Post # 1
From a vendor? I’m a photographer part time and want to send a gift…I’ve gone back and forth with myself over what it should be and have recently started thinking about sending a cute little box with a nice travel sized lotion (like burt’s bees or philosophy), altoids, tylenol, bobby pins, opi nali polish, sewing kit, energy bar, etc. All things you could buy yourself I guess but I just want to do something nice for my brides to be.
Anyway, yay or nay on my kit idea?
ETA: If you think it sounds cheap/cheesy do you mind sharing why so I can keep that in mind?
Post # 3
When would you be giving the gift, would it way ahead of the wedding? If you are giving them the gift on the day of then it wouldnt be that helpful since they would have already bought most things they need. But if you give it to them in advance then that would be nice
Post # 4
i thnk its very nice..there are a lot of things that brides dont think about at the last minute. you can also add some personalized cards. I know a local photographer here gives BRIDE hangers to all the brides in case they dont have one.
Post # 5
@bells: It would probably be the month before, like right after they send me their final payment lol. I was thinking sending it when they book would be too far in advance, esp if I’m going to add a snack.
@shalynnmarie: I love that idea!
Post # 6
I think that’s a really cute idea. About a month before the wedding I would probably start thinking about my day-of emergency kit, and I would appreciate coming from a vendor that I trust so much. 🙂
Post # 7
I think it’s adorable! I know my photographer helped us with some things the day of the wedding (like cutting out the straps on my dress so they didn’t come out halfway through the wedding) that I would have never thought of, and I think using your wedding experience to helpher figure out what she might need the day of is just perfect. You’ll probably know what to put in an emergency kit better than she would!
Post # 8
I think it’s a cute idea and a bride would appreciate the gesture!
I also like the hanger idea!
Post # 9
That’s such a cute idea! I would love for my photographer to do something similar.
Post # 10
I think it could be cute, but it could also end up looking cheaper than it is. If you have all travel sized toiletries, people might assume they’re all $.99 each, even if you get the nicer ones (and if you get the $.99 ones it will definitely look cheap). Also, people often don’t realizes how costs add up, so a box with 10 gifts worth $2 each might look cheaper than one $15 gift. If the box is very nicely presented and pretty, then it’ll look good.
Another thought- my mom is a wedding planner/ DOC, and she brings 2 emergency kits to every wedding (in addition to a gift). I’ve also seen brides get emergency kits from bridesmaids and friends. You might want to consider something that your clients are less likely to get from other people. What about a frame or something else photography-related?
Post # 11
@MissBananaBread: I see what you’re saying and agree it has the potential to look really cheap. I might try it out this weekend and see if I can get it to look nice. What kind of gift does your mom do?
I thought about a framed engagement picture, but that seems like a nightmare to try and ship! Plus everyone’s home decor is so different you know? I’ve also considered a “date night” box with theatre candies, popcorn, gourmet chocolate, and a dvd but then not everyone likes the same movies or might have the one I got.
Post # 12
@kate169: I was actually just researching day-of coordinators to interview in the coming weeks and I noticed one planner offers a wedding day-of survival kit in her day-of packages. It really stood out to me because I thought it was such a cute and thoughtful gift, and a really nice professional touch, since wedding professionals who are up-close-and-personal on the day of the wedding know all to well what a bride may need to keep her calm and covered in case of an emergency. I think from a professional standpoint, it would make a really good impact!
Post # 13
@kate169: She gives each couple a rotating locking card box/ picture frame:
And since she’s the planner, she knows what’ll work with their overall wedding look.
What about date night without the movie? Candles, chocolate, a bottle of champagne?
Post # 14
@MissBananaBread: Oh that’s cute, thanks for sharing! The date night thing is still on the back burner as a backup idea…I also really like the champagne idea but I’m afraid of how to ship it!
Post # 15
I think the emergency kit is a cute idea, especially if it comes in advance like you mentioned.
One other thing that you may have already thought of, but I thought was a nice touch was that our photographer sent us a personalized photo greeting card on our first anniversary. Definitely reminded me to KEEP recommending them a year later!
Post # 16
I think it is cute coming from a vendor!
I think I would find it a little cheesy as like a shower gift or something though.