Everybody knows that a wedding is a costly event to organize. Gone are the days where the parents of the bride paid for the day in full. Now it is common for those actually getting married to contribute to the costs, and many people feel that they do not wish to begin their married lives in debt, courtesy of the wedding itself.

There are simple ways in which you can reduce the cost of your wedding without compromising on tradition, taste and quality. One of the easiest things to do to lower the price is by making your own wedding favors. These can be expensive if bought for all of your guests, and making your own allows you to reduce this cost significantly. It also gives you the opportunity to personalize them to your color theme and the fact that they are handmade makes them much more special for your guests.

The first thing to do is to decide what your favors will consist of. Most people choose to use pot pourri or confectionery in them. Once you have decided this, it is important to gather all of the necessary materials. The best place to make your favors is at a table where you have sufficient space to lay everything out, but have it close to hand for when you need it.

You will need to decide on a color theme for your favors. This can be to match the decor of the room where they will be displayed, or a color found in your bouquet or bridesmaid dresses. Then, select an accent color to compliment this. For example, should you decide on yellow as your main color, you may choose purple to compliment it.

You will need to purchase pre-cut wedding favor wraps. These can start at as little as $10 for 50. Then, you simply place an amount of the filling in the centre, gather the wrap around it and tie the top with a small length of ribbon. The easiest way to do them quickly is to take your time making the first one and add or remove the filling until the amount is perfect. Then try different lengths of ribbon until you have the one you like best. Once you have one favor which is exactly how you want it, dismantle it again. Keep the parts together and use them as a guide for all of the others. Cut multiple pieces of ribbon, using the length of the completed favor to ensure it is the length you require.

Planning a wedding can be stressful and making your own favors may seem like an additional burden. However, it is a great way of lowering costs. Why not get your bridesmaids round, open a bottle of wine (or two!) and between you they will all be made in no time.