By Kristie McDaniel
Well you can, and they can be beautiful and unique with your own personal
touch. I notice that a lot of brides are trying to find ideas to make their
own original wedding favors. I know that you want something that your guest
will love that gets them into the joy of the day!
Lets start with some important tips for getting started with your search
for the perfect favor to make. First you have to start early. I know that
wedding planning usually begins about 18 months before the wedding. Do not
leave your wedding favor as a last minute detail. Think about what you want
to make and then shop around for the best prices. You can find the best
prices at craft stores after holidays like Valentines Day, Christmas and
Thanksgiving. Also, you can go to your local party stores and find
materials that you can use for your favors. They usually have very good
sales after the holidays. Always be on the lookout for the materials you
need because you might just find them for next to nothing at any store.
Next you need to find something that you can make yourself. There are a
lot of good ideas but some of them are not for everyone. For instance, I
cant sew so I stay away from projects that require me to sew more than a
simple stitch. Try to pick something that will be easy for almost anyone to
put together because you will probably have an assembly line of helpers,
especially since most weddings have more than 100 guests.
Well here are some of the steps to creating that wedding favor you and
your guest will love! First, you will need to answer a few questions:
1. What is something unique about you, the Bride?
2. What is your favorite hobby?
3. What is something that you and your fiancé love to do?
4. What message do you want to convey to your guest?
5. What is the mood of your wedding, like formal, party time, or family get together?
6. Is there a theme to your reception?
7. Is your wedding during a holiday like Christmas or Thanksgiving?
8. Do you want the guest to keep the favor or just eat it?
When you answer these questions, youll be able to come up with a lot of
ideas for favors that you might want to have. While answering the
questions, dont restrict yourself to the traditional. Ive recently seen
request on many message boards for very unique favors like military favors,
bowling favors, and especially destination wedding favors. For example, if
you are an avid stamp collector, then develop your favor around this
The next step is to develop a miniature representation of your theme or
hobby. For example for the Christmas wedding, you could find tiny pine
trees and decorate them with candies and ribbon as ornaments. Make sure you
make the favor as simple as possible, so it is easy to assemble. This is
especially important for large weddings.
The final step is to go to the craft store and look around for materials
to make your idea. For example with the stamp collector, that person could
get some card stack or post cards and print out a Stamp with the happy
couple, a message for guests and the price in the corner like an actual
stamp. They could attach these cards to envelope or tulle with candy.
There are so many things in the craft store that will inspire ideas in the
creative bride. You can even start with this step and just look around and
see what you can find. There are so many miniature materials that you can
develop into beautiful craft ideas. Also, dont just go to the wedding aisle
of the craft store, look around the whole store. Wedding favors can be made
with just about anything. Popsicle sticks, Forsterä WoodsiesÒ, and plastic
spoons are just a few materials that you can use. If you plan on making
your own favors and you want something unique then take time to develop your
idea and make it personal to you! You will save money and you will
definitely love the outcome!
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