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Enough with the cringeworthy trinkets that your guests will never use (if you’re hanging that ornament with Bob and Sheila’s faces on it up each Christmas, you’re a better friend than we are). If you’re going to spend money on favours, try something that’s personal to you as a couple, but can still be enjoyed by your guests during the wedding, or actually useful after the main event. Here are some fun, Vancouver-sourced ideas to get you started. Marshmallow wedding favours from Butter Baked Goods.
Share your favourite dessert with your guests–like the marshmallows you ate on your first date at Butter Baked Goods, or a sampling of your go-to chocolates from Thomas Haas.
If you are coffee fanatics, share the love by filling up take-home mason jars with your favourite beans. Personalize it even more by stocking up from one of your preferred local roasters like Matchstick or 49th Parallel Coffee. Oil and vinegar favours from Vancouver Olive Oil Company.
Do you have a condiment that everyone knows you can’t live without? Get miniature bottles of your number one hot sauce or olive oil and vinegar combo. The Vancouver Olive Oil Company sells wedding favours in 60 ml. pairings. Personalized bubble tube wedding labels by Olivia’s Label Factory.
Show off your playful side and get the party started with bubbles or sparklers (great for an outdoor wedding!). You can get personalized gold foil labels for your bubble tubes from Olivia’s Label Factory on Etsy. Hangover kit bag from Sweet Thymes.
If you plan on a having a real rager, your guests will thank you later for this gift. You can fill these hangover kit baggies by Sweet Thymes with remedies from your local drugstore (hint: Advil, gum and water are a great place to start). Custom monogrammed blanket by MAKE Vancouver.
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, keep your guests toasty by offering blankets that they can take home. For an added personal touch, get your blankets monogrammed at MAKE Vancouver. I DO relaxing body care kit by Saje Natural Wellness.
To relieve the stress of a busy day, spoil your wedding party and/or guests with this I DO relaxing body care kit from Saje Natural Wellness. Bottle arrangement by The Wild Bunch.
Let your flower arrangements play double duty by allowing your guests to take them home after the wedding. Put the arrangements in a bottle that’s easy to take home and be reused (like this one by The Wild Bunch). For a longer-lasting reminder of your special day, or if you are known for your green thumb, give each guest a succulent or a small potted plant instead. Wedding Donation to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Let your altruism guide you by giving a donation in your guests’ honour to the charity that means the most to you. Many local charities like the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the BC Cancer Foundation, happily accept donations in lieu of wedding favours.