Shopping for wedding favors can make you want to pull your hair out, especially if you’re trying to plan your wedding on a smaller budget. When you need to get trinkets for 50, 100, or even 200 wedding guests, even so called “value” items can add up in costs very quickly. Fortunately, there are many items that aren’t sold as wedding favors that will do the job nicely, and best of all they are incredibly inexpensive. Here are a few ideas to keep your wedding favor costs as low as possible while still offering your guests something unique and fun for their enjoyment.
Giving wedding guests seed packets has become a very popular option in the last few years. First off, it is an incredibly eco-friendly wedding favor overall, and second you can get seed packets for almost nothing. Choose your favorite fruits, vegetables, or flowers to give to your guests, and encourage them to plant them and watch them grow just like your love. Add a little ribbon or a bow to each packet to spruce them up for your reception tables and you instantly have a fun wedding favor that anyone can afford.
If you’re like most couples and had engagement photos taken, using them for your wedding favors is also a great choice. You can have small prints made for just a few pennies each, and you can buy adhesive-backed magnet cards in bulk very inexpensively. Just cut out the phots, stick them to the magnet, and you have a personalized wedding favor for each of your guests that will be a reminder of your love each time they open their refrigerators.
Sparklers may not seem like an obvious choice for wedding favors, but they are getting increasingly popular these days. But don’t make the mistake of buying the ugly sparklers you find at your local supermarket or fireworks store, they actually make and package sparklers just for this purpose. Known as wedding sparklers, they are made to be completely smokeless so you can use them indoors. They are also packaged in wedding0neutral colors like white and pink boxes so the look nice with all of your wedding colors and other decorations. They are among the least expensive options for wedding favors, the only downfall is that some venues don’t allow the use of wedding sparklers on their property; so be sure to ask ahead of time before you go out shopping.
Candles aren’t an uncommon choice for wedding favors, but the ones you buy at most bridal shops will be incredibly expensive. Instead, head to a dollar store or a discount retailer to buy small votive candles along with little glass holders. You can usually find the shebang for under a dollar apiece if you shop around for the best prices.
Not all wedding favors need to be expensive; you just need to put something together for yourself. If you didn’t like any of these ideas and want to explore options on your own, I suggest heading to a bridal shop near you for inspiration. There is usually a way to duplicate any wedding favor they sell in a much more budget-friendly way; just decide what you want and shop around to find the best prices.