Devon favour ideas
Gift your guests something carefully chosen and locally made with favours that will really share the love
A carefully chosen favour can work wonders in elevating the atmosphere of love at a wedding. Whether you’re planning a grand affair and want a little something to say thank you, wish to spoil a small number of guests with a box of mini luxuries, or go all out with a smattering of treats throughout the day, favours are a great way to express your gratitude.
Not only do favours speak volumes about your appreciation levels, they can also be used to infuse extra style and flavour into your day. Use them to extend the theme or colour scheme, increase the bespoke factor, or bring an element of surprise and celebratory fun.
From top tipples and fabulous floristry to heavenly scented goodies, here are a few of our local favourites.
THAT'S THE SPIRIT
Papillon Dartmoor Distillery crafts small batches of its award-winning gin using a copper still, capturing the rural surrounds by fusing fresh spring water from a nearby hill farm with traditional gin botanicals and their own unique ‘Dartmoor flavours’, including fresh gorse flowers, chamomile, nettles, Devon violets, and rowan and hawthorn berries, for a distinctive flavour that’s discernible in every divine drop.
Named after a species of threatened Dartmoor butterfly, Papillon donates 1% from every bottle sold to a local butterfly conservation project, upping the happiness in every quaff. Pick from any of their tantalising trio of gins – Papillon (a London dry), The Admiral (Navy strength gin) and the limited edition Carabus (created with Dartmoor naturalist, Nick Baker) for the most delectable addition to your day. They’re all available in beautifully boxed gift sets of 5cl miniatures, small 35cl bottles, and large 70cl bottles should you wish to give greater thanks or stock your wedding bar with Devon’s loveliest.
Combining plant-based and ethically sourced ingredients for heavenly scented and nutrient packed products, Moksa’s handcrafted artisan range includes skincare, candles, bath salts and body oils. Natural, vegan, and plastic and cruelty-free, each item is handcrafted in small batches in Chloe Osborn’s rural Devon studio and packaged with real rose petals. We’re particularly smitten with the sustainable soy wax Kama Love Candle, which is created using rose, sandalwood and jasmine pure essential oils infused with rose quartz – gorgeous for favours or bringing a little extra love to your tabletops.
The Lavender and Mandarin Calming Mist provides an antidote to those pre-wedding nerves, while the Chandra Midnight Oil will hydrate your skin and soothe your senses. Gift either to your guests as an extra token of thanks. We also love the Damask Rose and Vetivert Himalayan Bath Salts – a heady blend that’ll take bathtime to new spa-like heights. Chloe can create personal gift messages, placing your selection in a cotton drawstring bag that can also be personalised with an individually designed stamp.
Pyne & Co’s beeswax melts are hand-poured in Devon and guaranteed to imbue additional loveliness into your day, whether you light them throughout your venue or gift them to your guests.
Natural, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients are blended with an intoxicating mix of high-quality fragrance and essential oils to ensure a long-lasting and exquisite scent. Each melt is infused by hand with dried natural botanicals that create a subtle pop of colour. You might choose to proffer a sample size pack that contains a selection of eight mini beeswax melts or opt for one of the full-sized packs to match a particular theme. Choose from the luscious likes of Wild Garden’s jasmine, rose and patchouli mix, After Dusk’s myrrh, tonka and amber melts, and Forest Pine’s fir needles, white cedar and pine.
All orders can be customised to match the vibe of your day, and are packed into resealable pouches comprising Kraft paper and bio plastic – an eco-friendly alternative made from agricultural by-products for an earth-friendly and divine smelling favour.
Wedding keepsakes don’t get more petal-pretty covetable than Darling Buds’ mini bottled dried flowers. These bespoke favours of flower-filled bottles can be chosen to complement your colour scheme, serving as an additional adornment for your tablescape. Select your stems to seamlessly blend into the rest of your floral arrangements, or to create a colour-contrasting feature of décor – either way, Ellie Price will help you to create the most bloomingly beautiful gift for your guests.
Simply select your favoured mix of dried flowers, which will be carefully bottled before being safely sealed with a tiny cork stopper. Each one can double up as a name setting courtesy of a paper nametag attached to the bottle, making them a fabulously dual-purpose piece of eye-catching floristry.
Sweet treats are the ultimate crowd-pleaser, giving guests of all ages a piece of candy for both their eyes and bellies – and Plymouth-based Blush Bakes will whip up an edible storm for personalised favours that look as divine as they taste.
Charlotte Johns can cater to your every favour requirement, whether you fancy beautiful biscuits, mini smash hearts, or lip-smacking cakesicles designed to your specifications. Each one can be created to mirror your colour scheme or theme, with the option of being boxed or unboxed, and nametags attached as place settings. Picture luxe cookies and bite-sized cakes adorned with dried flowers, feathers, hand-painted details, charms and exquisite calligraphy – or even a cakesicle stand or tower for a real show-stopping centrepiece. With bakes this brilliantly artistic, they’re (almost) too good-looking to eat...
words Hannah May
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