Inexpensive Wedding Favor Ideas

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A small reminder of your special occasion doesn't have to cost much. This page contains inexpensive wedding favor ideas.


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Our son is getting married this July. (2008) Does anyone have any ideas for wedding reception table decorations/favors? We've done the Hershey Kiss long stemmed roses and personalized fortune cookies with our own fortunes. Since we'd like to do 300 or more, we'd like them to be affordable but memorable.

I'd like people to leave the wedding saying, did you see what they did for Tobey's wedding? Or that was the cutest thing I've ever seen for a wedding favor. Thanks in advance for the ideas.

Sandie from Curtice, OH


By Stephanie from TX (Guest Post)
May 5, 20080 found this helpful

As far as favors, we did a hershey's kiss placed in a colored plastic spoon, mesh placed over it tied with a ribbon with a tag that read "A SPOON FULL OF KISSES FROM THE MR. AND MRS."


It was really cute and inexpensive.

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May 29, 2005

Can any one share with me a very cheap nice wedding reception gift for guests on tables?



By gannon (Guest Post)
May 29, 20050 found this helpful

My niece gave small netting bags containing forget-me-not seeds.

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May 29, 20050 found this helpful


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By marlene (Guest Post)
May 30, 20050 found this helpful

My sister bought boxes of Freroche chocolates. We placed one chocolatat place setting along with a couple of other little edibles.


Nice, simple, and fun.

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By Mary (Guest Post)
May 31, 20050 found this helpful

I went to a wedding that had cute little photo frames with a pic of the couple in them.

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By Joanne (Guest Post)
June 1, 20050 found this helpful

Buy the boxes of mint chocolates at the dollar store. You get around 25 per box. They taste pretty good believe it or not. use 2 per favor. There is also a section that has wedding stuff. Sometimes they have little boxes or little champaigne glasses that you can make favors out of. That is the cheapest way for candy favors.

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June 1, 20050 found this helpful

One of the weddings in our family had 3 Hershey's kisses tied up in 4-6 inch square of netting tied with a thin satin ribbon. Another had little tulle bags with a few lavender flowers and a little packet of lavender seeds. The little seed packet (could be printed on nice paper from your computer) said to plant them and remember the bride and groom.


Both were nice and inexpensive.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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By Jen (Guest Post)
June 3, 20050 found this helpful

We did custom candy bars for our wedding favors. You can buy them online but they run around $1.50 a piece. I liked the idea, but didn't want to spend that much, so I decided to make them myself.

I went to a wholesale club (Sam's or Costco) and bought candy bars in bulk -- both Hershey bars and Crunch bars (a 36 count was about $13).

Using a basic graphic program on my computer I made wrappers to replace the standard Hershey's wrapper -- on the front I wrote our names and our wedding date and had a clipart cake (although could have easily used a digital picture of us). On the back of the wrapper where the nutrition information/daily values% go I put LOVE 100%, KINDNESS 100%, etc...


You can also put a poem or a message to your guests on the back. (For ideas check out and

I put several on a page and printed them from my computer (I had a small wedding -- only 50 people). Then I recruited a a girlfriend and together it we removed the outer wrappers off of all the Hershey bars and using a gluestick, we attached the new wrappers.

The end result was a personalized wedding favor that everyone liked -- it was somewhat time consuming, but figuring the cost of candy bars, paper, printer ink and glue it only cost me about $0.45 per candy bar (as compared to the $1.50 online) -- so it was worth the work.

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By Katie (Guest Post)
June 14, 20050 found this helpful

I purchased 2.5" clear plastic heart boxes at $2.99/dz online (balloons galore) along with favor tags from Oriental trading co at 144 for $1.29. Have mini wedding conversation hearts for fill at $5.95 for 280 hearts.


Found ribbon for 99 cents a roll and made bows w/ mini silver metallic hearts glued on (actually confetti) How much easier could it be!

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By (Guest Post)
July 9, 20050 found this helpful

Back in the day, the usual wedding guest favor was a small net bag of rice, tied with a bow. You can make these up for pennies, tie pretty bows, and attach little notes. I'm sure most guests would have the good sense to know that they're just favors, and they wouldn't untie them and scatter rice all over the place.

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August 14, 20050 found this helpful

go to We ordered custom made crystal jewelry and it was CHEAP!!!! The gal who made the necklaces was so nice. My daughter gave each bridesmaid a necklace to match the dresses as well as earrings. I also ordered Christmas gifts from her to match outfits I bought. She does a great job. Her website is not updated (just checked) but call her at the number on her site and she does call you back if you get her answering machine. I see the gals from the wedding wearing the jewelry quite a bit since the wedding!

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I am helping with table favors for a friend's wedding. Originally there were supposed to be about 100 guests, now it looks like it may be 200+. Any ideas? The colors are pink, white, and black.

Debbie from Shallotte, NC

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March 31, 2006

I am looking for ideas for wedding favors, novel ideas, and ofcourse, within the bride's budget. I know your readers have great experience in sharing their novel ideas.

Nancy from Denham Springs, LA


March 31, 20060 found this helpful

What is the theme if any .. and or color of the wedding ..there are tons of idea's .. homemade chocolate's designed around the wedding colors .. candles .. not them crappy dollar store ones or yankee candle ones .. mini wood frames painted in brides wedding colors .. with a printed out paper of the wedding invitation .. then guests could take it home an replace it with a pic or leave as is..

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March 31, 20060 found this helpful

I did anniversary favors once by buying small organza drawstring bags (very elegant looking and available, inexpensivley, online at many craft websites) and then I ordered (again, online) magnets made with a wedding photo of the couple and the wedding date-we then put those into the organza bags and added a handful of Hershey's hugs and kisses candy. Most of the party guests still display the magnet on their refrigerator.

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April 1, 20060 found this helpful

Yes, there are many ideas, depending on your theme and colors! I just saw in a catalog that they ad bookmarks...and they were cute...BUT...a friend of mine makes them a lot cheaper than you can buy them for!

She prints up a nice quote (for whatever occasion) and prints them out the size she wants them, and decorates it with stickers (or stampers...because she leaves a space at the top) and sticks a ribbon behind it with a few beads on either end, and then instead of paying for laminating...she uses contact paper.

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April 1, 20060 found this helpful

"A spoonful of kisses from the new Mr. & Mrs." What you need: Hershey Kisses, they make many varieties & color wrappers at the holidays; Plastic spoon, the kind for picnics, any color; Bridal tulle (fine netting), any color; Thin ribbon, fabric or curly ribbon, any color; Home-printed tag. On the bowl of the spoon place two Hershey Kisses w/ the flat ends together, cover w/ tulle & tie with ribbon around the bottom of the handle of the spoon. Attach the tag w/ the same ribbon also. Yummy & cute, especially when done in the wedding colors or all white w/ silver kisses.

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April 1, 20060 found this helpful

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By KATHY (Guest Post)
April 3, 20060 found this helpful

Instead of throwing rice or bird seed. I suggest heart shaped "sprinkles", they can be bought in bulk.

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By Nancy Mickelson (Guest Post)
April 16, 20060 found this helpful

This is a simple idea but your friends and relatives will love it. Get some non copyrighted pictures taken of you and your fiancee. Make copies and put them on the tables as favors. You can get the color pictures changed into black and white or sepia toned prints.
If you like to scrapbook you could come up with some very attractive paper frames.

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September 28, 2006

Can anyone tell me where to find cheap wedding favors? Silver color preffered.

Omayra from NY


By SARA (Guest Post)
September 29, 20060 found this helpful


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September 29, 20060 found this helpful

I just got married 3 weeks ago - definitely on a budget. Might I suggest you not worry about wedding favors? People aren't coming to your event to get a parting gift, most people take a party favor home 'to be polite' only to throw it away. I would put whatever you budgeted for favors toward beautiful center pieces or have napkins printed up w/ your new initials that could then be used for drinks or cake and if you have any left over, you could use them for your next event at home.

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October 17, 2006

I am wondering if anyone has any good inexpensive (of course), not too time consuming, and fun ideas for wedding favors?

Jen from Des Moines, WA

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October 17, 2006

I am looking for a cheap and original wedding favor to give to guests at my wedding reception. I do not want to use bubbles, rose petals, or rice. Our colors are black and white with red accents and there will be about 300 people in attendance. I have been thinking for months on this, and haven't come up with anything yet. Also, my fiancé and I are hispanic, so anything along that ethnic line would be fine as well. i only have 4 weeks until the wedding, the sooner the responses the better!

Thanks so much,

Melissa from Topeka, Kansas


Strawberry Tuxedos

How about some strawberry tuxedos. If you could get a group of your family and or friends to help you they would be done in no time. You could purchase small white boxes at a candy supply to put them in. They would have to made the day before.

You'll find instructions at: (04/27/2006)

By Annie.


I think fans might be an original idea (and they are a spanish item) - at least I haven't seen that at any weddings lately. You could perhaps get them cheaper by ordering them in bulk and then decorate them yourself maybe adding ribbons and little tags with your names and the date, etc. If regular size fans are too expensive you might look for miniature ones at a lesser price. Good luck and God bless!

By Kathe

Inexpensive Wedding Favors

I was thinking maybe red candies or candles wrapped in white tulle and tied with black ribbons. maybe this website will give you some ideas. Congratulations on your wedding. (04/27/2006)

By christi

Red Hots

You could use Red Hot's candies and they would go great with the wedding colors and aren't that expensive either. I'm having a wedding in November and using the same colors as yourself. GOOD LUCK! (04/28/2006)

By scarlett mathis


I AM SO SORRY! I forgot to say these are favors we want people to toss at us as we are leaving the church, just something different from bubbles, rice, or rose petals. thanks for all the great ideas on candies and fans, we may use these ideas for the tables. thanks again, i know thrifty fun subscribers are fast thinkers and will have just the thing i need! (04/28/2006)

By melissa perez

Hugs and Kisses

I was looking through wedding favor ideas for my son and saw a cute one.
Buy Hershey's Hugs and Kisses. Wrap one hug and two kisses with red tulle circles and tie with black ribbon with the following note. " A hug and kisses from the new Mr. and Mrs."You could put "Thank you for sharing our special day!" followed by the bride and groom's new address. (04/30/2006)

By Debby

Dyed Rice

I know you said that you didn't want rice but do you realize that rice can be dyed with food coloring? It is actually pretty appealing to look at. (05/11/2006)

By Nancy

Bird Seed

I have seen birdseed used as the churches don't want rice. It is wrapped in net and tie with ribbon. Good Luck. (06/07/2006)

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