Top 5 Ideas for Eco Friendly Wedding Favours

Wedding favours are a tradition with a deep-rooted history in Europe. Believed to have originated in French aristocratic society, these wedding day gifts were originally given out by well-healed couples as a sign of wealth. Presented in ornate trinket boxes, they most often contained small cubes of sugar or confectionary, known as bonbonnieres, that only the rich could afford. Today, wedding favours remain a favourite pastime at weddings and come in all shapes and sizes, from scratch cards to candied treats to cocktail stirrers. But what about eco-friendly wedding favours that warm the heart, and protect the planet too?

If you are getting married and are looking for some unique gift ideas for your guests, here are our top 5 ideas for eco-friendly wedding favours for you.


Edible Wedding Favours

One of the best ways to win over the hearts (and stomachs) of your guests is, of course, with food. Some of the best eco-friendly wedding favours, edible gifts can come in the form of everything from popcorn to prosecco to personalised choccies. For the most eco-friendly wedding favours, choose foodie treats with low-mileage traceability and use local artisans. If you are feeling particularly creative, you can even conjure up some homemade treats yourself. Although, we won’t judge if you’d like to leave that to the professionals! Use eco-friendly wrapping (like beeswax wrap) to present your wedding favours and let your guests enjoy an extra delicious memory of your special day.

Seed Cards

Who doesn’t love the sight of multi-coloured wildflowers peppering meadows and flourishing in gardens? Not only incredibly beautiful, but wildflowers play a vital role in supporting healthy, biodiverse ecosystems and provide pollinators such as bees and butterflies with food. If you would like to add some colour and vitality to your guests’ gifts, what better way to do so than with seed cards? Brilliant, eco-friendly wedding favours, authentic seed cards are 100% eco-friendly and biodegradable and are composed of wildflower seeds that can be planted for flowers to grow. Purchase some seed cards from a local supplier and discuss the best types of wildflowers for local pollinators and give back to nature with a gift that keeps on giving.


If beautiful, blooming bouquets pull at your heart strings, then why not consider offering flowers as eco-friendly wedding favours? Pretty as a picture, floral bouquets can be placed in water after the wedding for ephemeral beauty, or even dried and pressed to capture an enduring wedding snapshot. For the most environmentally-friendly options, collaborate with local growers instead of opting for foreign flowers with large carbon footprints and choose flowers grown without pesticides. Working with local florists and using seasonal flowers, you can create bespoke bouquets that reflect the season and the locale and sensitively support local ecosystems. If you are especially green thumbed, you can even plant some of your own flowers ahead of time.

Recycled Wedding Favours

Much-loved wedding traditions, wedding favours offer a thoughtful way to thank your guests for joining you and celebrating your special day. They also create cherished souvenirs that, in some cases, can be enjoyed for years to come. That said, wedding favours don’t have to be expensive or extravagant to be meaningful, and they also don’t need to be brand new. If you are looking for eco-friendly wedding favours to share with your guests, then recycled wedding favours are a great option. These can include regifted presents and charity shop items, for example a book with a personalised inscription, and can provide you with a chance to get really creative and unique with your gifting.

Or, No Wedding Favours at All…

When it comes to planning weddings, traditions propose fun sets of guidelines to follow during your special day. But, they are just that – guidelines. Sometimes, there’s no better way to make your day truly unique than by breaking traditions and doing exactly what feels right for you as a couple. If you are considering the best eco-friendly wedding favours and can’t decide on what are the best options for you, then you can also consider scrapping them altogether. Afterall, there’s no right or wrong way to plan your day and the most important memories are made by spending real, quality time with the ones you love. Enjoy time in the moment surrounded by your favourite people and leave the extras behind.

Getting Married at The Moat House

For the bid day of your dreams, featuring eco-friendly wedding favours, you’ll need a location that sets the most romantic scene for you. Residing in a fairytale setting, our 4-star manor house and hotel is the perfect place to plan your wedding. Set in rolling Staffordshire countryside with a stunning lake, our manicured grounds and gorgeous wedding suites create truly idyllic backdrops for you to say “I do” to your soul partner and celebrate with family and friends. Savour the finest local food and drink in our 2 AA Rosette restaurant, choose between exclusive use of our celebration rooms and spaces, and look forward to restful nights in one of our luxurious bedrooms.