May 18, 2022
Are you celebrating your wedding soon and just realized you want to create welcome gifts for your guests?
I know there are a million blogs out there saying the same thing when it comes to welcome gifts but what sets this one apart is that I'm here to share what's necessary or a total waste of time, what to consider that I see NO ONE talking about and how you can save some money if you choose to DIY!
As one of the first details your guests will see as they arrive, you want to wow them and give them a sneak peek into your epic party!
Although we offer Custom Welcome Gift services, we JUST launched our new DIY (Design it Yourself) Welcome Gifts for those of you that aren't feeling full custom or are on a tight turnaround. If you do decide to delegate these to your family or friends, use our ideas below to help you!
As far as beverages go, it's always good to stick with water. Hydration is often times an afterthought with so many things going on and your guests will appreciate not tapping into the mini bar and paying $8 for a bottle!
Money Saver: do yourself a HUGE favor and save your money on the custom water bottle labels, it's an added expense and total time suck to do! Your will know no difference! Sign up for Rakuten and purchase your items from sites that offer Cashback!
The perfect pre or post a wedding snack to munch on is a carby one! I recommend pretzels, chips, or popcorn and stick to crowd favorites like a simple sea salt! If you get too specific with flavors, your guests may not eat them and leave the behind which is a waste.
Pro Tip: DON'T repackage snacks AKA buy a big bag of Costco chips and add them to clear bags unless you plan to include an ingredient line. People have allergies and digestion issues and it's imperative to be conscious of ingredient lines with food. My advice is to simply order packaged snack packs and leave them be. You'll also save A LOT of time!
Money Saver: Repackaging also adds up because you are purchasing additional products (bags and labels). Stick with the original packaging of the food items. Sign up for Rakuten and purchase your items from sites that offer Cashback. Head to your local Sam's or Costco to buy these snack pack items in bulk.
What's a salty snack without a sweet snack!? If you prefer to be more health conscious than please feel free to do so! The options are endless- we recommend granola bars, nuts, cookies or chocolate. Again, keep the flavors to basic crowd-pleasing favorites like chocolate chip or a cinnamon sugared almond vs anything to specific.
Pro Tip: similar to the salty snacks, I suggest to not repackage snacks unless you plan to include an ingredient line. My advice is to simply order packaged snack packs and leave them be. You'll also save A LOT of time! If you add anything with chocolate to your gifts, ensure they are stored in cool places at all times during warmer months to avoid melting!
Money Saver: Repackaging also adds up because you are purchasing additional products (bags and labels). Stick with the original packaging of the food items. Sign up for Rakuten and purchase your items from sites that offer Cashback. So often, online grocers offer 10-15% off your first purchase so utilize these discounts!
Some folks like to include a keepsake, but my advice is to ditch it. It's an added expense on something that will get tossed. Our most popular add on are Tylenol/Advil packets or our Hangover Kits. Hangover kits are awesome if the contents are practical- keep them simple to Advil, Tums/Pepto tabs, gum and if you want to take it a step further--add in a hydrator packet or Emergen-C. All other items you see in hangover kits are great and all, but unnecessary for a one night stay.
Money Saver: Sign up for Rakuten and purchase your items from sites that offer Cashback! If there's anything out of this that you should DIY, it's the Hangover Kits. People charge A LOT for these and all you really need are the Tylenol/Advil packets at the end of the day.
This is the part that usually trips people up. Do you do bags or boxes? Where do you get that "shredded paper stuff" aka crinkle. If you DIY, you can certainly find bags, boxes, ribbons, crinkle, tissue and tags on Amazon or Etsy so whatever you choose, it's good to pick what goes best with our wedding vibe. Outsourcing to us will allow you the headache of needing to know HOW MUCH crinkle, ribbon, tissue etc is need. We also can determine what size bag or box is needed to fit the contents you choose.
If you DIY: If you are shipping welcome gifts to your venue, we HIGHLY recommend to stick with boxes. Shipping bags will be a nightmare and put all of that hard work to waste.
Money Saver: Sign up for Rakuten and purchase your items from sites that offer Cashback! Crinkle is also very expensive and sold at astronomical prices on Amazon ($25 for TWO lbs.!). My advice is to buy a 10lb box (you'll need way more than 2 lbs. anyway) off of a company like Nashville Wraps for $40 and save any extra for future gifting or sell off to folks that may need it for their events!
My goal is to always be transparent and helpful when it comes to gifting, whether you just need gift ideas or someone to completely take the task off of your list. Offering up useful advice to those that simply don't feel it necessary to outsource or curious minds is why I love doing what I do: Take my experience and share it with you all!
I understand the urge to do it yourself, but trust me when I say, you MAY want to reconsider the DIY route and outsource to an expert the very same way you did your flowers, stationery and all the rest!
Doing it yourself can often lead to just throwing items in a bag which can come out messy and even appear as an afterthought to your guests. People have ordered items too late in the timeline, products were delivered damaged, ordered the wrong quantities, didn't order enough ribbon etc. which just led to wasted money and frustration in the weeks leading up to their wedding day.
To avoid all of that, check out our services: Custom Welcome Gifts and Curated Welcome Gifts. Both were created to fit a certain need and we welcome you to explore how it all works! If you have any questions about welcome gifts, or want to hire us for your wedding, we are more than excited to work with you!
March 09, 2023