Weddings can be expensive. Between your dress, the venue, and catering, you might find yourself reaching the end of your budget. However, there is no need to go into meltdown mode. Trimming the fat is totally doable. Most Houston wedding planners agree that doing your own wedding favors is a great place to start when looking to keep costs down. To help get those creative juices flowing, Pomp & Circumstance has put together a list of the best and easiest DIY favors.

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  • Have s’more love. Whether you are getting married in the summer, fall, or winter, s’more kits make excellent favors. Buy chocolate bars, graham crackers, and marshmallows in bulk and choose your packaging. Mini boxes or even plastic cellophane bags make adorable favors.
  • Impress your guests with the spice of love. Give out little bottles of your favorite spice. Or if you are feeling extra fancy, create your own marinade to give away. Plastic spice shakers can be bought in bulk and are fairly inexpensive, as are large quantities of most spices.
  • Let love grow. Seed packets are an excellent DIY favor idea. Plus, they are so inexpensive. You can choose your favorite flower or plant, buy a bunch of seeds, and custom design your own envelope to put them in. Your guests will love being able to have a memento from your big day that they can watch grow in their garden.
  • Give the gift of a candy bar. Now this could mean a lot of different things. If you are a big fan of chocolate, order a bunch of your favorite bars and design a custom sleeve to put them in. Or you could have an actual candy bar. This is basically just a table full of an assortment of candy. Your guests can serve themselves and take their selections home in a goody bag.
  • Show your guests that you are “mint to be”. Take rolls of mints and wrap them in paper themed around your wedding. You can also just settle for small favor bags full of after-dinner mints or even gum.
  • Warm up with cocoa. Individual hot cocoa mixes not only look adorable, but are light on the wallet as well. You’ll need to find either glass or plastic favor flutes; plastic favor cones can work too. Then, you can layer cocoa mix, creamer, sugar, sprinkles, or even marshmallows to make the layers more defined. Tie some ribbon around them or stick some labels on the package and voila: the perfect favor!
  • Choose the perfect match. Mini matchboxes are an adorable wedding favor. Design the boxes to match your big day, or stamp them with your wedding monogram.
  • Give them something they can dance to. Create a playlist of all of your and your spouse’s favorite songs. Present them to your guests in specially designed sleeves fitting your personalities. Everyone loves a good love song!
  • Spread the love around. Give your guests a small jar of your favorite spread. This could be homemade jams, jellies, or even honey. Create round stickers to put on the top or tie them with ribbons and twine to match your colors.
  • Send them a message in a bottle. If you are having a beach wedding, leave your guests a sandy token of your gratitude. Write messages on small pieces of paper and place them in vials of sand with corks sealing them.

No matter what you choose to give your guests as favors, make it a reflection of your style. It doesn’t need to be pricey to be memorable!