Should You DIY Wedding Favors?

Favor bags

Some of us are just plain DIY fiends. We can’t help ourselves; we look at something and think, “I can make that myself.” But as we have all surely figured out by now, not everything is worth the effort. Yeah, you can make almost anything, but will you get the results you want? Will it be worth it? What about when it comes to your wedding? Some of you will be tempted to DIY just about everything from the centerpieces to the cake. It’s hard as a crafty diva to know where to draw the line. So what about favors? Some people don’t even believe in wedding favors, but they are a fun little way to send your guests off with a smile. And what about DIYing them? Should you? Read on to decide for yourself.

Pros

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Money is probably the biggest reason people DIY their own favors. Depending on what you go for, the DIY route could save you a lot of green. My own cousin DIYed her favors by painting rocks; they turned out very cool, guests loved them, and they also cost almost nothing. The rocks were free and acrylic paints aren’t too pricey. If you plan right, the DIY route is really worth it for your piggy bank.

A Personal Touch

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When it comes to different wedding elements, it can be true that the DIY route allows for a more personal touch. You don’t have to pick from a list of options on some site; you get to use your imagination to create something that is so uniquely you. You’re making the thing, so you can make it as specific to you as a couple as you deem fit. Guests love these little touches too. The whole day is about you so why not add to that theme with something made by you?

Theme Match

Sometimes it’s hard to find something that matches your exact theme, especially when it comes to favors. Let’s say your theme is really specific and you want to hand out favors for guests, but you can’t find anything that would be feasible for purchase. Your options are too expensive or just wouldn’t really fit theme enough to make sense. You’ve searched all the craft sites and all the online stores to no avail. This can be particularly hard if your theme involves pop culture. Companies tend to up the price of anything related to popular brands and properties, to the point where you’re thinking of paying a lot for very little. This might be the perfect time to flex those DIY muscles.

Cons

So Much Work

Seriously. Some crafts are just a ton of work. Depending on what your favors are, you could be spending a hefty chunk of time on them. Think about all the little details that go into your favor. Is making them going to cut into precious wedding-prep time? Of course you can have family help you, but wouldn’t their efforts be better placed in a more crucial prep area? Also think about how many guests you have. If you have a big list, even simply tying little bags can take forever. And if your favor is even more complex than that, just imagine how long that will take. Make sure when decide to have a realistic expectation of how much you’re biting off by taking this on.

Getting the Stuff

Crafting supplies

Have you ever bought anything wholesale? Do you know how it works or where to get the stuff you need? If you’re making favors that include lots of the same little parts, you’re going to need to figure that out. However, finding the perfect wholesale product can be frustrating, especially if, when you receive your supplies in the mail, they look nothing like the picture. What can you do if that happens?

Buying wholesale isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it can be hard to find and get exactly what you’re looking for for the right price. When it comes to DIYing your favors, shop around to find a good wholesaler and try to purchase products that won’t create a disaster if they’re not perfect. Ask for advice from friends or co-workers to see if they have any recommendations for who to buy from if you need somewhere to start looking.

Quality

Will you like the end result? When you’re making over a hundred little favors, you want to make sure you like what you’ve created. After all, if you don’t, you’ve just wasted a heck of a lot of time and money; both of which could have been spent elsewhere. If you know you’re super picky, it might be better to buy your favors outright rather than craft them yourself.

Also be sure to be realistic about your DIY skill level. Don’t pick a project that’s beyond your abilities.

Once you’ve considered everything that will go into your DIY favors, you just have to ask yourself the final question: is the work it will take me to DIY all these little favors going to be less stressful than hunting for something to buy? It definitely depends on the type of wedding you’re having and what your favor expectations are. Sometimes you can find a great deal on items that are perfect, but sometimes that’s just a pipe dream. Whatever you decide to do, DIY or not, may the odds be in your favor.

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