Card box wrapped with ribbon at a table

What Goes into Wedding Favour Boxes?

When you’re thinking about wedding favours, how you present them is just as important as what they are. Wedding favour boxes allow you to turn the planned aesthetic of your wedding into a package your guests take home with them to act as a long-term reminder of your celebration. Today, make one of the most important decisions in the run-up to your wedding by taking a look at wedding favour boxes.

Bespoke or Pre-made?

Small cardboard boxes with string

There's a whole spectrum of options between these two choices. You could design and order wholly bespoke boxes fitted perfectly to your wedding day or buy very simple premade boxes, whether they’re made from paper, card or other materials.

A useful middle-ground to consider would be ordering flat packed, fold together boxes that can be customised with designs, colour schemes or images to complement your wedding, not unlike our own wedding favour booklets.

Choosing a Look

The look of your wedding favour box is one of the most important things about it. Your choices here allow you to bind together diverse wedding favours into a unified whole and link it strongly to your wedding.

The first place to start is with your wider wedding plans. If you’ve already set an aesthetic for your wedding, that style can guide you here. Use the same colours you’ve decided on for your decorations and table settings, and your wedding favour boxes will become a seamless part of the day’s visual identity.

One particularly useful element that you can use as a guide is the style of your invitations. Adapting that design for your wedding favour boxes ensures continuity and unity of style, making the last thing your guests receive at your wedding a neat bookend with the first time they learned about when it was happening.

What Can You Put in a Wedding Favour Box?

Sugared almonds with boxes

Many wedding favours are intended to be saved for the end of the night and taken home with your guests. CherryTop Wedding activity booklets are one of the exceptions. They’re best when given to guests at the beginning of the reception so they can enjoy solving the puzzles and answering questions together. Most other ideas fit well with the concept of the wedding favour box - a sort of wedding party bag to be collected with a slice of cake at the end of the celebrations.

It’s traditional to include five sugared almonds. Originally a Greek custom, they’re symbolic of fertility, wealth, a long life, good health and happiness, and they remain a welcome gesture at a modern wedding. They’re a good addition to a wedding favour box, if only because it’s impractical to give them loose! You don’t have to limit yourself to this tradition, also called ‘Jordan almonds’. You could include any kind of sweets, from Smarties to breath mints - a gesture that may be appreciated the morning after. One idea that’s sure to be memorable is to allow guests to make their own pick and mix selection!

Another wedding favour you could include in a box is a small thank you note. These don’t need to be long or over-detailed, but a short note thanking each guest for attending your wedding will make them feel special and let them know how appreciated their presence was.

Food and drink make for other popular wedding favours, be they liqueur miniatures (or an alternative for non-drinkers in the party) or perhaps a signature herb or spice mix. This is a good option if you’re a couple known for being good cooks, or you’re able to choose flavours that reflect the meal options that have just been served at your wedding.

Small pots of honey - especially honey that’s local to your hometown or chosen wedding venue - is another welcome wedding favour that acts as a very specific memento of your day, and you can further customise the label to make it a personal gift.

Small pots of honey at a table

Choosing a Box

The choices you’ve already made will help you define the box you need for your wedding favours. You’ve decided how you want it to look and what you’re going to put in it, so your final choice needs to be considerate of those decisions.

If you’re simply including the traditional Jordan almonds and a thank you note, the box can be relatively light and simple. Even folded paper may do. It may be worthwhile to compensate for the relative simplicity of the wedding favours by making the box a more ornate decoration in its own right, either fully printed with a colourful design or with a cut-out pattern.

If you’re giving more substantial favours - those miniatures or jars, for example - then you need a sturdier box, which will reliably both contain favours like this while also protecting more delicate ones, like a slice of wedding cake, making sure your guests get them home safely to serve as that lasting memento of your wedding day.

A jar of sweet with a label

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