Post # 1
Hey so Im looking for personal touches at my wedding. So far I am doing the bathroom baskets but I would like to know if any of you have ever been to a wedding and they did something that just seemed so nice. I have alot of out of town guests and I just want to make everyone feel welcome. P.s. Not expensive! we are on a very budget friendly wedding! Thanks!!
Post # 3
I’m not sure how budget friendly it is, but I once went to a wedding where there was a huge basket of inexpensive pashminas there just for the taking in case anyone was cold. Once you got back to your room there were fuzzy slippers for each person in the room too.
I’ve seen pictures of baskets flip flops too for when girls take their shoes off – I think it’s a cute idea.
Post # 4
The best thing I’ve seen is a shuttle from the hotel to the ceremony to the reception then back to the hotel. They added it last minute because, though it was a walkable (10 minutes each way), it snowed a couple of days before, so everything was slushy.
I don’t know how expensive that was, but they rented a mini bus that was more like a wanna-be limo inside, complete with pole! It was hilarious, we had a great time joking about it, but I think everyone appreciated the extra.
Post # 5
I’ve been to several outdoor weddings where I was so chilly, I couldn’t wait for the ceremony to be over (bad guest, I know!). So when I saw fleece blankets (lap size, not huge) for $2.50 at CVS in our wedding colors I bought about 15 of them. I figure if it’s cool – we are having an outdoor mountain wedding – people can cuddle under blankets or they can be used to “picnic” on the lawn during our cocktail hour. Heck, even if nobody uses them, they will look adorable all stacked up and tied with ribbon!
Yes, I’m tooting my own horn, but I think it’s a touch our guests will appreciate and it only cost me $40.
Post # 6
For our outdoor wedding, we’re planning on having wraps in case it gets chilly, sun block since it’s the middle of the summer and bug spray to help out the citranella candles around the farm, too.
Post # 7
Personal notes handwritten to each guest that served as the escort cards
Shuttle from the hotel to the reception site and back
Boxes of cake at the end of the night for a late night snack
“Dancing shoes” for the female guests
Fans for the church as it was very hot and some people (including the bride) fainted
Post # 8
This is SO not budget friendly, but I went to a bar mitzvah once and they had a “hospitality suite” at the hotel where it was like a big living room that connected 2 hotel rooms and they put out Chinese food for the day that most people flew in, alcohol, and breakfast for the day most people flew out. It was a place that people went to talk/drink over the weekend.
I tried to get one for my wedding, and my hotel didn’t have anything like that. The best they could offer me was a giant hotel room….for $1,000 a night. I said “no thanks.”
Post # 9
bump! I want to revive this post to get some ideas. the most hospitable thing I have seen is when they had ordered dozens of pizza so that you could grab a snack before you headed out to the bars afterwards. I have never seen people so happy!
Post # 10
Yes, let’s BUMP this up! I can’t do the bathroom baskets because the bathrooms are on another floor of the centre where we are having our reception (there is another hall in the centre) so I don’t want strangers having a go at the hand cream I bought….(because I am a mean girl like that).
I was thinking Out of Town bags for each guest with water, aspirin, etc., but was looking for other ideas….
Post # 11
We’re planning on fans for the ceremony, bathroom baskets, Out of Town boxes and sliders at the hotel’s pub once everyone gets back. We definitely need to consider a shuttle though..
Post # 12
Fiance and I definitely appreciated having a shuttle bus to take us from the hotel to the wedding site for a friend’s wedding. It must have been pricey but it was fantastic because the venue was a good 40 minutes, at least, from the hotel.
For more affordable options, I do think bathroom baskets are awesome. Small out of town bags are always nice, and I think the baskets of flip flops for dancing are pretty cool, though I’ve never been to a wedding that had one.
ETA: From the same wedding with the shuttle: after we all got back from the wedding, there was an after party in the hotel lounge area. The bride’s parents handed out little bags of chips and other snacks. It was awesome.
Post # 13
We’re doing bathroom baskets, out of town bags, a flip flop basket, program fans and parasols. If I hear one person complain they’re hot or uncomfortable I’m going to smack them.
Post # 14
I’m not sure if this really counts as anything, but Im super worried about my guests being too hot during our ceremony which is outdoors but under cover. Probably because Ive been to a few weddings where I felt like I wanted to faint. So I plan on putting ice cold water and lemonade out for guests next to the guestbook to during our ceremony.
Post # 15
@rsax: This was what I was going to post. When I told someone that I was originally from a small IA town, they automatically asked “OMG, do you do that awesome midnight sandwiches thing?!” Why, yes, yes I do 🙂
Nothing keeps drunk, tired dancers and guests happier than some simple turkey and ham sandwiches on dinner rolls. They’re basically a requirement around here, hehe.
Post # 16
My lovely cousin had their wedding about an hour from our city centre and about 30 minutes from where most of their friends/family lived and it is very difficult to get cabs to the area. So instead they organised 2 buses to pick everyone up and drop them home for a small charge, I think it was $15 a person.
This was much cheaper than getting a cab/chauffeured car and noone had to worry about driving home. It also meant that we had the chance to get to know other guests on the way there and continue the party all the way home. It really made night so much easier and less stressful for everyone.