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Bottle Cap Wedding Favor Display
Kristi and I spent the last few weeks thinking of cute wedding favors for under a dollar each. Although we came up with some fun ideas, our favorite idea was bottle cap magnets. Not only are bottle cap magnets cute and perfect for cheap wedding favors, the presentation of the bottle caps is ADORABLE.

Bottle Cap Favor Disp11lay

Everything we needed we purchased at our local hobby store. We did find someone selling a ton of bottle caps on Craig’s List, but there were far too many for our intended purpose. Here’s the breakdown of cost for making close to 100 bottle cap magnets.

Vintage Bottle Caps – $40 for 96

Round Magnets – $16 for 100

Hot Glue Gun – $2.99

Hot Glue Sticks – $4.99

Total Cost = $64

Cost per Magnet = 67¢ (Awesome!)

We purchased bottle caps from the hobby store, but you and your fiancé can easily collect enough bottle caps to make as many favors as you need. Perhaps you enjoy bottled root beer, craft beer, orange soda, grape soda, etc. You can choose your bottle caps based on taste, brand, color or even hobby. Just make sure to give yourself enough time before the wedding to gradually build your collection. Remember to ask friends and family to help you out.

Shanna Shopping at Hobby Lobby

The round magnets are sold in varying strengths. You may want a weaker magnet so it’s easier to remove from the board, or be sure to put a little extra glue on the magnet so it sticks out farther than the edge of the bottle cap. Our magnets were flush with the bottle cap, which made it tough to remove from the board.

Round Magnets

We had a magnet board perfect for this purpose but they are available in a variety of styles at our local hobby store for anywhere from $12 to $30. You could also check home improvement stores for metal sheets or antique stores for metal boards or cabinets that might even have a nice patina or weathered look.

Magnet Board

If you’re a crafter, you probably already have a hot glue gun. If you’re not, no worries. They are cheap and easy to use. Remember to clean the magnets with a wet towel and let them dry before gluing them to the bottle caps.

As for the sign, you can print out any wording you like and find an old frame for it. Our sign says, “Stick with me, and happy we’ll be. We hope the memory of our wedding day sticks with you. Take a magnet as a keepsake.”

Stick With Me Sign

There you have it! Cute wedding favors for under a dollar. Bottle cap magnets are easy to make and fun to display. If you have any other ideas for bottle cap crafts and décor, please share with us and your fellow bargainista brides.

 

Wedding Program Fans
Outdoor weddings are very popular, but they can get very hot and uncomfortable for wedding guests and the wedding party. Here are a few tips and outdoor wedding ideas to keep everyone cool and comfortable.

 

1. Give sunglasses to each guest with a program. Sunglasses work great as inexpensive summer wedding favors. Add a cute tag to the glasses; leaving a great impression is all in the details.

Colorful Sunglasses Wedding Favors

image from Style Me Pretty, photography by Braedon Photography

 

2. Give your guests colorful umbrellas to block the sun. Umbrellas and parasols not only help keep guests cool, they add brilliant color to your wedding and they double as fun summer wedding favors.

Umbrella Wedding Favors
umbrella wedding favors from The Special Day, photography from Jules Bianchi

 

3. Rent a tent to protect your guests and wedding party from the heat and sun.

outdoor wedding reception tent

wedding reception tent from Real Simple

 

4. If your ceremony is on the beach, have a basket of flip-flops for guests to change into so they don’t ruin their dress shoes or stumble in the sand.

Flip Flop Favors

flip flop favors from Leo DJ Photography

 

5. Have a basket of sunscreen and lip balm for guests to grab if needed. You can always wrap a personalized label around them so they coordinate with your wedding colors.

DIY Lip Balm Wedding Favors

DIY lip balm wedding favors from Something Turquoise

 

6. Have plenty of water on hand for guests. Water bottles can also be wrapped with personalized labels and placed in a tub of ice for guests to grab as needed. 

Wedding Water Bottle Labels

water bottle labels from Ann’s Bridal Bargains

 

7. Choose program fans instead of traditional wedding programs or hand out personalized wedding favor fans along with your programs. It’s amazing the difference a single fan can make.

Wedding Program Fans

wedding program fans from Ann’s Bridal Bargains, photography from Steve Harvey

 

We hope you enjoyed these outdoor wedding ideas for your sunny (cross your fingers) wedding day. Have fun coming up with creative summer wedding favors and other special ways to make your day even more enjoyable for your guests.

 

Wedding Favor Centerpieces
Get ready to save some money by using your desserts as your reception table centerpieces. Our double-duty dessert centerpieces are creative, attractive and unforgettable!

Wedding Favor Centerpieces

1. This tiered dessert stand is a great way to add some height and interest to your table. The solid white stand features a simple design, allowing your cupcakes to be the center of attention! Decorate with a few DIY accents like colorful ribbon and stick-on rhinestones to coordinate with your wedding look.

2. Hang your wedding favor treats from this white favor tree featuring scroll-style branches. It’s a unique focal point for your wedding tables and an easy way to display edible (or nonedible) favors.

3. This acrylic cake stand is perfect for cupcakes, small individual cakes, pie or cheesecake. Mix it up at your reception and have different flavors at each table. Guests can move around looking for their favorite flavor while also meeting your friends and family. Add these inexpensive cupcake picks to cupcakes or mini desserts.

4. Country canning jars filled with corn or sunflower seeds make cute, rustic centerpieces great for holding cake pops or lollipops. Set a small Styrofoam block at the bottom of the jars for holding the desserts. Cover the Styrofoam with your choice of fill. Add a ribbon, antique key or button to your jar. Jars are available blank or personalized.

Did you see our dessert post from earlier this week? Check it out!

Our Sweet Sale ends October 26! Order today for great savings on favor boxes, bags, tags and more.

Ann's Bridal Bargains Sweet Sale

 

Double Duty Cookie Desserts
Do you love the idea of saving money by using your desserts as your wedding favors? We do! We call it double-duty desserts, and we’ve got a few ideas for your wedding.

We’ve created a cookie dessert table, but you can use all kinds of desserts: Grandma’s famous lemon bars, Aunt Milly’s macaroons or cake pops from your local baker. Any dessert or treat that can be individually packaged will make wonderful wedding favors.

Double Duty Favor Cookies

1. Favor bags are an easy way for guests to pack up a dessert and they look very nice displayed on the dessert table. Offer personalized favor labels for guests to seal the bags for a little extra touch of style.

2. We love this idea! Cookies with milk shots as favors. Put milk out in cute pitchers, on ice of course, and let guests pour their own. Or designate someone to pour for guests. We suggest shopping BulkLoad.com or BargainMugs.com for well-priced shot glasses. Check your nearest dollar store, too.

3. Decorative jars filled with cookies and accented with ribbons, favor tags and other adornments create a beautiful presentation at your dessert table. Guests just grab the cookie they want and wrap it up in a favor bag or box. As for jars, we like this deal from SaveonCrafts.com.

4. Clear favor bags show off your delicious treats and coordinate perfectly with your wedding look when accented with personalized favor tags.

5. When one just isn’t enough, large white cake boxes are perfect for fitting a few tasty cookies!

6. Wrap up round cookies like an old-school candy treat! Just roll the cookies in tissue paper and tie with ribbon on each end. They’re super cute and very easy.

Visit us again on Thursday to see how you can make your desserts into reception table centerpieces.

Going on now is our Sweet Sale. You can save on favor bags, boxes, tags and more for your beautiful wedding favors.

Ann's Sweet Sale

Patriotic Party Look
I love party themes, so when I was asked to put together a red, white and blue party look for a wedding rehearsal dinner, I was more than happy to do so.

I took lots of shots of the favors, accents and decorations, plus I’ve explained a few of the key elements below, so you can create a truly coordinated look for your own wedding celebration.

Remember that red, white and blue is just an example. You can use these ideas for any theme or color combo.

 Patriotic Party Look

The Food (1,3,9)

All food containers had a splash of color. I like to get creative with how I serve things, for example you can see I lined a tin pail with red metallic paper and filled it with potato chips — simple, but eye-catching. The cookies were decorated to fit the theme and placed on layered cake stands. The colored beverages added nicely to the overall look, too.

The Favors (2,5,6,7,8)

Guests had a range of favors to choose from here, but you could pick just one or two things for your party. White favor boxes are filled with red chocolate hearts and tied with coordinating ribbon. Red favor boxes with clear heart windows show the treats inside, which fit well with the décor. The blue, two-piece favor boxes are also filled with chocolates. Another fun favor idea is giving out personalized matches or notepads in a mix of colors, shown here in a small tin pail. And, of course, every summer celebration needs beverage koozies!

The Decorations (3,4,9)

Our number one goal here was to incorporate red, white and blue into the party decorations, but we also wanted to create a custom look. So we chose a design from Ann’s, which we added to napkins, favors and koozies. This added a wonderful element of personalization that really made an impact.

Personalized napkins are an affordable way to not only add a party essential, but also add color and a personal touch to the overall décor. You’ll also notice how we used ribbon to add colorful accents to otherwise plain items, like the canning jar filled with plasticware. And to top it off, literally, we hung cute paper lanterns from the overhanging tree branches. 

Learn more about creating your very own party look! Get a Coordinated Wedding Look for a Price You Never Thought Possible

Vintage Wedding Theme

Vintage Wedding Theme

Tie your vintage wedding look together, from the invites to décor and everything in between. Unique wedding favors are a fun way to add that vintage touch and a little DIY, too! Start with vintage candies: candy sticks, salt water taffy, wax bottles, candy buttons, etc. Many of these are available in your wedding colors and you can buy online in bulk.

 

2. A Classic Country Favor

Insert cellophane bags into mason jar drinking glasses. Fill the bags with candy, tie with ribbon and add a cute favor label to the front of the mason jar.

 

3. Vintage Floral Treat Boxes

Here we filled our small white treat boxes with salt water taffy and embellished with layered floral accents. Crocheted flowers were layered with paper flowers and finished off with colorful buttons. We used glue dots to attach them to the favor boxes. These add-ons would also make pretty corsages for your wedding party or special attendants.

 

4. Double Duty Centerpiece

For a centerpiece that doubles as a favor, line mint julep silver cups with a vintage hanky and insert rock candy and candy sticks. Tie favor tags to each piece of candy with satin ribbon for simply sweet favors.

 

5. The Grab Bag

Can’t decide on one candy? Give guests a mix of fun treats in a cellophane bag with your choice of favor labels to add a stylish, personalized touch.

 

Here’s a fun candy website you should definitely check! Candy.com. Not only is there a plethora of candy to choose from, they’ve also got a great Q&A blog post with Amy Atlas about candy buffets, and they have a super fun video on how salt water taffy is made, just in case you’re curious!

 

Check back Friday to see vintage-inspired wedding centerpiece ideas!

New Favors from Ann's Bridal Bargains
Find the favor box that fits your wedding style! From romantic hearts to pop-up palm trees, our new favor box designs are just what you need to create unique wedding favors. Plus, read further to see our favorite favor fillers.

New Favors from Ann's Bridal Bargains

Our Favorite Fillers

1. Chocolate, obviously!

Fun Idea: Check out www.mymms.com. Not only can you choose your wedding colors, you can have them personalized with your choice of wording and even photos! Visit their Ideas on a Budget page for stretching your dollars.

2. Hard Candy

Fun Idea: Choose a hard candy that fits your wedding theme or colors and personalize the favor box (or a favor card) with a custom verse like “This love is red hot!” or “Mint to be together.”

3. Potpourri

Fun Idea: Fill favor boxes, organza bags or netting circles with potpourri to create scented sachet wedding favors. Potpourri is affordable, and a few pounds will go a long way! We suggest Good Hope Potpourri for great variety and prices.

4. Of the Earth

Fun Idea: Mimic a bird’s nest with fake moss and chocolate eggs for a woodsy feel. For beach weddings, consider filling favor boxes with sand and seashells. Try agates and polished stones for a lakeside wedding.

5. Seeds

Fun Idea: Fill favor boxes with birdseed, flower seeds or plant seeds, and guests will enjoy your wedding favor in their very own backyard day after day.

black and white baseball candy buffet
Looks like the A-Team has scored with Look #3: Game Time. Jake and Ellen loved the fun-loving nature of our last buffet table look, but they threw us a curve ball and chose a few elements from the other two looks as well. Here’s what they chose!

black and white baseball candy buffet

1. Game-Time spread with wooden crates, fake turf, Cracker Jacks and popcorn.

2. Clear favor bags with flourish favor labels in black and accents of black satin ribbon.

3. Black, personalized wedding napkins with baseball design cut in white.

4. White favor bags with the baseball design cut and “7th inning stretch” in black foil.

Want to see how they put it all together for the big day? Check back in January and we’ll have photos from the wedding reception!

We want to send a HUGE thank you to Jake and Ellen for working with Ann’s Bridal Bargains and giving us the opportunity to offer some creative ideas. Have a wonderful wedding and a long and beautiful life together!

Baseball Candy Buffet
Black and White Classic Candy Buffet

Classic black and white is always an elegant choice, and it just so happens to fit the White Sox theme perfectly. Our party planner, Carynn, put together a simple yet very attractive look by using clear glass vases and bags as well as black and white bags, favor boxes and napkins. A flourish design cut is carried throughout this look as well. See below for product details!

 

Sapphire and Black Candy Buffet

Since White Sox colors are black, white and blue, Carynn wanted to create a look where the blue really popped, as that is one of the bride and groom’s wedding colors, but remained tasteful and traditional. Blue becomes an eye-catching element of color that really ties everything together, from the napkins to the candies. See below for product details!

Baseball Candy Buffet

This look totally says “Take me out to the ball game!” Wooden crates, fake turf and fake grass create a presentation that can’t be beat. And, of course, classic popcorn bags and cracker jacks are fun treats to offer guests. See below for product details!

 

Look #1: Classic Black and White

1. Cellophane bags were filled with popcorn and sealed shut with flourish favor labels in ebony. The favor labels are custom printed with “7th inning stretch.” Black satin ribbon was added as the finishing accent. Also shown are clear glass vases of varying sizes and heights filled with a variety of treats and accented with black satin ribbon. Black personalized napkins stacked on top of coordinating white napkins complete the look.

2. White favor bags were personalized with a flourish design, names and wedding date in black foil. Favor bags can be pre-filled or filled by guests.

3. Black favor boxes were personalized with pearl border seals in white featuring just first names. Favor boxes can also be filled ahead of time or set out for guests to fill.

 

Look #2: Sapphire and Black

1. In this look, the white favor bags are personalized with a single initial, names and wedding date in blue foil and nicely stacked in a white wooden box for simple presentation.

2. Once again, clear glass vases were used to elegantly display a variety of treats. Treats can be scooped by guests into whatever favor boxes, containers or bags the couple chooses.

3. Royal blue wedding napkins are personalized with single initial, names and wedding date in white. The blue napkins give that final pop of color needed to make this buffet table an excellent representation of the White Sox theme.

 

Look #3: Fun Baseball

1. Carynn used real wooden crates and boxes for presenting cracker jacks and classic popcorn bags. You might find crates at your local hobby store, but also check with your local grocer for any giveaways. Fake turf can be found at home improvement stores. Cracker Jacks are available at most large grocery stores, and classic popcorn bags are often found at party stores or department stores.

2. Clear cellophane bags are filled with homemade trail mix and tied closed with black and white stain ribbon. Carynn also added white, personalized favor cards.

3. Ann’s white treat boxes are shown here with the create-your-own seals in white. The baseball design cut shown is a custom design cut, meaning call us and we’ll work with you if we don’t have the design cut you want!

Come back tomorrow to see what Jake and Ellen have chosen for their buffet table look!

So many uses for such a simple item! Wedding favor labels and personalized seals are an excellent, inexpensive option for adding a personal touch throughout your wedding. We’ve listed our top 25 ideas just for you!

1. Use this trick on clear glass.
Personalize clear glass votive holders or vases with clear, personalized seals and put one seal on each item.

 

2. Give gifts an extra loving touch.
Wedding favor labels are a great way to dress up bridal party gifts. Add them to the front of attendant bags or as the finishing touch on gift-wrap.

 

3. Work with contrasting colors.
Brightly colored seals against dark favor boxes create a dramatic look. Place the seal left or right of center for contemporary flair.

 

4. Keep favors simple.
Clear favor bags are so versatile, and wedding favor labels make them even easier to use. Just fold the bag over once and wrap the seal around the folded edge.

 

5. Let the treat do the talking!
With clear favor containers like these favor boxes, all you need is a stylish favor label to add some character to each one.

 

6. Highlight your wedding colors.
Favor labels often come with a choice of imprint color, which means you can create a truly coordinated look with matching satin ribbon. Of course, we went one step further and used matching colored jellybeans!

 

7. Wrap up your favorite candy.
Make candy into some pretty sweet favors by adding a favor label to each piece. It’s easy, inexpensive and guests will love such a cute, tasty favor.

 

8. Get a modern look.
Pulling off a modern look doesn’t have to be difficult. Take these plain glass votives, for instance. A sleek, square favor label in black becomes a striking accent that adds modern flair to a classic favor idea.

 

9. Be practical AND fashionable.
Seal favor boxes while adding a touch of personalized fashion.

 

10. Decorate piece by piece.
Add round personalized seals to wrapped candies and sprinkle the candy along wedding reception tables or add to favor bags.

 

11. Make tasty treats even sweeter.
Wedding favor labels or personalized seals make lollipop favors even more fun!

 

12. Get creative.
Place fruit or other delicious things inside shot glasses and adorn with favor labels for a refreshing favor guests can keep long after the wedding.

 

13. Give favors a classic look.
Black and white favor labels will add a classic touch of style to any wedding favor. The swirl design shown here is simply perfect getting that classic look.

 

14. Always order extra.
Order extra wedding favor labels to use after the wedding. Use them to seal the first batch of holiday cards you send out as husband and wife!

 

15. Show your appreciation with a personal touch.
Find nice envelopes to use as gratuity envelopes and seal them with your favor labels. Recipients will appreciate the gift and the thoughtful detail.

 

16. Quench some thirst.
Warm summer weddings and destination weddings are the perfect venues for water bottle favors. Buy water bottles in bulk for the cheapest price, tear off the labels and replace with your favor labels. How clever!

 

17. Realize their true purpose.
We’ve given you lots of ideas for how to use wedding favor labels and personalized seals — all but their original purpose! Seal your wedding invitation envelopes for an impressive finishing touch to your ensemble.

 

18. Play matchmaker.
Match the color of your favor labels with colorful satin ribbon and add to favor boxes or bags for a beautiful wedding favor that showcases your wedding colors.

 

19. Let your refined taste shine.
Seals personalized with a single initial in script font are sophisticated and elegant. Add to ecru favor bags or favor boxes for a look that’s truly elegant.

 

20. Try this delicious idea.
Most chocolates come wrapped in nice packaging, which means all you need are favor labels in a coordinating color for personalized wedding favors that are delish!

 

21. Pass on the napkin rings.
Rectangular favor labels are great alternatives to napkin rings. They’re MUCH less expensive and they coordinate beautifully.

 

22. Treat them to a bucket o’ goodies!
Many couples are opting to create travel baskets or bags for guests attending their destination wedding. Use favor labels or seals to dress up the goodies you put inside.

 

23. Stay cool.
Put one label on each bottle, and guests are sure to stay cool with your refreshing beverage favors.

 

24. Make it special.
Secure invitations or wedding programs with favor labels or personalized seals. We love this idea because it feels like you’re opening something extra special!

 

25. Go from plain to pretty.
It’s amazing what you can do with ribbon, especially when topped off with a cute seal. We wrapped a rectangular glass dish with lilac satin ribbon and placed a seal over top for an adorable table centerpiece.