So this past weekend we went to a wedding up in Nevada City, Ca which I posted about before. Being at this wedding got me thinking about our wedding almost 2 years ago and how much money we saved by doing a lot of it ourselves. But this couple really went the extra mile to save some money…not by scrimping on the important stuff (like the food – yum), but rather by spending only $.99 on each guest’s wedding favor. If you have been to a few weddings, you realize that you don’t really want or need most of the things that people give to you; at least I know that I don’t. We gave away magnets and some chocolate, both inscribed with info about us and the date. It was nice, but really…the only people that want this stuff is parents and grandparents.
This couple went to the 99-cent store and bought 50 favors for a total of $49.50. They were fun, totally unexpected, and gave everyone at their respective tables something to talk about at first until we all became comfortable. And really, everyone felt that their particular gift was chosen just for them…although I am still not sure why I got 2 plastic guns that shoot little felt discs other than because of the fact that I am a guy. However, the guns have come in handy to play with the cat with. My wife got some window stickers that she probably could use in her classroom at work.
It just goes to show you that you can be thoughtful and very creative on a small budget…at the end of the night you could see everyone leaving with their new toys, it was pretty cool. After most weddings people end up leaving a lot of the favors on the tables, but not this night!