Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cheap and Easy? Yay!

Okay, so I'm not a big fan of favors.  I think they can be really fun, but I find it a bit heartbreaking when a couple spends $3 on a favor that is useless or not going to be everyone's style.  So I was super-psyched to see Ms. Sloth post about their favors - which I had considered, but only when I saw amazing handmade DIY ones.
It never occurred to me that I could just buy wildflower seed packets and put them out on the tables.
Or, better yet, get a big clay planter and fill it with seed packets by the exit with a sign that says, "thank you!"  This is my trick for not having to buy as many favors - you buy 100 seed packets for 150 guests - chances are, you'll still have some left over.
Wildflower seeds are great because you don't even plant them - you just throw them on the ground and they grow!  These would have been perfect for our wedding, since it was at a nature center (although perhaps we should check to make sure the wildflowers are not an invasive species), and they would have been a nice potential alternative to the candy that we had as favors - it's two totally different things, people could take one of each or just one, without feeling guilty.  Of course, you don't need to have favors, but if there is a family member that thinks that you do need to have favors, this is a really easy way to silence them. 

Any other ideas for really easy favors you can put in buckets by the exit?


  1. We had berger cookies (a Baltimore specialty)! We bought them in bulk from Costco and re-packaged them in clear cellophane bags. I think it ended up being about 80 cents each.

  2. Considering our wedding was outdoors, daytime in AUGUST, we bought a bunch of cheap hand fans and tied a little ribbon on them. We put out 100 for 105 guests, and I think there were maybe 4 left over.

    Not bad at all. =)