We are big proponents of choosing simple and affordable gifts for your wedding guests. After all, who wouldn’t love to pick from a selection of gourmet cookies or popcorn to take home from the reception? Plus, these kinds of gifts double as reception entertainment. That said, there is one place where more traditional gifts can be a welcome, even necessary, addition, and that is as a generous welcome for your out-of-town guests!
What Should a Welcome Bag or Basket Include?
Wedding baskets might seem like the sort of thing reserved for fancy, weekend-long wedding celebrations, but it’s actually possible to create a welcome gift on nearly any budget. And this one simple gesture can really help start your wedding on a sweet note.
While fun additions are always welcome, pun intended, a great welcome gift should always include maps of your city, particularly if you have a lot of out-of-town guests coming in for the celebration.
If your guests are arriving early or staying a few days after the wedding, you should also include pamphlets for your favorite museums, parks, or other tourist attractions. A map of public transit options is also helpful. If there is room in your wedding budget, you could even include a local Metro card!
Celebrate Your City By Shopping Local!
From snack foods to postcards, shopping local for little elements you can add to your gifts is a great way to highlight your city’s unique vibe. In general, you will want to include at least one salty and one sweet snack, perfect for late night munching without having to hit the hotel mini bar. A few bottles of water are also great. Plus, you can easily jazz them up with custom printed labels that coordinate with your invitation suite. Or, better yet, buy guests reusable bottles they can keep with them!
Instead of traditional giftwrap, consider purchasing reusable shopping bags or even canvas totes emblazoned with your city’s skyline to fill with goodies. This way they’ll have a great reminder of their trip, and a perfect tote for storing all their souvenirs.
Want to Wed In Austin, Texas?
Austin is a great city to visit, and to wed. Texas Old Town offers four unique and separate venues, right in the heart of Hill Country, perfect for brides looking to wed near Austin, Texas. Call Texas Old Town today for more information at 512.396.1800!