Multi-purposing to Save the Budget

Event budgets can be broken down into the Must Have’s and the Want to Have’s.  Food, Venue and Entertainment, yes these are must have’s. But there are also the Want to Have’s, place cards and favors, that are simply part of the event to add to the wow factor, decor and guest experience.

When doing events on a budget or having to skim down your budget always consider multipurposing before you eliminate items completely. Here are a few ways to multipurpose and combine these guest experience must have’s.

Combine place cards and favors: Regardless of your favor choice, a classy, simple or theme focused label placed on the packaging is an instant win-win. (

Bonus: Combine Place Card with Menus

Make place cards edible: A popular trend right now is beverages with place card labels identifying the guest name and table number on the glass or hanging from the straw. These are perfect for outdoor events, think refreshing lemonade or iced tea.  If your favor is edible, I highly suggest multipurposing them as a place card. (

A few ideas:

  • Lollipops
  • Cookies
  • Sacks of candy
  • Cocktails

Have purposeful and usable favors: One of the best wedding favors I have ever received were coasters. They were very simple, glass coasters that didn’t include the couples name or wedding date. However, every time I use them I think of their wedding. Try to leave your guests with favors they will use in the future. (

A few ideas:

  • Coasters
  • Cooking Utensils (whisk, measuring spoons)
  • Wine Bottles
  • Wine Stoppers
  • Set of Candles (a much more useful option than one candle)

Combine favors with another event element: I am a huge fan of buffets and stations because I believe they truly add an element to the guest experience, a lot of people tend to agree. We know this by all of the new and unique station ideas that are popping up.

Are you already planning on having a popcorn or candy buffet? Have it available at the end of the event and add a Thank You sign or label and allow guests to enjoy on their way home. (

Having a photo booth? Add a holder and have guests take them home as a souvenir favor. Your event will always be remembered! (

Cutting the budget doesn’t always mean cutting event elements, especially if they will enhance the guest experience. The next time the budget needs to be skimmed down, consider some of these ideas and you will still give your guests a wonderful time!

 What’s the best favor you’ve seen or received? Leave a comment and share.


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