Welcome To Our Wedding! Personalized Gift Baskets Make Out Of Town Guests Feel Right At Home

In a world where family members live in all corners of the globe, more often than not, planning a wedding will involve out of town guests. And while your visitors really want to help you celebrate, they may end up a little bit stressed because they do not know the area or your other guests.

Solution? Personalized gift baskets ready and waiting when they arrive, filled with your best wishes for a wonderful visit. Whether you use a professional service or do some assembly yourself, gift baskets are an affordable, fun way to say "Thanks for coming, enjoy your stay. Here are three possibilities to get you started:

1. Welcome Basket: This basket is perfect for guests who do not know the area, especially if they're coming in a day early or staying a few extra days after the big event. Help them out by including a local map and brochures. You can also prepare a "do not miss" list of attractions and events. Printing it on attractive paper or stationary is a nice detail. Including a few samples of local trips, and your guests will be well prepared for their stay.

2. Goodie Basket: Have you ever arrived at your hotel ready to eat anything that was not eaten down? Your guests might too. Flight schedules, road construction or cranky kids sometimes make stopping out of the question. Let a Goodie Basket greet your guests and tide them over until they can get settled and out for a good meal.

You can include non-perishable items representative of the region such as crackers, dried fruit, nuts or candy. Gourmet tea, coffee or cocoa add a nice touch too. If you know what their favorite snacks are, provide a surprise weekend supply. Mini baskets are also great for families with kids. Tuck in a small toy, book or crayons to keep little guests busy.

3. Rest & Relaxation Basket:

While most hotels provide basic bath and shower essentials, your guests may enjoy some extra special pampering after their trip. Fill this basket with handmade soaps, or herbal lotions for gals and soothing shaving creams for the guys. Tie the scent in your wedding flowers or overall theme. Put in a few truffles or other decadent nibbles, and the worries of the road will be gone in no time.

Lastly, remember to include a personal note from the bride and groom or a small wedding memento to make your welcome basket complete.