Although “wedding season” is typically spring and summer, there is something so romantic about a cozy winter wedding. No matter what time of year your wedding is planned for, if there is one thing you’re going to DIY at your wedding the favor is probably the one to go with. They are usually more affordable and you know they aren’t just going to get shoved into a junk drawer once your guests get home (if they are edible that is). For winter weddings the ideas are endless so here are 10 DIY winter wedding favor ideas that will make your guests feel the love and the warmth on your big day.
According to The Knot, in 2013 most brides and grooms spent on average $281 on favors. This broke down to about $1 – $3 per favor depending on how many guests you were having.
So what are the pros and cons to DIYing your own wedding favors? I’ve broken them down below:
- They make your wedding personal
- They usually will cost less than buying pre-made favors
- It can be a fun weekend project to do with your maids (of course don’t forget to provide treats & drinks!)
- The ideas are endless for DIY favors. It was difficult to narrow it down to just 10 for this list!
- They take time to assemble, time that you may not have the closer you get to your wedding
- The vision you had in your head may not be exactly they way they come out. Don’t beat yourself up about this!
- You may not have all the tools necessary to assemble your favors and if you have to buy these items it could end up costing you more in the end.
- Yes, it can be a fun project to do with your maids, but don’t expect all of your bridesmaids to want (or be able) to DIY.
Soy Candle: $2 per candle
A thoughtful gift that keeps on giving, making your own candles are surprisingly easy. For an extra touch, tie your candle together with a box of personalized matches.
Photo/tutorial: Ruffled Blog
Ornament Place Card: $1.50 per ornament
The perfect favor for a Christmas wedding, guests will remember your day each year as they decorate their tree.
Photo/Tutorial: Something Turquoise
Hand Warmers: $1.25 per pair
This favor is especially perfect if any part of your day is outside. They do require a bit of assembly time so make sure to take this into account, but this could be the perfect project for your future MIL who’s offered to help or your crafty aunt.
Photo/tutorial: Swoon Studio
Mittens or Glove: $3 per pair
For a less time consuming version of the hand warmers, pick up sets of gloves in your wedding colors and tie a ribbon around each pair. Your guests will appreciate the extra warmth as they leave your reception!
Soup in a Bag (or jar): $1 per bag
Nothing is better than a hearty soup after a night of celebrating. Send your guests on their way with all the dry ingredients for delicious soup and package up with a pretty bow and directions.
Homemade Cranberry Liqueur: $3 per jar
Keep the party going for your adult guests with homemade infused cranberry liqueur.
Hot Cocoa Cones: $0.50
Send your guest off with a sweet treat they can enjoy the next morning with hot cocoa in a bag. You’ll need hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, disposable decorating bags, ribbon and a card.
Photo/tutorial: Real Simple
Popcorn Jars: $1.50 per jar
Because popcorn kernels have a pretty long shelf life, this favor can be put together well in advance of your wedding, saving you from the last minute stress of making favors the week of.
Lip Balm: $3.50 per stick
Chapped lips during the winter are the worst! Give your guests the gift of kissably soft lips.
Photo/tutorial: Something Turquoise
Warm and Fuzzy Felt Mug Wraps: $1 per wrap
Get your bridesmaids together for craft night and assemble these wraps that will bring a smile to your guests face and memories of your day with each sip.
Rachel Geeser is a Chicago newlywed who can’t remember a time when she didn’t love weddings. As editor of An Eventful Life she writes about fashion, food, entertaining & DIY projects. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.