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30 Wedding Favors You Won't Believe Cost Under $1

May 16 2015 - 9:00am

You're spending a lot on your wedding [1], so try to save on your favors [2] by checking out these cute ideas that barely cost a thing!

Etched Mason Jars

Mason jars cost around $0.70 to $0.80 if you buy in bulk. You can get them from specialtybottle.com [3] for less than $1. Get an etching kit and your trusty group of bridesmaids to help with this personalized favor.

DIY Candy Buffet

Lay out a buffet of candy, and guests can take home what they want in cute packaging. This saves a lot of money, and you know that people aren't obligated to take home favors they will trash.

Be careful, though — candy buffets can cost a pretty penny. Save on candy by buying in bulk online or mixing up the colors. Use jars you already have for the display, get them from bargain stores like the dollar store, or buy gently used pieces from other weddings. You can buy cellophane bags from craft stores for about $3 for 50 pieces.

Macarons

Macarons are such pretty desserts that all you need to do is put them in a clear box, attach a cute tag or ribbon, and they're good to go!

Making them yourself is the frugal way to go. Here is a great recipe [4]. Package them in clear boxes you can get from craft stores for cheap. You can also get them online at Papermart [5] for prices as low as $6 for 50 boxes or Oriental Trading [6] for prices that start at $5 for 24 boxes. I found cheap options on eBay as well.

S'mores

This might be a good treat for receptions held at night. Guests will get to bring home a quintessential late-night snack, and writing a sweet note like "S'more love" adds the perfect tie-in to your wedding [7].

You can find treat bags at craft stores and bargain stores like Walmart. If you want to buy them online, I found some selling on Amazon for $10 for 100 pieces [8] and on Papermart for around $14 for 1,000 pieces [9]. Customize them yourself with some pretty calligraphy.

Candles

People can always do with more candles, and making your own is a nice touch. Try to choose a scent that has significance to you, perhaps the smell of both your favorite desserts or fruits.

You can use baby-food jars to hold the candles and make your own candles using soy-wax flakes that you can buy in bulk from a candle store or online [10]. Here are instructions on how to make cute candle favors [11]. Cookie-cutter candles [12] will make cute favors for Winter weddings.

Seeds

Many people give out seeds as wedding [13] favors because not only are they affordable, but they're also an eco-friendly gesture. However, keep in mind that not everyone has the space in their home or a yard to grow plants.

You can make the seed packets yourself or buy customized ones online. We found these cute kraft-seed envelopes on Etsy [14] that are selling for $90 per 100 pieces — that's $0.90 per envelope.

Source: Etsy user RedCloudBoutique [15]

Coasters

Coasters are such a functional household item, and they're easy and affordable to make. Find out how to make these photo coasters here [16]. You can get the tiles from Home Depot, and they will cost around $0.80 per tile. You can probably get a better price if you get the tiles in bulk.

Watercolor coasters [17] are also a pretty option as well as this chic cork coaster [18].

Source: Sarah Lipoff

Fruits

Keep your guests happy and healthy with fruity flavors. Think apples, berries, pears, and more! Get cheaper fruits from picking them at a farm, farmers market, and ethnic markets. Or better yet, find a friend who has a fruit tree. Be sure to pick in-season fruits [19] for a better deal.

Put a cute tag on it, and the fruit favors will make a great frugal choice.

Water

Since everyone drinks water, you know the liquid is most definitely going to be consumed when you give these bottles away. Water is also the perfect favor for hot outdoor weddings.

You can get bottled water from Costco for $36 per 144 bottles. Slap on a customized sticker, and you're all set! You can get the water-bottle stickers from Oriental Trading for $13 for 50 pieces [20].

Spices

Spices are definitely a favor that will have a spot in every guest's pantry. We love this idea of letting guests choose sweet or spicy! Buy them in bulk for cheap at ethnic stores, bargain stores like Walmart, or the dollar store. Store them in jars you get for under $1 from specialtybottle.com [21].

Soaps

Soaps are very practical favors to give out, and you can always make them look good by choosing different colors or packaging. These soaps can cost you less than $1 if you make your own [22].

Nuts

Perhaps one of the best things about nuts as favors is the endless amount of love puns you'll be able to dream up. Buy them in bulk to save.

Lip Balm

Lip balm [23] is one of those items you can never get enough of. After all, they are so compact that you can slip one in your pocket, your bag, and your bedside table, so you'll be able to stay moisturized everywhere you go.

You can get customized lip balm here [24] from prices starting as low as $0.46. 

After-Meal Mints

After a lovely meal, guests will appreciate the help with freshening their breath. You can find plenty of options for customized mint tins or just cute mint tins from Oriental Trading [25] for $1 or less.

Bird Seed

Using bird seed as a favor is a fun way to incorporate the tradition into your wedding [26], and it's a practical favor that your guests will use.

Matches

Matches are always handy in a home. Guests can use them to light a candle, fireplace, and more. You can easily get customized matches for under $1. ForYourParty.com has plenty of great options [27] well under $1.

Chocolate

Get creative by picking interesting shapes and designs for chocolate favors. You can make them yourself with unique molds.

Packaging can be bought online for cheap or from the dollar store. You can get glassine packets from Amazon for $9 for 100 pieces [28] and on Papermart for less than $11 for 1,000 pieces [29]. You can also get the cute packaging pictured here from Etsy [30] for various prices.

Lotto Tickets

There's no other favor that will give your guests a thrill like a lottery ticket. Package the lotto tickets up nicely, perhaps in a pretty envelope or paired with a small snack. Giving them on their own may come off as tacky because the tickets aren't very visually appealing.

Source: Etsy user vintagetwee [31]

Hot Cocoa

There's nothing more comforting than a cup of hot cocoa. You can make the favor more visually appealing if you include different flavors and place the mixture in a clear jar you can get for cheap in bulk from specialtybottle.com [32].

Honey or Jam

Jars of honey or jam are the perfect thank-you presents for wedding [33] guests. They both have long shelf lives and are such a sweet treat! You can buy jars in bulk from specialtybottle.com [34] and honey from GloryBee Honey [35].

Tea Bags

Shower your guests with packets of tea and pick your favorite blends, or even create your own specifically for this special occasion.

Sunglasses

Perfect for Summer weddings, sunglasses are a cheap and fun favor. Check out these options from Sunglassville [36] for under $1.

Vending-Machine Capsule Favors

Stuff candy into vending-machine capsules for cute favors. You can get them for the price of $8 for 100 pieces [37] on some bulk sites.

Source: Shop Sweet Lulu [38]

Lavender Sachets

Get little cloth bags from Papermart for $0.25 [39] in bulk and buy dried lavender buds. You can buy the dried lavender online in bulk from places like Amazon, eBay, and Curious Country Creations [40]. Craft stores like Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric also sell it in their dried-flowers section.

Donations

In lieu of favors, place a card at every table explaining that you chose to donate money to a charity that has a lot of significance for the both of you. This is such a heartwarming and thoughtful gift, but be really careful when selecting the nonprofit lest you offend someone.

The donation route can be the more budget-friendly option, as you're controlling the amount you're planning on donating. The cards won't cost much, as you can just design and print them out at home. And if you don't want to do the artwork, you can always download a wedding [41] donation favor template, like the one pictured here [42] ($6).

Sugar

Keep it simple and sweet with a customized sugar favor [43] ($3). Buy cheap jars in bulk for about $0.60 from specialtybottle.com [44], and print out customized labels from your computer with a cute pun like "love is sweet."

Recipes and Ingredients

These pretty recipe cards [45] ($8 for 12) are perfect for sharing your favorite secret or not-so-secret recipe that everyone always asks you about. You can even include one of the recipe's ingredients to go along with the wedding [46] favor.

Get cheap cloth sachets at craft stores or online from Papermart for $0.25 [47]. 

Marshmallows

Fluffy marshmallows are always a sweet surprise. Make them for cheap with this easy recipe [48], or you can get even more creative and make blueberry marshmallows [49]. As usual, you can get cheap packaging from Oriental Trading [50], Papermart [51], craft stores, or bargain shops like the dollar store.

Popcorn

This is a great, light snack that guests can pop into their mouths when they feel like it. And it's easy on the wallet if you make and package the popcorn yourself.

To package the popcorn, you can buy cellophane bags from craft stores or popcorn bags from Etsy [52] for $20 per 40 bags.

M&M's

Customize M&M's [53] with words and images to turn them into favors that are uniquely yours. You can just serve them plain as well in your wedding [54] colors to spend less. Be sure to package them yourself for a better price.


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