours (such as pink paper fans for your Asian-inspired wedding theme or spectacular sea shells to complement your seaside wedding), or that share the story of your romantic journey as a couple (think glass sailboat tea light holders because he proposed to you on a yacht or playing cards because you're ‘lucky in love' and you're off to Las Vegas for your honeymoon).
Double-duty wedding favours
For couples on a budget, favors can also be used as table decorations. Picture glimmering tea lights nestled in delicate candleholders or frosted glass photo coasters displaying the beaming bride and groom. Alternatively, give one gift per couple by placing the wedding favour between their two dinner plates, labelling it with the couple's names (stick to one gift per person for single friends).
You can always judge a favor by its cover! Your guests will appreciate a prettily packaged favor, so take the time to present your gifts in a style that suits your wedding theme. Choose packaging that co-ordinates, rather than matches with your theme, so that the favor doesn't get lost in the setting. Your presentation can be as simple as a silk ribbon or clear cellophane, or as decadent as wedding favour boxes printed with your names and wedding date.
Don't leave planning until the last minute! If you're having your bomboniere made for you or if you're ordering in large quantities, you need to order about 4-6 weeks in advance. If you want the best selection of products available, it's always a good idea to start planning early. It also means rather than last minute stress, you can relax with a glass of champagne and a massage rather than tying hundreds of fiddly ribbons!
Favors can cost anywhere from $1 to $20 per guest, and are almost always cheaper when bought in bulk. Spend time doing your homework, flick through bridal magazines, scour online resources and check out your local craft stores and chocolatiers.
You've found the perfect favor and wrapped each one beautifully. Now, how do you give them to your guests? The most popular way to present wedding favors is to place your token of appreciation at each place setting. If you don't want the favors to take pride of place on your table, then group them on a special table and ask guests to take on as they leave the reception. Alternatively, ask your waiting staff to deliver them on silver trays after the cake has been served.
Or, take the time to personally hand out each favor to each guest as they leave the reception - that way you'll be sure to thank everyone personally for being part of your special day.
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