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    Hi,

    I am having a small, inexpensive(budget) wedding and I was wondering if anyone
    had any ideas for inexpensive favors. I would like to be able to give something
    to everyone as a memento of our wedding, but since we (bride and groom) are
    paying for nearly everything ourselves, we cannot afford much. Any ideas would
    be greatly appreciated. We are expecting 75-100 guests including children.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Inexpensive wedding favors


    http://home.att.net/~rsenecal/wfavors.html

    That site has frugal wedding idea's, including favors. The favor
    section is near the middle of the page, and goes all the way to the
    bottom. It has idea's dealing with candy, ornaments, plants, seeds,
    candles, etc. Here are some of the cuter ones, I think:

    "My cousin's son and his bride gave heart shaped cookie cutters
    attached to a recipe card. The card reads, 'Truly cut out for each
    other', and contained a recipe for sugar cookies followed by the
    words, 'Enjoy while remembering the sweetness of our wedding day!'."


    "Spawning Skye suggests for a spring or summer reception (especially
    if there are lots of kids attending), instead of throwing birdseed
    or rice is to print messages of love or your names and wedding date
    using your computer on business sized or smaller pieces of paper,
    roll them up, and stuff them into the balloons. Fill the balloons
    with helium. Use cheap ribbon from the craft store for balloon
    strings. When the bride and groom come out of the church (or where
    ever the ceremony is held), everyone lets go of thier balloons to
    send the messages all over. Check with local authorities to make
    sure there is no law against it in your area. Balloons can be bought
    in bulk and you can rent a helium machine and fill the balloons the
    day of the wedding."

    "From Linda: I discovered this idea by accident by using glass gems
    (those pretty colored glass shapes that many people use in vases).
    There are some options for the basic idea. Using a glue that will
    dry clear, glue the bride & groom's name & the wedding date on the
    flat side so that when you look from the top of the gem you can read
    their names. You can print this up on your own computer using the
    same font from the homemade invitations. The larger clear gems also
    work great, but we found some heart shaped ones at Walmart & online.
    You can also make them into refridgerator magnets by glueing
    magnents to them. Scatter the fabors on the table along with some
    colored ones (or w/the snowflake or moon shapes if they go w/your
    theme) for decorations, but make sure that the guests know that the
    gems are for them to take home"

    Hope these help out!
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    I much prefer cheap wedding favors. I've been to many weddings where
    favors were $10+ fake porcelain atrocities, but the favors I love and
    save cost pennies.

    Seeds and bookmarks make wonderful favors -- and meaningful with the
    right quotation
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    We had a very small wedding. We made favours to give out to everyone. They were
    little candy bags made from pink tulle and iridescent(sp?) plastic. We bought
    round scalloped edged pre-cut pieces of tulle and plastic at a wedding supply
    store. We layered a piece of tulle and plastic (with the plastic on the inside)
    we put a handful of mints in the middle then gathered the tulle/plastic up to
    make a little sac. We tied a ribbon around it to hold it together then we
    attachd a pre-printed card that said "Thanks for sharing our special day" (also
    purchased from wedding supply shop). We then used scizzors to curl up the ends
    of the ribbon. I put this favours together myself. I spent a few evenings
    working on them in front of the TV. I thought it was nice to give people
    something I had made myself.
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    Hello Misty,
    How about making little soaps or candles??? Melt and pour is pretty
    inexpensive and so is candle wax....
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    Misty:

    I have a pretty extensive list accumulated. Some
    really neat ideas in there, but some more work than
    others.

    Hope it helps! Good luck!

    Jill

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    Heart Cookies
    Bake 4x4 inch heart sugar cookies and dip half of the
    heart in white chocolate and put your (soon-to-be)
    first initial of my last name in the middle of the
    cookie. Then wrap the cookie in a clear bag and tie it
    with a silver ribbon. All this for about $1.00!!!

    Watering Can
    A small galvanized tin watering can (found at local
    discount store for 99 cents each) that is just the
    right size to place a votive candle inside. Then, tie
    a small ribbon around the watering can handle to
    spruce it up. Printed up some labels with names and
    the date on them onto clear labels and will put those
    directly onto the watering cans.
    Another option is to wrap Hershey's hugs and kisses in
    tulle and tie them with ribbon. Make little tags for
    the handle that say ?Hugs and Kisses from the new Mr.
    and Mrs.?.

    Tea Light Holders
    Get small glass tea light holders and put scented tea
    lights (in your wedding color(s) & without the tin
    holder). Wrap it in a tulle circle and tie it with a
    gold ribbon with a tag with your names on it. It looks
    great and costs under a buck!

    Chocolate Heart Lollipops [can use other molds like
    wedding bells or bride and groom]
    All you need to do is melt down chocolate, use a candy
    mold, put in a sucker stick, freeze--and viola!! Just
    put it into a plastic bag and tie with a ribbon. Add a
    homemade label or tag if desired. This can be done
    months in advance and all of the supplies are at a
    craft store.

    Gummi Bears (or any other candies you like)
    Purchase the little boxes truffles usually come in,
    buy a couple 5 pound bags of gummis and package them
    up with an embossed ribbon (or ribbon and tag). Total
    cost is around $30 for 100 favors

    "Hugs and Kisses"
    Cute, inexpensive and easy to make. What you need:
    Netting ( that either matches or compliments your
    wedding colors) ribbon (you can do personalized ribbon
    with your names & date), Hershey Hugs, Hershey Kisses
    and some nice paper. First, take 2 "hugs" & 2 "kisses"
    and put them in the netting. Next tie it off with the
    ribbon but make sure that you leave a little extra
    (don't make a bow yet). On your computer you can make
    little cards that say "Hugs & Kisses from the New Mr.
    & Mrs. ....". Punch a hole in the top left corner and
    slip on ribbon, and tie and fasten with a bow.

    Hugs & Kisses in a Spoon
    As an alternative to the "Hugs & Kisses" idea, put the
    Hershey's Kisses and Hugs treats in plastic spoons and
    wrap them in tulle with a note stating, "A spoonful of
    kisses from the Mr. & Mrs."

    Daisies
    [This person had daises for her wedding flowers, but
    you can use any seed that goes with yours].
    Make small organza pouches, fill them with daisy
    seeds, and attach the pouch to a small card with
    colored ribbon.
    The card reads:
    He loves me, he loves me not;
    He loves me, we tied the knot!
    Names, Wedding date

    Wildflower Seeds
    [again, any packaged flower seeds can work]
    Give out beautifully packaged wildflower seeds. The
    seeds contain black-eyed susans, daisies, and other
    assorted flowers. One side of the seed packet has the
    actual seeds, while the other side has a beautiful
    poem written about how "...every year when the flowers
    bloom, think about your favorite bride and groom". It
    is simple, economical, and useful.

    Spring Flowers
    Buy flats of spring flowers... pansies, Johnny jump
    ups, marigolds etc. Separate each section, wrap with
    tulle, tie with ribbon (with or without printing) and
    place around candles in the center of each table. Each
    couple or person then takes a flower home with them to
    enjoy all summer long! Very inexpensive for a spring
    wedding and can be used as a centerpiece too!

    Personalized Hot Chocolate [this bride and groom?s fav
    beverage]
    Give everyone a personalized packet of hot chocolate
    with your picture, a thank you message, and your
    wedding date printed on them.
    Use a computer program to place a photo of the two of
    you on top of a background of snow-covered mountains.
    You can wear winter hats and coats. Make up a label on
    the computer with a thank you message and your wedding
    date. Glue label and picture onto a packet of hot
    chocolate. (The hot chocolate costs 11 cents per
    packet)

    Birdseed in Easter Eggs
    If the wedding is near Easter, put the birdseed in
    plastic Easter eggs. You can write on the outside of
    the egg your wedding date and your names with a gold
    craft pen. This is an easy and timesaving way to go.
    You get your birdseed and wedding favors done at the
    same time. It is colorful and cute for the wedding
    day.

    Bookmark
    A very sentimental and very inexpensive favor is a
    bookmark. You can even make them at home. All you need
    is paper, a printer, string, and a picture (optional).
    You could also laminate them, but that's your choice!
    Anyway, you could write things like this...
    "We thank you
    friends and neighbors
    And relatives so dear,
    For your congratulations
    And for your presence here.
    The memory of these happy hours
    You've shared with us today,
    Will linger on throughout the years
    And ever with us stay."
    Then you can write your names with the wedding date
    underneath.

    Wedding Magnet
    Handmade wedding magnets make a great favor. Buy small
    wooden hearts (or other shapes you like) at the craft
    store and paint white. Add a bit of lace and a tiny
    silk rose to the front. Glue a 1 inch piece of
    magnetic tape to the back. These are easy and
    inexpensive to make (about 20 cents each)

    Bath Beads
    Purchase heart shaped bath beads in your wedding
    colors, place them in a white tulle circle, tie it
    with curling ribbon and attach a computer printed
    business type card with your names, the date, and a
    note to say thank you for celebrating with us. The
    favors cost about fifty cents each.

    Origami Decorations
    If you have the time and skill, check the library for
    origami books. Origami decorations can fit any theme.
    You can make origami boats, flowers, animals, etc. You
    can also have a paper folding party for the wedding
    attendants.

    Miniature Soaps
    Buy unscented glycerin soap blocks, melt them in the
    microwave (you can also use a double broiler) and add
    food coloring and essential oils. Chocolate candy
    molds are great for making soaps, but you can also use
    small paper cups and filled them with about 3/4 to 1
    inch of melted soap. The soap sets in 20 minutes- just
    tear away the paper cup, wrap in tissue or tulle, tie
    with a ribbon and you're done. You can make about 30
    of these little soaps with 1 pound of glycerin soap
    (about $6)
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    This is an idea that I had for my own wedding this fall. I'm asking all of the
    family members from both our families to provide me with the recipes of one of
    their "signature" dishes and I'm composing a small cook book in Microsoft Word.
    I'm spiffing it up with some clip art. I'm sizing it so that I can fit four
    pages on one 8x11 sheet of paper. Then I'll just staple them together and write
    a little poem on the back cover and put our names and wedding date on the front.
    This way, everyone in the family on both sides will have the recipes to hand
    down.
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    We got married last spring and we went to the local
    liquor store and got an on sale cases of wine (pocket
    size bottles. We went to Michael's and bought
    inexpensive netting and Jodan's Almonds. We tied the
    netting with 3 Jordan Almonds for each bottle, printed
    labels for the wine bottles that said "love is the
    most refreshing drink of all"---Pablo Picasso. We had
    a little over 116 people, Costs us $120 tops. We
    made our own invitations which looked stunning.
    Everyone thought we spent hundreds of dollars. That
    cost $90 for 120 invitations.
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