Consider the unique environment of the Outer Banks when selecting items to welcome your wedding guests to the area.Whether you re having a hometown ceremony, or a destination wedding, chances are you will have a number of guests coming from out of town to help celebrate your special day. It is important to thank them for traveling and what better way to do that than greet them with welcome baskets when they arrive. Hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts, are usually accommodating in making sure anything you have for guests is placed in their rooms prior to their arrival. Baskets are a great surprise for your traveling friends and family, and an excellent way to begin your wedding festivities!
Depending on when you re getting married, choosing items applicable to the festivities you have planned is an excellent option. If you re hosting a summer beach wedding, it would be a nice idea to provide guests with a few necessities such as sunscreen, flip flops and a couple of personalized koozies for their frosty beverages. A beach tote or mini soft cooler makes an ideal container for these gifts. If your event is kid-friendly, this is the perfect opportunity to fill a sand bucket with crayons, coloring books and a plastic shovel and hey the coloring book will keep the kids entertained at your reception.
If you re hosting an event for out of town guests, such as a crab bake, it s a great idea to include a bib and an individual crab cracker in each welcome basket. Again, it will be something they can use on their vacation, and afterwards.
The unique feeling small towns have should be used to your advantage when planning your guests welcome baskets. Think about what your locale is known for, and try to incorporate that in the baskets. These traveling guests will be from all over the country, so this is a great time to introduce them to something exclusive to your favorite town.
The seaside villages in the Outer Banks are home to a wide variety of local retailers specializing in unique merchandise, often handmade by the locals. Use this to your advantage by scouring the local boutiques for items to include in the baskets. Local artisans are eager to share their creations, and will often be willing to work with you on pricing if you re purchasing large quantities.
Another great option is local food items. Guests arriving from landlocked states will relish a taste of the south s seafood. Find a local company specializing in dry mixes, such as crab dip or seafood seasoning. This is something your guests can take home with them and remember your wedding weekend long after the festivities have ended.
If you re searching for something guests can cherish for years to come, contact a local artist and see if he or she has any small sketches of a landmark specific to your wedding destination. Again, if you re buying multiple pieces, artists are more likely to work with you on pricing.
Another option when considering out of towners, is to arrange local activities and provide that information in welcome packets. If they need to make advance reservations, simply send out this information ahead of time. Many guests will do their research beforehand; however, many may be unaware of unique excursions unknown to those outside the local community. Again, be sure to probe the locals for information such as the best fishing charters, kayaking tours, or the local crabbing spot for those looking for a hands on experience.
Keep in mind while this weekend is about your wedding, many are traveling to make the day even more special for you and your groom and in this economy that is no small feat. Take this opportunity to say Thank You while also providing a few mementos they will cherish along with the memories made at your wedding celebration.