Homemade Wedding Favors

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Store bought wedding favors can get quite expensive especially if you invite a lot of people. Making homemade favors can give a personal touch and save you money. This is a page about homemade wedding favors.


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My daughter's wedding has a natural theme and so we wanted a favor that would be consistent and something anyone could enjoy once they got it home!

Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - favors in bags

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February 2, 2005

Some of you may remember these from elementary school, but I used them to keep people at my reception busy! I made the template and then came up with the "fortunes". Plus they looked pretty cool scattered on the tables!

By Casie

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I found this idea for a wedding favor in my dad's mementos, and think it is a nice touch. I have just transferred the idea to paper, but they are very pretty printed on parchment paper, and rolled into a scroll using the wedding rings you can find in the craft or wedding section at WalMart or Hobby Lobby to hold the scroll as shown in the photo. I don't have any real fancy software to make them, so just typed it up in my word documents, added the clip art picture, and picked a nice font and color.


By Harlean from Hot Springs, AR

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CDs featuring songs from your wedding make great favors. Your guests will enjoy receiving a gift that is thoughtful and not just a store bought favor that will sit in a drawer and collect dust.

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March 29, 2005

A great idea for baby or wedding shower favors. Buy small metal picture frames from your local dollar store and print out a label with a special saying for the occasion.

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July 3, 2003

For the favors we are getting small vases, without a ruffle around the rim, etching each with "Love is Always in Bloom", and then putting two red roses in each. Then as a finishing touch we are adding a couple drops of blue food coloring, to make the water super bright blue.

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December 6, 2006

What are some cute homemade wedding favors?

Magda Gonzalez from Sardis, MS


December 7, 20060 found this helpful

I like bird seed netted throws for the bride and groom as they are leaving. Bird seed is much better for the birds who help with making your clean up easy. Instead of the tradition rice that is thrown. I think a lot of churches require you use bird seed instead of rice. Or they may make you clean up the rice if you do use it.


Just use some small hole netting in a color that is in the wedding.

You can make your own alter bows too for in the chapel.

Just a few ideas...


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By Margie Minard (Guest Post)
December 7, 20060 found this helpful

For our daughter's wedding with a Christmas theme, I made about 260 4 inch stockings and added 1 kiss and 1 hugg type of Hershey kisses and a candy cane. We had a note saying that Kari and Matt were sending them huggs and kisses.

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December 7, 20060 found this helpful

We gave Christmas ornaments. I like this idea because the guests know what to do with it. Each year that they decorate the tree they think of us. I made them myself. I took a plain ball and decorated it with a picture of us along with a verse(printed on the computer).


I cut it out with pretty siccors, and punced the hole with a heart shape. I bought a bag of those fake wedding rings, and attacted them with ribbon. It was also a great night with my girl friends making them.

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December 7, 20060 found this helpful

A friend of mine had friends over to help her put together little plastic bags with candies. They each had a Hershey's Hug, a Hershey's Kiss, and a Dove Promise candy in them. They were then tied shut with ribbon and a had a tag attached that read, "True love begins with a Hug, a Promise and a Kiss."


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December 8, 20060 found this helpful

At a friend's wedding, they bought small white boxes and placed some cookies in it, tied with a ribbon and tag with bride and groom's names, etc. Each guest got one as they entered the hall. Since they were not at the table settings, no one could grab a few and leave other guests empty handed.


Everyone had something to take home and eat later, and no one had to spend the evening filling up plates of cookies on the food tables. And best of all, no guests were able to load up plates of cookies to take home to the friends for the holidays, leaving the rest of the guests, who arrived later, without any.

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By beth j (Guest Post)
December 11, 20060 found this helpful


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By Virginia (Guest Post)
December 14, 20060 found this helpful

We got plastic candy containers but a bag will also work. We put 3 hugs and 3 Kisses. In each favor container and a Note. Hugs and Kisses from the Mr and Mrs.

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July 22, 2010

I am an artist, but not very wedding savvy. I am getting married in about a month. What is a party favor I can make that is creative and one that guests would be excited to get?


By arttist from IL


July 22, 20100 found this helpful

Stamping & scrapbooking stores sell "matchbook covers" that you decorate and fold up with a Hershey treasure, kiss, etc., They are easy, cheap and fun!

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July 22, 20100 found this helpful

Perhaps a tiny terra cotta pot with a packet of flower seeds and another of soil (use craft store envelopes to subdivide.) Add a hand-written note like "As our love grows, so will these seeds," you get the idea (research quote websites). Wrap in cellophane or tulle. Best wishes!

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July 23, 20100 found this helpful

There is a person in this same ThriftyFun newsletter, just below you, looking to sell some pretty heart candle holders. Contact her by clicking on her name (jessica) from Columbus, Ohio. You should also check out etsy. There are lots of artists who make handmade wedding things, that way you'd be supporting another artist. And congrats on your wedding!

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July 23, 20100 found this helpful

I bought incense in bulk, in a neutral scent of "linen", bunched them together with a ribbon and added a small "thank you" medallion. They stood straight up in the metal container we used for the favors and comment/advice cards. They actually looked really good, and smelled fresh and clean! My point was finding something everyone can use without picking a gender, that's where things get expensive. The picture is really small, but you get the idea. Congratulations!

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July 23, 20100 found this helpful

How about a magnet printed on the computer but adhered to the business card magnets, with a nice poem and your new address and phone number? Since you're an artist the design should come easy for you.

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July 23, 20100 found this helpful

Or you could buy miniature bottles and do a "message in a bottle" thing by putting your appreciation to the guests on a paper along with your new address and phone number. This would be cute with a nice ribbon attached to the bottle. Best wishes.

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May 4, 2012

I am getting married in June. I would like to make pinwheel lollipops as my favors, but I'm not sure how much one 12oz. pack makes.

By Bridgette M from Oakland, CA

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February 6, 2020

Bird seed is a traditional way to shower the departing newlywed couple. Instead of the mess, use these heart shaped wedding favors. Your guests can enjoy feeding their own backyard birds in rememberance of your big day.

Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - press cut straws into the center of the seed heart

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May 17, 2019

These very cute favors begin with a simple treat sized paper bag. Cut the bodice and decorate in the wedding colors and add ribbon, beads, etc. to complete the look. Learn how to make a paper bag wedding dress favor in this page.

Wedding Dress and Tux shaped Favor bags.

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May 15, 2019

Party favors are popular for children's parties, weddings and anniversaries but the cost can add up. Here are some simple handmade favors made from paper that you probably already have at home.

Easy Elegant Paper Party Favours - add decorations suitable for the occasion

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March 13, 2018

Replace rice with flower seeds for a cute tulle bag wedding favor. Or you can make plantable paper for a more lasting gift for your guests. This is a page about making a flower seeds wedding favor.

Flower seeds wedding favor in a beige napkin.

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July 22, 2010

We're getting married in July, and to save money we're doing everything ourselves. We will be spending the two days before the wedding, baking and cooking with our families.

For our wedding favors, we are going to line a buffet table with plates of homemade cookies we remember from childhood, made by mom, grandma, and the aunts. There will be Chinese takeout containers for guests to load with chosen cookies.

This way, each guest will be sure to end up with something they like, and they don't have to lug knick-knacks home to sit on a shelf! Plus, we get to save money on favors and relive a little bit of childhood magic.

The takeout containers are easy to find online, and you can personalize them with ribbons, stamps, or stickers.

By Heidi from Charlottesville, VA

Editor's Note: Heidi, if you get a chance, please take pictures to share.


Do It Yourself Wedding Favors

Heidi, thanks for sharing this brilliant idea. I think I'm going to use this for smaller gatherings as well. I would love to see the pictures, if you've got any. (08/19/2008)

By Trisha

Do It Yourself Wedding Favors

When my daughter married 2 years ago, she purchased small nightlights (lantern style in white) at the dollar store for favors. She wrote a poem about lighting up your life (or something) (and her husband being an electrician) and pasted onto bottom of each light. I found a pattern for a "pillow box" on the internet and we made them and put a light in each box then tied it with inexpensive lace bought in quantity. (My daughter has Victorian tastes in furniture and wanted to reflect that, too.) They were elegant on the tables and a favor that was actually useful! (01/07/2009)

By Paulette Gulakowski

Do It Yourself Wedding Favors

When we got married we did everything ourselves too. I bought pretty goblets at thrift stores and put candle votives in them. Looked very pretty. You can also put pretty colored tissue in them. The guests really liked them. (01/09/2010)

By Karen Lawson

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June 9, 2006

When I got married, I priced guest wedding favors but they were very expensive. Most of the items I looked at were $2 - $6 each and that was not even including the cost of the candy. With over 200 people attending the wedding, this would have been extremely expensive.

I decided to go to the dollar store and found sets of 2 crystal candle stick holders (50 cents each!) and bought over 100 sets. We decided to insert tulle wrapped candy into each unit. When we priced the cost of having a party store do this for us, it was another $1 -$2 for each unit, depending on the colors and layers of tulle and the machinery that "puffed up" the tulle. This would have added another hefty amount to the price tag.

Instead, we decided to buy the candy in bulk along with tulle, and ribbon and put together the candy inserts ourselves. It only took a couple hours to put everything together. We ended up with a gorgeous wedding favor for a fraction of the cost. It pays to shop around and do some of the work yourself!

By Mary Beth

Chrysanthemum Plants 06/09/2006
When I was married, we had virtually "dollars" for flowers, etc. I was married in November, so for flowers, to save a huge amount of money, rather than doing arrangements, etc. we bought big Chrysanthemum Plants, gorgeous yellow ones put out at the local greenhouse for Thanksgiving. They were beautiful and had pretty foil wrapped around the base. They were magnificent, as we did a simple "Open House" style reception with bite size sandwiches, etc. and as my nephew called them "horse dovers", and a punch. It was a beautiful setting with a fireplace. It was lovely and everyone enjoyed themselves
Great Idea on the candlesticks, we didn't' have "Dollar Stores" back then :)
By jeanne
Good Memories 06/09/2006
My family and I made the favors for our family weddings and showers and I love it, because you also have the memory of all the fun you had doing it. My mom, sister and I had a lot of laughs telling jokes while we did all ours. It was like a little family party,
By debbie
Flower Pots 06/11/2006
I really like that idea about the big pretty flower pots. I thought maybe about going to home depot, they sell nice flower bunches for pretty cheap and adding all sort of nice flowers to the already big flower pot idea you did to make a big flower display for any party. They make only live for the day unless you take them all out at the end and put then in water, or you can insert them into the flowers dirt with those green water stems at the end. You think this may work?
By Crystel
A Donation to Charity 06/18/2006
I'm a banquet server and have done MANY weddings. The last one I served was very much a "budget" wedding but it was beautiful. Instead of traditional favors the bride and groom made a donation to a charity and placed cards stating something to that effect at each spot. Then they just had candies in their wedding colors in bowls at each table. I thought it was great because the couple got to spent only what they could afford, the guests didn't end up with another annoying bottle of bubbles, and of course a worthwhile charity benefited also.
By christina
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