Favors can start as low as $1 per guest (remember, prices are better when you buy in bulk) but the cost can creep high into double-digits. An economical alternative: If you wish to give more expensive, high-end favors but need to find a way to cut costs, give one gift per couple by placing the favor between their two dinner plates, and tagging it with the couple’s names. We’re not saying favors aren’t worth the price (in fact, we encourage couples to give them), but if you’re going to spend a good percentage of your budget on them, make sure they are fun and functional and won’t be left behind.As for some suggestions, here a few of my favorite wedding favors:1. Tiny tin pails adorned with a starfish magnet and filled with salt-water taffy, ideal for waterside weddings.2. Hometown goods such as locally baked cookies, maple syrup, oranges, or candies.3. Artfully decorated jars of jam will “Spread the Love” to family and friends.4. Small stacks of postcards asking guests to “Keep in Touch!”5. Frosted snowflake cookies, perfect for winter weddings. 6. Christmas ornaments in ivory, silver, or gold tied with a velvet ribbon.7. Miniature heart-shape, hand-painted boxes with a single delectable truffle tucked inside.8. Tins of mints labeled, “Mint to Be Together.”9. A classic like Jordan Almonds packaged in a new way, grouped in mini birds’ nests or placed inside artfully decorated pill boxes.10. Caramel apples wrapped in cellophane and personalized leaf-shaped tags are the perfect treat for a Fall wedding.11. Chinese take-out boxes filled with candies and tagged with “Life Is Sweet.”12. Glassine bags or tiny terra-cotta pots filled with herbs or flower seeds.13. CDs of the wedding-day music or favorite tunes personally created by the couple.14. Maracas are so festive they are sure to enliven even the liveliest of parties.15. Mini photo albums in fun colors are gifts everyone will use.

Favors can start as low as $1 per guest (remember, prices are better when you buy in bulk) but the cost can creep high into double-digits. An economical alternative: If you wish to give more expensive, high-end favors but need to find a way to cut costs, give one gift per couple by placing the favor between their two dinner plates, and tagging it with the couple’s names. We’re not saying favors aren’t worth the price (in fact, we encourage couples to give them), but if you’re going to spend a good percentage of your budget on them, make sure they are fun and functional and won’t be left behind.As for some suggestions, here a few of my favorite wedding favors:1. Tiny tin pails adorned with a starfish magnet and filled with salt-water taffy, ideal for waterside weddings.2. Hometown goods such as locally baked cookies, maple syrup, oranges, or candies.3. Artfully decorated jars of jam will “Spread the Love” to family and friends.4. Small stacks of postcards asking guests to “Keep in Touch!”5. Frosted snowflake cookies, perfect for winter weddings. 6. Christmas ornaments in ivory, silver, or gold tied with a velvet ribbon.7. Miniature heart-shape, hand-painted boxes with a single delectable truffle tucked inside.8. Tins of mints labeled, “Mint to Be Together.”9. A classic like Jordan Almonds packaged in a new way, grouped in mini birds’ nests or placed inside artfully decorated pill boxes.10. Caramel apples wrapped in cellophane and personalized leaf-shaped tags are the perfect treat for a Fall wedding.11. Chinese take-out boxes filled with candies and tagged with “Life Is Sweet.”12. Glassine bags or tiny terra-cotta pots filled with herbs or flower seeds.13. CDs of the wedding-day music or favorite tunes personally created by the couple.14. Maracas are so festive they are sure to enliven even the liveliest of parties.15. Mini photo albums in fun colors are gifts everyone will use.