The Spring/Summer season is without a doubt the busiest time of the year for wedding planners. Given that the weather is likely to play along, flowers are in bloom and and the vibe is generally just well, light and breezy.

However, there is definitely something to be said for gorgeous autumn and winter weddings. Especially in South Africa, where for the most part, we only have to fight with the cold in the evenings. We’re really lucky in that we get some really beautiful winter days, and because it’s South Africa, we’re not short of incredible views, gorgeous venues and beautiful flora.

If you’re planning a winter wedding, take a look at how you can make your day an event to be remembered!



You’re going to have a relatively neutral palette to work, with nature in hibernation for the most part. Burgundies, golds and navies are going to pop against a white or neutral palette, and against the wedding gown – so it is a fabulous opportunity to create a luxe winter wedding.


Think Elsa! Channel your inner snow queen and make use of embellishments like embroidery, brocade and beading! Fabrics can be satins, metallics, velvets and fur (faux of course – in case you missed that memo!). 


If all these embellishment and fur is a little too extra for you, keep it light and simple with an ivory palette and winter wonderland feel. Splashes greenery and light touches of soft colour ought to do the trick. A winter wedding by candlelight sounds dreamy!


There are so many lovely winter wedding ideas to keep your guests feeling cozy throughout the celebrations! Embroider a lovely message into a cozy blanket, give out cookie and milk favours, or send home so hot chocolate mix.


Winter weddings can be minimal or luxe, but always cozy, inviting and festive. Happy planning!

10 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas to wow your guests in 2019!

Weddings. If you’ve planned one, you’ll know there is never a dull moment during that exciting, but often stressful time. Couples want to show their love and appreciation to their guests for sharing their special day with them, but deciding what to give as wedding favours isn’t always as easy as you’d think! To make your life a bit easier if you’re planning a wedding for 2019, we’ve listed 10 unique wedding favour ideas that your guests will actually LOVE!

1. Hangover kits

I know, so clever! You’re throwing the bash of the year, so make sure your guests are well taken care of and ready for breakfast the next morning with these little hangover kits. A few things you can add to the kit:

  • Headache tablets
  • A bottle of water
  • Mouthwash
  • Bioplus fizzies
  • Plastic sunglasses
  • Mints or Tic-Tacs
  • Granola bars
  • Eye drops

10 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas to wow your guests in 2019!

2. Mini Succulents

Super simple, and will definitely add to your table decor! Mini succulent plants are easy to care for and will be a cute addition to your guests desk at work or on their windowsill at home.

10 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas to wow your guests in 2019!

3. Midnight snacks

Most venues close at 12pm, so when your guests need to head back to their rooms after dancing the night away, chances are it’s been quite a few hours since dinner! Send them to bed with a little midnight snack! Ideas to include:

  • Chocolate milk or a small can of coke
  • Popcorn
  • Cookies
  • Muffins

10 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas to wow your guests in 2019!


4. Candy Bar take home bags

This is a fabulous budget friendly option, that also looks really beautiful if you set it up to match your decor! Set out a selection of sweet treats, as well as some small gift boxes or packets, so your guests can fill theirs with the sweet treats of their choosing.

10 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas to wow your guests in 2019!

5. Mugs

Everyone uses mugs, so this is one that will definitely be appreciated! Keep the wedding branding small enough that the guest can continue using it for years to come, but prominent enough that they’ll always remember spending your special day with you!

10 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas to wow your guests in 2019!


6. Instant hot chocolate

Having a winter wedding? Why not get some delicious instant hot chocolate and send it home with your guests in cute bottles or vials. If you’re feeling crafty, mix up your very own hot chocolate mocha mix and name it after your wedding date or surname? The April 3rd mix or the Smith mix for example)

10 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas to wow your guests in 2019!


7. Coffee pods

If you’re a couple that loves your coffee, try sharing your favourite pods with your guests with a selection they can choose from to drink at home.

10 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas to wow your guests in 2019!

8. Summer wedding sunnies

Hosting an outdoor wedding? Get some cheap plastic sunglasses, branded with your initials or wedding date (or even a cheeky phrase) and hand them to your guests on arrival! Everyone needs to see the bride and groom without squinting in the sun!

10 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas to wow your guests in 2019!


9. Luggage Tags or toiletry bags

If you’re having a destination wedding, send your guests some branded luggage tags or toiletry bags to start the festivities on the right note.
10 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas to wow your guests in 2019!10 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas to wow your guests in 2019!

10. Seed packets

Simple and lovely, send seed packets home with your guests as reminder of your big day that will last!
10 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas to wow your guests in 2019!

Water-Wise Flowers

Gone are the days when roses, lilies and other water-guzzling flowers were the taste of summer weddings. Wedding planners and smart brides are opting for water-wise plants and indigenous flowers to not only conserve our natural resources but save a penny or two too. With water restrictions tightening, the price of flowers that require lots of watering is set to skyrocket.

Proteas, lavender, zinnias and strelitzia are a few wonderful choices and you can pair them with succulents for a gorgeous on-trend look.

Our Favourite Wedding Trends for 2018

Bright Colour Palettes

The best wedding stylists know that sticking with two hues (or two hues and an accent colour) is the best way to ensure that your wedding design looks gorgeous. Remember that less is more.

Our advice is to use one strong statement colour and dot it around your venue e.g. tablecloths, centrepieces, seating cards. Make sure that other elements are in a softer hue or in cream or white to allow your statement colour to really pop.

Take a look at our Top 5 Colour Combinations for Your 2018 Wedding.


Live Music

Add a truly special touch to your ceremony or reception by hiring a live musician or band. There are a host of talented musicians looking for opportunities to perform and they need not break the bank. Contact the music department at your local high school or university if your budget is tight and if you have a little more to spend, companies like …. And …. Can hook you up with some amazing local musical talent.

Be sure to either attend a live gig or have them audition before you make any commitment. You want to make sure that you’ve picked the right band or musician for your big day!

Make it Personal

When choosing a wedding theme, consider using the place you met or a city you visited together as inspiration. Your guests are there to celebrate your love so create an experience that’s all about you. Is there a moment or place or hobby you share that is particularly special to you both? Using something that is special to you as inspiration will make a lot of your wedding planning decisions a lot easier.

Eco-Friendly or Socially Conscious Wedding Favours

Wedding favours are a really great way to share a cause or organisation that you are passionate about with your guests. Perhaps you’re into organic and sustainable produce. Why not give your guests a gift of seeds or organic herbs in a recyclable jar?

Organisations like KidzPositive or Township bags can make custom wedding favours for your big day and proceeds go back to the craftsmen. Whatever you decide to do, choose to purchase from social entrepreneurs or small businesses that offer sustainable products – and be sure to share this information with your guests!

Our Favourite Wedding Trends for 2018