Putting together cheap wedding favours yourself is easy. Not only will it save you some money, but a favour that you put together yourself holds a lot more sentiment than something you paid a company to do for you.
DIY favours take a bit more thought, time, and effort than regular gifts, but will be far more appreciated by your guests than shop bought favours.
A DIY favour is more meaningful than a regular one. I'm not talking about leaving a chocolate on everyone's placemat either, but rather putting in an effort to make something that is handcrafted, and unique to your wedding.
At my friend's wedding they gave everyone a stubby holder with their names and wedding dates, along with the line, 'to have and to hold, and to keep your beer cold.' They mostly did it for a laugh more than anything else. It's not really DIY, but it did stand out at the time.
Cheap wedding favours can also be fun. Invite your bridal party, or just some good friends, over to help put them together. Make a night of it, serve up some snacks and drinks and have a good natter. You'll all have a great time and also take a bit of the hard work out of the DIY part for you.
If you don't have the time to put together your own favours, but love the idea of DIY, there are plenty of good people on sites like Etsy and Folksy that will be happy to oblige.
Edible wedding favours are always going to go down well. Delicious treats like cookies, biscuits, and macaroons will always be popular with guests. Everyone loves cookies, and if they don't, they won't have too many problems giving them to someone who does.
Don't let the fact that you can't bake stop you, now is a good time to learn. Do a few practice runs at home, it's much easier than it looks. You could also attempt chocolate truffles, or any other sweets that take your fancy.
If your tastes are more savory than sweet, there are plenty of other cheap edible favours you could consider. One of my favourite is homemade jams and marmalades. Like cookies, people are going to use and enjoy these. You might also want to cook up a few trial batches before you come up with the finished product.
I went to a wedding on a lavender farm a little while ago. What better cheap favours than a pack of lavender scented body treats? There were tiny soaps, hand and body lotion, as well as a lip balm. The bride had visited local shops and farms to collect all of the products, then packaged them up herself in gift bags made of recycled paper.
Another idea for cheap wedding favours is to have a shot at making some body products yourself. The ingredients are pretty cheap and you can make most things at home. Anita Roddick started The Body Shop out of her own bathroom, so there is no reason you can't give it a shot! There are plenty of recipes and advice to be found on this topic on the internet.
I really love the idea of giving a small plant or seedling to guests as a wedding favour. Being able to take the favour home, plant it in the ground, and watch is grow is quite lovely. It might be a small tree, shrub, or even some herbs. You don't need to give a grown plant, you might simply give a packet of seeds to each guest.
You could also grow your own herbs, dry them, then package them up for guests to take home and use in their own cooking. Herbs like rosemary, coriander, and thyme will never go unused in most kitchens. I've seen this done a few times at weddings and think it's works well and they're easy cheap wedding favours.