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Nowadays, many brides face the challenge of planning a wedding from a distance, or asking their guests to travel great distances to come to them. Either way, life is busy, and it's always important to give traveling guests the proper thanks for making the trip.
Still, being on a budget can make shelving out extra mony for extra gifts nearly impossible. Here are some ideas to warmly welcome your guests without breaking the bank.
A DELICIOUS TREAT: Cookie box
What could be better than welcoming your out of town guests than with food?-- Especially homemade food.
Find your favorite cookie recipe and bake enough for your guests to each enjoy a delicious treat when they arrive. Place them in cookie boxes (deconstructable, found at local craftstores like Michales) along with the recipe, hand-written on a note card. Don't forget to write your names and your wedding date on the recipe for and added personal touch! Tie with a pretty bow. Add a monogram tag to the box if you like.
THE GRAND TOUR: A City Guide
If your guests are coming from out of town, chances are they would like to find out more about where they are going to be staying. Many guests come to town a day or two before the wedding, and they may be interested in taking a tour, visiting local stores, or finding a beatiful park to relax in.
Here are some elements you might wish to include in your guide:
1) Ladmarks and activities: Your guide will help point them in the right direction if they are interested in sightseeing or travel. Mark your favorite shopping, landmarks, and parks.
2) Your favorite restaurants: Of course there are many in town, but choose restaurants that have special meaning to you and your FI or that are just plain great! (Don't forget ice cream shops and breakfast joints!) You may want to break up the list by time of day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
3) Help: Give your guests important phone numbers and contact information. You should leave the number of the police station, taxi cab service, parking, and general saftey information about the area.
4) Interesting facts: It makes your guide personal if you include "fun facts". Is there a park where you and your FI first kissed? Is there a restaurant you always ate at growing up? How did the town get it's name? The more personal information you can sprinkle throughout the more it will interest your guests.
Here's a favorite cookie recipe if you are looking for inspiration. It's very easy! (They are the best cookies you will ever eat, and they are gluten free!)
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanutbutter
1 teaspoon baking soda
(1/2 cup milk chocolate chips-- optional but delicious!)
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir. Make walnut-sized balls with the dough and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes with an oven at 350 degrees. Allow to cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet before removing. Eat and enjoy!