Sometimes I feel like I’m split between two halves, a foot on either shore. For example, this week has been boiling here in London (no complaints, summer is way overdue) and even as I write this I’m sweltering in front of a fan with a very restless cat stretched out on the cool floor at my feet. But I know that for my readers in South Africa, it’s the middle of winter and thoughts are of cosy nights under blankets, walks in wellies and frosty mornings, and this post is just for you. More brides are now looking towards winter weddings for the cost savings and increased availability that the off-season brings. and winter itself can be a sort of wedding theme or motif. In the northern hemisphere, winter is all very Christmassy, but fortunately you don’t need to come over all Santa Claus just to harness the delights of the season. So I’ve put together ten gorgeous ideas for winter wedding favours – many with links to DIY tutorials, so you can create them yourself!
Image sources (clockwise from top left): 1- Readyluck via Chic Meets Healthy; 2- via Southern Living; 3- Catherine Mac/ via The Pretty Blog; 4- Nicole Cassano Photography/Devoted To You via Wedding Chicks; 5- Alison Conklin
Evergreens make a lovely winter wedding favour, from pine saplings to succulents (although not all succulents are evergreen). Wrapped in burlap, presented in a tin or wrapped in brown paper, it’s a lovely way to celebrate nature and send your guests home with a gift that will really last, and remind them of your wedding day for a long time to come. Bulbs are a good idea for autumn weddings, especially as they should be planted in the autumn for spring blooms. Seeds are another option – you could get your stationery designer to create pretty seed packets in the same design as the rest of your suite.
Although if you’re going to feed birds, it’s a good idea to do it all year, winter feeding is when it’s often most needed. Help bring life and song to your guests gardens with little heart bird feeders, or jars of seed as a pretty alternative.
I always think food is one of the best favour options, as it’s almost certain to get eaten instead of forgotten or lost or left behind. Winter fruits are a healthy way to bring the season to life for your guests – apples or pears in pretty packaging look great at each place, or make and wrap up some toffee apples for a bit of a nostalgic childhood touch.
Okay, these are just a liiiittle Christmassy. But they’re also Anthro-fabulous, AND they’re DIY! Fun.
If you have any kind of outdoor component to your winter wedding, blankets and pashminas serve a dual purpose in that they keep guests cosy while also making lovely gifts. You can find any number of styles, from snug as a bug campfire rugs, to fluffy white wraps or colourful pashminas. For more ideas on presentation, check out our feature on pashmina favours.
Image source: My Own Ideas
These campfire crafts look good enough to give just for their prettiness, but they’re actually useful too. If you live near an area where pinecones are available, they make a simple DIY and fun seasonal gift.
Lip balm! It’s so obvious! And yet, I haven’t really seen these before. I love the idea of customised chapstick (or lip arse, for us Saffas ;) ) and again, this is something you can easily DIY and customise to match your stationery. I often get goodie bags from wedding events, and I must say that the lip balm favours are usually my favourites, as they’re the ones I use.
Knitted details make for a really awesome winter wedding motif. I’m in LOVE with these knit-style ceramic coasters, and a little heart at each plate setting is a no-fuss cute favour that adds to your decor and can be kept as a momento.
As I mentioned, I think that edible favours are always a winner, and biscuits or cookies are awesome wintery options. They can be as simple as vanilla rolls tied with a bit of greenery or iced biscuits tied with twine, or gingerbread houses for your guests plate or cups. Adorable. An alternative is to give your guests cookie cutters – I especially like the gingerbread boys and girls on your alternate male/female place settings. Tie a cute ribbon to each of them with the guest’s name and you have place settings sorted.
Image sources (clockwise from top left): 1- Celebrating Everyday Life; 2- Andrea Dozier Boutique Photography via Celebrations at Home; 3- Josh McCullock/Gibson Events via Grey Likes Weddings; 4- bluesodapromo; 5- Annie McElwain Photography via 100 Layer Cake; 6- Martha Stewart
Hot drinks are synonymous with cold weather, so they make perfect favours. You could do hot chocolate or cocoa in pretty jars or even test tubes, coffee in little bags (love the idea of a scoop as well) or tea bags. Make a little sign saying ‘the perfect blend’ and invite guests to help themselves. Or give them each a cute little cup sleeve – the Starbucks fans among them will love it!
Are you planning a winter or autumn wedding? What favours are you considering?