Make Your Own Favors
Making your own favors can save you money and add a special personalized touch to your wedding day. This task doesn't have to be a solitary endeavor. You can enlist your fiancé or a few friends and make a party out of assembling favors.
Potpourri wrapped in tulle or placed in little boxes or sachets can be a sweet-smelling favor for guests to take home and enjoy for months to come. You can choose from many scents and spend just a few dollars a bag. You can make your own potpourri from flower petals found in your own garden and some scented oils.
Decorative soaps are a welcome gift that cost only a little time and effort to make. Molds and materials are available in most craft stores. Or find a pretty pastel soap or two, wrap it in tulle, and tie this with a ribbon and maybe a silk flower for a thoughtful wedding favor.
Use your imagination to come up with one-of-a-kind wedding favors that mean something special to both you and your fiancé. Make potpourri that smells like the first bouquet your fiancé bought for you.
You can use a gold or silver craft pen to inscribe your names or initials and the date of the wedding on inexpensive votive candleholders or wine glasses. There are also kits for making faux engravings. A design of dots, scrolls, or a line from a poem adds a creative touch.
A scented votive candle becomes a simple but lovely favor when placed in a little glass holder and wrapped with tissue or tulle and tied with ribbon. Later, when guests burn the candle, they'll remember your wedding.
Inexpensive champagne glasses filled with the new scented gel-candle wax make beautiful wedding favors. Tint the gel until it turns the color of champagne, pour it into glasses, then stir to create air bubbles that look like champagne bubbles. Insert wicks and you have candles that look like glasses of bubbly. They're perfect as decorations on the reception tables, and guests will love to take them home.
Candies and Chocolates
The easiest wedding favor to make is a candy favor — and just to be clear, you're not making the candy yourself! Present your guests with a handful of colorful mints or foil-wrapped chocolates.
A charming candy-favor idea is to wrap five almonds in a tulle circle, twist, and tie a ribbon around the bundle. The number is symbolic, representing health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity.
Jordan almonds are perennial wedding favorites. They come in white, pastels, black, and even silver and gold foil-wrapped white almonds. Almonds are a symbol of life, and the sugared coating a wish that bride and groom have more sweetness than bitterness in their lives together.
Hershey's kisses and hugs are always popular. Simply wrap a few chocolates in tulle or place them in a little favor box. Favor boxes come in more shapes and sizes and prices than you can imagine.