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10 Things Every Wedding Welcome Bag Needs

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We love hearing from our readers, so when Meghan wrote us with this Ask Emmaline question we swooped in to help. She is planning a wedding in her hometown of Wilmington, NC, but a handful of guests are coming from out of town (she currently lives in Chicago). She says,

Hi Emmaline! Many guests are flying in for my beach wedding in North Carolina and I want them to feel comfortable in the area. I’ve heard of wedding welcome bags, but I have no idea what to put in them. Any advice?

Great question, Meghan! A wedding welcome bag is a nice way to greet guests upon arrival. It’s also a sweet gesture, since your guests have traveled to be a part of your day. Say thank you by leaving a welcome bag in their hotel room (this can be coordinated with the hotel — just be sure to tip extra generously). We’ve compiled a list of top 10 things every wedding welcome bag needs to help. You can make them yourself with just a few, easy-to-find things! Read on for the list!

What to Put in Wedding Welcome Bags

Start with a bag:

We love a bag that can be re-used, and something like this is deep enough to be filled to the brim.

best day ever – by kaspi party | and so the adventure begins – by cotton and birch co | perfect day to drink champagne – by the yellow note | love bag – by wink events

Or something that is totally custom, like this illustrated tote…

Tote Bag | What to Put in Wedding Welcome Bags | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/wedding-welcome-bags/
by hollydoodles

Or say welcome to New York (um, it’s been waitin’ for you — I couldn’t resist a little TSwift) or any location with a map tote a la the lovely LH Calligraphy (left) or a state shape with heart on your location…

9 Ways to Thank Your Wedding Vendors

When it comes to your perfect wedding day, it starts with perfect vendors. Let’s face it: wedding vendors make or break your day! Wedding blogs help you find inspiration; handmade vendors create one-of-a-kind pieces, decor, and must-have items; wedding planners turn inspiration into fruition (and work tirelessly to coordinate every single detail), and wedding photographers capture it all for years to come. Hair stylists and makeup artists help you look your best, while seamstresses ensure your dress fits like a glove. Officiants make your ceremony memorable (and meaningful). Wedding videographers turn your memories into a full-length film to relive over and over again. Disc jockeys and bands entertain guests and provide ambiance during dinner, venue staff coordinate proper seating, lighting, and food service; and your caterer (and baker!) will be the difference between guests being satisfied (or wishing the food was better). These are just a few of the wedding vendors that make a wedding oh-so-memorable — and it takes hard work to do it. We’ve talked before about how important it is to thank your parents, how to perform random acts of wedding kindness, and 10 rules to keep your bridesmaids happy. Tipping is important, but it’s also essential to thank your wedding vendors by showing them your appreciation. Today, we’re showing you how to thank your wedding vendors right from the start. Read on to find out more PLUS enter for a chance to win a set of beautiful thank you cards from the lovely Sarka of Citrus Press. Let’s begin, shall we?

bride and groom

photo: shannon stellmacher photography | see the real wedding

Thank Your Wedding Vendors

9 Ways to Thank Your Wedding Vendors

1. Don’t compare one vendor to another.

I see this happen so often: someone wants a particular handmade product and they ask another artist to make it for cheaper, essentially ripping off the design. Not only is it unfair to the originator, but it’s rude to look at someone’s work and then say, ‘Hmm, your work is nice but I’d really rather pay you to do THEIR work, and much cheaper”. If you really want something, pay for it. Same applies to wedding photographers: don’t contact one photographer and ask him or her to copy another photographer’s style for a lower price. It’s rude.

2. Only hire them if you can afford their services plus a tip.

Once a particular vendor gives you a price, that’s pretty much the price (and don’t forget to tip – see #6). There are some opportunities for negotiation, but only under very specific circumstances. It doesn’t hurt to ask, but most venues or vendors have a set price based on the amount of work (and staff) it takes to do an exceptional job. Don’t try to knock it down by saying, “Well, so-and-so charges less” — then hire so-and-so! Hard work = proper compensation.

3. Be honest.

There’s this new trend where some engaged couples are booking venues, hair appointments, or ordering cakes (just to name a few) and saying it’s just for a ‘party’ to get a better rate than the ‘wedding’ price. Don’t do that. They’ll see right through you: don’t be dishonest.

4. Treat them with kindness.

Be kind, just like your momma taught you.

5. Be forthright with what you want.

Vendors are not mind-readers. Thank your wedding vendors in advance by being very specific about what you want. Don’t assume the D.J. knows not to play a certain song during the reception (unless you tell him/her) or freak out when the photographer didn’t get a picture of you with your grandparents. If you want your eye makeup subtle, tell your makeup artist — and, fortheloveofcosmetics let her give you a trial run first! Your reception tables? Go over the final look before the wedding (instead of sweating when they look different in your mind’s eye). Be very specific. Most wedding vendors are more than happy to work with you to make your dreams = reality.

6. Tip them appropriately.

The #1 way to thank your wedding vendors? By tipping them for a job well done. Here’s a tipping cheat sheet to get you started.

7. Be flexible.

Be flexible when something does not go as planned. If something happens that is unexpected — i.e. your cake is not delivered on time, the venue has a heating issue, the disc jockey forgot to bring a particular track — it is unfortunate, however most vendors are just as bummed as you. They’ll most likely try their best to make the most out of the circumstances, so try to be flexible.

8. Don’t leave a negative review, unless…

Don’t leave a negative review for a vendor unless you’ve a) let them know you were not happy with a particular service AND b) they did not work with you to correct it, during or after the wedding. Reviews are so important to wedding vendors and help them to have new clients in the future. You should, however, leave a less-than-happy review if a vendor was exceptionally poor, didn’t care that you were unhappy, AND did not try to make it better. Or, never showed. Or, a wedding vendor disappeared after being paid, never to be heard from again. That’s awful. It helps to look out for other brides-to-be.

9. Say thank you.

Often. And mean it.

Now that you know how to thank your wedding vendors, we’re giving you some thank you cards to do it! Find out more below.

Giveaway: Win 50 Thank You Cards!

When you’re ready to thank your wedding vendors, parents, wedding party, and friends and family for making your wedding amazing, you’ll need pretty thank you cards to start! We’ve teamed up with Citrus Press to offer 50 thank you cards and envelopes to one lucky reader. Here’s a preview of the thank you cards and the envelope color choices:

flora botanical thank you notescolors of envelopes for thank you cards

Giveaway Details

o Enter between 6/27/14-7/4/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize:

Beautiful flora botanical inspired Thank You cards are A2 in size and printed on heavy card stock. These also come with 50 white envelopes, ready for you to write to your guests or can be used for any occasion as it never hurts to say Thank You.

o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7/5; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $125.00
o Free shipping included anywhere.
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter
o No cash value

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xo
-E.

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15 Creative Wedding Coaster Ideas

One of our favorite handcrafted details for a wedding bar is a bespoke coaster. We’ve seen coasters given as wedding favors, used as escort cards, printed with a thank you message to wedding guests, and used as a unique advice guest book alternative, just to name a few ideas. A coaster is a conversation starter for guests and offers functionality as a drink ‘saver’ or label, as well as to protect a tabletop. As a drink saver, guests can place a coaster above the rim of their glass to signify the drink is still being consumed so it is not bussed. And, as a label, guests can identify a drink as theirs by writing their name on it (these are one example). A wedding coaster can also be used just as a festive addition to your decor. To inspire your reception, we’ve rounded up fifteen creative wedding coaster ideas below. Take a peek and let us know if you plan to use wedding coasters and, if so, tell us what yours will say!

Wedding Coaster Ideas

1. Enjoy Coaster

This wood coaster is perfect for a rustic wedding! We love the elegant calligraphy.

wood wedding coaster enjoy

julie song ink, photo: ryan ray photography via style me pretty

2. Initial Here

For a handcrafted wedding, personalization is key! A coaster like this is one way to show off your new initial.

floral monogram wedding coaster

when it rains

3. Thank You to Parents

We talked about unique ways to thank parents at your wedding recently. This coaster is another fantastic idea!

thank you parents wedding coaster

photo: emma case

4. Polka Dotted

This festive polka dotted monogram coaster is one of our favorites: it can be customized to suit your color palette and shows off your monogram.

polka dotted monogram wedding coaster

dear lc

5. Wedding Coaster Favors

Wrap up a set of coasters and give them to guests as favors.

wedding coaster favors

photo: ryan timm via style me pretty

Here’s an example of coaster wedding favors you can have customized:

custom wedding coaster favors

my little chickadee creations

6. Don’t Take My Drink

Earlier we mentioned how a wedding coaster can be used as a drink saver, when placed on the rim of a glass. This coaster reads, “Please don’t take my drink, I’m dancing”, as one example.

dont take my drink wedding coaster

tea and becky

7. Wedding Advice

Place these wedding advice coasters at the bar and guests can write their well wishes! Plus, you don’t have to fuss with a traditional guest book: this takes the place of one.

advice wedding coaster

david’s bridal

8. Chalkboard

Guests can write their names on these chalkboard coasters so they don’t lose sight of which drink is theirs.

chalkboard wedding coasters

kate aspen

9. Hip Hip Hooray

Gold ‘hip hip hooray’ wedding coasters are a fitting touch to a festive fête.

hip hip hooray wedding coaster

odd daughter paper co.

10. Thank You to Guests

What could be better than heartfelt thank you coasters for wedding guests? Add your own personalized message.

thank you to guests wedding coaster

dinglewood design

11. Photo Save the Date

You can have your engagement photo placed onto a coaster and sent as a unique save the date, well ahead of the big day.

wedding coasters personalized with photo

via evermine

12. Eat Drink & Be Married

We love this modern “eat, drink and be married” coaster set. It ties into nearly any wedding theme you can imagine!

eat drink be married wedding coaster

ruffhouse art

13. Escort Card Coasters

Meet the escort card coaster: it’s an escort card and drink coaster in one! Two birds, one stone.

coaster escort cards wedding

photo: k seidl photo via style me pretty

14. Happily Ever After

Bright and cheery, these happily ever after coasters are a delightful touch.

lived happily ever after wedding coaster

print smitten

15. Save the Date Coaster

Last but not least, this save the date coaster is another favorite way to set the tone of your event and tie in your theme, too.

save the date coaster

fossil letterpress

Which of these wedding coaster ideas is your favorite?

Tell us with a comment below! We’d love to hear from you!

xo,
-E.

7 Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding

It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question! We received this question from bride-to-be, Lana, who asks, “Dear Emmaline, I’m planning my wedding and my parents have been so helpful, especially my mom. She has been helping with every DIY detail, even taking some of the bigger projects (my centerpieces) to eliminate my stress. I want to thank my parents for all they’ve done for our wedding; any advice?” Fantastic question! You can never thank your parents enough for all of the wonderful things they’ve done for you, and your wedding is no exception. Whether they are contributing their time, money, support, or they’re just being totally awesome per usual, it’s important to thank your parents at your wedding. In this post, we’re sharing some of our favorites ways to thank your parents at your wedding PLUS we’re giving away one of our favorite finds by Paper Street Press!

P.S. This is a must-have photo! Pin this for later! (Hover mouse over photo and click ‘pin it’.)

must-have photo for your wedding! bride and groom kissing, parents kissing. photo by jessie alexis via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding

photo: jessie alexis photography

Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding

1. Present Them with a Heartfelt Art Print

Give them a personalized gift at the wedding, like this custom thank you art print by Paper Street Press.

parents thank you print by paper street press (via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding)thank you print parents wedding (via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding)

paper street press

It will be a memorable gift they’ll display at home and cherish for years to come.

2. Include a Note in the Ceremony Program

If you’re having a ceremony program, include a note inside it thanking your parents for their love and support.

3. Recreate One of Their Wedding Photos

Flip through their wedding photos and ask them about their day. Find a photo that includes your parents and your grandparents from their wedding; have it recreated at your own wedding.

Recreate a photo from your parents' wedding day! (via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding)

spotted via pinterest

4. Include a Thank You in your Menu

Include a note in your menu at your reception showing your gratitude.

thank you menu (via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding)

paper street press

5. Handwritten Thanks

Present your parents with a card or letter as a thank you. For a card, write a few lines inside with specifics of why you’d like to say thanks at your wedding. If you’d like to include a longer letter, consider something along the lines of “remember when” where you write things you’re thankful for, whether before or during the wedding planning process.

6. Thank You Gifts

Present your parents with gifts of thanks. A few examples include jewelry…

mother bangle bracelet gift idea (via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding)

georgie designs

… these mugs…

father of the bride mother of the bride mugs (via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding)

susabella

… or a handkerchief.

wedding handkerchief dad (via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding)

embroidery collection

7. Enjoy the Day

And, last but not least, enjoy your wedding day. Your parents want you to be happy and savor every moment of your wedding day. You (and presumably they) have put lots of time and energy into this day, so make sure you show your appreciation by enjoying it. Practice these wedding acts of kindness and be gracious to all who help you make your day wonderful. Oh, and it goes without saying: never be a bridezilla. It doesn’t look good on anyone. And, be sure to say thank you during the planning process.

P.S. I love this cute photo of the bride’s parents!

cute photo of brides parents (via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding)

photo: samm blake via style me pretty

Giveaway: Thank You Print for Parents

Now that you have some ideas on how to thank parents at your wedding, it’s time to win a lovely gift! We’ve teamed up with Paper Street Press to offer a custom art print to one lucky reader (as seen below and above in #1).

About the Prize

Kleenex not included! Bring your mama to tears with these personalized, sentimental wedding-day gifts. You will receive a unique pair of fully-customized 8″ x 10″ prints; one for each set of parents. Additional prints are available for just $10 each.

o Enter between 5/15/14-5/21/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Personalized Pair of Parents Thank You Prints
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 5/22; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included to U.S. and Canada
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 1 year to claim prize
o Prize value: $40 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!

xo,
-E.