Here at Perfect Preparation we are busy putting together the final touches for our July wedding at Polhawn Fort and we just had to share with you the gorgeous favours that the lovely couple have chosen for the wedding!
It was very important to Paul and Kari that, as their wedding is being held in Cornwall, the wedding budget be spent employing local Cornish companies. Therefore all aspects of the day have been sourced from within county and the running theme of the wedding has undoubtedly been all things Cornish!
Instead of going with the more obvious pasty and cream tea ideas for the favours each guest will receive a scroll certifying that a lobster has been adopted in their name, all lobsters will be realeased together and there will be a pair set free together for the Bride and Groom, courtesy of the National Lobster Hatchery www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk
Every certificate can be personalised and each lobster can be given its own name, making it extra special for all the guests attending. This idea reflects the wedding theme of encouraging the continuity of Cornish culture as the National Lobster Hatchery is a pioneering marine conservation charity dedicated to conserving the vulnerable lobster population. Plus by being placed on the table, the favours will also prove to be cost effective as they will double as name tags for the wedding breakfast. We can’t wait to see these amazing favours on the big day!
The fabulous wedding favours for the July wedding are a perfect example of how favours can be a meaningful thank you gift as well as a lasting keepsake for your guests.
Sarah Boothroyd from the Lobster Hatchery said ‘so many more couples are looking for ethical wedding favours and those choosing to marry in Cornwall are often looking to embrace the beach and sea within the theme of their special day. Our Adopt a Lobster favours not only add a bit of amusement to the wedding party (Auntie Maureen will be tickled pink that a lobster will be released back into the wild and named after her!), but its supporting a local charity, helping to boost local lobster populations and in turn, the fragile coastal communities that still rely on a healthy sustainable fishery.
Believe it or not we had 3 lobster themed weddings in 2012, one couple bought 2 little sparkly lobsters as their ring bearers and upon request we have started to offer kids packs for the wedding day, keeping in with the sea theme we’ve got colouring in sea creature table cloths (fantastic product), sticker books, little plastic sea creature collections for imaginative role play. Even better, after all the celebrations are over, the wedding party (of lobsters) will continue on the bottom of the sea bed! Watch out, Auntie Maureen the Lobster is on the prowl’.
Traditionally wedding favours consist of 5 sugared almonds wrapped up in a tulle net or a decorated favour box. Each of the almonds contained within the package symbolises wishes to the couple that they have Health, Wealth, Happiness, Long Life and Fertility. Furthermore, the bittersweet taste of fresh almonds symbolizes life and the sweet candy coating represents hope that the newlyweds will enjoy more sweetness than bitterness.
More often than not though, couples tend to go for more creative and less traditional favours.
Ideas for favours can be keepsakes such as the Lobster Hatchery gift or edible like these gorgeous favours from Ben and Jennifer’s wedding this Easter 2013.
As the couple’s wedding was booked for Good Friday, Jen wanted to have Easter eggs involved within the wedding favours. Following a discussion with Nicky Grant, Award winning wedding cake designer, patissiere and chocolatier, we arranged for the guests to have mini eggs as favours with little name cards hand written onto their box. The eggs were white and milk chocolate with raspberries blended through as the wedding colours were pink and Navy blue. Just delicious and perfectly seasonal!
Here’s a few more ideas for favours which we didn’t design, but love!
This sweet Norway spruce as a favour for a Winter/Christmas wedding symbolizes love growing and strengthening though marriage. (Courtesy of Martha StewartWeddings.com)
Perfect for a country/vintage inspired wedding, a jar of homemade jam for each guest, topped off with a personalised label. (Courtesy of weddingchicks.com)
Kate, our wedding planner, loves Italy and these are her own personal favourite! A miniature bottle of Amalfi-made Limoncello for each wedding guest! (Picture courtesy of myownlabels.com), the wedding of Marc and Claire last May also had the Limoncello in beautiful decanters on each table for guests to enjoy – pictures of these can be seen in the client gallery of their wedding and the decanters can be hired from Inspire Hire. For the younger guests why not try traditional lemonade?
Wedding favours can be time consuming for the bride, but those special little touches are what we at Perfect Preparation are here for. Plus we have lots of fun creating such pretty things!
Keep following our blog for the upcoming pictures of the fabulous Polhawn Fort wedding with their lobster themed favours.