Weddings are expensive affairs so we totally understand that the thought of spending thousands of dollars on wedding favors isn't exactly everybody's idea of fun. That's why we have hunted down the best wedding favors for under $1 apiece. You will be surprised at how cool some of these favors ideas are.
Bottle openers/Escort Cards. Key bottle openers come with vintage tags so you can use them for escort cards or place cards.
DIY Birdseed Favor. This is a sweet and unexpected wedding favor that you can easily DIY at home.
Mini Art. This mini piece of art is intended to be designed by you.
Coffee/Tea Wedding Favors. Buy your favorite coffee bean or tea in bulk and put them in metal canisters with a cute DIY label.
Etched Mason Jars. Mason jars cost around $0.70 to $0.80 if you buy in bulk. Get an etching kit and go to town.
DIY Candy Buffet. Layout a buffet of candy, and guests can take home what they want in cute packaging. This saves a lot of money, and you know that people aren't obligated to take home favors they will trash.
Macarons. Macarons are such pretty desserts that all you need to do is put them in a clear box, attach a cute tag or ribbon, and they're good to go! Making them yourself is the frugal way to go.
Candles. People can always do with more candles, and making your own is a nice touch. Try to choose a scent that has significance to you, perhaps the smell of both your favorite desserts or fruits.
Seeds. Many people give out seeds as wedding favors because not only are they affordable, but they're also an eco-friendly gesture. However, keep in mind that not everyone has space in their home or a yard to grow plants.
Lotto Tickets. There's no other favor that will give your guests a thrill like a lottery ticket. Package the lotto tickets up nicely, perhaps in a pretty envelope or paired with a small snack. Giving them on their own may come off as tacky because the tickets aren't very visually appealing.
Hot Cocoa. There's nothing more comforting than a cup of hot cocoa. You can make the favor more visually appealing if you include different flavors and place the mixture in a clear jar you can get for cheap in bulk from specialtybottle.com.
Honey or Jam. Jars of honey or jam are the perfect thank-you presents for wedding guests. They both have long shelf lives and are such a sweet treat! You can buy jars in bulk from specialtybottle.com and honey from GloryBee Honey.
Tea Bags. Shower your guests with packets of tea and pick your favorite blends, or even create your own specifically for this special occasion.
Sunglasses. Perfect for Summer weddings, sunglasses are a cheap and fun favor. Check out these options from Sunglassville for under $1.
Vending-Machine Capsule Favors. Stuff candy into vending-machine capsules for cute favors.
Lip Balm. Lip balm is one of those items you can never get enough of. After all, they are so compact that you can slip one in your pocket, your bag, and your bedside table, so you'll be able to stay moisturized everywhere you go.
You can get customized lip balm here from prices starting as low as $0.46.
After-Meal Mints. After a lovely meal, guests will appreciate the help with freshening their breath. You can find plenty of options for customized mint tins or just cute mint tins from Oriental Trading for $1 or less.
Bird Seed. Using bird seed as a favor is a fun way to incorporate the tradition into your wedding, and it's a practical favor that your guests will use.
Marshmallows. Fluffy marshmallows are always a sweet surprise. Make them for cheap with this easy recipe, or you can get even more creative and make blueberry marshmallows. As usual, you can get cheap packaging from Oriental Trading, Papermart, craft stores, or bargain shops like the dollar store.