No matter what the budget, couples are getting creative in how they want their bridal parties and guests to remember their special day, turning to a variety of do-it-yourself favors for personalized pieces.

No matter what the budget, couples are getting creative in how they want their bridal parties and guests to remember their special day, turning to a variety of do-it-yourself favors for personalized pieces.

Even those with higher budgets prefer some personal flair, said Precious Moments Event co-owner and event planner Stephanie Broschart, and it all depends on the size of the wedding how a couple decides to approach those memorable take-homes.

From photo booths to food, there’s something for every couple on any budget to make sure their guests and their loved ones leave with a memory of their special day.

PERSONAL AND PRACTICAL FOR THE GROOMSMEN

Amy Macheska, assistant manager at Forney’s Jewelers in downtown Dover, said grooms often come in the store at the height of bridal season starting in April or May, looking for items to personalize for their best men.

Popular items include flasks and shot glasses, which can be personalized for a minimal fee, but there are also drinking glasses and key chains available, which grooms often have engraved with their guys’ initials and their wedding date.

Practical, personal and simple, the men’s gifts can be purchased and engraved for about $40 to $50 per person, Macheska said.

PRACTICAL AND PRETTY FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS

Broschart said she sees a lot of brides taking a practical and personal approach to providing a present for their bridesmaids.

Personalized makeup cases or tote bags, which can be ordered online or purchased at local stores like Amore Bridal in downtown Dover, are a popular gift for bridesmaids to make the big day easier for them, too, Broschart said.

For the creative bride, hand-painted glasses, homemade cookie jars with instructions or personalized frames can also add a personal and pretty touch for her beloved girls to remember the big day.

Depending on what the bride chooses, she can purchase items for a small fee at places like the Dollar Store, Michaels or A.C. Moore for full-on DIY items, or purchase personalized makeup for $10 and up.

GIFTS FOR THE GUESTS

Adding pops of color that match the wedding theme can be a low-cost way to personalize a gift, whether it’s a burlap bag of candy or a signature drink offered to guests at the wedding bar.

Broschart said with a trend of rustic and vintage weddings, she’s seeing a lot of repurposed burlap, used primarily for candy treat bags for guests to take home.

“I didn’t care for it at first,” she admitted, “but when you put pops of color, like mint green or peach, it’s really pretty.”

But for the couple with a larger budget, or a smaller guest list, personalizing bottles of wine from local wineries like Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery in Felton, could be the perfect way to send their guests home with a token to remember that special day.

“It depends on everyone’s budget,” Broschart said. “Smaller weddings often have the more intimate stuff because they usually only invite the people that really matter to them and want their day to be special to them as well as to their guests.”