Posted Tuesday May 8th, 2012
Dazzle your wedding guests from the get-go with a great welcome basket! Welcome baskets are fun little gifts for arriving guests, particularly if you’ve chosen a destination wedding in which the majority of guests must travel to get there. After a long day of travel, your friends and family will be thrilled to see a personal welcome package with gifts and goodies waiting for them in their hotel room to let them know how thankful you are that they made the trip and to help them get into the wedding spirit! Welcome baskets can be themed according to the venue location or personalized with little favors that the bride and groom just love. The great thing about these favors is that they don’t have to cost a fortune to still look cute in a basket and gets guests excited for the big event! When budgeting out these awesome little guys, keep in mind that you don’t need a package for every guest, but instead just one per couple or hotel room. Find a cute basket or bucket, add some goodies, beverages, something personalized and a cute little welcome note and you’ve got yourself a successful welcome basket that will be sure to surprise your guests!
A welcome basket is the perfect way to give guests a sense of the area by providing maps, information packets, locally produced snacks or any other local favorites. You can often find maps or brochures for free at the city information center or order them online. Post cards that represent the area are also a fun gift to include, giving guests a keepsake to take home or something to send back home to those who could not make the trip.
Take a trip to the Dollar Store to see what goodies you can find. This is a great place to find your beverages (water bottles, soda, mini juices, energy drinks), candy, snacks (nuts, crackers, trail-mix, chips), and maybe even a cute basket or bin if you’re lucky (don’t forget they have items online as well if they don’t have the right quantity in store).
Now we’re getting personal! The final step to a great welcome basket is adding a personal touch with little things like drink labels, door hangers, personalized treats, notes, etc. Don’t forget you can always turn to your favorite Etsy vendors for a little help with some fun ideas to customize your baskets!
To purchase these personalized door hangers on Etsy click here
To purchase these custom welcome labels on Etsy click here
To purchase these custom welcome boxes on Etsy click here
We hope you got some great ideas for creating your own welcome baskets. Two simple rules to welcome baskets are: Keep them all the same since it’s to confusing for the hotel to try and assign each basket to a different person. Second make sure to get them to the hotel early before guests arrive so they have time to put them in the room or hand them out at check in.
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