So you’re stuck in isolation and have already binge watched all the decent series on Netflix. With all of this extra time on your hands you may have been dreaming about the day you and your boo get to leave the house and say those magic words, ‘I Do’, surrounded by your loved ones.
Now is the perfect time to spend this time, using all this iso-energy, adding a special and personal touch to your wedding day. The best way to do this is with DIY favours for your amazing guests. I know what you’re thinking when we say favours (aka bonbonnieres) – does anyone even do those anymore?
Thankfully gone are the days of sugared almonds, wrapped in tulle (and the disappointment of eating one and sadly realising they aren’t chocolates). These days you can be as creative and adventurous with your favours as you like! However there are a few things to take into account when deciding what you want to have as your favours.
Does it reflect you as a couple
There is no use going to all the effort of hand calligraphing little jars of homemade jam if you hate the stuff! Make sure it’s something your guests will see and think how perfect it is for you and your partner, the day is about you two after all!
Will your guests actually take this home?
Favours are an investment! The last thing you want at the end of the night is to see rows of your special gifts left on the tables because your guests didn’t take them home. Your venue won’t appreciate them as much as your guests would have! And one can only have so many scented candles.
Is it achievable to make?
It’s ok if you aren’t a crafting genius! There are plenty of amazing favours that are totally practical to make. Just do your research! Don’t be afraid to reach out for (virtual) help, or get your partner to be a part of the process. Once you are finished you both will feel super proud of what you have done. So buy a bottle of champagne to pop in celebration when you finish the last one!
Now that you know what to think about when choosing a favour idea, here are some suggestions to get your creative juices flowing!
Love notes- all about the sentimental touches
Seeing as you have all this time on your hands how special would it be to take the time to write handwritten notes to each guest on why you are so glad to have them in your life and at your wedding. It isn’t often we have the time to reflect on the special people in our lives and tell them exactly how we feel. These little notes will leave your guests feeling super special and loved on your wedding day, and allow them to enjoy the day even more! They can also act as place cards if you are having a seated wedding.
The way to your heart is through your stomach, right?
Who doesn’t love a baked good! There is nothing better towards the end of the night at a wedding when you realise you still have that personalised cookie waiting at your table, perfect for a hit of sugar after burning it up on the dance floor. While your wedding might be a little too far away to bake all of those cookies now, it doesn’t mean you can’t experiment to get the perfect recipe or presentation!
So get in the kitchen and have some fun! Why not try a few different types between you and your partner and have a blind vote to see who’s you like best. Nothing like some healthy competition when food is involved.
I Do Brew
So you or your partner consider yourself brew specialists and have always wanted to try making your own alcohol? Now is your time! Finally learn how to make your favourite liquor or beer and bottle it for all your loved ones to enjoy! Have some fun designing a personalised label and make sure to include a special message on the back along with your wedding date!
Utilise your talents!
Think about what your passions are. Do you love to cook, is your partner an epic gardener or are you a barista? Share your passions with your guests in the form of favours. Infuse olive oil with chilli and bottle it or prepare little bags of flower seeds. Your guests will love how specific it is to you both.
So you and all your friends know your wedding is going to be a big party! Why not prepare for the next day and put together little hangover kits. They can look super cute on the outside but be full of practical things on the inside. Pop in a snack to get your guest through the morning after, Panadol for that headache, and hydralyte tablets for all the hydration your body is needing. Your guests will be super grateful that you are looking out for them.
If the idea of a physical favour isn’t really appealing to you, another amazing idea is to use that money and donate it to a charity on behalf of your guests. You might already know exactly which charity is perfect for you, if not you can use this time to do your research and pick one that you want to help. This is an amazing way to give back, and it will also leave your guests feeling warm and fuzzy knowing their presence helped someone in need.
This may not be DIY, but at a time where your favourite cafe might be struggling and you love their homemade relish or home roasted coffee beans, why not buy your favours from them! It will help them out a whole lot to get through this tricky time, and will be keeping them afloat until things go back to normal and you can brunch with them again. You can spend your isolation time creating labels or packages for these special treats!
The options are truly endless. Remember to not put too much pressure on yourselves, this is meant to be a fun thing to keep you occupied through isolation and help towards your wedding! As long as it is special to you and your partner that is the most important thing. So get crafting love birds 🥰
Nudo is a wedding planning service based in Melbourne that looks at weddings a little differently. With a complete collection of the best vendors in Melbourne under their roof, they offer thoughtfully crafted, complete wedding packages for couples who love the creative, but hate the logistics. From a wedding planner, to design team, florist, photographer, celebrant, cake, DJ and even transport – Nudo offers everything you need for an incredible wedding, without the stress. Completely customisable, couples can add or remove as many of the vendors as they need.