How do you make your guest feel welcome? Or do you?
Because our venue is a restored historic hotel with 14 guest rooms, I decided in October that we could afford to leave guest welcome bags or boxes in each room for our nearest and dearest we have chosen to stay overnight. This includes our parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and a couple of our closest friends. I had seen an easy idea using homemade stencils and spray paint on kraft paper bags. I thought it would be a very inexpensive way to hold all of the goodies I planned to provide for our guests, including a thank you note, water bottles, snacks, maps of the area, a timeline of the wedding day and their personalized door hangers.
However, I could not find the kraft paper bags anywhere online for individual sale. Every site offered a minimum of 100 or 250. I only needed 14! So, in my search, I came across some sweet, easy-to-assemble kraft cardboard boxes with a monogram. Dear fiancé agreed and we threw our $50 toward the company and waited for the boxes to arrive. Now, just a few days before the wedding, I’m so thankful we didn’t have to mess with all of the spray paint and the dry time because of family and work craziness that has recently turned our world upside down.
Dear fiancé Dane agreed he would assemble our welcome boxes for me if I helped him with his homework. It took him about an hour to get all 16 done. He assembled the boxes and used a hot glue gun to tack on the white ribbon and monogram card that came with the boxes. Even though the first one was a little crooked, his glue skills improved. And I was happy one more project was done. We filled the boxes with the thank yous ($30), door hangers ($15), water bottles ($6), granola bars ($8), timelines (free) and maps (free). So in all, we spent about $110 on our welcome boxes. It was one of the more expensive projects that we did. It works out to about $6.87 a box for 16. But, because these boxes are going to our favorite people in the world, it’s worth it.
Are you providing anything to welcome your guests?
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