Favors can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of a wedding for both you and guests. And they do not have to be a blow to your wedding budget. Unique wedding favors, for example, can save you money by serving dual purposes. Or, edible favors can also serve as centerpieces, dessert, or decoration. Here are nearly 40 ideas to help you brainstorm before deciding whether, or what, to do yourself. (If your funds are stretched to the breaking point, check out the favors under $1 each at MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com/dollar-favors )
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Double-use wedding favor ideas.
You can spend more on favors by combining them with the budget of another reception need.
1. Add guest names to your favors and use them as escort or place cards. This makes the favors more personalized. Plus, eliminates the need to make separate cards or a seating chart.
2. Put custom votive wraps around inexpensive votive candles for personalized votive favors.
Email Danielle your guest list and she will customize wraps like those above for your wedding. Find out more about these candle wraps from Danielle here …
The wraps fit plain 2.5″ high candle holders such as the first listing at MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com/votives
3. Make desserts the favors by setting up a candy or dessert bar. Stock with take-home bags, boxes, and seals for guests to help themselves.
4. Create decorated, candy-filled tubes and arrange in bowls for the centerpieces.
5. Arrange a collection of small potted plants at the table’s center.
6. Drinkware can also serve as favors.
Fill these disposable champagne flutes with goodies and set at each place setting. Or use as name holders by dropping a card inside. Audrey and Brenda customize these 5-ounce flutes or 4-ounce margarita glasses. They will print on the back at no extra charge. Read all about them here …
Create your own favors.
Making favors is one of the most popular DIY projects and can range from simple to elaborate. Here are some ideas.
7. Bake little pies in mini-canning jars.
8. Tie a square of tulle around loose candies.
9. Layer ingredients for famous family cookies, along with the recipe, in a mason jar.
10. Put the fixings for hot chocolate in little jars.
11. Pin doilies over brown paper bags filled with goodies.
12. Put homemade spice rub in little jars.
13. Make bath salts to hand out in ribbon-tied cello bags.
Ashley hand stamps each of these drawstring muslin bags with her own design then ships them to you empty. You fill with whatever you like. If you prefer plain bags, she sells those as well. Look under “Burlap Bags” in her shop.
15. Give home-canned mini-jams.
16. Bake large cookies, and package them in CD sleeves.
17. Fill shot glasses with candy.
18. Put wedding-colored popcorn in clear bags decorated with ribbon.
19. Grow tree saplings, wrap roots in burlap, and display in buckets for guests to take.
20. Create decorated garden seed packets.
21. Make little jars of herb-infused olive oil.
22. Bake mini-loaves of banana bread or carrot cake.
23. Set a chocolate-covered or flavored popcorn ball beside each setting.
If you love the idea of decorative cookies but not with the idea of doing it yourself, Tiffany’s got you covered. She will bake and decorate large, 3″ x 3″ shortbread cookies in any design and color scheme you want. Her solid five-out-of-five-star rating says she has the art of making and delivering these gems down to a science.
Choose inexpensive wedding favors to give to guests.
Finally, you can buy cheap already-done favors. Here are some ideas.
25. Pass out personalized can coolers with beer and soda.
It’s hard to believe you can get these foam drink insulators for less than a dollar each but you can. This shop has hundreds of cooler designs you can customize and they have a solid five-star rating. Minimum order is 12, with discounts for larger quantities.
26. Buy $1 or $2 lottery tickets for a bit of entertainment, especially if someone wins big!
27. Encourage nature conservation with plantable, seeded favors.
28. Give small photo frames, and get creative with inserting fun photos.
29. Bottle openers are a nice touch for a vintage wedding.
30. Candy tins satisfy the sweet teeth among your guests.
Andrea individually wraps these glitter and gold lollipops for you. She even includes tags and ribbon in the price. Choose from many flavors. They are also available in hearts as well. At $1-$2 each, you cannot go wrong with these lovely favors. Get them here …
32. Fill unusual favor boxes, bags, or jars can with inexpensive candies.
33. Key chains are always useful.
34. Votive candles with holders complement a romantic wedding.
35. Coaster sets can extend any wedding theme.
36. Personalized golf balls are fun for the sports minded.
37. Fans are welcome at a warm-weather, outdoor wedding.