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Budget-Friendly Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are hardly a new idea, but each day we're surprised and delighted by new variations on the theme: pots of jelly or honey with super-sweet (if you'll excuse the pun) labels; potted herbs, cacti or succulents; mixtapes based on the bride and groom's favorite songs; sprigs of dried lavender (for those on a mega-budget); or individual baked pies (for those without one!).

These little jars of flavored sea salt, for example, captured by Brian Leahy for Nicole and David's beautiful Malibu celebration, can be done within or outside a budget - by, respectively, creating your own (we dig these recipes by Punk Domestics) or by buying them online from somewhere like Etsy! Hand-written labels affixed to each jar can make your favors double up as escort cards, and add a distinctly personalized touch. Just think about numbers before you start inscribing at 8pm the night before your wedding: if your guest figures are high, this is a task you want to assign to someone else or make sure you do well ahead of time!

As a variation on a theme, this lavender sugar is a really cute and unusual wedding favor idea - again, with the possibility to handwrite or print cute, meaningful labels or double them up as escort cards. The jars can be bought in bulk somewhere like Ikea or, if you're having a totally handmade and rustic style wedding, collect odd jars in the months leading up to the wedding and use an assortment. Top tip? White spirits will remove sticky labels from jars in a jiffy!

Possibly our favorite wedding-favor discovery, these vintage handkerchiefs are super-sweet. While favors are traditionally doled out at the meal, either on the escort card table or on individual tables, these colorful fabric handkerchiefs can be handed out before the ceremony for any tears of joy your guests will shed! Again, this one is a little time-consuming, but you can totally farm out the task: have your 'maids and members of your family on the lookout for vintage 'kerchiefs in thrift stores in their areas. At around a dollar apiece, these shouldn't break the bank (unless your guestlist is enormous).

Last, but by no means least, making home-made jellies, chutneys or handing out jars of honey gives you the opportunity to make a great pun on the term "spread the love", and makes for a thoughtful gift that your guests will use and appreciate! These labels can be bought online, but there's nothing stopping you handwriting yours. Get your designated cook to start working on your jar contents early - jellies and chutneys will keep for months in an airtight jar, so these can be done well ahead of time!

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