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Thoughtful & Even Useful Favors

One of the many perks of going to a wedding are the favors that you get to take home. A little thank you from the couple is super sweet, but it can be stressful on the newlyweds if they don’t know what to give or how to keep the cost low. To help with some ideas, we’ve put together a list of five thoughtful & even useful favors that your guests will love & won’t break the bank!

Koozies

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We’re sure you’ve seen these at a wedding you’ve been to recently. They’re a huge hit with the guests & most likely will be used again! These work for both bottled & canned beverages, so you don’t have to worry about only some of your guests enjoying them. Best of all they can be purchased online at a fair price if you order them in bulk!

Right: Lee Yen Photography

Sunglasses

Who doesn’t love an extra pair of shades? If you’re having an outdoor wedding, you can order custom sunglasses with your name & date on the side for your guests to wear. For most websites, it only takes a few minutes to customize the sunglasses & they get shipped right to your home!

Coffee

This one might seem a little peculiar at first, but it is such a unique idea! To cut back on cost you can make these favor yourself!  All you need to do is put ground coffee in little bags & time them off with a tag. Try coming up with something fun to make your guests smile when they go to use the coffee after the wedding like, “Love is brewing”. You can even make a few bags with decaffeinated coffee for those people who don’t drink caffeine!

Below: Kelly Marie Photos

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Candy bar

Normally, couples will have the traditional cake & maybe a few other desserts for the reception, but the candy bar is becoming increasingly popular as not only a dessert, but as favors. This is probably one of the easiest & most cost effective favors that you can give your guests. All you have to do is buy the candy & to-go bags, use a few glass jars & bowls, & there you have it! It’s an easy, fun, & inexpensive favor that keeps giving even after they leave the wedding! To make it even easier, Lesner Inn can create your candy bar for you!

Succulents

These little plants are so trendy right now! Everyone loves extra décor for their house, so this is a perfect favor for your guests that won’t go to waste. You can save some money by getting faux succulents or you can get live ones for a couple more bucks!

Below: Erika Mills Photography

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These are just a few ideas for different, useful, & low-cost wedding favors for your guests. You will love how easy & cost effective this gifts are, & your guests will love that they get to continuously use them after they leave the party! There are a lot more options if you’re up for having a non-traditional favor, so just keep looking or head over to our Pinterest page to get some more ideas!

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    I am speechless! Friday was truly amazing. You went above and beyond to make our day so special! We loved every second of the night. Thank you also for the champagne glasses and kitchen towel. You are so sweet! Everyone raved about the night. You and Lesner Inn are AMAZING!
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