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Six DIY Wedding Favor Ideas

Are you planning your wedding in Charlottesville and looking for ways to cut costs on your wedding day? It's important to prioritize where you want to spend your time and where you want to spend your money, and while it's customary and thoughtful to offer a favor to guests for attending the wedding, wedding favors do not have to break the bank. You may deem them a part of the wedding planning process worth investing more time than money, and if that is the case, there are countless creative DIY wedding favor ideas out there. So let us jump start your thinking and offer six of our favorite wedding favor ideas that you can put together in the comfort of your very own home - and specifically, your kitchen!

Something to Sip

Drinks are a fun idea and can beautifully sync up with your wedding season! Why not send your guests off with a cool beverage on a hot summer's night or a cozy drink for those chilly winter evenings?

A Glass-Bottled Drink

Ice down some of your favorite glass-bottled cokes that have that oh-so-lovely vintage feel, attach a cute paper straw & a with love note from you and your groom, and there you have a precious memento of your happy day! You can't go wrong with the classics: Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, or Sprite. Such a crowd pleaser and easily purchased online, your guest are sure to enjoy the throwback!

Purchase 25 paper straws for only $4.25 from this Etsy shop owner!

Another fun idea is to customize your own label on a Jones Soda. Known to be artsy-looking drinks and tasty too, you can create a label that is all your own and have a totally unique wedding favor! The design includes choosing your drink flavor, uploading a photo, and writing the text that will appear on the label. How fun is that?!

And I have yet to even mention that once your guests have finished their drinks, these glass bottles will double as the cutest little vases!

A Hot Chocolate Cone

Perfect for your winter soirée, a hot chocolate cone will leave your guests all warm and snuggly on the inside even after your magical day! And what makes this favor even more special is if the cocoa mix is a family recipe, one that means something to you, or one that you have grown up drinking!

What you will need...

Cocoa mix
Mini Chocolate Chips
Mini Marshmallows
Cone-shaped cellophane bags
Clear rubber bands

Check out the step by step here!

A Bit of Tea & Honey

As easy as bagging up some of your favorite tea, including a stick of honey, and tying a sweet ribbon around the top, your wedding favors will be ready in no time! Depending on the time of year, consider a festive or floral tea to compliment the season.

And if you want to put a little more money toward your favors, you can always present the tea & honey in a teacup for your guests to take home! Whether they are whimsical teacups from Anthropologie or all different treasures gathered from antique stores and estate sales, your guests will love wrapping their hands around a little cup of joy!

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Something to Nibble

While drinks are fun, there is nothing quite like a snack after a long night of laughter and dancing! Treat your guests to one of these tasty bites for the ride home.

Homemade Granola

This homemade granola recipe is a favorite of our very own content manager, Maribeth! This is a recipe she has been making and enjoying for years, and she guarantees that your guests will be pleased as punch with this snack.

What you will need...

rolled oats
sunflower seeds
pumpkin seeds
skin-on almonds, chopped
desiccated coconut
dried sour cherries
dates, chopped
dried apricots, chopped
dried peaches, chopped

Check out the step by step here!

A Favorite Homemade Candy

A sweet treat goes hand in hand perfectly with the celebration of love! At Borrowed & Blue, we all have a bit of a sweet tooth, and there is no better way to remedy a sugar craving than with some delicious homemade candy. Think back to your childhood and remember a yummy candy that you always made with your mom or that defines memories of your youth. Incorporating mementos such as this - even if they are only for you to know - will make your wedding day that much sweeter! Whether it's cookies, caramels, or chocolate covered cherries, it is quite simply impossible to get this wrong. So in the spirit of the season, I will share the sweet treat I sentimentally resonate with: Caramel Apples

What you will need...

red delicious apples
candy sticks
dark corn syrup
brown sugar
heavy cream
vanilla extract
coursely chopped peanuts (optional)

Check out the step by step here!

Soup in a Jar

Packaging up a soup recipe in a jar as your wedding favor seriously might be the perfect idea! Not only are you basically giving your guests a delicious dinner, but it makes for such a cute display that will also be visually appealing for your guests while at the wedding. All Recipes has the cutest "Love Soup" recipe that would make the best wedding favor! Grab a jar, layer your ingredients, attached a card with cooking instructions and a thank you, and you are good as gold!

What you will need...

beef bouillon granules
dried minced onion
dried split peas
uncooked twist macaroni
dry lentils
long grain white rice
uncooked tri-color spiral pasta
canning jar
canning funnel

Check out the step by step here!

Do you feel inspired? Check out our Real Weddings in Charlottesville for more inspiration in other areas of your wedding planning process!

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