So your guests aren’t just coming for the freebies (probably) and while it’s true that those little touches and extras can really make your wedding unique and personal, these are the same things that can really mess with your budget. Of all the weddings we’ve been to, our favourite table favours have always been personal and meaningful to the happy couple… and luckily, there’s plenty of ways to make them yourself.

Back in the day, at our own wedding, a Yorkshire girl marrying a Bristol boy, we bought a huge jar of Mason’s Yorkshire mixture, got the bridesmaids over and over several bottles of something we bagged the treats tied them with ribbon and lace then attached handwritten luggage tags. Voila, homemade favours for less than 20p per person.

Sweet treats

Pick up a selection of retro penny sweets or choose bon-bons, seaside rock or the ultimate wedding classic – sugared almonds. Bag them up in organza, cellophane, brown paper or waxed paper bags adding ribbons, sparkles, glitter and tags to suit you style. If you’re very organised you could collect (or buy) little jam jars or kilners and print or make personal labels.

Herbs, succulents and tiny plants

Tiny pots of herbs can be picked up for £1-£2 at local garden centres and are a lasting gift that your guests can watch grow. Like your love.

Wild flower seeds are also super cheap and super cute! Give your guests an envelope to scatter, tie into little fabric parcels or form into little flower bombs (check out this tutorial)

Succulents or heathers are another bargain from your local garden centre. These cute plants are sort of indestructable and make a great gift for guests to take home. They’ll also make the tables look really pretty and save you money on decorations – win/win!

Culinary treats

Get cooking and surprise your guests with homemade edibles like infused salt, flavoured oils or cordials presented in little bottles or jars.img_6521

Chocolate truffles are super easy to make and can be infused or dusted with whatever flavour you fancy: chilli, salted caramel, blood orange, coconut…  They also double up nicely as an extra treat to enjoy with the tea and coffee.

If you or a family member are a bit WI inclined, then cook up some homemade chutneys, jams and curds to give your guests. I have a jar of pink grapefruit marmalade that’s been going strong from a wedding in May and every time I eat it I think of the happy couple! You can print cute labels, cover with pretty wax paper or tie with ribbon or lace to match to your theme.

Audio love

Make a wedding CD filled with your favourite songs, perhaps ones that featured in your ceremony or floor-fillers from the reception. Make on-theme labels and pop into those little sleeves to gift to your guests so they can relive the day when the fancy takes. You could always add a first track with a recorded message from you both to thank guests for coming – so like the mix tapes of the early 90s.