cheap diy wedding favor ideas

posted 7 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Something they can EAT! =) Do you like to bake, or cook? Do you make something everyone loves??

Post # 4
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My theme is roses and colours are red gold and ivory – I’m doing chocolate bars for the boys with custom wrappers, and Hersheys Kisses roses for the ladies. The roses work out super cheap and look amazing

Post # 5
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mic: We are making homeade liquer to match our colors and so guests will have something for later after the wedding… limoncello, and melon liquer.  They are super cheap.  Have also thought about making homeade jelly, or pie filling, or honey.  Something to eat or drink definately does not get thrown away.

Post # 6
299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’d go with something useful yet still unique. Cookies, seed packets, honey, small candle..thats all I got now.

Post # 7
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m a fan of edible favors. I’m making chocolate lollipops (owl shaped!), which are pretty inexpensive to make if you shop during sales. I got a couple of lollipop molds on eBay and bought the melting chocolate, baggies and sticks at JoAnn when candy making supplies were on sale and I had a coupon that worked on top of the sale price. Lastly, I got some curling ribbon at the dollar store to finish them off. I’m really looking forward to making them.

Post # 8
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

For things that won’t get thrown away, I agree, definitely think something consumable. Food is good, liquor is good. Seed packets are about 70-80 cents a pop around where I live. I’d say just try and go easy on packaging. Packaging gets expensive and gets thrown away. You can make chocolate shapes yourself with chocolate molds, or use fruit, like candy apples. Individual mini bottles of liquor are about 2-3 dollars each around where I live, so it kind of depends on what your price range is.

Post # 9
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Donation board? Pick 3 or 4 organizations and give everyone a tag with their name on it. Tell people to put their name under the organization that they want a donation made in their name. You don’t have the tell people how much are you donating, just that you are making the donation.

Post # 10
16 posts


these are always my favorite when I go to a wedding. I’m not going to keep a candle or a bell or anything, i’m going to eat the food and LOVE IT. lol.

Post # 11
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Definitely agree with food! We did fortune cookies with a personalized thank you from Darling Husband and myself on the inside. You can get fortune cookies plain or different flavors and colors and you can get them chocolate dipped, etc. We put them in a small favor box (from Michaels – 40% off coupon) with some tissue paper, tied a ribbon around them, and included a thank you tag from etsy. Super easy, inexpensive, you can order them slightly early and they will still be fresh, and everyone ate them and the extras.

I’ve also seen candy apples, cupcakes, jams/jellies, mini pies, moon pies, fudge, etc. Anything food is alright with me 🙂 I throw away all non-edible favors. I dont like having a lot of trinkets around.

Post # 12
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

And than get a Martha Stewart Scoreboard to make the packages to put everything in!  I agree that packaging is the most expensive.  With the scoreboard you can make boxes out of regular paper or card stock.  Cheaper than buying boxes/containers retail.

Post # 13
5 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with the edible favours idea!  Our colour scheme is Ivory, Gold, Latte and Chocolate, and were going with Ferrero Rochers with a little “thank you for coming” tag. FR’s are my FAVE! (and cheap as chips if you get them in bulk).

My inspiration:

Plus, if any guests don’t like them, I’m going to go around the tables to chat to them and eat theirs, because I KNOW I’ll be starving by then!

Post # 14
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We burned CD’s and gave them as favors, since we figured everyone could slip them in their suitcases or drive off listening to our tunes.  I bought some cute CD’s that look like vinyl records, put them in white cardboard sleeves and printed tracklists on Avery labels.  Then I tied them with some baker’s twine for cuteness.  I think in total we spent:

$30 for CDs (they are $15 for 50 CDs, but we had 65 guests, grr).

$30 for cardboard sleeves (same, we had to get 100).

$10 for MP3s (we had a few songs already in our possession).

$10 for Avery 4×3 labels

A few dollars for baker’s twine.

That was a total $80 for 65 favors, plus MANY extras we made for friends and family who couldn’t make it to the wedding.  And lots of CD’s and sleeves leftover for another time.

Post # 15
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You may already have centerpieces, but we’re doing small potted flower centerpieces that each couple/family will take home as favors, also.  It was overall much, much cheaper than centerpieces from the florist and additional favors.  

I asked a local farmstand to grow flowers for me (that I’d pay for, of course), and the manager at a local garden store (I found that big box stores like Home Depot weren’t helpful with this) let me look through their calalogs and pick out pots I liked.  I even got a discount when buying in bulk!  I love them.

Post # 16
34 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012


Do you have a picture so I can see an example of what you did please?

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