If you missed my last post about wedding decor ideas, see it here: Planning a Wedding on a Budget Part 8/10 – Flowers and Decorations.
Thinking more and more about DIY wedding favors to save some money? Believe it or not, even divas who feel like they don’t have the crafty bone in their making can create fun wedding favours.
Today, I’ll offer some great wedding favour ideas for you to choose from, plus tips on where you can get supplies for wedding favours in Canada for less.
Donations in Lieu of Trinkets
One of many popular wedding favour ideas is making donations on your guests’ behalf to a charity of your choice. Instead of receiving a trinket for the house (that may not always match decor), guests feel good about helping a bigger cause.
Andrew and I decided to donate money to Sick Kids. Here’s how it works:
- Contact Sick Kids (or foundation of your choice) for wedding donation information
- Tell them how many guests & they’ll suggest donation amounts per person
- Sick Kids ships stationery, including cards with message for guests & envelopes
- They also send a tax receipt for the donation made
The cards they send you are easy to assemble and look really elegant. When guests give you a gift at the wedding, you hand them an envelope. We’re also going to give our guests a small decorative box with two chocolates inside as an added “Thank you”.
Chocolate or Candy Gift Boxes
Sweet treats for your guests don’t just say an extra “Thank You”; they actually become part of your decor too! Place candy boxes on their plate beforehand, or give them out in the receiving line. Here’s where to buy discounted mini chocolate boxes in several designs to match decor:
- Creative Bag Stores – They’ve been supplying custom gifting supplies since 1983. Shop the Wedding Section for mini pre-assembled boxes decorated with ribbons, bags, tissue paper & more in a multitude of colours.
- Party Packagers Stores – Discover seasonal themes for weddings, packaging for favours, personalization options & more.
To be even more frugal, make your own mini origami boxes . Head over to Staples, Wal-Mart, Michael’s or other stores that offer decorative paper in bulk. Use one sheet to make a box following the easy steps. Don’t worry – because paper will be folded and refolded during this project, your boxes will be sturdy and never flimsy.
Inside these boxes, put a couple Lindt or Ferrero Rocher chocolates. I think these are perfect as they come in decorative paper for an elegant touch.
Traditional Wedding Favours, Frugally Modernized
For traditional favours, there are lots of ways to please your guests while being frugal. These following traditional gifts can be found for under $5 at dollar stores, bargain shops, outlet centres and more (compared to $10+ preassembled by boutiques). Why pay full price when you can pay half or less! I suggest choosing items in clear or neutral shades so they easily blend with any decor:
- Clear glass cup coasters – include four per couple or guest & tie a ribbon around them
- Clear cylinder candle holder – find clear boxes at Party Packagers, layer tissue paper at bottom & tie with ribbon
- Ceramic candy dish – place tissue paper flat, fill with candy, wrap in clear cellophane & tie top with ribbon
More Ways to Save
When you and your hubby are enjoying a romantic dance, a lot of couples will make their way to the dance floor too. What better way to share your love than to create a CD with classic love songs? This is a great wedding favour idea that saves you money while offering a personal touch.
What will you be using as table place cards? Instead of folded stationery, pick up miniature picture frames and insert their name and seat number in the frame. This can double as a wedding favour!
I hope you enjoyed these tips. Do you have any of your own to keep things frugal when planning a wedding?
Be sure to tune into the next post: Planning a Wedding on a Budget Part 10/10 – Planning the Honeymoon. Learn how you can enjoy an unforgettable honeymoon without going over budget.
Other Planning a Wedding on a Budget posts to check out:
- Part 1/10 – You’re Engaged! Now What?
- Part 2/10 – Creating a Wedding Budget
- Part 3/10 – Renting a Venue, Choosing the Bridal Party & Going to Tradeshows
- Part 4/10 – A Delicious Meal Is Within Budget
- Part 5/10 – Dress Shopping
- Part 6/10 – How to Save on Invitations
- Part 7/10 – Music, Photography & Videography
- Part 8/10 – Flowers and Decorations
- Part 10/10 – Planning the Honeymoon