Lauren Grassi is the genius designer behind French Made, a UK-based company specializing in beautiful table service and bespoke wedding favors. Lauren’s usual style fuses shabby chic/vintage style with her French heritage to create delicate, elegant and delicious table settings – cakes, sweets, decorations and favors. So when she contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in collaborating on a line of alternative wedding favors, I said YES YES YES.
I gave Lauren the brief: 5 boxes of favors, one for each of my five favorite subcultures: Gothic, Steampunk, Medieval, Rockabilly and, of course, Heavy Metal. Lauren took these themes and created 5 different custom favour boxes, complete with handmade tags, charms, and goodies galore stuffed inside.
Gothic wedding favors, from French Made
gothic wedding favors
At the bottom of this post you’ll see all the details for our giveaway. But first – I’ve caught up with Lauren for a brief interview about her business and inspirations.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Lauren and my company is French Made
. I am originally from France and I have been living in the UK since 1996. I specialise in unsual, quirky dessert table design, cakes, and favours.
Heavy Metal wedding favors, by French Made
Heavy Metal wedding favors
What made you first choose to start designing wedding favors?
Favours are very traditional in France. You can’t really get away with not giving one of them to your guests. I have always seen them around at all celebrations, especially weddings and christenings. I started making favours as well as table decoration for friends and family a while ago as I love the way you can adapt to the different styles and themes. Also, giving favors is a nice gesture for your guests to remember your day and thank them for coming (and their gifts).
What attracts you to the dark/alternative culture?
I was 14 when I saw The Cure live. It completely changed my life and made me the person I am now. Always on the look at for what’s trendy in a quirky way.
Medieval wedding favors from French Made
Who are your ideal clients?
People who want something different and bespoke.
Tell us a little about the favours you create – what do you have available, how would a bride go about ordering favors, and what kind of customization options to do offer?
These are some examples of favours I have created: Favours in boxes, mini jars, little tubes, paper bags – but I’m open to suggestions and ideas. Favours can be ordered by contacting us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can fill them with sweets such as mints, jelly beans, mini marshmallows etc … and we design bespoke tags with names, date of the event, and messages. We adapt ribbons, colours and charms to the theme.
Rockabilly wedding favors, from French Made
Rockabilly wedding favors
Where do you get your inspiration?
walking around London, going to gigs, watching videos, internet research.
What made you decide to step “outside the box” of standard wedding industry-style favors?
When it comes to fashion, music and consequently some part of my lifestyle I don’t really do anything else than ‘outside the box’. Not always easy btw lol.
Steampunk wedding favors, from French Made
Steampunk wedding favors
What would be the one piece of advice you could give to a bride planning her wedding favors/ her wedding day?
Be crazy and be yourself. I’m saying that also, as I got married ‘normal’ style just to please my parents and family and I regret it BIG TIME now 🙁
We’re giving you a chance to WIN one of these five favour boxes for yourself, thanks to Lauren at French Made. What a wonderful treat to arrive on your doorstep! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post saying which box is your favorite. Hurry – you’ve only got a week to enter! (Winners drawn next Monday – and yes, this IS an international competition).
If you blog about this giveaway, tweet about it, link it on your Facebook, or “like” the Frenchmade Facebook page, write a comment below with a link and you can have an extra entry!
For couples getting married soon, Lauren is also offering 10% discount on all orders from Gothic Wedding Planner brides – simply contact her via the French Made Website, the FrenchMade Facebook page or email and quote this article to get the discount.
Beautiful photographs courtesy of Carla Thomas Photography.