We always love how the wedding industry, like many industries, has it’s trendy “musts” for each year. With so many people renting out homes and properties to get married on, this makes for a weekend experience for guests. From wine tasting Friday afternoon to the rehearsal dinner, wedding on Saturday and Sunday fun-day brunch- it truly does become a weekend marathon celebration. But to really bring the weekend up a notch in the hospitality world, the next trend is to make “welcome bags” for guests. You can get playful or more practical or even sentimental with these bags- but all in all they really show your guests you went the extra mile and care.
Some ideas to welcome your guests…
- water bottle
- local snacks
- homemade baked goods/granola/etc
- mini alcohol
- wine bottle or split
- Instant brew coffee
- first aid kit
- hangover kit (“in sickness & in health”- advil, water, etc)
- shout wipes
- kids stuff (coloring books/snacks/game/etc)
- flip flops
- beach towel
- Personal note from the Mr. & Mrs.
- Itinerary for weekend
- Game to get to know bride/groom
- Disposable camera
- Door Hanger for hotel room
- Bottle opener
- Travel tag
- CD of your favorite music for the travel home
We had the opportunity to make some fun welcome baskets for Higuera Ranch’s “barn blessing” retreat. The owner, Kristin, had all her friends and families come into town to not only bless their gorgeous barn and property but also celebrate a surprise vow renewal for the hubby. You may have seen the popcorn bar sign from Sunday, we will have a few fun projects coming your way in the next few weeks from the barn blessing.
Each basket had a scripture verse with the last name of each family attending attached to the baskets. We collected an assortment of baskets from thrift stores and filled them with all sorts of goodies from local Bristols Cider and Cowboy cookies to nerf footballs for the kids as well as a frisbee, and a cute door hanger.
Lastly it’s all in the presentation! For this specific event guests arrived to a cocktail hour so we put all their gifts on display for when they first walked in. But maybe for a wedding you put them in their hotel room?
Cheers to making guests feel extra special and loved!