(Closed) anyone have any good ideas for cheap diy favors?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m making sugar cookies. We have all the ingredients on hand for the most part so the cost will be quite low to us. What about making chocolates?

Post # 4
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640 posts
Busy bee

Is there a specific reason you want favors? We are also on a tight budget and have decided to skip favors so that we can spend $ in other areas. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Mine were less than $1 per person.  I did test tube favors filled with reeses pieces.  You could do plenty of candy favors for less than $1/person.  Just buy a favor box and fill with candy.  The Dollar Tree Direct online sells little boxes in bulk, or you can buy them at Michael’s or other craft stores.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

well this is my favor. i will give only one per couple and this is the breakdown 

 the jars where 2.99 for a package of 4. the ribbon i bought it in clearance at michaels at .25 cents the roll. and the cookies are so simple so i think it will be 1.75 to 2.00 the favor. and im making 30

i also saw a favor here with a lottery ticket and a penny in a pretty envelope. 

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Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We did these cute favors (served as place cards as well-so bonus on saving $ there) filled with personalized m&ms in our wedding colors.  The personalized m&ms were expensive, but you can buy just colored m&ms at Michael’s for $5.99/7 oz bag less the 40-50% off coupon, and it doesn’t take much to fill each box.  (I am selling 34 of the favor boxes/place card holders for $5 +shipping if you’re interested.) 

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=15819294

(+ you can use the 20% off stackable coupons if you order in-store)

You can also make Oreo truffles and package them in truffle boxes with ribbon for probably less than $1 per.  I also made these for the chop plates at our wedding and bought the supplies at Costco.

DIY Truffles

Good luck to you!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think the bees had really good ideas about the edibles. But if you are tight on a budget then I personally don’t think you should do the favors if 1. it’s stressing and 2. it’s costly. We are not doing favors because we are giving them food, and desserts, and dancing and music and ect. So my guest don’t get favors, call me selfish, but we are on a tight budget too! lol that’s just my take on that. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

jordan almonds in an organza bag (bought from michael’s with a coupon) would be cheap. You could put a note with them about how they are a traditional (italian I think) wedding gift. I heard that they have a meaning too but haven’t looked that closely into it so I don’t know.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I really like edible favors. I see that your wedding is in June, what about little single servings of ice cream. At my local grocery store Ben & Jerry’s flavors are $1.00 I believe for single serving containers. You may be able to find cheaper single’s if you look.  That would fit your budget, the season and be super cute. Oh and if you got simple flavors you could have toppings as well.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I know this is a bit unusual, but I had post-its made as our favors. I had 250 made so I ended up paying $0.89 per post-it pack. Cheap!! I’m also adding a little box filled with candy. They’ll be tied together ith a ribboon. I wanted something different and practical. usually at wedding we go to the favor is a magnet shaped like a bride and grrom with a ribbon that has the date/names on it. YUCK!! who uses that? I hate to admit this, but I forget it at the botom of my purse and then I always throw it away. What a waste. Food favors are always a hit, so you can go wrong with a big cookie in a bag or something like that. good luck!!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think I am going to skip favors all together, but the only thing I am really considering is doing a mix CD with music from the ceremony, our first dance and other songs that are meaningful for us (like concerts we have gone to together, etc) with liner notes explaining the meaning behind the songs.  

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think if money is really tight- skip the favors! However, you Can do cute cheap favors. I bought 100 small white boxes to hold red swedish fish (Huge bags for cheap at Sam’s Club!) at Wal-Mart for $16 (2 packages of 50), although I have occasionally seen them on sale online for a bit less. I then bought 8 sets (a dozen per set) for $2.50 per set of star shaped cookie cutters from Oriental Trading. Third, I bought 50 yards each of navy blue and red baker’s twine on sale on Etsy for $2.99 to hang tags I will be making in OpenOffice (a free microsoft word type program). I’ll be cutting them out with a pair of fancy scissors I found at Good Will for $0.99. I expect to use 25% or less of the baker’s twine on this project (the rest is slated for other things like my invites, programs, etc.)

In Total:

Boxes: $16

Candy: $8 (for 2 huge bags)

Cookie Cutters: $19.92 (free shipping)

Twine: ~$1.12 (25% of the cost of twine & shipping)

Paper: Free from my dad (a now ex-paper mill employee. Stupid economy!)

Fancy Scissors: $0.99 (even though I bought them long before I got engaged!)

TOTAL cost for 100 favors: $46.03

Cost PER favor: ~$0.46

 

You could skip all the elaborate stuff and just do cookie cutters from OT with nice Thank You! tags attacked with regular ribbon/twine/thread/etc. You’d probably be able to bring the cost even further down! But, alas, I like to make things far too elaborate and complicated. Its why my DIY invitations are a year in the making! Also, I have a nautical theme for my wedding, so I’m able to adapt things like the cookie cutters, originally meant for Christmas, to my theme (starfish anyone?). If you can be flexible with your ideas, you could find some really cheap, but nice things to give people from OT! 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

find your favorite poem, maybe a verse or two that describes you and your Fiance, or a quote that you live by, print it on nice paper and buy cheap frames (small ones from dollar tree/99 cents that are 2 for $1)for guests. Or just laminate it after you cut it out and place on each guests’ seat. If you choose to laminate it, you might even be able to make it more like a homemade bookmark, and the cost would be only printing and laminating. This is more sentimental than practical, doubt very much that they will keep it, but if it is a poem or verse or quote that you treasure and it touches them, they may keep it.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper

@magenta – awwww those turned out awesome! what kind of cookies did you end up going with?

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