For our wedding, I thought it would be nice to share our excitement with out-of-town guests by providing them wedding weekend boxes filled with treats and information. It was a small token of our appreciation for our wedding guests to stay a night or two at our top hotel accomodation. I have listed below some tips I used in regards to making the out-of-town wedding boxes. Enjoy!
- I purchased white gable boxes online in bulk (50 individual boxes). Oriental Trading.com has some fabulous gable boxes on their website as you can see here! Another inexpensive site for white gable boxes can be found at Packaging Source.
- Go to your local arts and crafts store (Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, even WalMart), and purchase items of your choice for your out-of-town wedding boxes like: ribbon, beads, sequins, pearls, rhinestones, craft paper, stencils, markers, craft glue, hot glue gun, super glue (just to name a few). Remember to keep your wedding theme and color palette in mind when purchasing.
- I attached satin ribbon that went around the gable boxes horizontally. I used my hot glue to attach the ribbon to the box as it didn’t show through the satin ribbon like super glue does. Additionally, I put some clear, adhesive rhinestones and pearls on the front of the box to make them a little more sassy! The hot glue gun was brought out again to adhere the pearls to the boxes.
- When looking back, I would not have attached pearls. The rhinestones were flat, making them less likely to brush up against something and fall off. However, the pearls were not flat, and several pearls were knocked off in transport to the hotel.
- I used the labels from the company My Own Labels to adhere to the front of the gable boxes, which also kept the ribbon in place. The sticker to the right is the theme I used, and I was able to customize the colors as well. I really recommend their wedding labels as I had no problems with shipping and delivery, plus their customer service is excellent!
- Inside the boxes, I placed hot pink or black tissue paper. This was to add a sprinkle of color!
- The contents within the boxes ranged from candy I bought on Oriental Trading.com, to water bottles that I applied wedding labels around (again, from My Own Wedding Labels). North Carolina’s Department of Transportation even provides free maps of the state in quantities of 25. This can be convenient for your out-of- state guests. I would check with your state’s DOT to see what options they may offer. In each out-of-town wedding box I also provided the time and directions to the wedding ceremony and reception site.
- A great idea is to include contents in your out-of-town wedding boxes that are specific to your state. In North Carolina, a great website for sweet treats and gifts with a Tarheel theme is A Southern Season. Some of the treats that I used from A Southern Season can be found to the right.
- Make sure that you arrange with your hotel beforehand to either place one out-of-town wedding box per family in their hotel room prior to arrival or give one box per family during check-in. Sometimes there is a cost associated (by the hotel) with placing the out-of-town wedding boxes in rooms prior to out-of-town wedding guest’s arrival, so don’t forget to ask your hotel!
- Finally, assign the task of ensuring the out-of-town wedding boxes are passed out to your wedding consultant, or a family member or friend if you and your fiance are unable to pass them out during guest arrival.
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