Cheap Chic – The Best Discount Wedding Favors under $1.00 – Part 1

dollar billsWith the average cost of a wedding fast approaching $30,000, you might be looking for places where you can cut costs and yet still have an elegant affair. One place to cut costs can be on your wedding favors. Wedding favors are a long held tradition and certainly you don’t want to cut them out entirely, but the questions is... can you spend under $1.00 per favor and still get something both beautiful and functional? The answer is a resounding YES!  The selection of quality, value priced favors has never been better.  In part 1 of this 2 part series we will look at some inexpensive yet functional favors. In part 2 we will look at wedding place-card holders and frames that can display your table seating cards in an elegant yet affordable way.


Cookie Cutters

Butterfly cookie cutter wedding favorsCookie Cutters are a perennial favorite for low priced, but functional favors.  The classic heart shaped cookie cutter sets from Fashioncraft retail for $0.95 and contain 3 nested cookie cutters in a clear package. The cutters themselves are made of metal and although fairly thin should stand up to repeated usage.  A silver elastic bow finishes the package and a silver sticker is attached to the clear box announcing that you are your spouse are “Cut Out For Love.”  

For those of you planning a butterfly themed wedding, Fashioncraft has a single butterfly cookie cutter retailing for only $0.79. Finally, and I’m cheating a little bit here since the retail cost is actually as low as $1.09, Kate Aspen has released a stainless steel palm tree cookie cutter that is both adorable and VERY popular.  The packaging has been beautifully matched to the theme and features a “blue sky” background and a braided nautical rope bow. Perfect for a beach or destination wedding, these cookie cutters are brand new for 2008.

Bookmarks and Key Chains

Heart shaped keychain wedding favorsBookmarks and Key Chains are two categories that have numerous discount favors available. The Key Chains sport a metal key ring and feature a poly-resin charm in various shapes like a horseshoe, snowflake, butterfly and more. For those not familiar with it, poly-resin is a resin based material that is very flexible when heated and can therefore be made into nicely detailed shapes. It is also quite durable and can be easily painted. The bookmarks feature a metal clip and again include a poly-resin charm.  

Some of my favorites are the angel bookmarks and matching angel Key Chains from Fashioncraft.  Perfect for a religious themed wedding or as a christening or communion favor, each retails for only $0.89.  Once again the butterfly theme shows itself here as both a bookmark and a keychain each retailing for only $0.89. The level of detail on the butterfly charm is remarkable considering the cost. Finally, my personal favorite is the Choice Crystal Key Chain with Crystal Heart. You guests will never know you paid only $0.99 for each favor; the packaging alone is worth the price. Each keychain comes packaged in a shiny silver box with matching satin pillow interior.

Glass Coaster Sets

Glass coastersFinally, and probably most popular of all the discount wedding favors, are coaster sets.  The photo coasters from Fashioncraft have been the most popular favor for the past two years running and it is easy to see why. Each set contains two 3.5” square glass coasters with a space for your guests to insert their own picture after your wedding.  If you prefer to spell out your feelings, the set of two “LOVE” coasters are also extremely popular.  Made from tempered glass for extra durability, these coasters are simple yet elegant. Coasters make great favors, since you know they will be used over and over by your wedding guests, and at these prices (each set of two is only $0.99) they truly do offer a great value.

As you see, it is not hard at all to find elegant yet affordable wedding favors for under $1.00. The favors mentioned above are only a representative sample from a larger selection of favors that will keep your wedding on budget without sacrificing style.

>> Part 2 - Picture Frames, Chocolates and Imprinted Shot Glasses


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