Most couples have a pretty strict budget while planning their wedding, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to compromise and have a completely stripped-down wedding reception. Most couples choose to plan the details of their ceremony first so that it is the most memorable event of their life, then they use the remaining budget to put together their wedding reception. Unfortunately, there can sometimes be a very small pool of cash left after the ceremony is paid for, so you may have to get creative with your money if you want everything to work out in the end.
If you have a lot less money on hand than you originally planned for, you may need to make some tough decisions. There are obviously things that you need for your reception like food, decorations, and a wedding cake, so things like wedding favors can seem like a logical choice if you want to trim some fat and save a little money for other things. However, most of your wedding guests will be very disappointed if there isn’t some sort of wedding favor waiting for them, and that can make your experience suffer as well. Here are a few wedding favors that are easy on the wallet so you can have your cake and eat it too without going into your 401k prematurely.
One option you have is to buy some inexpensive picture frames from a dollar store and fill them with pictures of you as a couple in the months leading up to your wedding. You can usually put these together for about a dollar per person, and they are a great way to share your life and memories with your friends and family. Not only is it incredibly affordable and easy on the wallet, but your guests will also love your photos as their wedding favors and won’t even notice how cheap they were to provide.
One of my favorite wedding favors happens to be sparklers because they can make the wedding reception a more interactive experience for your guests. Rather than sitting at a table and staring at a useless knick-knack to take home, your guests can actually light their wedding sparklers during the reception to give the party more energy and capture some excellent photos. It’s important to note that finding a store that sells sparklers for weddings is not an easy task locally, so you’ll want to start by looking online. Wedding sparklers are generally only pennies each, so you should have no problem buying enough for every guest at your wedding.
Snacks or Candy
Another great choice is to lay out small snacks or candy on each reception table for your guests to enjoy before the meal is served. This is popular even if you’re not on a budget and can afford regular wedding favors because everyone loves a good snack and chances are that some of your guests will be hungry after the ceremony. Popular choices include small hard candies that are very inexpensive or little pastries that are shaped like hearts. No matter what you choose as a couple, your guests are sure to be delighted that there is a sweet little treat waiting for them when they arrive.