Weddings are meant to be joyous occasions, but they often degrade into a frenzy to make everything perfect. This mood can ruin the entire spirit of the ceremony with materialistic thoughts dominating what should be the start of your new adventure. One of the hardest decisions can actually concern relatively minor details though. Wedding favors are always a big sticking point.
The sad truth is that most people will not really care in the end. No one will be mocking your unoriginal wedding favors a month from now. They are meant to be a thoughtful gift to help people remember their part in your special day. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get a "thoughtful" gift for a large group of people without breaking your personal budget.
There are ways to get cheap wedding favors though. The secret lies in figuring out a good idea that suits your wedding party. A little bracelet or locket might be nice, but your guest might just prefer a lovely keychain with the date engraved on it. It's a simple gift to throw into the packet but they might actually get some use out of it. It may also stand out from the usual items people use. There are also more traditional items if you want your wedding to have a formal feel. Lockets, bracelets, and watches are available for an affordable amount in bulk. They look nice and should please just about everyone who comes. This option is a bit extravagant for many simpler weddings though.
Then again, this plan is dependent on you knowing your guests. Hopefully you have a good idea about what your closest friends like. The problem usually arises when it comes to family and family friends. These little wild cards are almost impossible to reliably read. You are just going to have to go out on a limb and hope that they like the same things that your friends like. If they do not, then it's not a big deal. Just try to have a fun ceremony and they'll forget this minor misstep.
In the end, it is almost impossible to really be perfect when planning a wedding. There are some things that you just have to let slide as reliably unimportant to the big day. Wedding favors are one of these things. Just pick a good favor that is within your budget and hope that they like it. That's all you can really do.