What? You’re cutting wedding favors from your wedding because you think your budget can’t handle it? You must have been reading some of the articles that include wedding favors in their list of non-essential wedding items. Ironically, wedding favors can be one of the least expensive items on your list. Let me show you three ways to thank your guests for sharing your day without overburdening your wedding budget. The first option is one brides have been using for a while now…
Do It Yourself—A little thank-you favor is better than nothing. It’s the gesture that counts. Tulle is incredibly inexpensive. I found it online for $.44 a yard, and your local fabric store probably has tulle at comparative prices. You can get away with just a yard or two, depending on how many guests you’re expecting. Get some tulle that matches your wedding palette, a few yards of thin satin ribbon (also inexpensive) and buy candy in bulk. The candy will be your biggest expense, so shop around to get the most bang for your buck. Have a get-together with your bridesmaids shortly before the wedding, get a couple of pizzas and chat while you all make candy-filled pouches. Cut the tulle in 6” or 7” circles, place a few candies in the center, wrap the tulle around the candy and tie it up with the satin ribbon. That’s all there is to it.
Favor Kits—You’ll find lots of wedding favor kits on the market these days, and most of them can be personalized. The kits typically include a cardboard or plastic container (heart-shaped, martini glass-shaped, champagne-bottle shaped, round, square, many more!), precut ribbon and stickers for personalization. Some favor box kits are as low as $.50 per favor, and they come in sets of various quantities (12, 24, 48, 50). Fill them with tiny, unwrapped mints (as little as 5 lbs. for $14.95 online) or another candy, wrap them up and you’re ready to go!
Online Clearance Favors—Take advantage of sales or the clearance category offered by most online wedding favor retailers. You can find terrific favors for as little as $.50 each, and sometimes less. Don’t let your guests go home empty-handed. You’ll feel good knowing each guest left your event feeling appreciated!
written by: Susan Hawkins
Susan Hawkins is a writer for My Wedding Favors.com, Google’s number-one online site for unique wedding favors, bridal shower favors, wedding favor kits, wedding accessories, table décor and a library of articles filled with helpful wedding-planning ideas.