Do me a favour?

Are favours worth the hassle? I don’t mean the slice of cake in a box type favours, but the mini gifts to thank guests for coming.

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Are favours worth the hassle? I don’t mean the slice of cake in a box type favours, but the mini gifts to thank guests for coming.

Recent party planner favourites include homemade jam (rumoured for the Moss/Hince wedding), pencils baring the name of the couple, scented candles and cigars. All of which will undoubtedly be left in the back of a cab on the way home.

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I only remember being offered favours on two occasions in my career as a wedding guest. Victoria and Ben gave each guest the personalised Director’s chair they sat on during dinner. I remember that because the taxi driver didn’t like us much when we produced five of them from behind a hedge after hailing him. And Lisette and Maxim gave us the very smart Zandra Rhodes-designed plates we ate from, and it was a miracle the gesture didn’t turn the wedding Greek.

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But generally - if my memory of them is anything to go by - I think favours are only good for some blog-type storyboard photos to sandwich between more shots of the bride and groom. I know I sound a grouch but, even though its cost is a drop in the ocean in the grand scheme of things, it is worth the bother?

I’m trying to think of some truly original ideas along the lines of the chairs and plates, otherwise that £300 is back in the budget. Any ideas?

In the meantime, Not on the High Street and Etoile de Mer are a good place to start.

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