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Should You Have Wedding Favours Or Not? The Pros And Cons..

Wedding favours are a great little take-away for your guests. But do you actually require them at your wedding?

Are Wedding Favours Needed?

The gifting of wedding favours dates back to the sixteenth century.

The first known wedding favour was called a bonbonniere, a small jewellery box that contained sugar cubes or delicate confectionary which symbolised wealth and royalty.

So are wedding favours required? Not at all! But they are seen as a token of your appreciation as well as a reminder for the guests of your day.

According to The Knot 2018 Real Weddings Study, the average wedding favour cost is £180 in total. With the average headcount at 136 guests, that makes the average spend on favours per wedding guest roughly £1.50.


Wedding favours are an easy way of thanking your guests for attending your wedding. It’s also in-keeping with tradition, and this may be important to you and your family.


The added pressure to think of a memorable and unique favour may add extra stress to your wedding planning.

Wedding favours can also go to waste very easily. I’ve shot many weddings and seen many leftover wedding favours that weren’t taken home. If you’ve invested a lot of time and money into your wedding favours, it can be disappointing to deal with all the leftovers once your wedding day is complete.

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