Any Wedding Favor (DIY or inexpensive) ideas?

by DIY wedding planner on December 8, 2011

My sister and I would like to either make wedding favors or buy very inexpensive ones (under $1.50 each) for a Febuary wedding. The rest of the wedding is going to be pretty expensive and up-scale so please do not suggest anything too tacky.

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Why? December 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

They have great things very unexpensive. Good Luck!


janetrmi December 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm

You can buy tulle and pretty ribbon at a local craft store. Put almonds or whatever candy you like and tie it inside the tulle.

One favor I’ve heard that is a hit at weddings is hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts.


mkv6 December 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm

If you don’t want it to be “tacky”, increase your spending limit – you aren’t going to get anything expensive and up-scale to match the rest of your wedding for only $1.50.


Shannon h December 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Go to for plantable favors. It was 1.10 each and it comes in the shape of a heart and you plant it and wildflowers grow. You can choose from 4 or 5 different colors and it come attached to a small card with instructions printed on the back. You can also personalize the front with your first names, wedding date and a short message. They look great!! I was very happy with them and the price is unbeatable.


Queen Queso December 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Is there any kind of theme you’re planning around, or a color or a specific type of place or something that we could go by on our suggestions? It’s hard to think of something to go with something you know nothing at all about.

Some basic ideas though, are little bags of candies, a small photo frame (these could double as a way to mark seating arrangements for dinner), a candy bar with a personalized wrapper, a packet of flower seeds, a personalized deck of cards, a candle (youy could arrange them in the center of each table as center pieces), a flower, a bottle opener, a key chain, a small bottle of bubbles, or a book of matches.


LoriBeth December 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

candy buffets are pretty popular. have a table with a wide variety of candies in glass dishes (you could have them match your colors) and have the guests pick up a bag/box and pick out their own.

another popular favor is to make a donation to a charity in your guests honor, and printing out cards telling the guests about it (just don’t tell them the amount, that would be tacky). you could print it out onto bookmarks, that way it will still be functionable.


charlie December 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I too was looking for inexpensive wedding favors and my fiance’ suggested buying $1.00 lottery tickets. So we are buying the lottery tickets and I am making a card on the computer to cut slits into to put the ticket in with our names and date. We are hoping someone wins big on our special day.


Blunt December 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Not tacky for “under $1.50″ ???

Get real

Alright, I couldn’t resist. Sorry : )

Here is a good alternative:


Jeannie December 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I’m getting married in October. For favors (and to take the place of throwing rice/birdseed, since we aren’t allowed where I’m getting married), I bought enough bubbles for half the guestlist and small silver bells for the other half. I got the bubbles on special at Target, 6 bottles for $1. I got the bells, 24 bells for $6 at Party City. I went through and bought personalized favor tags ($12.60 for 36 tags). And, I bought 1/8 wide satin ribbon in my colors at WalMart for $0.44 per spool (10 yards). (It’s taking 12 inches per bell or bottle of bubbles, so I can put a small bow on each…)

So, if you do the math, then I’m spending about $0.54 per bottle of bubbles and about $0.62 per bell, all decorated up. It’s not costing much, but these are really looking elegant, I think. And, nobody has to know how much you’ve spent.

Good Luck!


duritzgirl4 December 8, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Candy buffets are trendy!


Lindsay O December 9, 2011 at 12:31 am


I just got married this April and was in the same situation. Classy nice wedding, but didn’t want to spend a lot of favors. We decided to make our own wedding cd’s. We picked out all of our songs for the wedding and put them on the CD. Everyone LOVED it! I did a lot of research to find the cheapest best quality CD and actually found a church website that sold them in bulk with FREE printed labels. We bought the cd label-er to apply the labels easy and professionally and burned all the Cd’s ourselves. We also bought clear CD cases on the website. It cost us around $1.50 per person. Can’t beat that and its different and unique. Here is the website I got the Cd’s, label-er and CD cases from.



legends_chick December 9, 2011 at 12:44 am

I am making our favors on the computer….our wedding isnt super formal so i hope u all dont think this is too takcy :) but the cards turned out great, and you can make them as fancy as required to fit into your reception.

I got some card stock at Sam’s Club…. making 3×4″ cards printing on the back a thank you for sharing our day & our names & date with a cute wedding graphic i found on publisher… if you know any one that is into scrapbooking you might be able to borrow a corner punch… the one i got was like $6 or $7. I have a heart one, and i’m punching out all 4 corners to make a frame and then inserting random pictures of us through the years of us dating…or u could use engagement photos… just printing them on regular photo paper and inserting the pics into the corner punches. Run a ribbon the color of you bridesmaid dresses throught the top.

We are going to prop them up between 3 hershey kisses (you could use something else) and put them at each place setting trying to alternate the photos so they arent the same right next to each other.

They are really easy to make & I think they are turning out really cute.

Good Luck :)


jenn p December 9, 2011 at 12:51 am i got 144 personalized shot glasses for $171 that was including shipping they have both our names and wedding date with a design of your choice they have many also many colors to choose to go with the wedding. Good luck


sniffydogs December 9, 2011 at 1:03 am

Don’t do favors.

It’s a waste of your precious time and resources. Most people will just leave them.

Let your guests take home happy memories of your wonderful day.


N S December 9, 2011 at 1:21 am

my best friend did picture frames with a poem in them, like cheap dollar store. and actually for thank yous she is sending out her wedding picture in them, just one scanned and reprinted. but i think its running them under 1.50. another idea is to go on, they have a 1.50 MAX section.


victoriarose1982 December 9, 2011 at 2:18 am

I was thinking this go to a cook shop and look at the cookie cutters find on that matches the bride and groom then go buy some ribbon and print out the thank you tags.

there you go some favors


Leigh W December 9, 2011 at 2:34 am

A friend of mine got married at Thanksgiving and had a fall theme so for her favours she made up little glass pots of jam. There were a few different flavours made (by her M.I.L. and some friends), with a crocheted doily (also made by friends) on top to cover the metal lid, tied with ribbon and those leaves you can buy anywhere (ie Walmart). They turned out really well, didn’t take too long to make, and you had a sweet treat for later on.


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