What If I Can't Afford Wedding Favors?

Etiquette
Cheap wedding favor ideas

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Anything goes for wedding favors—you can hand out wine, candy, handmade trinkets—the list goes on. But how much money should you spend? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding favor questions in our daily post.

I really can't afford to give favors. Do you have to have them?

They are by no means mandatory. So if you can't afford something you really like, just let 'em go. Your guests won't even notice. But there are a few ideas that can be pulled off on the cheap. Get two things for the price of one: Your florist can design breakaway centerpieces, so each guest can take home a tiny bouquet of flowers or a pretty plant. And some of the most guest-pleasing favors—a sweet little bag of candy, tiny packets of flower seeds—are also some of the least expensive. Lastly, some brides opt for making a donation to their favorite charity, and print up cards that read: "In lieu of a favor, a donation has been made to the ASPCA." You'll help out a good cause with the money spent, and your guests will be touched by your generous spirit.

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