We were so humbled by the number of family and friends that traveled to be at our wedding and it was very important to us to make their stay as comfortable as possible. I've seen a lot of great ideas for hotel welcome bags but thought it would be fun to do something a little different and have a welcome box instead.
Paper Mart has a variety of box dimensions and gives the option of ordering box lids and bottoms separately. It was nice to be able to get a box that would snugly fit the items we wanted to include so they wouldn't flop all over the inside.
There was paper left over from the paper cones we placed on the chairs during the ceremony and it was just too gorgeous not to use! I cut the gold textured paper on a diagonal and layered it on the front of the box. Next, I wrapped a band of gold and ivory ribbon 3 inches from the top of the box. My friend, Aly, of Rust Belt Love printed our names and design from our wedding invitation on textured paper. After cutting them, I layered them on a piece of light green card stock and placed the finished label over the gold and ivory ribbon.
Next it was time to organize the items for the box. There were two bottles of water, trail mix, animal crackers, ibuprofen, breath mints, a map of the area and an information booklet. I used Gartner Studio's water labels and my own template to personalize the water bottles. The cute fold over bags are from Paper Mart and I created the labels using Avery's label and my own design. I picked up the map at a local tourism stand and the breath mints and ibuprofen are from Costco. More details on the information booklet to come, but it included a welcome message, weekend itinerary, San Diego attractions, local restaurants, and transportation information.
The box was lined with tissue paper and the items placed inside.
Finally, the box was wrapped on all sides and a secured with a knot on the front. The boxes were a big hit! Everyone appreciated the goodies inside and liked the unique spin on a welcome bag :)