We know, we know. You’ve got a wedding budget to think about. However, you can’t bear the thought of sending your guests home with a wedding favor that looks as cheap as it actually is.
Not to worry, there are oodles of affordable wedding favors to choose from that won’t break the bank, and will give your guests reason to smile!
Remember, the purpose of a wedding favor is to say thanks to your guests for helping you celebrate your big day. It’s totally possible to do that without racking up the ol’ credit card debt.
We’ve rounded up our list of inexpensive wedding favors under $5 that are certain to be treasured by your guests.
Cheap Wedding Favors Under $1
You won’t believe they’re really a dollar or less. Seriously.
1. Diamond Shaped Metallic Gold Bubbles
That magical feeling of dashing through a cascade of delicate bubbles on your way to the getaway limo can’t be replicated. Unless you’re a kid. Bubbles might be more magical when you’re a kid. But we digress…
These beautiful little bubble favors are adorable and elegant. Perfect.
2. Skeleton Key Bottle Opener With Escort Tag Card
If you’re having a vintage or rustic wedding, these favors are a fantastic option. You can display them in so many ways too, whether it’s incorporating them into your place settings, adorning your centerpieces, or hanging them from trees or fairy lights. The only limit is your imagination.
3. Stainless Musical Note Coffee/Tea Spoon
Tie each seating card to an elegant musical note spoon with a beautiful tulle ribbon and place them in the middle of each setting. Ta da – you’ve got a favor that’ll look pricey without breaking the bank. Did we mention they’re a penny each?
4. Personalized Matchbox Favors
So the guys are going to retire to the… gentlemen’s (?) table after dinner for some fancy scotch and cigars. Do you want them to light them with someone’s Bic or with a proper match from a super classy box of personalized matches?
I think we both know the answer to that one.
5. Cream Cheese Wedding Mints
Ooooooh, butter mints. So delicious, so creamy, so buttery. Just when you thought they were done being fabulous, they’ll dazzle you with their delicate beauty. These WILL disappear quickly, so order some extra just for you and your true love.
Note: this wedding favor is made-to-order!
Favors From $2 – $4
6. Custom Stemless Wine Glasses
Each of these custom stemless wine glasses is only $1, but for etiquette’s sake we included them here.
Why? When giving glasses of any kind, be they wine glasses, tumblers, shot glasses, etc, etiquette loosely states you should give two. (After all, no one wants to drink alone!)
If you want to cut that cost in half, by all means, give one to each guest instead of two. Let’s be real: no one’s gonna put you on some bridal naughty list for it. Besides, it’s always the thought that counts.
7. Custom Fortune Cookie Favors
OK, we think these are SO cool. If you’re having an Asian-themed wedding, custom fortune cookies a must-have.
What better way for an ice-breaker at tables where guests may not know each other. They’re also inexpensive, personalizable, and, from what we hear, they’re as delicious as they are beautiful. Pair them with the personalized chopsticks below and your guests will be posting on Instagram before you can say “I do”.
8. Personalized Chopstick Favors
These unique and utterly charming chopstick favors are available in four beautiful styles and five fonts to choose from. They also come in their own colorful pouch decorated with the double happiness symbol.
9. Apple Butter Mini Mason Jars
These little jars of apple butter are all wrapped up in burlap and tied with a twine bow, perfect for a rustic barn wedding down south. Honey is also a fabulous favor (in fact, we love honey so much, we published an article all about honey favors), but apple butter is uniquely southern.
Of course, it’s delicious no matter where you eat it, so no geographical rules need apply.
10. Rustic Tea Favors With Customized Tags
Tea favors are gaining in popularity, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Each tea is packaged in glass (NOT plastic) tubes with customized tags all tied up in a little twine bow. Choose from mallow, jasmine, chamomile, or order a variety.
11. Mini Lanterns
In our opinion, outdoor weddings and tree lighting go together like peanut butter and jelly. These beautiful little tea-candle lanterns would look perfect lit with a place card to greet your guests as they find their seat. They’d also look beautiful hanging throughout the trees with personalized notes of thanks or lined on a table for each guest to take as they leave.
12. Silver Mercury Glass Votive Candle Holder
This favor is absolutely perfect for a vintage-style wedding, but is still elegant enough to fit in anywhere. It even comes packaged in a clear box wrapped in an organza ribbon. Just lovely.
13. Rustic Wood Tea-Light Holder
Rusting weddings are still very much the rage and many of our favors on this list are right at home in a barn or any outdoor rustic setting. These tea-light holders fit the bill perfectly. They feature real dried flowers and a personalized tag tied to each light, making them just perfect for place settings.
Favors From $4 – $5
14. Potted Decorative Succulents
Succulent wedding favors range from tiny plants in plain plastic pots (alliteration, anyone?) to posh arrangements in custom pots. We opted for a little higher-end here because we thought the white, hand-painted pots were simply beautiful. Plus we liked the idea of having a choice of three cuttings per pot. Oh, and yes we love succulents so much we did a round-up of 10 of our favourites in this article.
15. Shiny Gold Pineapple Dish
IMHO, trinket dishes are underrated. Think of all the functions a trinket dish has, then combine that with a gorgeous design and gold plated finish. Totally useful, completely tasteful, and absolutely affordable. Plus, this fun pineapple dish is all boxed and tagged neatly with a bow to thank your guests for celebrating with you.
16. Hand Decorated Oreo Cookie Cake Favors
SO. CUTE. That is all.
17. Personalized Hand Sanitizer Favor
Unfortunately, it seems like no contemporary wedding is complete without some sort of quarantine favor.
Fortunately, many retailers have jumped to the rescue, making quarantine favors beautiful enough to be wedding-worthy. These little customized glass bottles of hand sanitizer are lovely and functional.
18. Personalized M&M’s
There are a ton of colors and styles to choose from, and it turns out you can personalize M&M’s favors for almost anything. We loved these favors so much, we had them at our own wedding!
These silver love ones are super pretty, but have a look at the website and you’ll see there really is something for everyone there.
Are Wedding Favors Really Necessary?
Well no, they’re not.
And if figuring out how many wedding favors you’ll need, what you can afford, and who will like what gives you a headache, don’t do it!
A lot of couples are opting out of the favor tradition for various reasons. Trust us, no one’s expecting anything from you but a good time and maybe some tears of joy.
But if you love the idea of sending your guests home with a favor that reminds them of your fab day (or, you know, one that they’ve already eaten by the time the dance floor) we hope this list will serve as a kind of second wind.
Picking out wedding favors can be fun, we promise.