The Best Wedding Favours and Bonbonnieres Your Guests Will Love

Whether you know them as bonbonnieres, bombonieres or wedding favours, these take home gifts have come a long way since traditional sugared almonds! As a gesture of thanks to those who have come together to celebrate your marriage, there are many ways you can personalise your bonbonnieres to your interests, values, style and budget. 

We’ve sorted the best wedding favour ideas by theme so you can easily find a thank you gift your guests will appreciate, from edible treats to special keepsakes and donations to your favourite charities.

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Budget Wedding Favours 

Individually wrapped after dinner mints at each place setting are cheap and cheerful crowd favourites.

DIY individually wrapped "Mint to Be" after dinner mints for budget wedding favours | Photography: Jen Carreiro via Something Turquoise
Jen Carreiro via Something Turquoise

You’ve just committed to be together for richer or poorer, so a scratch card or lotto ticket is an affordable way to share your good fortune. 

If you’re keen to get hands on, DIY is a great way to keep the costs down. Match boxes are a popular pick because they’re practical, easy to personalise and perfect for that sparkler exit!

And if your budget is really maxed out, a beautifully worded thank you note expressing your gratitude to your guests for being part of your lives will be well received! 

Edible Wedding Favours

Foodie bonbonnieres are sure to hit the spot for your wedding guests. They can be a fun homemade project using your favourite family recipes or crafted by professionals who will wow your guests with gourmet flavours and top notch presentation. 

You can never go wrong with beautifully boxed chocolates, enjoyed with a coffee or tea during your wedding reception or at home.

Sweet tooths will make a beeline for boxed macarons, cakes in jars, homemade cookies and donuts. You can also spread the love with jams, honey and even mini Nutella jars! 

Savoury lovers will snap up infused oils, flavoured salts, spice blends, sauces and chutneys.

Sugared or salted, popcorn can go both ways and is an awesome choice for movie buffs. 

Support local growers and complement your table decor with apples, stone fruit or punnets of berries fresh from the orchard. 

Finally, lolly buffets add an enticing display to your reception and offer guests a smorgasbord of take home treats. 

Beverage Wedding Favours

Bags of coffee beans, tea samples and make-your-own hot chocolate mixes will go down a treat, as will mugs and vintage tea cups sourced from op shops!  

You’ll be everyone’s favourite newlyweds if you gift mini bottles of alcohol, soda or DIY cocktail kits. If you want your bonbonnieres to last a little longer, bottle openers, wine stoppers, stubby holders and coasters are drink-related gifts that can be used after the wedding. 

And if your guests have a little too much fun, a Recovery Kit will be greatly appreciated the next morning. In sickness and in health doesn’t just apply to the happy couple! 

Eco-friendly Wedding Favours

Seed packets, potted plants, terrariums, potpourri and herb bunches are all wedding favour ideas inspired by nature. 

Succulents are always popular because they’re affordable to buy and easy to grow. They can also double as table decor. 

Setting up a bouquet station, where guests can wrap flowers from your centrepieces to take home at the end of the night is a great way to share the love and reduce waste. Win win! 

Pampering Wedding Favours

Scented candles, body scrubs, lip balms and soaps make luscious guest gifts and also work as DIY activities in the lead up to your wedding. If you’d prefer to buy, local creatives would be thrilled to help spoil your guests with their artisanal products. 

Charitable Wedding Favours

Making a donation to charity in lieu of traditional bonbonnieres is a meaningful way to support causes close to your heart by raising money and awareness for those in need. 

Interactive Wedding Favours

A caricaturist, Polaroid cameras or photo booth capture the fun during your wedding reception and produce individual mementos your guests will cherish from your big day.

Interest Inspired Wedding Favours 

There are so many ways to bring your hobbies and interests into your wedding favours. Luggage tags, bookmarks, tabletop games, origami and music compilations are all ways to share what’s important to you and make your thank you gifts personal. 

Accessory Wedding Favours

Favours can be gifted at any time during your wedding! Fans can be placed on each seat at your ceremony and parasols can be offered for shade or showers. 

Flip flops and sunglasses are a treat for summer celebrations, while pashminas are perfect for warding off the winter chill. 

Other wearable gifts like bow ties and bracelets are stylish keepsakes from your special day that can be sourced from local makers.

Personalised Wedding Favours

Bonbonnieres don’t have to be the same for everyone – think shot glasses for the adults, activity packs for the kids and handkerchiefs for the grandparents. If they’re useful and above all thoughtful, your guests will love them!

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