Cheap wedding favors: 8 clever ways to save money on your wedding favors

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Bridal magazines feature a heap of mass-produced “personalized” wedding favors that cost a fortune once you multiply your gifts by fifty… or heck, even 300!

Now of course, the best way to do cheap wedding favors is not to do them at all, which is cool by us. No one here is saying you have to do favors if you’re not into the idea.

That said, for those who have chosen to do favors for their guests, here are some cunning ways I’ve found to source cheap wedding favors for your loved ones without resorting to taffeta bags of almonds…

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Look into stores that are going out of business

And take it even further, and ask for a discount price on the last of all of one stock. I recently found ninety mini plaques with inspiring quotes on them for $1.50 each — down from $10 apiece!

Buy in bulk from a wholesaler

Look for retail wholesale suppliers for bulk candy or chocolate and hotel suppliers for mini-soaps etc. You may be able to place a one-off order or find a friend who owns a cafe, restaurant, or motel who can arrange the order for you.

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Look for bulk deals from places like this

You can also look for end-of-lines from wholesalers and retailers. Be wary of trying to match colors you see on a computer screen to your fabric samples though — it seldom works! (spray paint does though…)

Watch for off-season clearance sales

This is where planning ahead will serve you well — having a fall wedding? In December, start drawling your favorite party supply shops. They’ll be filled with winter holiday decor, and all the Halloween and autumn stuff will be on sale!

…Especially after Christmas

Look for discounted “gourmet” cookies. You can either use the cookies as-is on your table or pull them apart and repackage the presents. Last year I got twelve-packs of Christmas crackers worth $35 for under $5 — that’s less than fifty cents per favor. Or look for cheap chocolates (check they don’t expire before the wedding date), candy, and fudges.

The super cunning can also buy cheap marked-down Christmas cake to have handy if you don’t quite have enough slices of wedding cake to go around. A 1kg iced Christmas cake bought in January sets me back about $5, lasts for another six to eight months and can save paying an extra $100 for another tier on the wedding cake. I’m keeping an iced fruit cake handy for fussy purists who won’t like my awesome chocolate cake.

Vintage milk bottles could be filled with so many different things!

Gift baskets are often on sale after January, too

Look at the contents and see if you can pull the basket apart and repackage the gifts — mismatched favors wrapped in complimentary wrapping paper (or wallpaper) make for a unique centerpiece too.

Cheap jewelry stores often have bargain bins full of out-of-season jewelry

Take to them with a set of pliers and you have some fabulous embellishments for centerpieces or favors.

These little cute bicycle bottle opener cheap wedding favors could be perfect for an adventure themed wedding

 

Consider buying a whole roll of cellophane to wrap up your favors

It’s far cheaper than buying single sheets and you can use the cellophane for future Christmas and birthday presents too.

Instead of fancy handmade boxes, pick up some white paper sweet bags

Sometimes you can even get these bags from your local dairy or sweet shop and decorate them with stamps or preprinted stickers. You can seal them with a sticker, sealing wax or ribbon and they can double as name place tags too.

How did you save money on YOUR cheap wedding favors? Share in the comments!

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Comments on Cheap wedding favors: 8 clever ways to save money on your wedding favors

  1. Ah, cellophane! And in BULK?! Wonderful idea! I love anything colorful, or shiny, or in bulk, so to be all three is just a bonus! Now, to turn cellophane into my wedding theme… hmmm…

    • I’m a florist and I’d just say be careful what you ask for. Those rolls can be huge. If we take months to get thought our roll, I think I would take over a life time for me to get though one at home. Also it’s pretty expensive stuff. I would suggest estimating the number of yards you need, add a few and ask your loal florist how much that amount would cost. Also you can suggest a price you would be willing to pay before. We get those requests very rarely, so it is harder to come up with how much a yard actually costs us. If your price is reasonable, you might just get it.

  2. I bought heart-chaped cookie cutters that came 3 to a pack. I dismantled the packs, one for each favor, added a cookie recipe and some ribbon: $0.23 per favor, not counting the ribbon.

  3. Our favors were 24-count Crayola boxes, but the trick was, I bought them at Target during the back-to-school sales. $0.22 per box! I printed up labels I already had and pasted them on.

    • That’s a cool favor…did you give everyone a box of crayons? Very cool idea….would like to hear more about what you did

    • We also skipped the favours and instead gave a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in our guests’ name. It was a cause very close to our families and friends (especially that week as someone close had just died) and felt alot better than making stuff people don’t necessarily want or need.

      • Love this! My sister skipped favors and had cards made that said a donation was made to the Juvenile Diabetes Society in honor of our Dad who has been a Type 1 Diabetic for 30 years

        • My partner and I are going down this route – we’re splitting the charities down the middle for Cancer Research and British Heart Foundation. And these charities also include some beautiful pin badges as wedding favours.

  4. We saved money on favours by not having any! All our decorations and flowers etc were a free-for-all though. If you saw it and wanted it and it wasn’t nailed down – take it! This also made our wedding relatively free on waste as most stuff got a home afterwards 🙂

  5. I searched prom decoration websites! I got a great deal on close out hand painted mugs: 75 for $40. They served a dual purpose. We filled them with a little aquarium/craft pebbles and put a tealight in them for centerpieces, but they also had a “Thank You” charm on the handle for use as a favor.

  6. I’m using decks of cards and personalizing them myself with labels printed at home. They cost less than $1 each, and who doesn’t love playing card games?!

  7. My wedding photographer (who also happens to be my aunt) suggested to forgo the favors since people get too drunk and just leave them and the waitstaff winds up taking some home (which I’ve also noticed at weddings I’ve attended). Don’t have to tell me twice to not spend more money than we already have to! Although I like these: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56115121/150-heart-bird-seed-favors-w-tag-design?ref=v1_other_1
    (I think I still like money in my pocket better though)

  8. we made pretty cards with pockets to hold seed packets for our favors. they were all made out of scrap book paper. suuuper cheap and we still have plenty left over. so if anyone needs some please let me know! ill send them to you! lol

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