Soap! Sweet-smelling, easy to store and impossible not to like. Denise from Waiheke Soap Company tells us how to find a selection all your guests will all love.
To you, what makes the ultimate guest favour?
As with any gift, you can’t beat a little slice of self-indulgence. Something the guests wouldn’t buy for themselves.
What advice would you give couples who have decided they want to give their guests soaps, but are trying to find someone to make them?
Choose an experienced producer with a solid reputation – with so much going on in the leadup to the wedding, you’ll appreciate being able to rest easy knowing your soaps are in capable hands. Look for someone with a commitment to creating quality soaps – at Waiheke Soap Company, we make small, handmade batches using pure essential oils, natural colourants and top quality base oils for nourishing soaps that feel and smell beautiful. Additionally, ask whether you can receive a discount for ordering larger quantities, or if the company offers any complimentary wrapping services.
What are some unique ways you have seen couples present their soap favours?
Recently, one couple had a lavender theme for their big day. They gifted each guest a bar of lavender soap, then tied each bar with twine and fresh sprigs of lavender. It looked (and smelt!) fantastic. Alternatively, placing soaps in simple organza bags adds a special feel, and bags can be colour coordinated to your wedding theme. If you want to keep it simple, however, we offer a complimentary personalised label that includes your names and the date and location of your wedding.
Any advice for storing the favours?
In the leadup to the day, be sure to keep soaps stored in a cool area, and definitely out of direct sunlight. At the reception itself, however, spread them throughout the setting – particularly on a warm day, the essential oil will be released into the atmosphere to create a fragrant ambience.
How far in advance should couples place their order?
Handcrafted soaps are air-dried, so require a solid month of setting time. To be sure your required quantity is available, make your order a month before the big day.
What’s your most popular flavour?
The classic flavours – such as lavender – never fail to be crowd pleasers, but couples love unique flavours for weddings, too: think pumice and peppermint or rose, geranium and pink clay.