Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ideas

Whether you'd like to add a personal touch or save a little money (or both!), try these eight easy ways to make your wedding memorable
by Sara Bonisteel

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Candy Keepsakes

Stamp paper bags with the date of your wedding or the names or initials of yourself and your betrothed, and fill the bags to the brim with your favorite candies. Swedish Fish, personalized M&Ms, hard candies-the choice is up to you. Or make your own candies and package them in pretty, small jam jars tied with a bow as favors. Try Mint Lollipops , Caramel Candy Bars , Mixed-Berry Chocolate-Toffee Bites , or Pumpkin Seed Brittle .

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Sweet Party Favors

If you're an avid jam maker and canner, think homemade jam or jelly favors. An afternoon of jam making can yield a delicious thank-you to your wedding guests. Print or hand-letter customized labels for the jars or lids. Rochele and Jean-Paul made plum-and-berry jam from the plums in their backyard for their Moraga, California, nuptials. We love these recipes for Old-Fashioned Raspberry Jam , Mixed-Berry Jam , and Tomato Jam .

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Homemade Menus

Print a memorable menu that also serves as a favor for guests to take home. Incorporate the theme or aesthetics of the wedding invitations, using relevant clip art or fonts. Michelle and Philip of Fraser, Colorado, printed up wedding menus that they attached to paper "bark" they found at an art supply store. Need inspiration for what to serve? Browse Epicurious' Wedding Menus .

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