Friday, March 24, 2017

Making the Perfect Wedding Favors

In the last issue we talked about photos and videos to remember your special day.
In this issue we are going to talk about wedding favors that won't put a big dent in your budget.

The question of whether or not you have to give wedding favors to your guests is a
very common one. However, there is no easy answer to this question. While it's true
that you technically are not required to give your guests any type of wedding favor,
it is also true that your guests will likely be expecting to receive a favor.

Of course the decision is completely up to you and depends a lot on whether or not
there is room in the budget for you to provide favors.

Favors are a nice gesture as a thank you for attending your special day. They can be elegant,
fun, or practical. Today we are going to go over some great suggestions for fun and unique
wedding favors that will fit nicely into your budget.

Divinity fudge makes delicious cheap wedding favors. Wrapped up in white tulle and tied
with a white ribbon it would be beautiful. Add a tag; you make yourself, with a little message
like "Love is divine". Cut out the tag with scallop scissors and punch a hole for the ribbon.
One warning, divinity doesn't come out well in high humidity.

Regular candles are nice too for cheap wedding favors. Wrap in tulle and tie with ribbon.
Stick a small flower in the ribbon.

Tree seedlings, such as citrus or any kind of tree, are something everybody would love.
They will always remember your wedding with this unique wedding favor idea.
Wrap the plastic pot to disguise it.

Everybody loves herbs. Buy small ones and place plastic container right into
a small terra cotta pot. Put some moss around the top to disguise the plastic
planter. Include a pretty tag with instructions for care and attach to a ribbon
tied around the pot.

Flower seedlings or seed packets are a nice wedding favors. Wrap in
anyway that is appropriate for your wedding. Tie with ribbon, raffia or
paper ribbon.

Make wine glass markers from wire and beads. You can find
instructions at the craft store. One is enough for a wedding party favor.
Place in a small box and tie with ribbon.

Sachets made from lavender. Make a small bag from lace. Sew up
three sides, put the lavender in and sew up fourth side. Attach a small
silk flower. Potpourris in drawstring bags made of lace or tulle are
pretty. They smell nice too. You can use any kind of bag that's easy for
you to make.

Everybody loves herbs. Buy small ones and place plastic container
right into a small terra cotta pot. Put some moss around the top to
disguise the plastic planter. Include a pretty tag with instructions for
care and attach to a ribbon tied around the pot.

A strawberry plant is another live wedding favor idea. It can be
presented in the same way as an herb. Anything of this nature that is in
season is appreciated.

Candies, such as M&Ms in your wedding colors, Kisses or Hugs,
mints, a wonderful piece of chocolate or any kind that you would like,
look great in a cupcake liner. They come in different sizes and colors.
You can get M and M’s in your wedding colors at: place them in plastic bags and tie a pretty
ribbon on them.

For an outdoor wedding, consider buying umbrellas at the dollar store.
Wrap them in ribbons with your colors. This, of course, is for a smaller
wedding only, but can be a great gift to help shield guests from
inclement weather or the sun.

Buy plain chocolate bars in bulk or get the miniature version. Print
out new labels on your computer that you personalize for yourself and
wrap them around the bars.

Make your own CD using your favorite songs. Include the first
dance song, the cake-cutting song and all the traditional songs. Make
CD covers with your picture on it and gave all your guests a copy of the

For a Christmas wedding, give each guest a Christmas ornament.
Take a plain ball type ornament and use a paint pen to personalize with
your name and the date of your wedding

Pictures frames are a very easy wedding favor especially if they are
used as place card holders. Pictures frames are often used as
wedding favors but must people spend a great deal of time wrapping
each favor individually to create a beautiful presentation for the guests.

Do you and your intended share a love of something unique?  Are you
big Nascar fans,  love to golf or wild about a sports team?  Gear
your favors around these unique characteristics that are you.

Unless you have your heart set on taking home your table decorations,
consider giving them away to guests. A fun way to do this is to take a
hint from most class reunions. Give one to the guests that traveled the
farthest, the ones who have married the longest, married the shortest,
etc. This helps bring people into your reception and make them feel like
a bigger part of your special day!

While wedding favors may be one of the simplest part of planning a
wedding, they can also be the part of the wedding which is often left
until the last minute. This can make shopping for wedding favors quite
stressful. However, there are a number of different options as we have
discussed today for wedding favors which are very easy to do at the
last minute and won't put a big dent in your budget!

Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We will be talking about
how to feed all your guests in style without going into debt.

Cindy Lieber
Accredited Event Designer
OC Brides Event Coordination
(714) 970-6380

P.S.  Did this email give you some new or creative ideas for favors?
I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!  Shoot me an email!

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