We’ve arrived! It’s officially the start of fall wedding season; the temperature is starting to slowly drop, and the leaves are beginning their colorful transformation. Traditionally, June has been the most popular month to get married in. However, the tides have turned! According to The Knot’s 2016 wedding statistics, September and October are the two most popular months to get married in at 16% each, followed by June at 13%. So, with peak wedding season about to begin, it’s important to figure out what your welcome gift bags for your guests will include.
Below are our suggestions for the best favors to celebrate your nuptials.
Welcome Bag Essentials
Traditionally, wedding favor bags consists of the small paper bags. Why not offer a personalized tote bag to your wedding guests?
They are a great decorative and functional piece. Use the tote bags as welcome bags for your wedding guests. If you have an artistic friend or family member, have them create an image or illustration to screen print onto the bag, commemorating your big day such as Chad & Penny September 16th, 2017. Or, you can explore your crafty side and DIY the tote bag art design. This is also a great place to share your wedding hashtag as well.
These are a great gift for those out-of-town guests staying at the hotel. Have fun and showcase your creativity by creating clever “Do Not Disturb” signs. Add a fun message about the wedding, such as “Do Not Disturb: We’re recovering from our awesome time at Kyle and Margaret’s wedding!”
Hang Tags are an amazingly versatile print piece. Their size is perfect for leaving a little note on the items in your guests’ welcome bags. Often times, a wedding bag includes a bottled water or a carbonated beverage; place the hang tag on the bottle. It can add additional pizzazz.
Create a “wedding wishes” station that allows your wedding guests to write pieces of advice for your wedded bliss and hang them up on a decorative metal tree or string them up as part of your decorations. As the night goes on, you’ll see thoughtful and loving messages from your family and closest friends, wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.
They are the perfect wedding memento for your guests. When writing thank you cards, add a magnet with a photo of you and your spouse captured on your wedding day. Whether it’s placed on the fridge or a work locker, it’s sure to be a beautiful reminder for your guests of your special day.
Postcards are a great alternative to the traditional thank you card. Use a photo from your engagement shoot, wedding day or a scenic shot of your wedding location on one side and write a sweet note thanking them for their gift and attendance on your special day.
They can also be used as a wedding itinerary to keep your guests in the know. Postcards can be used as a list to-dos for guests unfamiliar with the city or a list of bride and groom’s favorite restaurants or local hot spots. Be creative and tell a story on why you have chosen this location: first date, favorite to-go restaurant, a must stop for local cuisine, etc.
Custom roll labels are a great way to personalize one of the gifts. Get creative! Use them to label mason jars Custom printed roll labels can be used to label mason jars for a candy bar table or decorate a complimentary wine bottle for your guests.
Most weddings are traditionally semi-dressy or formal. So, it might be a surprise to see flip-flops listed as one of our wedding gift bag swag. Because wedding attire is traditionally formal, dress shoes are commonplace. By the time the dancing starts at the reception, many find themselves with sore feet. Flip-flops are a great impromptu way to dance the night away in comfort. Get ready to dance the night away with some of these popular songs!
- “Gangnam Style” by Psy
- “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
- “Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper
- “Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths
- “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
Engraved wine glasses with your names and wedding date are a classy way for your guests to remember your nuptials. What’s great is that you can cut costs by using them not only as a gift but as the wine glasses for the reception dinner.
Koozies are a great low-key gift that’ll keep your drinks cold long after the reception ends. Pick a koozie that matches your color scheme, and customize it with typography and art that honors your wedding day.
A picture is said to be worth a thousand words. However, sometimes we can become so engrossed in our digital devices, perfecting photo angles and lighting, that we forget to enjoy the moment. Photograph those carefree candid shots with disposable cameras instead. Place a couple on each table; that way those of all ages have the opportunity to capture the festivities.