Naturally, here at SMP Weddings we are lucky enough to share in a lot of wedding days, and while almost all of them follow a format of commitment ceremony followed by a cracking party, it's the little things that make each one such a special and unique event to be part of. We are always intrigued to see how our happy couples chose to interpret wedding traditions and incorporate them into their own big day.These thoughtful little details can say so much about a couple, expressing their own nature and personalities and are a fantastic chance to really personalise your big day. One of the most historic customs, that of giving each guest a wedding favour is a wonderful opportunity to reflect your personal style.
The sentiment behind favours is thanking your guests for their attendance and care and dates back to the 16th century when the French aristocracy would bestow gifts of delicate jewel encrusted boxes containing sugared almonds on their wedding guests. It was thought that sugar had many health giving properties (how times change!) and its sweetness against the bitterness of the almonds also symbolised the bitter-sweetness of marriage. In the Middle East the bride gave guests five almonds to bless each of them with fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. Whether you chose to gift a sweet treat to your guests or put a totally modern spin on the custom the options are endless. Here are a few of our favourites from our SMP Weddings brides and some of the best we've spotted elsewhere.
We've loved the foodie gifts lots of our couples have given including pickled walnuts and homemade jams and the candles that one couple gave had a very personal connection for them.
I love these mini hangover kits for the morning after and being a book-lover a wooden bookmark is right up my street. Go one step further and select a second-hand book you think each guest would enjoy, you can't get more thoughtful than that.
For a permanent reminder of your day a little packet of wildflower seeds ensures your guests will be enjoying your gift for years to come and is of course great for the planet. Check out our Pinterest board Fabulous Favours for more inspiration.
Kate is the studio manager at SMP Weddings, the home of reportage wedding photography and photojournalism in Sussex creating highly atmospheric images which burst with personality and emotion.