If you are looking for a unique favor or welcome package, consider creating unique pre or post-wedding kits for your guests to enjoy the day of or after your big celebration. These can be as simple or extravagant as you and your budget would like – no matter what, your guests will be thankful for a useful and thoughtful gift!
First, you will need to decide on the type of bag to put the items in. They could be small canvas bags, basic paper gift bags, or a tin box. Remember that the size of the bag or box will dictate how many goodies you can squeeze in, and you will most likely want it to be large enough for at least a water bottle to fit in.
After the bag is decided, it is time to get creative with what you put in it. Consider your guest list and whether or not the majority of the guests will be drinking at your wedding. If there is no alcohol at your reception, chances are you will not need to include ibuprofen for headaches. However, a bottle of water is definitely a staple that should be included. Mini Starbucks double-shot espresso cans are also a great addition, or bagged coffee that can be made in their hotel room.
Mints, gum, mini toothbrushes and toothpastes, along with other toiletries are all good items to purchase. Lip balm also comes in handy, as they are easy to lose and new ones are always appreciated. After a long night of dancing, celebrating, and shaking hands, hand sanitizer is an easy go-to item.
When it comes to food, there are many options to choose from. If you want to give a few snacks, choose one that is salty (chips, pretzels, granola bars) and also a sweet option (chocolate bar, candy, cookies, gummy snacks).
Unexpected, cute items to include could be personalized m&ms, a tide pen, bobby pins or hair ties, safety pins, a comb, or mini lotion bottles. Think about the location of your wedding – for example, if you are having your wedding at a beach, sunscreen and sunglasses are perfect additions. If you are getting married in Napa Valley, small wine bottles and cheese pair nicely.
When creating the packages, an easy way to wrap the package or attach a note is to print out cards rather than handwriting dozens of notes. Remember that many of the items listed above can be purchased in bulk to save money and time! No matter what you include, be sure to make these far in advance so they are ready to go.