Planning a wedding is always fun, but there’s nothing like trying to find wedding favors for guests when you know that the funds are limited. Guests love party favors and gifts, but they can be expensive if you overbuy or go with a generic option. Fortunately, the internet is full of great wedding planning tips and ideas that will help you save money and still come out with the perfect wedding favor for your guests. Here are some top tips for how to plan your next wedding party with less cash and more creativity!
*Plantable Seed Favors for Guests. For an eco-friendly wedding, try giving your guests plantable seed favors. If your friends bring plants, have them fill out an easy to make card with the proper information for planting. Then, send out cheap wedding favors for guests with the details on the card. These are cheap wedding favors that are a little bit earth friendly.
*Candy and Chocolate Wedding Favor Boxes. Candies and chocolates always go down better than typical plastic wedding favors. These cute favor boxes are both practical and make great gifts that your guests can take home after the wedding. There are plenty of different shapes and colors to choose from to suit any style or theme.
*Unnexpected Costs. The price of planning your wedding party can easily exceed your budget by the time it’s all said and done. One way to help keep costs under control is to plan for unexpected costs and have enough money set aside for them. This means having at least three month’s worth of groceries stashed away in the freezer ahead of time, or having a friend or family member help pack your wedding party supplies for you so that you don’t have to stress about packing too much.
* Menu Cards. With the price of everything else on the rise, this is one area where you can really save money. Menu cards can be as inexpensive as two dollars each and include everything from wedding invitations and wedding cake to your thank you cards and place settings. Just choose a few menu cards that are well designed, simple to read, and include the types of food you plan on serving, how many guests will be served, and what the cost will be per person for all of your food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts).
*Vendors. Depending on where you hold your wedding planning meeting, you may need to look into vendors before hand. You’ll want to contact a lot of different places before your big day so that you don’t end up with any last minute surprises. If possible, drive around to see some of the venues in person so that you can get an idea of their reputation. Make sure that they are willing to work with you, and have at least three different pictures of the location available so that you can compare prices.
*Wedding Reception Centerpiece Ideas. Most wedding reception locations offer plenty of options for floral arrangements, wedding cake, tablescape, lighting, music, and so on. However, it’s often helpful to take a look at some reception centerpieces to see what you can do to set the tone for the entire reception. Whether it’s simply a complimenting flower or a dramatic piece, or something that has the feel of the wedding (like a sailboat or a cake) without actually featuring a wedding couple, having a centerpiece is one of the best ways to set the tone for the reception.
*Photo Booth Pricing. Even though a photo booth is a premium cost when it comes to wedding photography, you may still need to factor in the cost of the booth rental into your total wedding budget. As long as you aren’t doing a bunch of photography yourself (with the exception of the few special photos you’ll take of your guests) then there shouldn’t be much of a concern. If you do decide to hire a photo booth, though, it’s a good idea to try to book your rental around your wedding date, so that you get the most out of your experience.