Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Inexpensive welcome baskets (or bags) for out of town guests

It's always nice to have a gift waiting for your guests when they arrive for your wedding from out of town.

Think about the items that you need when you are out of town:
  • You need to eat. Give a list and directions to nearby restaurants. Be sure to include a variety of cuisines and price ranges (and directions).
  • You need to shop! Put together a list of the best shopping spots in town. Be sure to include at least one mass-retailer that's open late (like Target or Wal-Mart) and directions. Chances are good that someone forgot pantyhose or has other urgent needs.
  • You need to munch! Put together a snack basket with snack items purchased at a wholesale store like Sams or Costco. Choose a variety (I like the snack packs that have nuts and M&M's together). If you know their favorite soft drinks, include those ($1.50 each from the vending machine gets expensive!). Also include fresh fruit for quick breakfasts or chips and salsa for serious late night muchies!
  • You need those things you should have packed. You know, a sewing kit, gum, mints, floss, lip balm, sunscreen. Ask the hotel if the normally offer complimentary items on request like toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, etc. See if they will pitch those into your welcome baskets for you.
  • You need sleep. Consider a soothing aromatheraphy oil or linen spray and an eye mask.

For your attendants, perhaps nail poilsh in a complimentary shade to their dresses (or take them all for a pedicure for your bridesmaid's lunch!), and new flip flops that will match for the late night reception.

You can also obtain information from your local chamber of commerce or visitors and convention board that might be useful, like maps and discount coupons for area attractions.

The key here is to be creative and thoughtful, not necessarily to spend a lot of money. Of course, if you have the money, it's nice to include a monogrammed robe, fresh flowers, Godiva Chocolates...

Sweet dreams, until next time...



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