You have the dress all picked out, the wedding venue is locked down and your big day is fast approaching. The only things missing are your favors. Thank your guests for making it to your special day with wedding favors that you can totally DIY while still staying on budget. Whether you and your S.O. spend some quality time making them or you gather your pals for a fun craft-and-wine party, these 12 budget-friendly party favors will add a bit of creativity and originality to your wedding. Oh, and while you’re at it, double a few of these favors as escort cards for an extra personalized touch.


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1. Rock Candy: Looking for a laid-back alternative to glam gemstones and jewels? We can’t think of anything better than childhood-favorite rock candy. These treats will give your wedding decor a sweet boho vibe.



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2. Tea Bags: Instead of limiting your guests to booze, why not make your wedding incredibly cozy and opt for tea party favors? These DIY options allow you to offer a variety of flavors like green, black or herbal tea for those who prefer to stay caffeine-free.



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3. Matches: These DIY matches are totally cute, inexpensive and will work well for any type of wedding. And while you’re at it, go ahead and double their task by using them as setting cards so your guests sit not just at the correct table but at the correct seat.



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4. Spices: Pack these adorable little glass jars with spices from a family recipe to give your guests a tasty punch. They’re so simple to make that we are willing to bet you already have most — if not all — of the ingredients in your kitchen. Feel free to add a little spoon with it for extra cuteness.



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5. Wedding Soundtrack: Because you’re obviously going to have the best music at your wedding, creating a soundtrack for your guests to take home is a great idea! Not only will they jam out in the car on their way home, but they will also think of you and your beau very time they listen to the tracks.


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6. Hot Boiled Peanuts: If you are hosting your wedding below the Mason-Dixie line or with a chic southern twist, hot boiled peanuts are sure to impress your guests. Bonus points if you match your groomsmen’s bowties with the tags!



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7. Mints: Want fresh breath and trendy style at your wedding? Pick personalized wedding tic tac favors. Just wrap the printable around the box and secure it with double-sided tape at the back. For a more funky twist, add a bit of glitter to it!


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8. Customized Soda: Personalized favors are the best kind so choose your favorite beverages and print out a photo of the couple with each guest. These are especially great for spring or summer outdoor weddings to help your guests cool off on their way to the dinner table.



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9. Fruit: Everyone appreciates fresh seasonal fruit, so go ahead and get creative with it and make your own fresh fruit wedding favors. You can group cherries or strawberries into custom bags, place custom stickers on apples and pears or use ribbon wrapped around the stems of peaches and oranges for a personalized touch.



10. DIY Macarons: These pretty little delights are taking wedding dessert tables by storm, but are also a lovely treat for your guests to take home. Choose the perfect design and texture to go with your wedding colors for an extra special touch.



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11. Honey: Cute and delicate, these honey jars are a great wedding favor that your guests will definitely use. Source the honey from a local vendor near the wedding location or your hometown and attach a honey spoon to the jar to make it one of a kind.



12. Infused Sugar: When you think of wedding favors, you probably don’t think about sugar… at least until now. The wonderful uses of infused sugar are endless. For a special touch, attach your favorite recipe that the sugar would complement.



Article: Brit + Co’s MELISSA PANIAGUA

Regardless of where you stand on the kids vs. no kids at the wedding debate, you cannot deny the entertainment value these little guests provide. Below are 23 kids at weddings doing what they do best: being amusing and very, very adorable.


This ring bearer who clearly loves his job.

Lisa Robinson Photography


These adorable jokesters.

Eniolaalakija Photography


This flower girl on a sugar high

Studio 29


This master of the funny face

Kristi Odom


This little one getting her drank on


These tiny people having a lovers’ quarrel

Chowen Photography


This pint-sized fashionista

Tracey Buyce Photography


This kiddo who has hit his personal limit and wants you to know it

Kristi Odom


This extremely focused dancer

Clane Gessel


This rule enforcer who DEFINITELY means business

Del Sol Photography


This poor victim of a wardrobe malfunction :/

Tracey Buyce Photography


This trio who knows how to make an entrance

Studio 29


This little guy who is straight chillin’

Artisan Photographics


This sassy little thing

Del Sol Photography


This volunteer cake taster

Vesic Photography


This gravity-defying party boy

Eric Kelley Photography


This miniature king of the dance floor

Vesic Photography



Dan O’Day




Article: HuffWedding

There’s a reason — or 10! — why photo booths have been immensely popular at weddings: Photo booths bring guests together. They’re great conversation starters, and create a sense of play, togetherness and remembrance among guests.

Due to the number of requests for photo booths, spin-offs are starting to emerge. Here are a few predictions on what you may see in the future…


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click for source Drone cameras.
It might sound a little Star Wars-era to trust a robotic camera to capture your big day, but it’s already happening. It’s a great idea for outdoor ceremonies because the elevated camera can snap angles no one can otherwise reach.


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buy neurontin Calligraphy booths.
Couples won’t be limiting gorgeous script to their invitations for long. Now, they’ve invited artisans to make custom script creations for guests on the spot, and each one is unique. Whatever you allow the artist to write on can double as favors.


Photo: Pop Sugar Instagram instant printers.
You’ve heard of couple’s hashtags, where a couple blends their names and asks guests to use the new moniker — think: #codyandjanaforever— when they post social media content about their wedding. Now, photo printers are available to rent that automatically print your Instagram images as soon as the hashtag is used. It makes for a fun favor and piece of entertainment. #Socool.


Photo: Big City Bride Selfie stations.
Consider this the milennials’ version of the photo booth. Rather than cramming together inside a booth or in front of a single screen, couples erect multiple backdrops, supply props, provide iPads or polaroid cameras, and encourage guests to “take selfies” at each station.


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Article: The Brides Jillian Kramer

The ins and outs of planning a vow renewal.


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Why Renew?

Simply put, a vow renewal is a way to celebrate a marriage. Perhaps you’ve made it to 10, 25 or 50 years together and you want the world to know that you’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. Maybe you want to reaffirm your commitment to each other after a rough period in your relationship. There’s no wrong reason to renew.


How Soon Can You Renew?

A reaffirmation can take place literally anytime after the actual wedding — the next day or 30 years later. But you don’t want to renew too soon or too often, unless you’ve eloped and would like to make your vows public upon your return. Otherwise, be sure to reserve the occasion for milestone years (like 10 or 25).


Photo: Ryan and Denise

Who Hosts?

Many couples host their own renewals, and some have their children do the honors. Here’s a trend we really like: The couple’s closest friends, perhaps the original maid of honor and best man, host the event. And don’t feel like you have to find a secular event hall or an outdoor space to hold the ceremony — many traditional halls of worship make wonderful, meaningful venues.


Where Should It Be?

You can renew your vows in a house of worship, at home, on the beach, in a pretty garden or park, on a mountaintop or on a cruise — basically, anywhere that has sentimental meaning for both of you.



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Who Officiates?

Because a vow renewal isn’t a legally binding ceremony like a wedding is, virtually anyone you’d like can officiate the ceremony: a clergyperson, a judge, your children, a close relative or even close friends.


Who Should Be Invited?

You might choose to have an intimate reaffirmation, inviting just close family and friends who’ve known you through the years. Or it can be a blowout party for your extended family and circle of friends. A word of advice: Unless you’re opting for a big bash, limit your guest list. This isn’t the time to entertain work acquaintances.


What Should the Invitation Say?

The invitation is similar to a wedding invite, except no hosts’ names are at the top:
The honor of your presence
 is requested at the reaffirmation [or “renewal”]
 of the wedding vows of
 Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Smith [or “Susan and Jonathan Smith”]…

If the invitation is issued by the children of the couple:
The children of 
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Smith [or “Susan and Jonathan Smith”]
 request the honor of your presence 
at the reaffirmation ceremony
 of their parents…






What Should You Wear?

Dress up! If you’re the bride, you could even wear your original wedding gown if you’re comfortable with it (and it still fits!). Or choose another dress — a pretty cocktail dress, a formal evening gown or a nice suit, depending on your taste and the formality and style of the celebration. Skip the veil, but wear a hat or flowers in your hair if you’d like. Carry flowers or don a corsage.


If you’re the groom, you might wear your original tuxedo or suit (or uniform if you’re in the military), updated with a new tie or vest. Or choose a new ensemble for this celebration. Wear a gift of jewelry your wife has given you — cuff links, a watch — and a boutonniere in your lapel.


Should You Have a Wedding Party?

Attendants are unnecessary for a vow renewal, but you might choose to invite your original bridesmaids and groomsmen to stand up for you informally, for sentimental reasons. (They don’t have to wear those outfits again…but they could!) Many couples also involve their children and grandchildren, perhaps being escorted down the aisle by them or having them perform a reading during the ceremony.


Photo: The Perfect Palette


Who Walks You Down the Aisle?

Don’t walk down the aisle alone. Have your children escort you, or better yet, walk down the aisle together.


What Actually Happens During the Ceremony?

You’ll exchange vows, recalling what you said when you were first married. You could also vary the verbiage and write original vows . This is an opportunity for both of you to really think about how you feel about your relationship, especially if the last time you exchanged vows was decades ago. After you’ve both spoken, exchange rings. These can be your original bands with new engravings (perhaps the date of your vow renewal or a cute quote like, “I Love You, Part II”) or new rings purchased expressly for the reaffirmation (a great time to upgrade those bands). Children, close relatives and special friends can do readings, and you can have meaningful music playing, just as you would at a wedding ceremony.


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Should You Have a Reception?

Of course! The party can be any style, from a casual backyard barbecue or an intimate family dinner to a cocktail party or dinner as large and complex as a traditional wedding reception. There can be dancing, a cake — the works. You might bring along your original wedding photo album so you can take guests on a trip down memory lane (if you’ve just eloped, bring the recent pictures), as well as family photos through the years of your marriage. At some point during the celebration, the two of you can thank or toast family members and special friends for what they’ve contributed to your marriage over the years. And you’ll probably be toasted by many of them. Be sure to hire a photographer to capture the event — in 20 more years, perhaps you’ll renew your renewal!


Should You Register?

A vow renewal is not the time to upgrade your kitchen or china collection. Skip the gifts and don’t hold a shower — there’s no need to turn this intimate soiree into a four-day festivity. If guests insist, suggest they make donations to your favorite charity.



Article: The Knot

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