One service that you might want to consider offering for your clients is welcome gift bags for out of town guests.
The guests have packed their bags and traveled miles to celebrate with them, it’s a lovely gesture to have a welcome gift waiting for them in their hotel room when they arrive.
While attractive baskets filled with goodies are impressive to look at, keep in mind that they may not fit into the guests’ luggage for the trip home.
A better idea is an attractive gift bag that can be folded up when it’s time to depart. Here are some ideas that you might include to make those guests feel really welcome:
*This first one is mandatory—a brief note from the bride and groom welcoming them and thanking them for making the trip.
*An itinerary for events leading up to the wedding, especially if you’ve arranged for special activities for before and after the wedding day.
*A local street map for the area
*A copy of a local magazine, if the community offers one.
*A couple bottles of water.
*Snack food packs (crackers and cookies)
*Sun screen – if the ceremony will be held outdoors
*A locally grown treat – a locally grown wine or nuts for instance.
*Passes to a local attraction.
*A book of crossword puzzles or Sudoku with an attractive pen or pencil.
The list can go on and on. Gift bags can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose to make them. Let your imagination be your guide.
How to price these, you ask. Well, you price the items ahead of time and mark up each individual item. If you can get them wholesale, so much the better. ALSO consider how much time it will take to purchase and assemble the items, then pay yourself an appropriate hourly wage.

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