Reader Tips: 24 DIY Wedding Favors

I received the following question from frugal friend Laurie…

“I am looking for affordable or handmade favors for my wedding reception. Any ideas??”

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Now… I shared this question on The Frugal Girls Facebook Page, and here are just a few of the fun ideas that were shared…

Katie said: “For my wedding reception, we purchased Hershey Kisses and made little tulle “bags” to hold them (5 or 6 Kisses per bag). We tied them with decorative wire ties that had matching silk flowers on them, but ribbons would work too. Then, using our computer, we printed out little tags that read “Hugs & Kisses From The Mr. & Mrs.!” and attached them to each Kiss satchel. They were a huge hit at the reception! It took 3 people only an hour or so to assemble them, and most of the supplies were on sale at Michaels!”

Renee said: “Cake pops…. you can dip one in dark or milk chocolate, and the other in white chocolate … wrap in cello, or even add some edible glitter to the white one to ‘fancy’ it up.”

Erica said: “My husband and I got engaged at the Holland tulip festival. We gave tulip bulbs as favors at our reception. Each package was tied with a ribbon & had our engagement story attached to it. Maybe you have something that is special, yet inexpensive that commemorates something in your relationship.”

Sue said: “Chocolate dipped pretzels, not the rods but actual pretzels. One in dark chocolate and one in white for the bride and groom in a cello bag with a ribbon of your wedding colors. You can add disco dust to the white ones, and a tiny bow tie out of 2 chocolate chips on it’s side for decoration.”

Anne said: “Maybe a recipe card with the bride and grooms favorite dish or dessert… and a blank one for your guest to add their own to return to the couple for the new life together.”

Wendy said: “You can get scented candles, wrap tulle around them, tie with a ribbon, and attach a card you made on your computer card with the wedding date, names etc.”

Laura said: “We put 5 oreos in a cello bag tied with ribbon, and attached it to a small container of milk with a sign on the table that said something about ‘We belong together like milk & cookies. Thank you for coming!’”

Sara said: “We went to oriental trading and got a mini screwdriver set, and tied it together with either a comb or a pick. My husband is a mechanic and I am a hair stylist!! We also made up a Paulson Times newspaper. I was one sheet with how My husband and I met, and how we knew everyone in the wedding party. We rolled them up and put one of those little metal fake wedding rings around it. People loved both!!”

Sharee said: “Women always love food.  Maybe some of those mixes in a jar with the recipe attached or make your favorite treat with the recipe attached?”

Malissa said: “At JoAnn {or your local craft store} they have chocolate molds.  Make chocolate or white chocolate hearts and put in a clear bag with ties that are your colors.”

Elizabeth said: “I made bookmarks as favors for my wedding {typical for a librarian ;) } I just printed pics of my hubby and I, and some quotes on white cardstock paper.  Then I glued some textured red cardstock paper to the back of them. Punched a hole in the top and added ribbon. Could get really creative with this idea!”

Maria said: “Sugar cookies are adorable, sweet, and perfect for any party favor.  They’re easy to personalize to the event!”

Jen said: “We made 96 pints of blueberry jam. My future mother-in-law found the jars on sale ($7.50/12) and gifted them to me for my birthday. The 7 gallons of blueberries came from the bushes in our yard. We ordered stickers on Vistaprint when they were running a deal and picked up ribbon at our local salvage store for $0.50/roll.”

Sarah said: “Homemade pies or crisps in half pint mason jars!!” 

Ernestina said: “Have a get together with your bridal party and bake, decorate cookies. Place in cello bag with cute bow and note to your guest. We handmade all the party favors for my daughter’s wedding. It was lots of fun getting to know the important people in her life, including the other side of her new family!”

Marny said: “I bought my cousin the little boxes in the wedding section at Michaels or AC Moore, and she put homemade fudge in them. It was yummy.”

Leigh said: “We did a “Candy Bar” – Different shapes and sizes of glass jars filled with candies in our wedding colors (Blue, brown, cream, silver). Guests could scoop what they liked into the cellophane baggies, and we had little Thank You notes attached to the ribbon ties. has great selection of candy, and you can narrow the choices down by color scheme!”

Allison said: “Soap is easy and affordable to make. Put it in a cute mold, like a heart, wrap in netting or some sort of wrapping.”

Denise said: “We bought the little wedding bubbles ~ just the plain ones ~ and made our own labels with our printer and label sheets.  The we bought a spool of elastic ribbon in our colors to use for bows.  We also bought white Chinese take out boxes and stenciled Faith, Hope, and Love symbols on them in our colors to put our homemade gifts in.”

Rai said: “Make homemade scented bath salts tied up with a tag and ribbon.”

Claire said: “My wedding is in October, and we are having a fall themed wedding. We’ll be giving fall themed candy bars with multi-colored sheer bags, then at each place setting we are doing caramel apples!”

Shannon said: “I bought a giant bag of red tulip bulbs from Sam’s Wholesale and put each bulb in a little gauze bag with ribbon pulls – you can find them in the wedding department at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc. I bought a package of printable place cards in ivory card stock, printed our names and the date on the outside in one wedding color, on the inside I printed an explanation – “This is a tulip bulb, plant it and think of us when it grows.”  I even bought a stamp that said “All You Need Is Love” and stamped that in another wedding color on the back. I bought a heart-shaped hole punch, punched a hole in the corner of the cards and tied them onto the bags. I’d say all of it together was $50, but it looked far pricier, and I loved getting pictures from guests when the flowers bloomed!”

Suzy said: “We are doing chocolate roses…  it’s pretty easy and you can get the rose mold, and the melting chocolate at Michaels. Use the mold and add a lollipop stick.  Let the rose set and add a the plastic cover some ribbon and a saying like “Thanks for coming your love melts our heart” or something like that. $25 for 100-150 people!  And a huge hit every event! “

Beth said: “If you can find cheap heart shaped cookie cutters you could attach them to cards that say “We were cut out for each other” or something like that. Or a candy bar is always a hit.”

Do YOU have any fun ideas for Wedding Favors??

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7 Responses to Reader Tips: 24 DIY Wedding Favors

  1. Marcia Clark says:

    We just got married this past Saturday and I did caramel nut apples. I was going to make them myself but ran out of time so I went to the local grocery and bought what I needed, clear cello bags and satin ribbon in our colors. The reason we chose apples was that the very first time my now Husband and I met, instead of bringing me flowers, he brought the caramel apples. He didn’t know it, but I LOVE caramel apples! Everyone loved them!

  2. Bri says:

    I had a summer wedding, but I made ornaments. For the beach wedding I stenciled onto a sand dollar a saying or image and had a ribbon with our names and date to hang it by. Food is yummy, but gets eaten and forgotten. I have friends that tell me they enjoy pulling out the special ornament every Christmas. Perhaps do food and something that is a “keepable”.

  3. Laura says:

    To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversay, our kids held an open house in our honor. As a party favor, our daughter made chocolate “rose buds” using candy kisses, colored cello that matched our wedding colors, sturdy green florist wire, small silk leaves and florist tape, and regular tape. Place 2 candy kisses together, bottom to bottom. Secure with a small piece of tape. Cut cello in to squares, probably 3″x3″. You may need to cut it bigger. Cover the joined “kisses” and twist together, making sure the twist is at one of the points of the candy. This will become the bottom of the “bud”. Stick the florist wire inside the “twist” and into the bottom of the candy and secure everything with florist tape, adding a leaf as you twist the tape down along the wire. We tied a little name card to each flower with our name and wedding date and asking folks to keep us in their thoughts and prayers. We placed them in vases on the tables. It didn’t take long to make and looked so pretty.

  4. Robyn says:

    We are having lottery ticket scratchers and a penny. They cost $1 each plus a penny to scratch! We will also have a little saying with them “we are so lucky to have you in our lives”.

  5. Jenni Wulf says:

    My fiance and i are going to be making little mustaches on sticks and putting them in pots on the table. They double as the center pieces. Its fun and funky and super cheap. I got the idea on etsy but decided i was crafty enough to make them myself.

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  7. Sarah says:

    I love cotton candy. So the night before we made tons of cotton candy in our wedding color and put it in bags with labels thanking our guest for coming. As anyone can imagine it was a big success with the kids.

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