It seems a little bit counter-intuitive that wedding guests might leave the wedding with some form of present? Surely the bride and groom should be presented with every gewgaw, knickknack or (more often than not) kitchen appliance in preparation for their life ahead?
Well, my friends at Wikipedia tell me that the tradition of party favours is a common western trope that is meant to be 'a gesture of thanks for their attendance, a memento of the occasion, or simply as an aid to frivolity'. The ones on offer at our nuptials, hopefully, will provide all three.
In the RSVP part of the website, there were the usual yes or no options but also the guests were to be asked if they could provide their shoe size. Interestingly people didn't instinctively trust that providing such information wouldn't end up in calamity. There were texts, phone calls, emails and face-to-face challenges, 'why do you want our shoe sizes???' Well funnily enough we plan to give them personalised shoes. Well, not shoes, flip-flops really, with the reveller's name on the heel end. This really is targeted at women who might like an alternative to heels come the dancing/really drunk period of the evening. I cannot take credit for this particular idea, it must go to my intended, but checking in on our focus group (the guest list), it has gone down well and is worth thinking about for yours. The people who are able to sort this out are a fantastic company named Treat Republic. Of course the guests are welcome to keep it as a practical item too. To illustrate it, the kind people at Treat Republic made a pair for The Rake (pictured).
Something too that the guests will all receive is olive oil from the olives grown in the garden, the cheese will be served with quince made from the quince trees in the garden and each guest will drink some cherry brandy, which, well, no surprises for guessing the rest. If you are looking for inspiration beyond sugared almonds, perhaps these will help.
Treat Republic, can be found at treatrepublic.co.uk