When you find yourself strapped with a tight wedding budget, it can be helpful to cut some of the last-minute costs along the way. One of those costs, which can grow quite large, is the amount you spend on wedding favors. Most of your guests will be too tired, too drunk, or even too forgetful to remember to pick up the party favor on the way out, which is why you should consider a more inexpensive route: DIY wedding favors. Here are five ideas to get you started.
1. Something from Your Kitchen
Whether you love making homemade granola, cookies, or even a nut-based trail mix, you can make a homemade late-night snack for your guests to take home with them. Put them in labeled bags, tiny mason jars, or even pouches to save some money.
2. Something from Around Town
If a lot of your guests are coming in from out of town or there's something specific that the town you're getting married in is known for, consider using that item as your party favor. You can grab candy from the local candy shop, or opt for tiny bottles of maple syrup and print labels on them with your name.
3. Something That's Worth a Thousand Words
Prop up a homemade selfie booth at the exit of your wedding and have guests snap their photo on the way out as a keepsake gift from your bash.
4. Something of Good Fortune
You can order fortune cookies online in bulk and then type up different messages to stick inside.
5. Something With a Good Taste
Everyone loves a late-night mint. Buy a tin of mints in bulk and print your own labels, with a fun message, and hand them out at the end of the wedding night.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.