Homemade Wedding Favors

Wedding favors have been used traditionally as a a bride's way of sharing her good fortune and saying "thank you" to her wedding guests on her wedding day. It is usually a small symbolic gift such as almonds wrapped in elegant fabric. The custom in the Middle East is for the bride to give each guest five almonds which represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness.

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When planning weddings on a budget, it is wise to consider using simple, handmade favors. When she makes her own homemade wedding favors, a frugal bride has the opportunity to be creative and make affordable favors that reflect something unique about herself, her relationship with her groom, or simply the theme of the wedding itself.

Here are some Simple homemade wedding favors:

  • Candles: If you have the time to make something very special, you can make your own homemade candles . You can choose the color you want, the scent, and what type of container you put them in. A teacup candle makes a pretty wedding favor!

    If you don't want to make your own candles, you can purchase votive candles very in expensively and put them in pretty candle holders or wrap each one in sheer fabric and tie a ribbon at the top.

  • Cookies or candies: There are lots of pretty ways to package homemade or store- bought cookies, candies, fudge, cupcakes, etc. for a pretty wedding favor. Wrap them in sheer fabric or tissue paper and tie a ribbon at the top; put them in coffee or tea cups or inexpensive wine glasses; or decorate little boxes for them.

  • Seeds: Seeds are symbolic of new beginnings, so they make a good choice for wedding favors. Pack the seeds in small squares of fabric or paper and attach a tag telling the name of the seed and care and planting instructions.

  • Small Soaps: Use homemade soap or small fancy soaps that you can purchase. If you buy a package of several soaps, you can divide them up into individual gifts. Wrap them in pretty paper or fabric or put them in a pretty glass jar or box.

  • Maple Syrup or Homemade Jam: in small jars. Cover the top with pretty fabric (coordinated to wedding theme colors) and secure with twine or ribbon.

  • Sachets: Fill small sheer bags with potpourri. You can either buy the bags and potpourri in bulk and divide them up, or you can make your own potpourri and sew bags out of ribbon and sheer fabric. Tie ribbons at the top and attach a sweet note.

Sometimes the theme of your wedding or the season in which you get married can suggest a suitable favor.

  • Small plants: A plant in a tiny pot makes a cute favor for a spring or summer wedding. Each guest can take the plant home for their own home or garden.

  • Caramel Apples: For a unique favor at an autumn wedding, wrap caramel apples in clear and gold bags and tie the top with a ribbon. Attaching a few artificial berries is a nice touch!

  • Christmas Ornaments: Ornaments make good favors for a holiday or Christmas- themed wedding. Use a plain ball and decorate it with a picture of the wedding couple (printed on the computer) or simply write their names and the date on the ornament with craft paint or an all-purpose marker. If you want to take it a step further, you can use ribbon to attach other decorative touches like a sprig of artificial holly or greenery or a couple of cheap wedding ring ornaments (available at party stores). Each year when they decorate their tree they will think of you!

  • Miniature Stockings: Another holiday idea is to use tiny stockings and put small candy canes and other candy inside along with a note of appreciation.

Mix and Match Ideas:

Pick and choose to tailor your homemade wedding favors to suit your style and your budget!

Choose a container

  • tiny baskets
  • coffee mugs
  • small wooden boxes
  • little paper gift bags
  • votive candle holders
  • shells (for a summer or beach wedding)
  • wine glasses
  • tea cups (odd or mismatched is fine!)
  • tiny flower pots
  • small jars or bowls

Choose your filling
  • heart-shaped chocolates or other candy
  • packets of specialty tea
  • small candles
  • flavored coffee
  • bath salts
  • hot chocolate mix
  • flower seeds or bulbs with planting instructions
  • Hershey's kisses and hugs
  • potpourri
  • pretty miniature soaps

Attach a small note or card to each gift with a message. Choose one of the ones below, or write your own. You can hand-write the cards or print them out on a computer. Be sure to include your names and the wedding date, too.

Message Examples
  • Hugs and Kisses from the new Mr. And Mrs! (for Hershey's kisses and/or hugs)
  • All things grow with love (for bulbs, seeds)
  • Our flame of love will always be bright (for candles)
  • Heart-felt wishes from the new Mr. and Mrs.
  • Thanks for sharing this special day with us
  • Thanks for joining us on our wedding day
  • Thanks for sharing in our special day
  • Thank you for sharing in the celebration of our love

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