Homemade soap as wedding favor?

by DIY wedding planner on July 5, 2012

is this a good or bad idea. we are on a very tight budget and want to do something diy and homemade soaps, cookies, etc. Let me know what you think!
we’l have about 200 people

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Singer/Songwriter July 5, 2012 at 5:23 am

Good idea :) It shows you really care about your guests instead of just a mint or something like that :) go for it


D.W. July 5, 2012 at 5:59 am

How many favors are you making? I like the idea of a little bag of cookies. Maybe wedding cookies?

Ya know, I don’t look for favors. I’m happy to be celebrating with my friends.


Nicole July 5, 2012 at 6:26 am

I think its a good idea. When i went to a wedding they gave us hershey kisses in a cute little bag


Norm July 5, 2012 at 7:01 am

You can buy pretty fancy looking baskets at Big Lots for about a buck. At Christmas, my wife used to give homemade soaps, vegetables that we canned ourselves (and blackberry jelly and honey from our bees), and other thoughtful things, like mini cheesecakes. We’d get store-bought stuff from them, and they would feel embarrassed because we put a lot of time, care, and thought into our gifts. I thought they were cheap and hoaky, at first, but with the baskets that they could decorate with and the homemade food, we were a big hit. They cost us less than ten dollars each (way less).

For our niece, when she was about 10 or 12, I bought a copy of Tom Sawyer or Uncle Tom’s Cabin (I can’t remember which) that was a second edition, printed in the 1860′s or 1870′s, for about $20 on Ebay. It had pencil signatures of other 12 year olds from a hundred years ago who owned it. I think it had a school stamp mark in it from around 1900. At the time, she lived on the side of a mountain and couldn’t get cable or satellite. She is also an only child, so she read a lot and absolutely treasured that book.

She starts college this year, and probably hasn’t touched the book in years, but she still has it and someday, she will give it to her kids to read. I could have spent that $20 on a couple of DVDs that she would have enjoyed for a couple of weeks or a toy that she would have destroyed in a couple of days, but I think that the thought that I invested in the gift far outweighs it’s value.

The first Christmas that my wife and I spent together, I drew a gift certificate on the back of some wrapping paper, good for one free anything you want. We were poor and couldn’t really afford nice gifts for each other. That was 20 years ago. I recently found that ‘gift certificate’ in a photo album.

The more you spend on gifts, the less they come from your heart. Only gifts from the heart mean anything.

EDIT: If you’re making soap, make sure you know what you’re doing. My wife’s first attempts had waaaaaay too much scent in them. lol (she actually expected me to use the rejects)


fizzy stuff July 5, 2012 at 7:42 am

I would prefer a cookie, but the soap is cool too. They are both consumable items, for that you get thumbs up! I hate knick-knacks.

You could wrap the soap in paper and tie twine around it. That would look very sweet!

PS. Martha Stewarts website has a million DIY soap projects, if you are looking for inspiration.


Tiger July 5, 2012 at 8:15 am

If you are genuinely on a tight budget – whatever you can give will be appreciated :)


Me July 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

the soaps sound lovely but make sure the cost of making them doesn’t turn out to be more than you are able to spend.

Homemade cookies are also good.

Another idea is making chocolate. You can buy a few molds and bang out all the chocolate in one night with the help of a friend or two. Years ago a friend and I use to make 12lbs of chocolate for Easter in one night. One was in charge of melting and filling the molds. The other was in charge of decorating, trimming and bagging. With a few molds you can have them hardening in the fridge while filling the other molds.


yourlildarling65 July 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

I love the DIY favors. We are having a cookie buffet instead of favors and are ordering little take home boxes for the guests. I am just having like 8 people make a couple really large batches of cookies and I am assigning each one a different recipe.We are having around 300 guests are are saving over $500 this way.



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