Wedding welcome gifts are such a thoughtful idea and particularly with the rise in popularity of weekend weddings, and many guests travelling from overseas to celebrate with you, it’s not hard to see why.
I’ve put together some ideas for things to include in your guests’ welcome packages, along with some top tips for putting a gift together that will be sure to go down a storm.
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What To Include
A welcome message: A welcoming message will always be massively appreciated by your guests, especially if they have travelled from far and wide.
Information about the local area: If it is their first time in the area, a welcome note may also be a nice place to include some information about the local area and what to see and do during their stay.
Food: A selection of small snacks will always go down a treat with your guests. For an extra special touch, why not include some snacks that are local to the area you are getting married in.
Water: It’s so important to provide your guests with plenty of water throughout your festivities – more hydrated = more dancing!
Mini bottles of alcohol: A little bottle of you and your fiancé’s favourite tipple (or one that you know your guest is a fan of) will be sure to keep your guests happy. Besides, who doesn’t like to start the party a little early!
A hangover kit: After they’ve spent the night cutting shapes on the dance floor, your guests will definitely be grateful for a little TLC the morning after your wedding. Include a small package of tissues, plasters, painkillers and any other little touches.
A itinerary: Drum up your guests’ excitement for your wedding day by including an itinerary of the activities and events you have planned. This is especially a good idea if you are having a weekend wedding and several days of celebrating!
Something for the little ones: If you are having kids at your wedding, why not put together a child-friendly pack to keep them entertained with some activities, snacks and a carton of juice?
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Tips for putting together welcome gift bags
Keep it personal: Like everything with your wedding, your welcome package should be a reflection of you both as a couple.
Give yourself plenty of time: Frantically piecing together gift boxes is not what you want to be doing 2 days before your wedding! Enlist some bridesmaids to help you put everything together with plenty of time to spare.
Think about where you want your guests to find their welcome package: A box or basket would be lovely to have in guests rooms as they arrive, or keep everything in a tote bag for your guests to find over their chair at your rehearsal dinner.
Don’t go overboard: A welcome gift is a thoughtful gesture, and needn’t be anything too big, flashy or expensive.