Isn't it great to get two-for-one offers? Or to find a great product that works in many different ways - a washer/dryer combo saves money and space, a rotisserie that works as a toaster oven does as well, and so on. And what about those great strappy sandals that go with all of your favorite outfits?
When you have one product that works in many different ways this can save you time, money, space, and be useful in so many different ways. And when it comes to cheap wedding ideas, having your wedding favors do double duty can accomplish the same thing. What do we mean by that?
There are so many items that you need to buy for your wedding and reception that it's no wonder many couples can go broke trying to afford everything, and of course decorations and table settings are a big part of that. But one thing you can do is use your wedding favors as both a nice item to give away to guests and as centerpieces or decorations as well. When you purchase favors it's always a good idea to dress them up if necessary; wrap your wedding favors in some beautiful wrapping paper that matches your wedding or tie them with wide ribbon or strings of crystal beads.
You can then stack your favors neatly in the middle of the table so you don't need a centerpiece. If your tables are smaller you can also set up your wedding favors in an upper corner of each place setting so that they really fill out the table itself so you might not even need centerpieces or can make do with smaller items since your table is so nicely set.
Of course for this to work you need to dress up your wedding favors rather than just having them in the box or packaging they come in. If you don't use wrapping paper you can also tie them with ribbon and tuck a small silk bloom or paper flower inside. For more casual wedding you can use twine or thick yarn in a color that matches your wedding. Rolls of ribbon can be purchased at your craft supply or sewing supply store for not a lot of money, and they'll still be cheaper than centerpieces for every table. You can even tie a helium-filled balloon to each of your wedding favors for a fun and festive look.
When you use wedding favors to dress up your table rather than making them an afterthought or just handing them out at the door when guests leave then you can really save some money on your wedding overall. Centerpieces are very expensive so why not have your wedding favors do double duty and work as decorations as well as thank-you gifts? You'll be glad you did!
Linda Ellison is a freelance writer who specializes in trends and lifestyles. Her previously published fiction works, including the Dana Ford Mystery Series, have been on bookshelves nationwide.
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