Favors can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of a wedding for both you and guests, even when you spend little on the favors. Basically, you can take several approaches to coming up with inexpensive wedding favor ideas:
(A) Have them do double duty as centerpieces, desserts, or place cards,
(B) make your own,
(C) buy inexpensive varieties, or
(D) omit them completely.
Skipping favors, of course, would be the most economical, but your budget can survive with barely a dent if you want your guests to have a special treat or something to take home. Here are some ideas to get you started. Use these or let them inspire your own versions…
Create your own favors.
Making favors is one of the most popular DIY projects and can range from relatively simple to elaborate:
- Bake little pies in mini-canning jars.
- Tie a square of tulle around loose candies.
- Layer ingredients for famous family cookies, along with the recipe, in a mason jar.
- Put the fixings for hot chocolate in little jars.
- Pin doilies over brown paper bags filled with goodies.
- Put homemade spice rub in little jars.
- Make bath salts to hand out in ribbon-tied cello bags.
- Give home-canned mini-jams.
- Bake large cookies, and package them in CD sleeves.
- Fill shot glasses with candy.
- Put wedding-colored popcorn in clear bags decorated with ribbon.
- Grow tree saplings, wrap roots in burlap, and display in buckets for guests to take.
- Create decorated garden seed packets.
- Make little jars of herb-infused olive oil.
- Bake mini-loaves of banana bread or carrot cake.
- Set a chocolate-covered or flavored popcorn ball beside each setting.
“Double Duty” Favor Ideas
There are also approaches to combining favors with other items…
- Make desserts the favors by setting up a candy or dessert bar with take-home bags, boxes, and seals for guests to help themselves.
- Put names on your favors and use them as escort or place cards. This makes the favors more personalized and eliminates the need to make separate cards or a seating chart.
- Make decorated, candy-filled tubes and arrange in bowls for the centerpieces.
- Arrange a collection of individually potted plants at the table’s center.
Choose inexpensive wedding favors to give to guests.
Take a look here and below for inspiration…
- Buy $1 or $2 lottery tickets for a bit of entertainment, especially if someone wins big!
- Encourage nature conservation with plantable, seeded favors.
- Give small photo frames, and get creative with inserting fun photos.
- Bottle openers are a nice touch for a vintage wedding.
- Candy tins satisfy the sweet teeth among your guests.
- Unusual favor boxes, bags, or jars can be economically filled with inexpensive candies.
- Key chains are always useful.
- Votive candles with holders complement a romantic wedding.
- Coaster sets can extend any wedding theme.
- Personalized golf balls are fun for the sports minded.
- Fans are welcome at a warm-weather, outdoor wedding.
For even more wedding favors inspirations, take a look at the Wedding Favor Ideas pinboard.