Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 Wedding IDEAS, INSPIRATION AND INSIDER TIPS

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When you find yourself on a tight wedding budget, it can be helpful to cut out some last minute expenses. A perfect way in doing this is with your wedding favors. We love the idea of a personal way of thanking your guests, but like anything, the costs of wedding favors can add up quickly to your overall budget. Consider creating your own handmade wedding favors for an inexpensive way that still allows you to thank your guests. 

Average Cost of Wedding Favors 

According to The Knot, the average cost of wedding favors spent by couples in 2019 was about $400. Depending on where you’re located and the number of guests you have, the average amount could vary as well. The Knot estimates that in Northeast/ England prices are about $441, the Midwest ranges around $363, the South/ Southeast and South West are at about $341, and in the West favors could be $365. 

Showing your token of appreciation doesn’t always have to come at a high of a price. Sometimes it’s the smaller things with a personal touch that can mean the most. 

DIY Food and Drink Wedding Favors

When it comes to wedding favors, what better way to say ‘thank you’ than with an edible treat. Whether it be homemade honey, sauces or jams that are typically the most popular item, a local store bought treat can be just as equally special and delicious. Just be sure to add a thank you tag, personalized sticker or recipe card for a simple yet sentimental way to give thanks. 

Dessert Wedding Favors

  • Homemade Jam- If your wedding is taking place where local fruits are plentiful and you have a knack for making your own sauces or jams, gift your guests with a jar of one of your famous recipes to take home to enjoy. Not only is it literally a sweet idea but your guests will love how thoughtful it is that you took the time to make it yourself. If jam isn’t your favorite choice then choose from one of these mason jar wedding favor ideas for something equally as sweet and delicious. 

  • Mini Pies- Pack these delicious treats individually with personalized stickers. Offer a variety of flavors that range from you and your SO’s favorite flavors. These are especially great if you’re planning a fall wedding as well. Incorporate flavors like cinnamon apple, pumpkin, and pecan to really get into the season. 

  • Doughnuts- There’s no going wrong with doughnuts. Your guests will love taking these home at the end of the night and will be thankful they have a midnight snack or pre-made breakfast waiting for them the morning after. You can include handwritten bags that include your names, dates, and venue for a quick and easy personalized touch. 

  • Homemade good packages- For our bakers that have a signature specialty treat, package together ingredients that can help your guests create one of your famous recipes such as cookies, cake pops, or even bread at home. If you don’t have one, find an online recipe that includes simple ingredients you can package together. Include handwritten recipe cards as well so your guests can recreate this themselves at home. 

Sippable Wedding Favors:

  • Home Brewed Beer: Keep the party going and include a home brewed beer for your guests. A fun and flavorful wedding favor that guests will be excited to take home and try. You can customize the bottles or paper bag wrappings for a rustic and personal touch. 

  • Cold Brew: For our coffee loving bride and grooms, this one’s for you. Place a bottle of your favorite cold brew on each of your guest’s place setting or have them grab one on the way out. Include a little tag explaining the flavor and significance behind it. 

  • Miniature Champagne Bottles: A classy and simple way to say thank you. Let the celebration continue even after your wedding with a fizzy bottle of bubbly. Tie a ribbon and use a custom made sticker label to include personalized touches. 

Heartfelt Wedding Favors 

Sending your guests home with a memorable gift is such a special way to say thanks. And what better way than with something heartfelt and intimate like handwritten letters or a personalized mixed tape. These little favors can go a long way and are easy to make. 

Nothing says thank you like sitting down and handwriting writing a letter expressing your gratitude. Guests will love the personal and heartfelt message behind the note and will be sure to treasure this for a lifetime. You can even send these out post wedding, giving your guests a little surprise in the mail. 

If you’re searching for something a little more old school and fun, give your guests a mixed tape with all the songs from your wedding ceremony and reception. You can even compile some additional songs that are sentimental to you and your partner, then decorate the CD case and include a list of songs for each one. This is a great way to give your guests something sentimental while also showing your gratitude. 

And if you’re looking for something inexpensive but still unique, consider creating a wedding flip book. Grab some paper and pen and create a cartoon book of you and your loved one. This will check off the DIY concept perfectly and will be super affordable. 

Flower and Plant Wedding Favors

Flowers and plants are a rising popular wedding favor, and for all the right reasons. These miniature plants and blooming flowers are affordable to buy in bulk and easy to make at home. And not to mention look amazing wherever they’re placed.

Potted succulents are a great way to greet your guests. Place these miniature pots at their seat or table setting and add a tag with their name and table number, that way you can have an escort card and favor all in one. You can even add in a small thank you note or a list of ways to care for the plant. For something a little more personal, give your guests a keepsake box with ferns or with a plant that matches your wedding day flowers. It will be a nice placement for them to put at home as decoration and for a way to remember your special day. 

And if you’re looking for something a little simpler, handout a variety of seed packets for your guests to take home. Add in some adorable tags that say “let love grow” and a handwritten thank you card for the perfect finish. 

Next Steps

When it comes to wedding favors, it’s always the gesture that means the most. No matter how simple or extravagant you decide to make your gifts, it’s the meaning behind it that’s most important. To see more crafty DIY wedding ideas, be sure to check out our Pinterest page. 

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