Step 9: Purchase favors.
Two words: masquerade masks!
This was a really fun element in David Tutera's Phantom of the Opera vision, and including this is more affordable than you think.
All your guests can have black masks like these half masks from Oriental Trading Company, 24 for just $3.49!!!
Show off your bridal party by giving them these very stylish but still very affordable feather masks, 12 for just $19.99!
If you don't want your bridal party to be as flashy, then these lacy lovelies from Crafta will work just as nicely! Each mask starts at $1.99 each and goes down to $1.59 each when you buy 6 or more!
The groomsmen are more difficult, just because there aren't as many formal mens masks that don't cost a bundle.
These black masks from Crafta go nicely with the gold lace masks, and are still affordable at $1.99 each, $1.59 each when you buy 6 or more. However, they do not go nicely with the black and white feather masks.
However, these black and silver masks from Amazon will work very well with the black and white feather masks! And for $4.63 each, they're not too shabby pricewise.
You can have a lot more fun with your mask and your groom's mask. Make sure you stand out from the crowd! One of my favorite masks for a groom would have to be this one from House of Masquerades for $17.95. Very formal Phantom :)
Another great mask is this black and gold one on Amazon for $9.99. Very classic!
For you, the elegant bride, I have some lovely white, over-the-top, high feather options! :D
The first, a lovely design from Crafta for $15.99:
The second, a very similar, but cheaper, option from Mardi Gras Beads and Supplies for $9.90:
If you want something a little different, try this mask from Party City for $19.99:
And if you want to splurge a bit on yourself, there's this lovely for $50 from Success Creations:
All these masks should be on sticks and have any strings or ties removed, just for ease of use. You would have spent way too much effort getting your makeup right to endanger it by plastering a mask on your face! (And I'm sure the other ladies at your wedding will feel the same way!)
Where to get the sticks? A fantastic place to buy them in bulk is at CraftParts.com! You can get 100 1/4" diameter, 36" long dowels for $22! Give them a quick coat of paint, then hot glue or epoxy them onto the masks!
Total cost for favors: $78.51 - $153.17
Now (seriously) on to Step 10: All the Little Details!