99 Cent Wedding Favors For Everyone.

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!

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  1. We struggled with this too. I have never used any of the wedding favors I’ve gotten. We finally decided to make a donation to to charity.

  2. david says:

    We were going to do that too, but my mom and her mom got upset that we werent giving anything to our guests. Old fashioned I guess, but I would have rather done what you are doing…

  3. Ellen says:

    We ended up doing 99 cent sort-of favors for our wedding, too. We got little 2×3 picture frames for favors/place cards, and people said that they quite liked them. I like the idea of using little toys, but–too late for us to use it! *g*

    What we did, sort of favor-related, that had a bigger impact were the welcome baskets for out-of-town guests at the hotel. They were quite cheap (cute little on-sale wicker baskets, bottled water and snacks bought in bulk, welcoming notes, free touristy brochures), but in terms of happiness-to-cost-and-effort ratio, they were sky-high. 😀

  4. david says:

    We did that too Ellen and the baskets were quite well received!

  5. Dude, I SO wish I’d thought of that when we planned our park wedding. It would’ve been serious fun, especially if you gave wrapped gifts out at random, and encouraged trading.

  6. Oswald says:

    Nice idea!!! I was also thinking to do the same.