How To Give Your Guest Sweet Wedding Favors Without Going Over Budget
When planning a backyard wedding, your wedding favors are important to consider. Wedding favors can be such a sweet gift and symbol that you give your guest. They can also help complete the overall theme of your backyard wedding. However, if you’re on a budget and have a larger guest list, it’s important to strategically plan your favors as to not break the bank. Here is our list of budget-friendly wedding favors that can be perfect for your big day!
Why are wedding favors important
A wedding favor is a small gift that you give your wedding guest. Sometimes wedding favors are given when guests leave. Other times wedding favors are left on the reception tables for guests. These smaller gifts are often a sweet sentiment of your wedding day and who you are as a couple. Many couples enjoy giving guests something they will also find valuable and meaningful.
Wedding favors are important because they make your guest feel special and give them something tangible to remember the day. Your wedding guests will most likely be sending or bringing a gift. They may even travel for your wedding or purchase new attire. Giving them something in return is a sweet and polite way of showing appreciation for them and being a special part of your day.
Here are a few of our favorite wedding favor ideas you can create on a budget. Remember that some of these ideas are meant to last for the guest. Others are meant to be consumed. Take a look at the list and see where inspiration strikes! All of these ideas are perfect for a backyard wedding setting!
your favorite candy
Giving your guests sweet treats is a wonderful way of creating your wedding favors on a budget! Some couples like to give small goodby bags like these and fill them with “his” and “her” favorite candy. You can even order small stickers from Minted to seal the bags, keeping the candy fresh! This is a fun way to show your guest appreciation. Even if the gift doesn’t last long, it means a lot!
Consider leaving his and her favorite candy bags at the reception tables for the guests to sit down for dinner. You can also leave them in a decorative bin in the backyard when guests leave. Be sure to consider the type of candy you’re giving. For hot summer backyard weddings, it may be a good idea to skip out on anything that can melt.
a keepsake from the wedding
A keepsake from your wedding day is also another great budget-friendly wedding favor idea. If you have a photo booth at your backyard wedding, even a DIY photo booth, the photos can make great keepsakes! Consider using a polaroid camera like this for your photo booth and let your guest keep a few photos as well as put them in an album for you to keep. This gift actually gives to everyone!
If you rent a photo booth machine, you can also give your guests photos from that as well! Consider laying out different color sharpies or fun decorating equipment for them to make a paper photo frame or holiday ornament with their photo.
a DIY gift
DIY gifts can be some of the most creative and budget friend wedding favor options for your backyard wedding. If you or your spouse or a family member are creatively savvy, consider making your own wedding favors! This could be a plethora of options. Begin by thinking of you can relate your wedding favors to a common theme. For example, if your backyard wedding is a summertime celebration theme, can you create a summertime celebration coffee mug, key chain, photo frame, or holiday ornament?
DIY wedding favors are also very popular with food! Many couples will give some type of food or recipe mix away at their backyard wedding. For example, if you are having a garden brunch wedding, consider combining the dry ingredients for waffles together along with a small recipe write-up. Other popular choices are honey, cookie mix, and pizza dough ingredients!
Koozies are another great option for wedding favors on a budget. Guests typically love receiving koozies at weddings because they are able to use them over and over. Who doesn’t have a drawer full of koozies with their friend’s wedding date on them? They are fun for your wedding guests to collect. Your guests can even use them the day of!
Koozies are great because you can often buy them in bulk, saving money. If your guest count is higher, consider ordering a large number of koozies for guests to take with them. We recommend ordering 20% more koozies than your guest list. This way, guests can take more than one home with them, and you can keep some for yourself! Plus, koozies complement a backyard wedding theme very well!
seeds or a small plant
Another great idea to consider for your backyard wedding favors on a budget is giving away seeds or a small plant. More couples are choosing to package up seeds for their favorite flowers, plant, fruits or vegetables and give them away as wedding favors. This is an amazing gift idea because it’s budget-friendly and gives your guest an interactive gift that keeps on giving.
You can also choose to give away a small plant like a small succulent, fern or herb. Since these plants will be babies, this is also a budget-friendly option. You can plant these small favors in mini clay planters like these and leave them on an exit table or at the reception tables. Plants do a great job as wedding favors for your backyard wedding because they tie together the full atmosphere of the outdoors. Plus, the gift is more intimate, like your home!
how to organize your wedding favors today
Wedding favors are such a fun part of the wedding planning process. And for backyard weddings, there are so many gift ideas that can complement the at-home look and feel of your day. Plus, wedding favors can be a sweet and thoughtful gesture for your guests they can go on to remember forever.
However, if you are on a budget, purchasing a wedding favor for 50, 80, or 100 plus, people can become daunting. This is why budget-friendly wedding favors are so important. Consider the ideas above, or let me inspire your own to stay under budget while giving your wedding guest a thoughtful sentiment.
If you’re ready to begin brainstorming and pricing wedding favors for your backyard wedding day, let us help! Download our free Backyard Wedding Planning Notion board template and begin organizing all the details! Store lists, tasks, schedules, important information, ideas, and colors code it all inside Notion. Our template is completely free to download and free to use. Get your copy and begin dreaming up the perfect wedding favors for your backyard wedding that won’t break the bank!