As destination weddings have become more and more popular of late, the traditional wedding basket/favor has become more intense as well. As if your wedding budget wasn’t strapped enough, now you have to give your guests a PRESENT? Umm no. The honor of the invite should be gift enough.
I’m kidding. Sort of. But if you are going to include a welcome basket/favor situation, I have a few tips. I think your guests and I can agree that while we love you, we don’t need another trinket in our lives, and a silver heart paper weight with YOUR monogram on it isn’t necessarily the most useful item to lug home.
Like your wedding, your welcome basket should reflect you and your groom,
These adorable favors are bursting with the Bride & Grooms personality
The destination and theme of the wedding,
And make your guests feel appreciated.
I am a huge fan of edible/drinkable items, there are few things that make me feel at home like wine/cheese/candy.
If you have the budget/desire to go all out with your welcome baskets, there are resources below to help you do just that. But for my money, I think the most welcoming gift would include either a split of wine/champagne or some sort of snack that has meaning to you or the destination/theme…
A note from the Bride & Groom thanking guests for coming, and a map/brochure of the area.
If you want to expand on that other thoughtful items would be sunscreen, fans, hats, flip flops for tropical spots.
Perhaps a guide book…
A hangover kit for rowdy fiestas…
Other fun idea would be a sort of newspaper with custom crosswords, articles about the couple written by friends/family, to help guests who may know one of you better than the other get to know you individually and as a couple before taking part in your wedding.
Basically I think you need to be realistic about your budget. The Welcome Basket is not going to make or break your wedding, decide what you want to spend on it and go for quality over quantity.
Navy & Lavender sells fantastic various ready made, themed, gift bags
Kate Parker also creates ready-made cute regional gift baskets
Inexpensive tote bags from Pearl River, attach a custom label or stamp the bag with a logo, and fill with your favorite treats!
LLBean tote bags are cute, practical, and inexpensive
Goosberry Press makes these totes with cool maps of various US cities
I love these wine totes by BeauCoup
Food:Custom colored M&Ms can be printed with your photo, wedding date etc. MyMMs.com
Peterbrooke has a great selection of sweet/salty treats
Loveless cafe sells some of the best biscuit mix, grits, jams, and hams in super cute packaging!
BeauCoup sells a lot of different customizable treats!
Create candy bags with your favorite treats by color at Sweet Life
Miss Pickles Press Etsy Shop sells customizable labels, tags, bags and cards.
Trial by Cupcakes makes custom maps of your wedding destination.
What do you think of the whole Welcome Gift thing? What would you like to receive upon arrival as a guest? What did you do for favors at your wedding? Best welcome gift you have received?
Let’s give stressed Brides some fresh ideas!