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Wedding Favors on a Budget

With these smart money-saving tips, wedding favors needn’t be a budget buster.

Wedding favors are often the first item to suffer deletion a bride’s to-do list. They’re not mandatory, so why waste precious wedding dollars on these seemingly frivolous items? Before brushing this task aside due to budget constraints, realize that wedding favors offer a relatively inexpensive outlet for you to demonstrate your creativity and set your wedding apart from the rest.

Seven Ways to Save on Wedding Favors

Think Double-Duty

Enjoy two-for-one savings when you choose favors that will serve another role in your wedding day production. For example: Miniature picture frames can hold place cards and double as a take-home memento. Mini-margaritas in tiny Patron bottles can serve as your guest's first cocktail. Or even trade the pricey table arrangements for bunches of small potted plants your guests can take home and enjoy long after the final dance.

Get Crafty

You don’t have to be a budding Martha Stewart to craft your own wedding favors. If you’ve got the creative knack, we say go for it; it’s not as difficult as you may think. Round up some friends or family for a night of homemade favor-making. Simplicity is the key here; pot mini-succulents in terra cotta or test your culinary skills with homemade baked goods.

Thanks for Popping By

Everyone loves a snack. Give guests little jars of popping corn with a note that says, "Thanks for popping by." Corn kernels are extremely inexpensive, and you can package them in mini-mason jars. 

Pop the Bubbly

Finally, a wedding favor that will do more than collect dust. A split of prosecco or cava is $3 each. It won't break the bank and will give your guests something to celebrate long after the last song. 

Go Green

A gift from the earth can be a “naturally” inexpensive alternative to a costly knickknack. A packet of seedlings tied with ribbon is both eco- and budget-friendly, and your guests will reminisce your wedding day as their gifts blossom. 

Give Back

With altruism at an all-time high, more and more couples are taking an advantage of an effortless opportunity to give something back, donating to charity in the name of their wedding guests. Charitable donations are inherently budget friendly, since you specify the amount you can afford. And the reward for your philanthropic actions definitely exceeds the cost.

Cut that List! 

This bit of advice is the easiest path to instant savings. Remember: The cost of your wedding favors multiplies by the number of guests at your wedding, so even an inexpensive dollar favor idea starts to look pricey when you have to purchase 500. Solution? Invite fewer guests.

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