The tradition of giving your guests favour boxes as something to remember the wedding by has been around for hundreds of years.

Centuries ago in Italy and Greece the bride and groom would give gifts of sugared almonds that symbolised health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life.

Brides Dorset: chocolate

Will you choose chocolates for your favours?

Today, favour boxes often consist of sweet little ribbon boxes that contain chocolates or sweets.

But to make it a little more personal brides often decide to make their own. This isn’t as difficult as it may sound. For a cheaper option, pick a verse that means something to the individual and hand-write the note. This costs nothing but shows that thought has gone into the gift.

A personalised tile with the names of the bride and groom and the date of the wedding makes an unusual memento.

A popular choice is hand-stitched cards. You can buy these from haberdasheries.

Alternatively, a scratch card is a fun alternative, and you never know...!

If you do decide to go along the food route then there are a number of choices you can make.

Miniature boxes of chocolate are great favours. You can even theme the chocolate to co-ordinate with your flowers. Small, baked, heart-shaped cookies are very personal, especially if you make them.

Or perhaps you can make your own sweets – it’s a great chance to be creative. Chocolates that have been personalised with your initials and the date of the wedding are also fun.

Fortune cookies can contain the traditional fortune message or even a small blessing or poem if you make your own.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to spending money on table gifts, but often the hand-made favours are appreciated more.

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