Since we technically had a destination wedding (neither of us are from SA) 90% of our guests were from out of town or out of state. We wanted to make them feel welcome in a city a lot of them had never visited before, and feel appreciated for making the journey (some all the way from NY!) to the lone star state. I planned to have welcome boxes greeting each guest as they arrived in their hotel, as long as they stayed in the room block otherwise I had no way of tracking them down. So I started gathering a few treats for them to munch on, and began working on some important info they could use during their stay.
We had a lot of guests that stayed the whole week so I decided to put together a little itinerary (Your Modern Couple style) to use for their stay. It included some of our local favorites rather than just the typical touristy spots so that our guests could see why WE love our city. I also added a little welcome note to greet them, a map of the downtown area, and directions to the church and reception from each of their hotels. Thorough is my middle name ;)
I found a pile of these boxes in the dollar spot at Target and grabbed enough for all of our out of town guests.
I just loved that they were covered in polkadots (how perfect is that?) and made cute little boxes with handles.
I knew I wanted to include some fun beverages along with yummy snacks for our guests so I ordered a couple palettes of Izze soda, one of Clementine and one of Apple. I wanted these boxes to be a little preview of the fun colorful wedding they were about to attend, and what is more fun and colorful than Izze?? I found them on Amazon for super cheap plus free shipping, so I think we’re going to order Izzes that way from now on it’s way cheaper than getting them at the grocery store.
I paired them so that each guest would get both flavors.
Then to give our guests a little preview of all of the animal-ness that was about to take place, I also included a box of Barnum’s animal crackers. Who else used to carry these around like a purse when they were little? Just me?
I also included a box of Junior Mints because who doesn’t love Junior Mints??
When I found these cheddar whales I just about died! So I found some little treat bags and filled each one with some cheddar whales and printed cute little tags to seal up each bag.
I then placed some of that scrunchy shredded packing fluff (that’s the official name you know..) in the bottom of each box to keep everything in place, and rolled up a little map of the city to tuck behind everything.
Then I printed out the welcome letter, directions, and things to do pages and tied them together with a ribbon and placed them on top of everything so that the guests would see that part first.
Then my mom and I went to town on the rest of the boxes! Hello crazy living room..
For the finishing touch we tied little tags I printed out to each bag with a black ribbon. This also helped keep the boxes from popping open. The Monday before the wedding my mom and I hand delivered all of the boxes to both hotels, and a couple guests who had already arrived were greeted by us at their front door bright and early that morning!
Our guests just raved about their welcome boxes, which made all of our work totally worth it! I really wanted our guests to feel included and important that day, and I really think something as little as a welcome box can make a huge difference. And each box only cost me about $5 to make :)