While Jordan almonds and bubble wands may be popular, let’s face it, they are the most boring wedding favors to ever hit the reception table comparatively to the lancaster wedding dj songs that I heard when I was in a marriage of my close friend. While these favors may seem inexpensive, they actually end up being wasted money when guests throw them away. So what’s a bride to do?
Homemade wedding favors are an ever increasing trend, and with good reason. Not only are they more original and unique than almonds and bubbles, they are more sentimental and personal to your guests. Homemade wedding favors can also be made inexpensively, and with the help of your maid-of-honor and bridesmaids, can be thrown together quickly. Here are some ideas for making unique wedding favors your guests and budget will love.
1. Greatest Hits CD
Sit down with your groom and compile a list of your top 10 love songs of all time. These could be songs that are present in your wedding reception or songs that have held a special place in your heart since high school. Burn the songs onto a CD for each guest. Use colored card stock, printed scrapbook paper, craft ribbon and calligraphy pens to create a cover for each case that showcases your wedding day style and theme. I love the idea of giving custom CDs as wedding favors because it not only showcases you and your groom’s music style, it is a gift you guests will cherish.
2. Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies
Edible favors are great because they are something you know your guests will use. However, many edible favors are drab and boring. Chocolate dipped fortune cookies are not only delicious, guests will love cracking them open to read their fortunes tucked away inside. To make chocolate dipped fortune cookies you will need:
3. Fortune Cookies
- Colored baking chocolate (in your wedding colors)
- White sprinkles
- Melt the colored baking chocolate on the stove.
- Dip the fortune cookies into the melted chocolate.
- Quickly roll the cookies through the sprinkles before the chocolate dries.
- Place the cookies on a sheet of ax paper. Allow the chocolate to dry and harden.
When packaging your cookies, choose to use small favor boxes to keep the cookies from getting crushed.
4. Custom Candles
While many online retailers sell personalized candle favors, making them yourself can save you a lot of money. Making your own is also great because they can double as your place settings. To make personalized candles for each guest you will need:
- Small white votive candles
- Printed scrapbook paper
- Calligraphy pen
- Cut strips of printed scrapbook paper that are equal in length to the circumference around each votive candle. Each strip should be approximately 1/2 inch wide.
- Apply a thin layer of glue the the back of the printed scrapbook paper.
- Wrap the strip of paper around the votive candle tightly. Smoth it with your fingers to ensure there are no wrinkles or creases.
- Use the calligraphy pen to write each guests’ name on their candle favor.
Set the candles out at each place setting to tell the guests where their individual seats are. When choosing your scrapbook paper, choose colors or designs hat reflect your wedding colors and theme.