Amid all the planning for your big day, your choice of autumn wedding favours might not feel like a priority. But the small gifts you give your guests to say thank you for coming can actually be a powerful, long-lasting, memorable part of your wedding experience. So how can you ensure your autumn wedding favours really resonate? Here are our six top tips.
We can all agree that the best Autumn wedding favours are the ones that feel like a special gift. And a gift that keeps on giving is always a joyful one. So if you can combrin this into your Autumn wedding favours, and draw together some of the main themes of your celebration – all the better. At autumn weddings, earlier sunsets and longer nights add a dash of excitement. Fire pits, fireworks and fairy lights can all bring extra atmosphere early on.
These themes can also lend serious sparkle to your autumn wedding favours. Fairy lights and scented candles will remind your guests of the excitement of your big day for months to come. If you’re planning to gather guests around fire pits, you might want to provide stylish light blankets – another ideal multi-use autumn wedding favour for guests take home and use, and think of your joyful day each time they do.
Autumn flavours are all about warmth and spice. So your autumn wedding favours can echo this. A decorative bundle of cinnamon sticks beside each place setting not only looks attractive – it also gives your guests ingredients they can use months later in their Christmas mulled wine. Suggesting guests toast you when they use that cinnamon should mean you get a flurry of messages months later, ensuring your autumnal wedding favours keep your wedding in peoples’ minds.
Gourds, squashes and mini pumpkins can feature in superb seasonal floral table decorations. They’re also ideal edible autumn wedding favours for your guests to cook up a storm. Remember those fire pits you might be lighting after your wedding feast? Your autumn wedding favours could include some marshmallows and toasting sticks for your guests to use, either on your big day, or later at home.
The best autumn wedding favours are gifts that speak volumes about you as a couple, your connections with the people you care about and the shared things you love and then draw together the themes of your big day. So perhaps elements of food (cinnamon), sparkle (candles), warmth (blankets) will work for you.
Or think about things that speak of your connection to each of your guests or groups of guests. Then consider how that can link into your autumn wedding favours. Perhaps it’s to do with first meetings during an autumn college term (notebooks, coasters, pens), autumn holidays (luggage tags, hip flasks), coffee meet ups (personalised coffee bean sachets) or seasonal culinary adventures (mason jars, egg cups, miniature whiskey bottles, bottle openers). Whatever your connections, there’s an autumn wedding favour that works for you.
If your autumnal wedding favours include sweet pea seeds this is exactly what you can gift your guests. Sown in pots anytime from October, sweet peas will bring glorious, fragrant summer blooms. Or order wildflower seed bags or seed bombs – complete with messages featuring your names and mottos about ‘letting love grow’ – these can be planted from October on.
Or embrace the seasons with eco-friendly autumn wedding favour crackers – they’re a bit like Christmas ones, but instead feature autumn colours, designs and bespoke wedding gifts.
You might like to bundle all your great gifts up in a stylish tote bag, perhaps bearing your names or an inspirational message. The ultimate, positive, re-useable gift.
When choosing autumn wedding favours, it’s interesting to look at the traditions surrounding them. Sugared almonds are a traditional gift - their bitter-sweet nature symbolising the ups and downs of a couple’s journey in married life
More contemporary, thought-provoking ideas for autumn wedding favours include mini-gins – bespoke, botanical-filled miniatures that evoke favourite flavours and occasions for you and your guests.
Personalised fortune cookies are another possibility for your autumnal wedding favours – each has a message inside, so your options for sending personal messages are endless.
Or you might like to consider clusters of crystals for your autumnal wedding favours – amethyst, with its links to balanced emotions, calmness and courage – can resonate for many, or perhaps moss agate which symbolises new beginnings.
Your venue is absolutely crucial to the autumn wedding favours you can share on your big day. At the Great House in the heart of South Wales, we delight in providing the very best experience for our happy couples. We’re just 10 minutes from the seaside town of Porthcawl and only 25 minutes from both Cardiff and Swansea
Our overwhelmingly positive testimonials show how the exclusive use of our historic house makes your special day truly personal, memorable and unique.
And the autumnal wedding favours we can help you share with your special guests are one of the many important parts of that. Take a look at our brochure or get in touch with our expert teams today.