It’s Spring + there couldn’t be a more beautiful time for a wedding. Spring means new beginnings for nature + a wedding means a new life for you + your spouse-to-be. Every couples wants their day to be fabulous but weddings can cost a fortune. The average wedding in the United States costs over $20,000 + that doesn’t include the rings or honeymoon.
Most couples want to give their wedding guests a memento–wedding favors–to remember their very special day. Wedding favors don’t have to be expensive + can still be a lovely remembrance of your special day.
Here are a few ideas for thoughtful but inexpensive wedding favors.
Natural Wedding Favors
Place a package of flower seeds in a cellophane bag that has a bit of colored straw at the bottom. Tie with curly ribbon in your wedding colors and add a card that’s says “Watch Our Love Grow” with your names + date of the wedding.
You can also opt to start a pot of plants or flowers for each guest/couple/family. These wedding favors can double as table decor–adding a pop of color + decor. When you can double up on items like this, it also saves you money (In this case, it saves you money on table decorations/centerpieces.
Candles are an inexpensive + useful favor. Visit the dollar store or Goodwill store. Buy an assortment of wine glasses, candle holder or small plates (to hold pillar size candles). None of the items have to match so it can be an eclectic collection of candle holders.
Attach a small card that says, “Light Up Love” with your names + date of the wedding. Tie it on to the candle holder with a chiffon or silk ribbon. Use a hot glue gun to glue a candle into each candle holder to stabilize the candle.
Fill a stemless wine glass with candy, such as candy kisses, red hot hearts, or M&Ms. You can order personalized M&Ms but it will drive up the cost of the favor. Slip the glass into a chiffon bag with a drawstring close.
Have a friend with a digital camera follow the bride + groom as they greet each guest + snap a photo. Or have the amateur photographer snap each guest with the bride + groom as the guest goes down the receiving line. Print each photo at the reception + pin it to a cloth covered bulletin board. As each guest leaves they can take their photo with them.
Wedding favors are more memorable when they are useful to the guest or guests taking them away fro the wedding. You can give your wedding guests wedding favors they’ll remember + use without spending a fortune.
I’m Kristie McCauley, a former certified wedding planner + lover of wedding planning. I share tips, advice + how-tos with brides + grooms that are planning their own weddings. Check out The Wedding Workshop, a self-paced course that walks couples step-by-step through the process of planning their own wedding.