Budget wedding favors–eco-friendly & DIY?

by DIY wedding planner on February 21, 2012


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I’m getting married next June (2010). We’re planning on have about 120 people and we’re on a pretty tight budget. I think my theme color will be either sage green or clover, and that got me thinking that I would like to do some sort of eco-friendly favors. The personalized seed packets are way over my budget, as well as the plantable seed ornaments. I’m open to anything that is out there to buy and also ideas of favors I can make myself. Even if they aren’t eco-friendly, I’m still open to favor ideas of any sort that are inexpensive and not cheesy. Thanks!!!

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Gretchen K February 21, 2012 at 5:33 am

I’d actually suggest against things that are plantable (baby trees, plants, etc.) because honestly the majority of people are not going to take it home and plant it, so it will probably die. I’d be sad at the thought of all those wasted little trees!

I did go to a wedding where the bride and her mother bought bulk sunflower seeds and wrapped them in tulle and attached a homemade card. It was cheap and cute, but of course at the end of the night the majority of people left their seeds there.

Consider some type of favor that can be given jointly to couples/families (an art print if you are an artist, a poem if you’re a writer, printed and placed in an eco-friendly frame). That way, you reduce waste by not giving out a favor to every single person and instead provide something that can be shared by the couples/families attending.

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Miss Shannon February 21, 2012 at 6:01 am
Kgen February 21, 2012 at 6:20 am

We are on a bit of a tight budget as well (though we only have 50 guests). Our colors are red/ivory. We bought little boxes with 2 hearts on them, and we’re filling them with red & silver Hershey kisses. We’re holding the tops together by red ribbon. It’s a simple favor that isn’t going to go to waste since most people eat chocolate (I once had someone give me a snow globe with the couples picture in it….)

Just an idea.

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PixieGrl February 21, 2012 at 7:04 am

You could always go to your local nursery or Home Depot and buy seed packets yourself; I know that at Wal-Mart you can get packets for really, really cheap – like 39 cents cheap. And then you could design and print your own lables to affix to the seed packets, so everyone gets a DIY personalized packet. :) Or you could put the packets in a little plastic baggie along with a little note from you and your fiance, sealed with a ribbon.

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Mrs. Happy Wife a.k.a. Viv February 21, 2012 at 7:42 am

I suggest edibles. Everybody likes cookies! How about baking some cookies shaped like weddng cakes. Or how about chocolate chip cookies. Or how about chocolate dipped strawberries that you make yourself. You can put your edibles in some nice eco-friendly favor boxes or bags decorated with ribbons and personalized labels. I can guarantee some yummy edibles will NOT be thrown away

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Lissa February 21, 2012 at 7:56 am

I agree with the DIY packets. Sure, you don’t know if everyone will plant them, but if you get a bag of seeds for basic, easy growth flowers… should be easy enough to just shake out over a bare spot in the yard!
You can buy the little organza bags on ebay for SUPER cheap.

What I am doing though, is donating one dollar per guest to a grow a tree fund. (you can find these online) or carbon offset funds. Then print a little card at home saying that in lieu of a gift, you donated and drop a little hersheys kiss on the card. Cheap and great for the enviro!

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lilsshortstuff February 21, 2012 at 8:22 am

You can go to the dollar store and buy seed packets of flowers. Sometimes 10 for a $1.00 then put them seeds in cheese clothes with your groom and yours name on them. Tie them up in your color scheme. You can get the bridal party to help make them. Also put what the seed are in there. You should not be out that much. This way you can do what you want to do.

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Live Laugh Love <3 February 21, 2012 at 8:31 am

You could buy a few bulk packets of flower seeds and then a package of miniature envelopes and personalize them yourself with eco friendly paper labels you could probably fit quite a few on a standard piece of paper

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Connie T February 21, 2012 at 9:16 am

I also wanted flower packets but could not afford them. So instead I did this:

Bought seeds in bulk (i used ebay) (was like $4 total). And buy little baggies at any craft store in the bead aisle. I got 100 for $1.99 at Hobby Lobby.

I also bought labels off ebay (like $3) and filled little baggies of dirt (cheap) and put them in cute little plastic flower pots (.25 each at http://www.foreverandalways.com/ProductDetails/seed-packets-accessories/flower-pots/18-13-79.htm)

I bought bulk plastic gift bag wrap and bulk ribbon at a party store.

Cheap and cute. Everyone loved them and took them home and planted them. And I was out way less then most favors you buy. It does take time to put these together and wrap them, but it will save you money!

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Chris's proud mommy February 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

you can easily make your own seed packets.

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Jackie February 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

My husband and I got the “coffee singles” by folgers and just simply made stickers from return address labels that said “Thank you! Kevin & Jackie March 28″

You could simply go buy a bunch of seed packets for flowers (Forget me not flowers would be a good choice) and make a label for them. (plus, since you have a full year, you can shop around for deals on seeds…they usually have better deals on seeds towards the end of the planting season-end of spring and again at end of summer or fall)

Or, you could buy seeds in bulk from some nurseries for a cheaper price and put some seeds into a little tulle sack, tie with ribbon and have a tag on it that has “Thank you from bride & groom” on one side, then planting/care instructions on the other.

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Amie87 BTB 5/23/08 February 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

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