The 10 Most Popular DIY Wedding Favours

So your big day is fast approaching, and you want everything to be perfect. You’ve spent the last several months (if not years) planning every little detail of your wedding, from your epic dress to your dazzling rings. But don’t forget about those extra-special touches that will make your guests feel truly loved! Wedding favours are a great way to leave a lasting impression on your loved ones.

Weddings can be expensive and it is not always easy to stick to your budget. That’s why we created this list of the top 10 DIY wedding favours. Whether you’re looking for a cute way to say thank you or just want something that matches the theme of your big day, these ideas are sure to make your guests feel special. 

• Macarons
• Jars Of Jam
• Jars Of Local Honey
• Mini Dried Flower Arrangements
• Handmade Soaps
• Handmade Candles
• Coffee Beans
• Personalised Shot Glasses
• Homemade Chutney
• Potted Herbs

Without further adieu, let’s dive in!

The 10 Most Popular DIY Wedding Favours

 

Level Of Difficulty

Approx. Cost Per Guest

Approx. Time To Make

Macarons

Moderate

$1.50

1-3 Days

Jars Of Jam

Easy

$2.00

1-3 Days

Jars Of Local Honey

Easy

$4.00

1-3 Days

Mini Dried Flower Arrangements

Moderate

$3.00

1-7 Days

Handmade Soaps

Moderate-Hard

$3.00

6-12 Weeks

Handmade Candles

Moderate-Hard

$3.00

3-5 Days

Coffee Beans

Easy

$3.00

1-3 Days

Personalised Shot Glasses

Moderate

$5.00

2-6 Weeks

Homemade Chutney

Easy

$3.00

1-3 Days

Potted Herbs

Hard

$3.00

6-12 Weeks

* Time and cost will vary depending on the number of guests. This table is an estimate only.

 

Macarons

Macarons are a delicious and decadent treat that are simple to make. A macaron is essentially a meringue cookie filled with ganache or buttercream, and they come in a variety of flavours. While you can buy pre-made macarons, there is nothing like making them yourself! They are very easy to make at home and they can be stored in the freezer until needed. You can even incorporate different colours into your macarons if you'd like them to match your wedding theme or colour palette.

Macarons


Jars Of Jam

There's nothing quite like a jar of homemade jam. It’s simple to make, cost effective and absolutely delicious. Some of the most loved flavours of jam include strawberry, raspberry, apricot or mixed berry. If you want some extra flair, consider putting a label on each jar with your name and date so guests can remember who made their tasty treat. You can also use ribbon around the jar as decoration or simply tie it with string.

Jars Of Jam


Jars Of Local Honey

If you're looking for something that's both sweet and local, honey is the way to go. It's a healthy wedding favour option and the honey you get at your local farmer's market or grocery store is likely to be unique to your area. Some of the most popular types of honey include tupelo, manuka, stringybark and leatherwood. Honey is best presented in a small plastic or glass jar, topped with ribbon or string.

Jars Of Local Honey


Mini Dried Flower Arrangements

If you have a knack for crafting and an eye for detail, then making your own mini dried flower arrangements is the perfect DIY wedding favour for you. These delicate little centrepieces are perfect as wedding favours and can be easily made by yourself or by florists like Milla Rose. A small dried flower arrangement is the perfect gift for your guests to brighten their home for years following your big day. 

Mini Dried Flower Arrangements


Handmade Soaps

Soap is a thoughtful gift that's easy to make, eco-friendly and practical. Making soap is a fun DIY project and only requires only a small number of ingredients and equipment. Compared to food-based gifts, handmade soaps can be prepared weeks or months in advance so you can better prepare yourself for your big day. The best part about creating homemade soap is having the creative freedom to choose any fragrance you want.

Handmade Soaps


Handmade Candles

Handmade candles are a great way to show your guests that you’ve put a lot of thought into their experience at your wedding. Personalise your candles with different designs, colours and scents to best reflect the happy couple and their wedding’s theme. Handmade candles make perfect wedding favours as they're long-lasting, so you don't have to worry about giving out something that will be quickly eaten or become stale. 

Handmade Candles


Coffee Beans

Everyone loves coffee and you can be sure this gift will be something your guests are sure to take home and enjoy. They're also easy to obtain, inexpensive, easy to transport and store. Couples that gift coffee beans will often source them from a local coffee shop or roast them themselves. Coffee beans can be presented in many different ways but they look amazing when packaged in a plastic or glass jar with a hand crafted label.

Coffee Beans


Personalised Shot Glasses

Personalised shot glasses are a fun and thoughtful favour that your guests will be sure to use and remember. They're small, inexpensive and they add an element of fun to your big day. Customise your shot glasses with you and your partner’s names, the date of your wedding, your guests’ name or even a photo of the happy couple. You can also use these as gifts for entertaining at your house after the big event!

Personalised Shot Glasses


Homemade Chutney

If you enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, homemade chutney is a wedding favour classic. It's super easy to make and pairs well with an array of dishes. Chutney can be made using your choice of fruit, in combination with vegetables, herbs, vinegar, sugar and spices. Present your delicious homemade chutney in plastic or glass jars and top it off with a recipe card and ribbon.

Homemade Chutney


Potted Herbs

Besides looking great, guests’ can use herbs to add colour and flavour to their own food and beverages. Although growing dozens of small herbs can take a number of weeks, it happens to be one of the most cost effective gifts on our list. Simply obtain a small pot for each of your guests and dig up each of your delicious selection of herbs once they’ve grown. If you have a bit of extra time up your sleeve, try adding a personalised ribbon or gift tag to each of your guests’s new herbs. Some of the most common types of herbs that you can give away include mint, basil, sage and parsley.

Potted Herbs



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who receives a wedding favour?

In the past, it was tradition for only the bride and groom to receive favours. Nowadays, it's common for guests to be given small gifts at weddings—either by the couple themselves or by their parents. What's most important, however, is that you decide what works best for you and your wedding.


How much do most people spend on wedding favours?

A wedding favour is an important detail in setting the tone for your big day. Whether it's a simple photo frame or a bouquet of flowers, having something to give your guests will help them remember your special day. On average, couples spend an average of $5 - $10 per guest on wedding favours.


Is it rude not to have wedding favours?

Wedding favours are a great way to say thank you to your guests for celebrating with you and your partner. But if your budget doesn't include them, don't worry—you're not being rude! You can save money by skipping the wedding favour altogether. Consider putting that money towards something else that'll make your day extra special, like a honeymoon or an amazing photographer who will take pictures your guests will cherish forever.


How far in advance should you prepare wedding favours?

There are many things to consider when organising your wedding favours and one is when to start preparing them. If you're making your own wedding favours, you may want to get started with planning early. If your favours are edible (like chocolates or macarons), then you'll need to order late enough that they aren't stale by the time guests arrive. But if you're purchasing them from a store, it may only take as little as a few weeks before your big day to receive your favours.