Budget-Friendly Wedding Ideas: Candied Pecans

April 20, 2009 | By | Comments (5)

Sugared-pecans-sl-1687570-l There are good things and bad things about being a stress-induced baker.  The good?  Around generally tense times, I always provide cake.  The bad? I live by myself, and have found that consuming an entire batch of cookies in one sitting can, in fact, be done. But, now that I’m getting married in a mere 19 days, I’m using that baking vice for good (saving money, homemade favors) instead of bad (increasing my coworkers’ waistlines).

The majority of my wedding guests are traveling from out of town, so I wanted to give them something to nosh on between the already-planned meals including the reception and the morning-after brunch. Hostess Bags seemed a natural fit.

I wanted to load up the bags with things that reminded people of us, like a bottle of Coke, as my fiance is from Atlanta, but also fill it with things that can be prepped ahead of time and not go stale.  Out go the cookies, in come the candied pecans, biscotti, and cheese straws.

This weekend, I sat down to start making the candied pecans and, once I got in my sugar-and-spice groove, it was a snap!  I made ten pounds over the course of about five hours.  The cost to me?  Approximately $60 (Five two-pound bags of pecans from a shopping club at $10.19 each, plus the spices I had on hand).  The cost of ordering ten pounds of sugar-and-spice pecans online? $169.50, before shipping and tax!

If you’re looking to save money while planning a wedding (not an oxymoron, despite what it might feel like), it can totally be done.  All you need is a little time, and a lot of counter space.  Stay tuned for more budget wedding ideas, including do-it-yourself favors and other Hostess Bag goodies. For candied pecan recipes, click here!


  1. Mallory

    Mmm! Those candied pecans sound delicious…such a great idea for hostess gifts! I can’t wait to see more budget wedding ideas; they’ll definitely come in handy soon.

    April 21, 2009 at 6:05 pm
  2. Victory B.

    Just how far in advance can you make these? I usually make small batches for topping salads [to replace crutons], but just love the idea of using them as a great favor for our Atlanta wedding in the fall!!

    April 30, 2009 at 6:22 am
  3. Ashley

    I picked candied pecans because I knew my (soon-to-be) mother-in-law often made them to give as Christmas presents. Having been on the receiving end of that several times, I know they’re fabulous, even after some time! Plus, they’re candied, so the nuts are “sealed” in the sugar.
    I made mine three weeks in advance, put them in Hobby Lobby treat bags, tied with ribbon, then put the finished goodies in air-tight containers (from the Container Store, about $14 for a decently large one).
    I’m doing the same with biscotti, so stay tuned for that post later this week. Because it’s already “stale” bread, I’m not worried, but am doing the same as I did with the pecans.
    Let me know how the wedding goes!

    April 30, 2009 at 7:32 am
  4. Victory B.

    Thanks so much for the play-by-play, just the info I was looking for!!

    April 30, 2009 at 11:42 am
  5. DIY Wedding Favor Idea: Biscotti – You've Got To Taste This | MyRecipes.com

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