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What Can I Give My Guests?

Alison Hargreaves Guides for Brides Bio
Alison Hargreaves Updated:
13th of November 2023

Your wedding is a day you will never forget, but what can you do to make it a day your guests will never forget? We've been chatting to, expert stag and hen party organisers, to find out nine things they think you can offer your guests to ensure their day is as great as yours. Whether you're having an intimate wedding or wanting an outdoor marquee wedding, these tips will ensure your guests enjoy your day as much as you do!

Wedding cake and treats

Wedding Favours

Wedding favours are the norm – they're traditionally along the lines of sugared almonds or a small bottle of alcohol, but why not make something that's personalised or ties in with your wedding theme? Something that they can take away and use at home or put on display as a reminder of your big day is always highly appreciated.

Personalised place names on Etsy

These personalised place names from Etsy are a budget-friendly but thoughtful way to make your guests feel valued and it's something they can cherish forever!

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A few drinks, whether that be cocktails or mocktails, will liven up your guests and make it an unforgettable night. You could incorporate welcoming drinks, a few bottles on the table, a tab or an open bar – it all depends on your budget. Having 'signature drinks' are a good way to add a bit of you and your partners personality and drink preference into the reception and is great for people who are indecisive, it makes choosing a drink much easier!

Signature Drinks bar template from etsy
Courtesy of Etsy

Shop this signature bar menu template from Etsy

Live music

A live band could be the perfect entertainment for your guests. You might have trouble getting your hands on Ed Sheeran, but you can get a good tribute band, whether that's in a rock, pop or roaring twenties style, or even just a solo guitarist who plays the tunes you love for a great price.

If you fancy a more sophisticated, elegant type of entertainment, a harpist is always a good place to start. You can't go wrong with the relaxing tones of a harp while your guests tuck into their meals and absorb the ambience. And how many people can say they've seen one played in real life? If you need a little inspiration, browse our list of incredible musicians from across the country.

Harp from Jennifer Hill harpist

Check out Jennifer Hill Harpist (pictured above) for your elegant wedding entertainment!


If you don't want to fork out for a band, a DJ is not a bad alternative – you can even ask your guests to suggest a song or two that they'd like played at the wedding, encouraging them to get up and dance and feel more included in your big day.

Wedding guests on the dancefloor
Wedding Photography by Tom Langford

Take a look at Hampshire Event DJs (pictured above) to get your guests out on the dancefloor!


Satirical doodles of your guests will certainly be a big talking point and would make a good souvenir that your guests can take home to remember the day by.

A children's entertainer

A clown? A comedian? A children's entertainer will do exactly what it says on the tin – provide entertainment for the kids. This could be ideal for guests who want a break from parenting duties.

If you want something for the adults, magicians are always a great focal point at big events, and they're perfect for distracting and entertaining your guests whilst you're off getting your photos done. 

Richard Parsons - The Gloucestershire Magician

Add some extra magic into your big day with Richard Parsons - The Gloucestershire Magician (pictured above).

Flip flops

Personalised flip flops for weddings

It can be a long day standing around in heels, for the bride and for the guests. Having a basket of flip flops on hand in a variety of sizes will save many people from the pains that heels can cause, allowing them to dance the night away and not have to rush home to put their feet up.

Check out these personalised flip flops from Etsy


Perhaps you could arrange with a local taxi firm or minibus company to pick up your guests towards the end of the night and take them back to their accommodation. If they've spent the night taking advantage of the free bar they may not remember this kind gesture, but arranging their transport is definitely something they'll be thankful for.

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Bride and groom smiling by a car

These tips are brilliant! If you want to find more then check out our suppliers to find the perfect match for you and your guests! Need some more inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page!

Alison Hargreaves Guides for Brides Bio

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Alison Hargreaves

Alison has been advising brides, grooms and bridesmaids for more than 25 years. She has an unrivalled knowledge of the British wedding industry and frequently appears on podcasts and expert panels. She regularly attends international wedding conferences to keep the UK at the forefront of wedding planning trends.

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