What in the world do you put in a welcome basket for your wedding guests? I get this question time and time again from clients, and the answer is actually quite simple. Here are some tried and true ideas that should be sure to satisfy!
First things first. Before you can stuff the bag, you need to buy the bag! And, who says it need to be a bag? Feel free to use a cute wicker or metal basket, a fun paper bag or a canvas tote. As you are looking through options and deciding on the best fit for your celebration, be sure to take into account a couple of things: What type of container will your guests prefer and perhaps consider using again? How are your guests traveling to your wedding, and will they be able to easily transport the container back home? How big does this item need to be? And, how much money do I want to spend?
Weekend Paper Goods
One of the wisest things you can include in your guest welcome bags are the weekend paper goods. Paper goods might include a weekend itinerary or schedule of events, complete with addresses and timelines; a hand drawn map of the area in which events will take place; or a fun list of local hot spots and favorite places to go. For a more intimate approach, feel free to include a welcome note or love letter to your guests, thanking them for sharing in your weekend with you or even a fun scavenger hunt worksheet. The sky is the limit on this one. Get creative, and know that your guests will enjoy some down time, looking through the tidbits of information you have provided for them!
As boring as this seems, we all need water. And, how wonderful to have it at your fingertips without having to do anything. You can opt for simple bottles of water with personalized labels or you can get the fizzy kind to jazz it up! Either way, your guests will thank you. Here in Texas, we love adding bottles of Topo Chico, as they add a darling local spin into the mix!
Something Fun To Drink
As I mentioned above, we all need to drink. Your water has been purchased, so why not put a little something fun in as well! This can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, whichever you prefer. You know your guests best and what type of beverage they would most enjoy….it can be a bottle of wine, a 6-pack of eclectic craft beer or mini champagne bottles. You decide. In order to keep this item fairly budget friendly, try to keep your purchases to around 2 to 4 servings per basket. You are not trying to provide a full bar in each room…just a fun little treat.
A Little Snack
Where beverages go, snacks often follow behind, and I have never met a welcome basket that wasn’t made better by a handful of thoughtfully selected snacks! They can range from salty to sweet and healthy to just plain yummy. Again, you know your guests best! Pick items that you think they will enjoy!
Some Extra Bonus Tips
Whenever possible, try to source items locally. If you can find local craft beers or snack items that may be new to your guests, it helps to make your gift unique and custom!
Look for items that may fit in with your wedding weekend style. For example, you can have custom sugar cookies made to portray special imagery or text! Or, you can shop for items that compliment your overall color palette or theme! Any way that you can tie the basket in to your overall wedding aesthetic will make them stand out to your guests.
Consider the addition of a wedding hangover kit. This can be as simple as a couple of packets of advil and tums. Simply place them in a small linen sachet and it might just be the hottest item of the bunch.
And finally, make sure that you budget for these gifts ahead of time! Purchasing and packing welcome gifts will generally occur towards the end of the wedding planning process. You want to make sure that you determine how important they are in the beginning and allot the appropriate funds.
Have fun with these and good luck!!