It’s a tradition in weddings to give small gifts and tokens to your wedding guests, as a way to say thank you for their attendance. But you don’t have to spend big money to make a big impact with your wedding favors.
It won’t take much time at all to create a custom CD for your guests. A CD featuring the bride and groom’s favorite songs, or a selection of the wedding music, will give them lasting memories. Design the playlist and burn the CDs, and you’ve got simple DIY favors. Take things up a notch by printing out custom labels for the CDs. You may also want to get sleeves or cases, which you’ll find at office supply and big box stores.
Rather than a CD, you can always give guests a custom DVD of the happy couple. Film a short message saying thanks to your guests. Include music, photo montages and video effects if you like. Software like Windows Movie Maker is very easy to use, so anyone can become a filmmaker.
If you’re light on cash but rich in baking skills, put them to good use. Homemade treats are perfect DIY wedding favors. Make candies or cookies to put in a pretty box or bag, and you’re done. Find affordable packaging in various colors on Amazon.com and other etailers, where the market is very competitive.
You don’t have to cook to make candy roses, but you will need supplies. Take two Hershey kisses and put the bottoms together. Cover all of this with red cellophane and you’ve got the makings of a rose bud. Attach the bud to a floral stem and add some small leaves. The leaves and stems are available at craft stores.
Buy inexpensive mugs and paint the outside with chalkboard paint (only the outside). Place boxes of chalk on each table. Guests will have fun with this interactive favor that they can take home. However, this project is time-consuming and won’t work with a lengthy guest list.
Get card stock, and you’re already practically done with your wedding favors. Design custom crossword puzzles, word jumbles, and/or bookmarks. Look for a site online that can help you craft a crossword and use the wedding colors to create all the designs. With a color printer and a paper cutter, you’re all set for simple custom favors.
Get creative to make DIY wedding favors, and save money on that store-bought stuff. When you put your own time and effort into wedding gifts, you’re giving guests a little of yourself. It will make your wedding even more memorable.