The average wedding costs a total of £13,000 from start to finish. While this day is certainly special, there are ways to reduce the expenses and alleviate the financial burden. One of the options is to make homemade wedding favours instead of purchasing pre-made favours.
Candy, Cookies or Chocolates
Candy, cookies and chocolates are wedding favour classics. Candies such as "M&Ms", or "Hershey's Kisses" can be purchased in bulk at most wholesale stores. For cookies and chocolates, consider using a special family recipe and explaining the significance of this favour on the packaging.
Both thrifty and creative, popcorn balls offer a delicious snack for guests. Recipes for popcorn balls can be found at websites such as Better Homes and Gardens, and can be customised to fit the occasion. Consider using food colouring to match the balls to the wedding colours, or press the hot popcorn mixture into mini cake moulds to form shapes such as hearts, flowers or butterflies.
Birdseed feeders are a useful and creative present. For these charms, mix 1 cup of birdseed with two frothy-beaten egg whites and press the mixture into oven-safe moulds. Use a pen to poke a hole in the tops for a ribbon, and bake at 250 for an hour. Let them cool, then thread ribbon and a custom card-stock monogram through each of the holes.
Give a gift that guests can enjoy the next morning with their coffee. Chocolate-dipped spoons can be made with little effort or cost. Disposable spoons can be purchased in any colour, including silver and gold. Once the spoon is dipped in melted chocolate, food colouring, sprinkles, nuts or spices can be added to personalise the appearance and flavour.
Scented soaps can be both functional and decorative for the guests. Wrap the soap in paper decorated with the couple's monogram and a note about the scent. Finish off with a bow of raffia, twine, lace or ribbon.
Seeded Place Cards
For the environmentally conscious couple, send guests away with a gift that will last a lifetime. Construct the overall design of the place cards, and choose a distinct shape that will be glued onto each card. Using either recycled or rice paper, cut out the desired shapes for each card. Purchase a sufficient amount of flower seeds to place a small amount on each shape. For example, if using wild flower seeds, only five to eight are necessary. Utilising a washable, clear-drying glue, lightly cover the shape cutouts and sprinkle the seeds on top. Let dry overnight, and then glue onto the place cards. Give planting instructions on the back of the cards.
Packaging for your favours can also be affordable. Simple white boxes can be ordered online; then customise them with craft items such as ribbons or beads. Tulle, cellophane or tissue paper can be used to wrap favours. Finally, top off these delightful packages with customised monogram cards, designed and printed from home. Card stock or scrapbook paper can add a professional touch that will have guests wondering where the favours were purchased.