by Edna Wood
While you truly appreciate all of those who will be attending your wedding, it is important to give a special thank you gift to those guests who have traveled long distances to be with you on your big day. According to an American Express study, most guests will spend an average of about $539 each to attend your wedding. That’s not even including a wedding gift.
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a gift for your out-of-town guests. As with many things in life, it is the thought that counts the most. So remember to add a personal touch, such as a thank you note, to each gift and to choose items that will show your guests that you truly appreciate the effort they have made in order to be with you on your wedding day.
Assortment of Coffees and Teas
If the hotel rooms your guests will be staying at will have coffee pots, leave an assortment of gourmet coffees or teas for them to enjoy. Place them artfully in a pretty basket with personalized coffee cups and add a short note thanking them for coming to your wedding.
Spoil your guests with something delicious to nibble on in their hotel rooms. A perfect idea? Send chocolate covered strawberries from FTD. These sweet treats are decadent but somewhat healthy at the same time. Add a personalized message to each box for a special touch.
A Guide to the Area
Your out-of-town guests will appreciate information about your local area, so try to prepare a list of resources for them. If you are too busy to compile this type of information, ask one of your attendants or family members if they could whip something together for you. According to The Knot, you should try to include information about your wedding itinerary, important phone numbers and addresses as well as a list of local attractions for them to see and experience in your area.
A Growler of Local Beer or a Bottle of Wine
Give your out-of-town guests a taste of the local drinking scene by placing a fresh growler of beer from a local brewery into their hotel refrigerators. If your area is known more for its wine or even for its bourbon, pick up bottles to leave in your guests’ rooms. If you want to add a special touch, accompany the bottles or growler with glasses engraved with a simple “thank you.”
If you are having a destination wedding, welcome your guests to their hotel rooms with little goodie bags that are filled with items that they can use during their stay. For example, if you are having your wedding on a tropical island, pick up an inexpensive beach bag and fill it with items such as suntan lotion and a pretty beach towel, as Elizabeth Anne Designs suggests. Ask the wedding coordinator or concierge at the hotel if they could provide you with a guide to restaurants and local attractions that you can add to your goodie bag.
Spoil your guests with either a plush or lightweight robe. Your guests will appreciate having something to lounge around in their rooms in. Robes also make a nice gift for your bridal party as they can wear them while they get their hair and makeup done for your big day.