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Posted on October 6, 2013 by Cari
Categories: in WEDDINGS
No matter your wedding locale, you’re bound to have at least a handful of guests coming from out of town. As of lately, hotel “welcome bags” have become all the rave – and for good reason! They’re the perfect way to help ensure your guests’ stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
 
Not sure what to include in your welcome bags? Here’s a list to help you get started…
 
Itinerary
If you have a handful of events going on over the course of the weekend (i.e. welcome dinner and/or drinks on wedding eve, Sunday brunch, shuttle service, etc.), this is a great way to keep your guests in the loop on all of the weekend’s festivities.
 
Pamphlets for local attractions
Keep the fun going, even during the occasional lull between weekend events. Provide them with a few pamphlets of your favorite local museums, restaurants, and other “must see” attractions.
 
Bottled Water
Who doesn’t appreciate a complimentary bottle of H2O? You can even dress them up with custom labels to match your wedding colors and monogram.
 
Snacks
We recommend tossing in a few of your local favorites. If you’re hosting a wedding in Indy, consider including treats from Just Pop In, Long’s Bakery, or Confectioneiress.
 
Gum or mints
With all the socializing your guests will be doing during your wedding weekend, these will be most appreciated!
 
Mini "Emergency" Kit
This can include anything from Bandaids and Tylenol, to safety pins. If budget allows, other options to consider including are a stain treatment (Tide stain stick or Shout wipes), hand sanitizer, and even a small roll of tape.
 
"Do Not Disturb Sign"
You already know your wedding is going to be a rockin’ party – so it’s easy to assume guests will need a little extra R&R the morning after. A personalized sign to hang on their door is just the ticket to ensure they get lots of rest post-wedding! (example)
 
"Postcards"
Include one or two postcards that feature your wedding location (especially your venue, if available).

Fun Tip: Pre-address one to yourselves (and include postage), so you have some fun mail to look forward to after the honeymoon!
 
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We hope this list was helpful!
 
Remember, your welcome bags can be as simple or as extravagant as you’d like (or have budgeted) them to be. So, don’t stress too much over what you include in them….your guests will be surprised and delighted in the gesture, no matter the size or contents of the welcome bag.
 
Have any additional tips for our brides-to-be on what to include? Feel free to share them below…
 
Best,
 
Posted on October 2, 2013 by Cari
Categories: in WEDDINGS
Q: We’re finishing up the details for our invites, and are unsure where to list our registries. Can we include that on the invitation itself, or perhaps include an insert card with the registry details? We just want to make sure we receive items that we actually need, and want guests to know where we’ve registered . . . any help you can offer is appreciated!
 
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A: This is a question we often hear from brides-to-be, and we’re happy to help point you in the right direction.
 
Per standard wedding etiquette, your wedding invitation (and anything included with it) should never have any mention of gifts or registries. Despite what others might try to tell you in online bridal forums, this old-school etiquette rule still rings true today. This rule helps to avoid any implication that a gift is required, or that the gift is more important than their attendance. When sending your guests an invitation, the last thing you want to do is make them feel uncomfortable, right?
 
However, don’t be discouraged! There are still plenty of other (perfectly acceptable) options to get your registry info out there. For starters, the shower invitations & wedding website.
 
Be sure your shower hostess(es) have your registry info, so they can include that with your shower invitations. Another alternative – most stores will provide you with small registry info cards (i.e. Target and Bed Bath & Beyond) once you complete your registries. These are perfect enclosures to toss in with the shower and bachelorette invites.
 
Another great way to relay your registry information is by creating a personalized wedding website. Here, you can list your registries & other wedding details. NOTE: It is perfectly acceptable to include your website on your wedding invitations, so consider that as an alternative to listing your registries directly.
 
Guests will also know to ask your family & friends where you’re registered, if they haven’t heard elsewhere. So, inform your closest family members & wedding party, and rest assured that your registry information will make it’s way to your guests.
 
We hope this helps clear the air on wedding registries & where it is (and isn’t) acceptable to print that information. Remember, your guests should always feel like their presence at your special day is of utmost importance, not the gift. =)
 
Best,
 
Posted on September 26, 2013 by Cari
Categories: in WEDDINGS
When it comes to saving money on wedding expenses, most brides think that DIY projects are the only option. But don’t be fooled! Sometimes DIY projects end up costing the same (if not more) in supplies, not to mention taking up a LOT of your time. (Let’s be honest – who really wants to spend their spare time on tons of DIY projects in the weeks/days prior to the wedding?)
 
Instead of risking the quality & style of your wedding décor, here are a few alternative ideas to put some ease on your wedding budget….
  1. Get married in the “off season.” Many venues, DJs and photographers offer discounted services between the months of November through March.
  2. Ask your seamstress to create a veil to match your dress. This will save you a small chunk of change.
  3. When it comes to ordering programs for your ceremony, only order about 65-70% of your confirmed guest count. Many guests will only take one per couple/family. This will save on the amount of extras you’re left with, after the ceremony is over. (Bonus tip: Have door greeters handing them out, ensuring only one is given to each couple/family.) 
  4. Stick with wedding flowers that are in-season - these will most likely be grown locally, cutting down on your floral costs.
  5. When working with your stationer to create your invites, keep it simple! A flat-panel invitation set & envelope will most likely only require a single first-class stamp. Compared to postage costs of much more elaborate {and bulkier} invitations, this will help put some ease on your stationery budget.
  6. Before you go out and buy your bridal jewelry, check with your mother, grandmother, and other female family members about heirlooms or other pieces you might be able to wear for your big day. Not only will it save you some money, it will be your something old AND something borrowed!
  7. When it comes to your reception, get more bang for your buck. Perhaps you can frame one menu per table, instead of one menu per place setting. If you’re thinking of providing guests with favors, perhaps attach tags with the guest’s name and table number, and they instantly double as seating cards!
  8. Skip the splurge on the getaway car. Instead, ask around to friends and family…perhaps someone owns a vintage or otherwise unique vehicle that would work just as well. I’m guessing they would even be willing to chauffeur you, so you can relax & enjoy your exit from the reception!

Have more great money-saving tips for brides-to-be?
We’d love to hear from you – feel free to share them below!
Best,
 
I’m a country girl, small business owner, wife, mother of three, and a proud alumna of Purdue University (Boiler Up!).
 
Wondering what life is like for a busy mom with a graphic design & laser cutting business? My days are filled with pretty paper, blissful brides, half-finished sketchbooks, half-eaten lunches, and lots of cuddling with my little ones. I look forward to sharing with you all of life's fun happenings (both in & out of the studio) here on the blog!