S.C. asks from Norwood, PA on July 01, 2007
Need Cute Inexpensive Favor Ideas
my cousin is getting married at the end of july and she's looking for some cute, but inexpensive favors for the tables. we already did the candle wrapped in tulle for the shower. so that's out. i'm open to anything. thanks!
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I just wanted to thank everyone who wrote in their ideas. i loved all of them, especially since my lil sis is also getting married next september..great ideas! my cousin has decided to go with mini flower pots with seed packs inside, wrapped in tulle, with a little message tied at the top. now we just have to figure out a centerpiece for each table and horederves (sp?) to put out. the hall only provides the buffet food. i'll take anyone's ideas for those! thanks so much!
M.L. answers from Pittsburgh on July 10, 2007
My husband and I got married last year, and we gave out violets as favors. We placed each in little pete pots (they were 25 cents for 10 I think) and then we put them in pretty dixie cupts. His aunt owns a greenhouse, so she gave them to us as a gift, but even if we would have paid for them they would have been less than $10 a flat. We gave one out to every couple- we had 150 guests- and I think we maybe had 4 flats. Plus, they doubled as decorations and really added something to the tables. With greenhouses ending their season soon, you could probably get a great deal!!
N.S. answers from Pittsburgh on July 03, 2007
You have gotten some really great ideas! I was a bridesmaid in a wedding in which we did fortune cookies. What we did was buy a bulk bag of them and colored chocolate from a party store. Dip 1/2 of one cookie in one of the wedding colors and 1/2 of another cookie in the other color (assuming that there are 2 colors) and put them in bags and tie them w/tags (made on computer) and ribbon. They were really cute and very inexpensive. It probably cost under $1.50 per favor. Good luck!
D.S. answers from State College on July 03, 2007
I know some people may freak out about this, but have you considered not doing favors? My friend just got married 2 weeks ago and she didnt have any and no one even noticed. I didnt even notice until she pointed it out to me after the wedding! Plus, how many weddings have you gone to where there are a ton of favors still laying all over the tables at the end of the night?
B.T. answers from York on July 02, 2007
My husband and I made a CD with our favorite songs and some of our wedding music. We just bought a box of CD envelopes and printed out labels to put on the envelope. It was pretty cheap.
I also agree with the idea about just making a donation in the name of all of your guests to a charity of your choice. Most people don't do anything with the favor and it ends up in a drawer or in the trash.
Good luck and remember what ever doesn't get done, wasn't meant to happen in the first place!
A.M. answers from Philadelphia on July 02, 2007
I did something I thought was very useful. I donated all the money I had in my budget for favors to a local charity. Then printed up a little card at each table telling people where the money went. To be honest at every wedding I've ever gone too I've only kept one favor the rest have been thrown away. So I decided to do a little good with the little we did have for favors. We got married at the beach, and donated to a charity that helps clean the ocean and beaches. They even have a little plaque in the main office with all these donors, and one of them says "Jim and A.'s wedding May 18th". Think about putting your money towards a good cause, maybe there is something that affects you or your family that you'd like to donate to, like American cancer society, or diabetes research. I hope this is something you will consider.
Congratulations on your marriage.
M.I. answers from Pittsburgh on July 04, 2007
if you're willing to go the non-traditional favor route, here's what we did:
we bought a bunch of bulk candy at Sam's Club, then got some different sized glass bowls/vases at michael's or joanne's. we ordered paper cake bags online (i think papersource.com maybe?) for something like $15 for 200 bags, printed out our names and date on the bags, and had a candy buffet for our favors. our guest loved it!
another thing you could do is get jingle bells (two small ones and one big one) and string them on a piece of ribbon in the wedding color, and attach a little tag that says something like "ring these for kisses from the new mr.&mrs." it eliminates people tinking their glasses (annoying) and doubles as a favor.
hope those thoughts helped!
E.S. answers from York on July 03, 2007
What we did for favors at my wedding was actually my husband's idea. He ordered labels off of a business on ebay and we got 600 of them for $30 and they had a little groom holding a bride and it has our name, date, and "together forever" on it and you wrap them around Hershey's miniatures. I did it all myself so it took me like 10 hours straight to wrap them up, but I just did it during a day when I needed a break from everything (I was going to college and about to graduate, I had a wedding to plan for, and we were looking for a place to move to). I sat down and put my soap in and wrapped them while watching my missed episodes, it worked out great. It was a nice stress reliever and overall, not too expensive. My colors were purple, white, and silver so I bought purple and white netting, these little bundles of flowers in purple and silver, white and purple ribbon, and I also had those little silver rings and I would wrap up 3 pieces of candy (only the silver ones, the dark chocolate wrappers are gold so I wanted to stick with my colors and my husband loved getting the dark chocolate off of my hands!) and put it in the netting with the opposite color ribbon, tie 2 flowers and a ring around it and it looked really cute. When they were all laid out on the tables, it looked so pretty because they varied the colors. Overall we probably spent $100-$150 and we had a lot of candy leftover that we put in a really pretty bowl for the kids. Everyone loved it and they were edible so people didn't have to worry about throwing them away if they didn't want to keep them. I always end up tossing mine out, so I didn't want people to feel like they need to keep them forever. Good luck, it's hard to find something cheap and just right. I hope this idea helps!
K.I. answers from Lancaster on July 12, 2007
Hi S.! You've gotten some great ideas here! Is there a theme to the wedding? Perhaps a special color theme or theme party idea? I do lots of favors for different kinds of things and often use cello bags and ribbon or tulle for an inexpensive wrap that looks great.
I belong to a group of women who are always coming up with ideas of things to wrap for parties. Our last idea was red, white , blue jelly belly jelly beans in a cone bag and tied with ribbon for 4th of July. So easy and looks really pretty. You could wrap the bride and grooms favorite candies, or use Hershey kisses for a colorful favor. I buy my bags here: http://www.wrapiteasy.com Have fun!
Edit: Centerpieces-flower pots with real potted flowers-in Sept you can use colorful mums and fall flowers-so pretty. I'd keep the flower theme going. Have fun!
H.W. answers from Erie on July 02, 2007
Wow, people have given you some great ideas!
I love doing wedding and shower favors, these are some of the ones I have done or seen in the past, all are inexpensive.
Chocolate dipped pretzel rods (very quick and easy to make, can roll is nuts or chunky sugar sprinkles, or drizzle with different colored chocolate or caramel)
Small jars of honey or maple syrup
Candy or caramel apples (again quick and easy to make)
Sparklers with a match box with couples name, etc. tied with a pretty tulle ribbon (my wedding favor)
Demitasse tea spoon tied to a note card with a tea bag. Tea bag tag says "Love is brewing"
Small terracotta flower pot with a small pouch of wildflower or other seeds and appropriate love is growing type poem
Thats all I can think of right now, Good luck!
Y.L. answers from Philadelphia on July 02, 2007
For my wedding, I did little frames with a message printed inside "Thank you for attending....." I printed it myself on pretty paper I bought at a stationary store. We also made our own centerpieces and raffled them off at the end of the night. My sister bought little spoons and wraped tulle around them with a ribbon. It looks like a little angel if you do it right. She also printed little tags that had their names and the date of the wedding.
J.M. answers from Pittsburgh on July 03, 2007
you could do chocolate roses on a stick, like a lollipop. we got the molds at pat-katans or you could go to a candy shop. they were pretty easy. I painted the leaves green and then waited for it to dry then poured white into the rose area. they sell plastic papers to put the sucker in and then I just used some curling ribbion to tie it off.