My friend is getting married in three months, and while the preparation is going as well as you can expect, having only started five months ago, we've just realised that we've forgotten the wedding favours! There's time enough to think about what we want to do, thankfully, so these are some of our ideas for wedding favours on a budget.
If we buy plastic test tubes in bulk, we can assemble these mixes quite easily. Just pick a drinking chocolate of your choice, and add a few teaspoons of chocolate shavings, top it off with a couple of mini marshmallows, and you're good to go!
It would be quick and easy to make, with a few extra hands to help, and who doesn't love chocolate, right? Best of all, you can place them in a glass jar at the centre of each table, and they'll look great as centrepieces.
We got the idea from Coast Celebrations, and were thinking of handwriting our own labels or tags to go with it. What do you think?
Then we went in a completely different direction and thought — what about bath bombs? They're pretty, they smell nice, and you can put them in whatever mould you like, to get the perfect shape. We were going to go with their initials, and maybe a love heart, and then package them in little boxes for each guest.
Image from Planet-Science.com
We chose the recipe from Planet Science, because we like fizzy things, and fizzy bath bombs would be fun for everyone. Plus the ingredients are all readily available at your local supermarket; you can buy them in bulk and save a lot of money that way.
Image by Kate Aspen, from Wedding Favours Australia.
The great thing about tealight holders is that they're simple and elegant. You don't have to add anything special to the holder itself, but you can place it into a nice box and write a little message on a card for your guest, to thank them for coming.
You can get tea candles in bulk from IKEA, KMart and Target, both unscented and scented alike, so the majority of the cost goes into finding the holder themselves. You can get them in bulk online as well; we're looking at the ones from Wedding Favours Australia. Pricing really depends on the design you're after, in the end.
One wedding I went to last year had a candy bar, and everyone was given a little box to fill up with whatever goodies we liked. It was a lot of fun, especially for the kids, and you don't have to worry about packaging each individual gift.
We really like this idea, because it can show a bit of her and her fiance's personalities in whatever lollies they choose to use on the day. It doesn't have to be fancy, can follow any theme you like, and you don't have to worry about guests missing out on getting their gift.
So those are all our ideas at the moment. What are some other good, affordable wedding favours that would be easy to prepare within three months? If possible, we'd like to be able to do it on our own, since it feels more personal this way, but we wouldn't mind buying them if they were really, really nice.
ohhh I used to be a wedding coordinator and guests always anticipate the wedding favours. Here are some examples based from my experience:
- cupcakes/mini cakes (much bigger than cupcakes :P)
- fortune plant
- wind chimes
- porcelain trinket box
- magnet photo
- teddy bears in a can
- compilation of couple's favorite songs in a cd
- on the spot caricature
This is off topic but as you said that the preparation is going as well as you can expect, having only started five months ago, I'm just wondering if your friend is having a civil ceremony. If so, has she booked her marriage celebrant? Perhaps she is super organised and has but it's surprising how many couples put their celebrant at the bottom of their list of priorities. Many don't even know that you can't get married unless you have lodged a Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month before the wedding date. If they then want a specific celebrant to marry them they could well be disappointed as many are booked up to a year or more in advance.