Your wedding souvenirs will be your parting gifts for your guests. It's usually the last thing they'll see at your wedding, and you surely want them to have pleasant memories as you leave your reception venue.
While you want to make a lasting impression, remember that memorable souvenirs don't have to be expensive. To save on your wedding souvenirs, see our tips below.
Make your own.
Taking on DIY projects is one way to personalize details, and guests will appreciate the gifts more if put time and effort into each one. Do note though that since each guest will receive one token, you'll need ample time to finish all the souvenirs. Start doing crafts early, or better yet, gather family and friends to help you out.
Opt for dual-purpose items.
One way to save on wedding details is to maximize the use of each item. In the case of wedding souvenirs, opt for those that can be used in more ways than one. For example, you can have live plants in small pots as table centerpieces--and ask guests to take the décor home at the end of the event.
Place large orders.
Souvenir suppliers usually have a minimum number of pieces for orders. You'll notice that as you order more favors, the price for each piece decreases. If you'll have lots of guests, make sure to place your order for souvenirs in one go rather than in installments. This enables your supplier to give you discounted rates. Do note, however, that ordering in large numbers is wasteful for an intimate wedding.
Go to the source.
Favors sold in well-known establishments have been marked up because they carry a prominent brand name. To save on your favors, contact the makers directly. They might be able to give you their factory price, since their products haven't been branded for commercial selling yet.
Use affordable packaging.
Most suppliers offer customized packaging. While these are pretty, they can also be costly. To minimize expenses, ask your supplier if you can have the favors packaged in other ways. You'll find that there are lots of affordable packaging--like brown paper bags, glassine bags, or colored envelopes--in supermarkets or bookstores.
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