Welcome bags for Out of Town Guests

September 26, 2008

I just recently had the pleasure of planning my brother and his lovely bride’s dream wedding. After the ceremony, one of their guests approached me and complimented me on all the fabulous details of the day, down to the welcome bags that they found in their hotel room. She said it was such a nice treat to walk into their room and find a customized bag filled with drinks, snacks and wedding info. It was the perfect pick me up after a 2 hour drive.

Here is a list of items that you can place inside of your welcome bags that will surely bring a smile to your guest’s faces! Welcome bags are a great opportunity to introduce your friends and family to your hometown or the town you are celebrating your wedding in. Or a nice treat after a long trip. 🙂

WELCOME NOTE
Welcome your guests to the locale and thank them for making the trip to join you for your wedding celebration.

WEEKEND ITINERARY
A detailed list of the weekend’s events: dates, times, maps, locations and phone numbers for bride, groom and their families. Event examples: rehearsal dinner, softball games, wedding ceremony and reception, and “day after” brunch.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
Highlight the local attractions for guests to visit and explore on their own time. For example, information on malls in the area historical sites, parks, bowling, interesting towns, etc.

MAPS OF THE AREA
*You can get these free if you belong to AAA.

A LOCAL NEWSPAPER

POST CARDS
2 Pre- stamped post cards with instructions attached “When you return home please send us a postcard to tell us about your favorite part of the weekend”. Also include one more for them to send to their family or friends.

LOCAL SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS
“I *heart* NY” t-shirts; “Don’t Mess with Texas” t-shirts; “LOVE” Philadelphia t-shirts OR You could get creative with an official wedding T-shirt (Hmm…I went to Ted & Sue’s wedding and all I got was this crummy t-shirt?). Or “Top 10 Reasons Ted and Sue are getting hitched”.

BEVERAGES
If you can find un-branded bottles of water, create your own personalized water labels! You can also do this with a bottle of wine, champagne or sparkling apple cider.

MIDNIGHT SNACKS
Special coffee (local coffee is strong!) and creamer
Bagged teas and honey stir stick
Hard candies
Mints
Nuts, peanuts sunflower seeds, and dried fruit mix
Crackers, popcorn, pretzels or chips (or some combination)
Cookies or petite cakes
* Or you can get creative and get snacks made in or only available in your hometown or in the town the wedding is taking place in.

EMERGENCY KIT
Antacid
Aspirin
Sunscreen lotion
Aloe vera
Toothbrush & toothpaste
Comb
Band-aids
Chap stick

MISCELLANEOUS
Disposable cameras
A cd with music that the you and your fiancée love
Beach towel/beach mat (if having a wedding by the beach)

SPECIAL ITEMS TO INCLUDE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
A small box of crayons and a coloring book
A small stuffed animal or other toy
Puzzles
Kids snacks
Card games such as: Old Maid and Uno
Pail and shovel (if having a wedding by the beach)
Frisbee

Here is a great place to look for inspiration when creating your welcome bags. http://kateparkerweddings.com/product-baskets.html



Build your dream wedding dress in 3 easy steps. I did! It’s so fun!

September 11, 2008

Now I know I should be using my time more wisely, but I couldn’t resist! This is so fun! Click on this link to design your wedding dress in 3 easy steps.  http://www.ivillage.com/dreamdress

Click here to see the dress that I created! Now all I need is for someone to ask me. 😉
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Getting tired of the same old guest book?

September 4, 2008

Take a peek at the latest trends in wedding guest books.

-Have each guest sign a piece of fabric and then quilt all the fabric pieces together.

-Have your guests sign their names and/or thoughts around a picture of the two of you or around your invitation.

-Invite your guests to write wishes for you and hang them on a wishing tree or place them into a wishing vase.

-Snap photographs of your guests and place them into a scrapbook.

*One of my fellow collegues brought me on to this idea… thank you Heather!

-“Provide postcards for guests to complete with a special message and hang them on a tree. As a gift from a wedding guest, they’ll receive a new post card every week of their first year of marriage…” Jasmine Star

Photobooth scrapbook

-If renting a photobooth for your wedding, why not provide your guests with a scrapbook to place all of their pictures in from the photobooth.

-Have your guests sign on something that is meaningful to you and your fiancee. For example, I worked a wedding last year where the couple was really into extreme sports. They came up with a great idea to have their guests sign on a surfboard and snowboard. They now have their wedding memories out on display instead of on the bookshelf.

*Please feel free to email me with your ideas too.