44 Wedding Favors You Won't Believe Cost Under $1
You're spending a lot on your wedding, so one of the easiest places to save some money is with your favors. Check out these cute, useful, and cheap favor ideas — don't worry, your guests will love them and they'll still feel personalized and unique. Some are edible, some are DIY, and some are just unexpectedly fun. The one thing they have in common is that they are super affordable. In fact, they're all under $1. It doesn't get much better than that! Check out the best wedding favor ideas that won't break your budget ahead.
— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes
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 Amazon ($13 for 200 bags and ties) for cheap.
Etched Mason Jars
Mason jars cost around $0.70 to $0.80 if you buy in bulk. You can get mason jars from Amazon ($8 for 12) for less than $1. Get an etching kit and your trusty group of bridesmaids to help with this personalized favor.
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!
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.
You can find treat bags at craft stores and bargain stores like Walmart. If you want to buy them online, there are a ton of affordable options on Amazon, like these Flat Glassine Wax Paper Sandwich Bags ($7 for 100). Customize them yourself with some pretty calligraphy.
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. Here are instructions on how to make cute candle favors. Cookie-cutter candles will make cute favors for Winter weddings.
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 for a better deal.
Put a cute tag on it like these White Paper Heart Tags ($3 for 20), and the fruit favors will make a great frugal choice.
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 an affordable price or on Amazon, like this case of Kirkland Signature Premium Drinking Water ($30 for 80 8 oz. bottles). Slap on a customized sticker, and you're all set! You can get the custom water-bottle labels on Etsy ($45 for 100) or make your own using printable waterproof labels ($9 for 40).
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.
Using bird seed as a favor is a fun way to incorporate the tradition into your wedding, and it's a practical favor that your guests will use.
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. For Your Party has great personalized matchbooks that are $39 for 50.
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 or close to $1 each if you buy them in bulk like these custom mini soap favors ($110 for 100) that come in a variety of scents.
Many people give out seeds as wedding 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 like these cute Kraft Customized Seed Envelopes ($0.70 each)).
Spices are definitely a favor that will have a spot in every guest's pantry. We also love the idea of letting guests choose sweet or spicy! Buy them in bulk for cheap at international food stores, bargain stores like Walmart, or the dollar store. Store them in Mini Glass Bottles With Cork Stoppers ($14 for 24).
If you don't feel like making them yourself, you can these already-made Mini Spice Jars ($48 for 30) for a little more money.
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 like this one ($18 for 25) or paired with a small snack. Giving them on their own may come off as tacky because the tickets aren't very visually appealing.
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 small clear jar you can get from Amazon ($32 for 40) for cheap, or you can create these cute hot chocolate spoons.
Personalized Reusable Plastic Cups
These "Vows Are Done Let's Have Some Fun" Personalized Reusable Plastic Cups ($88 for 100) are the perfect useful take-home items to remember your special night with.
Keep it simple and sweet with customized sugar cube favors ($50 for 150). Buy Small Glass Jars With Airtight Hinged Lids ($30 for 30) and print out customized labels from your computer with a cute pun like "love is sweet."
Recipes and Ingredients
These pretty printable recipe cards ($5) 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 favor and package it up in a Drawstring Cloth Sachet Bag ($19 for 100).
Honey or Jam
Jars of honey or jam are the perfect thank-you presents for wedding guests. They both have long shelf lives and are such a sweet treat! You can buy mini glass jars from Amazon ($16 for 24) and honey from somewhere local or an online shop like GloryBee Honey.
Perfect for Summer weddings, sunglasses are a cheap and fun favor. Check out these custom sunglasses options from Sunglassville for under $1.
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, since 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 donation favor template from Etsy ($7).
Fluffy marshmallows are always a sweet surprise. Make them for cheap with this easy marshmallow recipe, or you can get even more creative and make raspberry marshmallows. As usual, you can get cheap packaging from Oriental Trading, Paper Mart, craft stores, or bargain shops like the dollar store. We like these Clear Treat Bags With Multicolored Twists ($11 for 200).
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 ($18 for 40).