Friday, September 07, 2007

The Top 5 Things to Put in Guest Welcome Gift Baskets

1. Bottles of water. That's the #1 thing guests want -- and look at the new, fun shapes of water bottles for kids. Most guests say they prefer water over bottles of wine or soft drinks.
2. Snacks and sweets, such as Reese's peanut butter cups, Oreos, Kit Kats, the brand-name goodies
3. Gift cards for coffee. A $5 gift card to Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks means that you're buying them their morning coffee (and add a note about where the nearest coffee shop is. Some guests don't like the hotel coffee in the lobby.)
4. A note from you, handwritten if possible. If you have a lot of guest welcome baskets, a computer printout is fine. Just add this personal touch to thank them for traveling all this way, fighting traffic and going to such lengths to be there for your big day. Let them know how much their presence means to you.
5. A fresh copy of the driving directions they'll need, info on the hotel shuttle's departure time on the wedding day, any itinerary details like the location of the cocktail party that night, and the cell phone numbers of people they can call if they have questions or needs (designate a volunteer for guests' phone calls; you'll have too much to do to field questions on where the local Target is). A complete itinerary with all needed details is much-appreciated.