Guest gifting – The Gift Lounge

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Guest favours are out. Behold, guest gifting! I mean, who actually wants sugared almonds in an organza bag these days? Why not show how much you love and appreciate your guests by letting them choose from a selection of gorgeous treats? We’ve chosen four ways to let your loved ones take away a piece of your special day.

Set up a gifting lounge

This is the ultimate Hollywood treat. Celebrities are constantly invited to gifting lounges to stock up on designer freebies, so why not create your own? Set up a room full of artisan snacks, mini bottles of champagne or prosecco, luxury chocolates, donuts and tiny keepsakes. Then let your guests choose a selection to take away in a beautiful personalised bag. And if you’re having a destination wedding, this is a great spin on a hotel welcome bag – cute candles, luxury toiletries, refreshing coconut water, sweets and snacks. It’s the ultimate favour.

Create gorgeous, overflowing tables of treats for your guests to enjoy. image: illumene
Everyone loves a champagne treat! And personalise the labels too. image: Moet & Chandon
Who doesn’t love a little chocolate? image: Hotel Chocolat

Keep it local

If you’re looking for local luxury, fill a table full of local delights. Cider, ale, beautiful handmade jewellery, cakes and maybe even locally picked fruit. Anything that fits with your wedding theme. You’ll be supporting your local artisans and giving your guests a really thoughtful treat. If you choose a destination wedding, you’ll be giving your guests a slice of the beautiful location as well.

Fabulous hand crafted delicacies give the day a personal touch image: The Knot
Freshly picked, locally grown fruit tastes so much nicer! A gorgeous alternative to chocolate for a hot summer wedding image: Anna Lee Munro
Destination wedding? Collect up some treasures to remind your guests of the beautiful location

Goody bags galore

Cram a goody bag full of treats to say thank you to your lovely guests! Your wedding planner can help you create the perfect goody bag to remind your loved ones of your special day. A little bottle of whisky, a bottle of your wedding wine, mini monogrammed candles, a cd of your favourite music – maybe including your first dance – personalised cookies, even a beach towel if you’re abroad, the options are endless! Then stack them in gorgeous rows in your gifting room and make sure guests are guided through.

Too good to eat?! Personalised cookies are a great goody bag filler. image: The Custom Cake Boutique
Beach vibes with a destination wedding welcome bag – all the essentials! image: Martha Stewart Weddings
Send guest home with the scent of your wedding. image: the collection by m

Flowers, flowers, flowers

Why not go to town and fill an entire room full of the same flowers that you’ve chosen for your day. Then let guests create a bouquet to take home with them. It’s like giving them their very own little piece of your wedding to enjoy for a bit longer. Every time they smell or look at the flowers, they’ll be reminded of the fun they had celebrating with you. You could even hire a florist to help create the perfect posy for each guest!

Display bouquets in the theme of your wedding – boho daisies are a gorgeous gift
A flower cart is a fun decoration – and guests can help themselves when the party ends! image: Marisa Tenguerian
A perfect posy – leave vases of flowers and encourage your loved ones to help themselves. image: Tulipina Designs

Inspired? Take a look at more gift and favour ideas here.