A chic, simple statement of appreciation for the people in your life. For your bridesmaids or engrave yohusband's and your name for a classy necklace you can wear daily. Get the name of your friend's newborn initialed and present it as a one month gift. Comes in bracelet form too. Get it here.


Thrill your guests with some cutsie buttons of love. Put in more variety and have the guests scrambling for their favourite design. They can pin them anywhere. Singapore-grown Forestprints Design has created some of these lovely stuffs. I like the loveable luva owls.


We like this particular thing called the personal touch. After all, we are quite sick of receiving wedding favors that are borne out of mass production. Candles, salt and pepper shakers, wine shots, cap openers, paperweights, coasters....it's getting predictable.

How about badges? It is easy and cheap to personalize them. Badges with a personal message, a caricature, cartoons or something to do with LOVE? Oh one more thing, please try not to print your picture on the badge though... as much as your guests love you, it's way too egoistic, not unless you are a superstar and you invited your fans.

Apparently, the couple had literally personalized every badge for each guest. Guest A likes cars a lot, so get him a badge displaying cars and so on. I call that overwhelming sincerity.

I found this in Esty's Button Empire. Though it says nothing about the bride and the groom, the message brings cheer to the guests. This is what I call, putting your ego aside.

If you have a themed wedding, good for you! Badges can be easily made to be in sync with the theme. In this case, the couple is a pair of nature lovers and hence the flora and fauna. Found also in Button Empire.

To print in volumes and save shipping costs, online stores are worth a try. Printeet allows free shipping and according to the lady boss, volume discounts are applicable. You can simply upload your desired picture, add in a message if you wish.


Most of us have a favourite family recipe. If Mama is partial to sharing her best kept secret, why not give your wedding guests a family recipe as a gift?

But you say 'A recipe on a piece of paper is cheap!'. Well, it's all in the packaging. Your mum makes the best herbal soup? Why not pack a satchel or herbs and attach the recipe to it. For a moist chocolate cake recipe, thread a ribbon through it and tie to a measuring spoon. Have a delicious cocktail recipe? Pack shot glasses in a box. If your budget is more generous, go for a shaker!

I am sure your guests will love the homely touch. Bon Appetit!

~ Ilane


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