10-14-2016

5 Reasons to Make Room for Welcome Gifts in Your Wedding Budget

FILED IN: Education, Wedding Welcome Gifts

Posted By: Carly

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We may be biased, but we strongly believe wedding welcome gifts make a world of difference whether you’re hosting your soiree at your family’s Virginia farm or at a museum in historic Washington, D.C. From providing a respite for guests traveling long distances to celebrate you and your love to providing practical answers to the most common wedding day questions, we’re detailing the top five reasons why we believe so strongly in wedding welcome gifts!

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Set the Tone

Whether your wedding is in Maryland, Virginia, or even California, we love sourcing pieces that are local to your state. It’s a great way to support small businesses, and it also offers a peek inside why you adore your wedding’s location. As guests open their box, bag, or basket, they immediately feel a sense of warmth and welcoming because each piece was included with them in mind.

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Offer a Sneak Peek

Color palettes and details, like texture and tones, are so important when planning your wedding. They’re equally as important when curating your wedding welcome gifts! Ribbon is a fantastic way to introduce color and style into your gifting suite. For example, a satin ribbon has a more classic feel while silk ribbon feels much more romantic. The same is true about the items inside - salt water taffy will definitely remind guests of a beach wedding, while a bottle of wine offers a nod to your vineyard fete. Gifts are a way to enhance your guests’ experiences before they even set foot on the property!

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Provide Practical Information

Including a wedding welcome letter is the perfect way to personalize each gift. The next best thing to a welcome letter is an itinerary, which is why we highly recommend including both! Note important details, such as your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and brunch locations. Also, be sure to offer a reminder about the times when each event begins. If you’re providing transportation, note that too. An itinerary is a great reference point for guests, which means you will be answering less questions!

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Amenities Offer a Home Away from Home

Whether guests arrive and realize a band aid would be handy to have or they have slightly too much fun at your wedding and need Advil, an amenity kit is one of the most requested items for wedding welcome gifts. Packaging items like those just mentioned and pairing them with earplugs, breath mints, and more serves as a home base for guests while they’re away from the comforts of their own environments. Hint: aesthetically, it always looks best when all of these items are packaged in a cellophane or drawstring bag!

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Food & Water are Essentials

When creating a wedding welcome gift, we always look to include three types of items: food, drinks, and a keepsake. The first two are particularly important because guests begin looking for a snack and a drink after a day spent traveling or a night on the dance floor. When choosing food options, we always suggest including items that are salty and sweet to capture everyone’s preferences! Food is also a fun way to introduce guests to new favorites local to your area because it provides a new experience they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Tell us, if you were designing a wedding welcome gift for your wedding, which items would you include? Some ideas to get you started...!

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