Friday, September 7, 2012

10 Cost Saving Tips for Wedding Favors

Many of your wedding guests will travel great distances to attend your wedding and bestow you with lavish gifts, the American tradition stipulates that a wedding favor is in order to show your gratitude to thank them for making the effort to join you on the day of your nuptuals.

The best wedding favors are ones that make a good representation of the newlyweds personalities, however finding the perfect wedding favors sometimes becomes a big burden on your budget. When deciding on a wedding favor, try your best to give something of value. A good wedding favor is a good token and a little reminder from your special day. Try to find a wedding favor your guests will keep in their home at least for five years or something that has sentimental value.

Attached are 10 cost savings tips for finding wedding favors to give away at your wedding.

Tip 1 - Shop Online from a Wedding Favor Website
There are dozens of wedding websites to choose from. Search for the type of wedding favor that you are interested in giving. Check the wedding favor website that has a good ranking using , the lower number the better, put the wedding website address in the search line of alexa. Popular wedding websites are listed below.

Tip 2 - Find a Low Cost Popular Favor
The key is finding a low cost wedding favor that adds value that your wedding guests will use. Examples are as follows:

1-Bottle Openers
2-Bottle Stoppers
5-Key Chains
6-Luggage Tags
7-Scented Soaps
8-Shot Glasses
9-Votive Candles
10-Wedding Music CD

Tip 3 - Shop at Online Marketplaces 
Buy wedding favors from online marketplaces. Look for wedding favors on eBay, Etsy, Amazon, and look online for wedding favor companies that are near where you live. Comparison shop with wedding vendors to find the best deal.

Tip 4 - Buy in Bulk and Ask for an Extra Discount
Most wedding favor companies offer you a discount when you buy in bulk. Even on top of the bulk discounts, you very often can even negotiate an even better deal by asking for a steeper discount. Many wedding favor companies don't want to lose your business, so they will agree to a bigger discount.

Tip 5  - Ask About Being Discontinued Items 
Sometimes dealing with wedding favor websites or wedding favor stores, very often those businesses have items being discontinued. The business often would like the favor to be off the books, the business will be more than happy to give you a big discount. Ask about if the business has got any product being discontinued and you might find a nice wedding favor at a good price.

Tip 6 - Hook Up With Other Brides when Ordering Favors
Very often you meet up with other brides before your wedding. Sometimes you can combine forces and order wedding favors together and because of the bulk order you get a bigger discount. You may meet other brides through your officiant, from your venue, at a bridal show or expo, or from a bridal bootcamp, or from a wedding vendor.

Tip 7 - Do It Yourself (DIY) Wedding Favor
Travel to your arts and supply store and look for ideas, a sales manager might even give you ideas. Create a printable, create a minibook on whatever you are into. Create a recipe book of family recipes, a poem book, the words to your favorite music or how about a music CD. You can also create woodworking projects, a sculpted setting with a candle, some type of craft, some type of knitting project or a little painting with neat scenery or saying for a wall. Use your imagination.

Tip 8 - Buy Bulk Mini Cosmetics & Jewelry from Pharmacys
Many discount pharmacys sometimes have a bin section of cosmetics and jewelry. Search out cosmetics, jewelry and perfume that you can use as wedding favors. Also check out stores after certain Holidays such as Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day.

Tip 9 - Use the Place Card as a Favor
Place cards are a surprising keepsake. Many wedding guests surprisingly love them as a keepsake and they become handy to wedding guests for special occasions. Place cards can be used to slip in a piece of paper to inform what's in a caserole dish or where people should be seated. They are keepsakes often seen where family pictures and heirlooms are kept. Some couples use place cards and offer five Jordan Almonds in a little tulle or organza bag. Five jordan almonds signify five wishes for the bride and groom: 1) health, 2) wealth, 3) happiness, 4)fertility, and 5) longevity. Don't forget to personalize the bag with the couple's name and wedding date.

Tip 10 - Find Good Deals on Wrappings
There are some wedding favor companies that offer wrapping materials and don't be afraid to ask for a discount for buying wrapping material in bulk. Buy rolls of cellophane from a local wedding florist or from a local candy or chocolate store. Also look at pretty bags from these type of stores. Look for ribbons, bows and colored strings from either an arts and supply store or from a local dollar store.

Make sure you leave plenty of time to wrap your wedding favors, try to have them arrive a month in advance of your wedding and have them all wrapped prior to 3 days before the wedding, you also want time to tackle any time should you have mixups with your order. It's better to deal with companies that have a customer service phone number, to handle any problems with the order. You can have your bridal party help you wrap your wedding favors. Make a fun evening of it, a couple of fun games and coffee and dessert. Keep the wedding favors hidden, put them in a back bedroom or storage room, it's better that wedding favors are a surprise to your wedding guests, tell the bridal party to please keep it a secret.

See you on the other side!

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