Neutral Wedding Welcome Gift Boxes for Classic DC Wedding with Soco Events

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Neutral weddings are a favorite of ours here at studio Marigold & Grey and so are modern wedding welcome gifts. The more neutrals the better, if you ask us! This project combines elements of both and so naturally, we are over the moon excited to share with you a recent custom gift design project we created for a classic Washington DC wedding at the iconic Mellon Auditorium, planned by Soco Events!

To achieve this classic modern aesthetic, we selected white gift boxes that tie with white grosgrain ribbon. The boxes even featured the couple’s gold foil monogram on the top. For this particular curated gift box design, we ditched our usual calligraphy gift tag all together in order to achieve this clean, sophisticated, chic look.

As for gift box contents, our goal was to incorporate local items native to the DC, Maryland and Virginia area. Therefore, we included Virginia peanuts, a custom cookie in the shape of the US Capitol dome by Sugar Studio, and local artisan chocolates. The groom happens to be obsessed with Garrett’s popcorn and so, of course, we included a bag of their “Garrett’s Mix” which combines both sweet and savory together! It was also perfect the Garrett’s bags were all in neutrals. It was meant to be!

In addition to sweet and savory snacks, the gift boxes also included useful items such as Voss water and custom hangover kits with Advil, Pepto, and the cutest little Altoid tins. We packaged them in our signature drawstring pouches with a soft grey first aid symbol for added effect.

It’s not a secret that we are huge fans of custom welcome letters and these were certainly no exception. One side has a sentimental welcome message with an illustration of the DC skyline and the back side had important details such as the transportation schedule and weekend itinerary. By the way, in case you’re looking for tips on how to write a fabulous welcome letter for your own wedding welcome gifts, visit HERE.

At the end of each year, we do a recap of our very favorite welcome gifts (perhaps you caught our recap from 2016?) and I have a feeling that these are definitely going to make the list! They have modern gift packaging, a cohesive color palette, locally sourced gift contents, a coordinating custom welcome letter, gold foil monogramming…need I say more?

We’d love to know what you think of these gifts! Please leave us a note in the comments or reach out via our contact page. For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, you can access our inquiry for here. We appreciate you reading and as always, we’d love to hear from you!

Featured on Ruffled | Winter Wedding Welcome Box Inspiration at Virginia Wedding Venue The Black Horse Inn

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

When Cate Thorin, owner of Ivy & Honor, approached me about creating a fall-into-winter wedding welcome box for her upcoming editorial shoot with Lissa Ryan Photography at the Black Horse Inn, I was immediately on board. While there are countless wedding planners and wedding photographers who get together to create beautiful fall wedding inspiration, I immediately knew that this opportunity was be unique because of the special focus on family heirlooms.

We selected an antiqued wood crate with a slight grey wash to give it an older more weathered look. We filled it with a black bottle of bubbly, some citrus to mirror the citrus elements used throughout the rest of the editorial, and gourmet cookies packaged in a drawstring pouch.

For finishing touches, ivory tulle lined the crate for a softened look along with pine cones, dusty blue silk ribbon and a hand-lettered calligraphy tag by Poppy & Scooter. Now let’s check out some of the other gorgeous details that the design team pulled together, starting with this lush tablescape complete with dreamy autumn florals (La Fleur du Jour).

As I said before, the heirlooms that played a role in this editorial gave it a meaningful and everlasting feel. First, a bible that had been in the family for generations along with vintage family photos and even an heirloom engagement ring (Trumpet & Horn)!

And can we talk about this cake (Catherine George Cakes) for a second?! The classic white with the pops of deep navy and plum really make a statement together! And then the stationery suite complete with custom illustrations and endless hand lettering, all by Lady G Paperie.

And now for the most important part of all, the bride and groom. With the bride’s dramatic makeup (Makeup by Kevan) and dreamy, feminine gown (Wren Bridal) plus the groom’s dapper attire and sincere expression, this is one is one for the ages.

It was such an honor to collaborate with such a talented team and we cannot wait to do it again. Even though we are super busy with creating custom wedding welcome gifts and corporate event gifts for “real” events, it’s always a great to exercise your creativity with editorial shoots. Thank you Ruffled for the feature and thank you Ivy & Honor for including us…again soon please!

Vendor Lineup

Photography: Lissa Ryan Photography
Planning: Ivy and Honor
Floral Design: Le Fleur du Jour
Venue: Black Horse Inn
Wedding Dress: Wren Bridal
Jewelry: Trumpet and Horn
Hair: Jewel Hair Design
Makeup: Kevan D’Damery of Makeup by Kevan
Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux
Wedding Cake: Catherine George Cakes
Signature Cocktail Spirit: Catoctin Creek
Vintage Rentals: Bella Villa Shop
Table Linens: Nuage Designs
Welcome Basket: Marigold & Grey
Stationery: Lady G Paperie
Models: Pablo Redondo and Stephanie Knight

Charleston Inspired Wedding Welcome Bags for Loudoun County Virginia Wedding

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

We regularly work with engaged couples on wedding welcome gifts for DC weddings, Maryland weddings and Virginia weddings and even ship gifts to events all across the country. In this particular  custom gift design project, the bride was from Virginia and the groom from Charleston, South Carolina so we wanted curated gift bags that equally reflected both of their backgrounds.

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

In terms of the custom gift design, we selected jute tote bags with round wood handles for a southern-inspired look and feel. The gift tags were kept simple with “thank you” in script along with silk blush ribbon. It’s probably no secret but around here in our gift studio, the silk ribbon is always our favorite part!

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

As a nod to the bride’s Virginia roots, also where the wedding was taking place, we included artisan caramels from Charlottesville, Virginia as well as Virginia peanuts. We also included Virginia-themed chocolates depicting the state flower, state bird and even a fun spin on the state slogan: “Virginia is for chocolate lovers.”

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

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Image: Red October Photography

We also had fun gathering Charleston welcome gift goodies! We included Grey Ghost lemon cookies, again, for a nod to the southern roots. We also selected the iconic Benne Wafers, and even the old-fashioned Charleston Chews candy.

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

We’ve had some really amazing custom gift designs so far this year but I must admit, these hotel gift bags are definitely a personal favorite of mine. They’re feminine, southern, interesting, and have a little something for everyone. For more information about our Custom Gift Design Service, please reach out via our contact page or email hello@marigoldgrey.com. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Featured in Southern Weddings Magazine // Virginia Wedding Welcome Gifts

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Truth time. I almost fell over and died when I realized our Virginia-inspired wedding welcome gift box design earned a full-page spread in the most recent issue of Southern Weddings magazine! I’m not only thrilled to share with you the feature but also dish all the details behind this very special Virginia-themed gift.

We wanted a very natural, yet refined, look for this design. I set the tone with a natural pine box and filled it with gourmet trail mix in a drawstring bag, almonds in a clear glass jar, two fresh pears, Pellegrino, and a cookie in the shape of a dogwood by Two Sugars Studio. The dogwood is state flower of Virginia!

We finished the gift off with a soft sage silk ribbon and modern calligraphy gift tag by Poppy & Scooter. A custom welcome booklet featuring the couple’s names and a hand-drawn illustration of their wedding venue was designed and bound with coordinating velvet ribbon. Also by Poppy & Scooter.

We are HUGE fans of Southern Weddings around here and so it’s a huge, amazing, fantastic, unbelievable honor to be featured! (Not to mention, I’m a Virginia girl born and raised so all Virginia gift designs have a special place in my heart.) We’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave us a note in the comments or reach out via our contact page. For more information on custom gift design for Virginia gifts or any other state in the US, visit HERE.

Top 6 Wedding Welcome Gift Etiquette Questions Answered

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

As a gift designer who creates custom wedding welcome gifts for wedding planners and engaged couples, we get a ton of questions about the etiquette for out-of-town hotel gift bags. Today, I’m sharing these FAQs along with our answers.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography: Paper: Bella Jenna

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography: Paper: Bella Jenna

Q: Who gets a wedding welcome gift?

A: Typically, wedding welcome gifts are reserved for guests coming in from out of town. It’s usually one gift per couple or per hotel room. If a room is being shared by two single people without “plus ones”, then each of those guests would receive their own gift.

Q: What info do we include in the welcome letter?

Perhaps you caught our how-to on welcome letters? The welcome letters you create for your wedding welcome baskets are a GREAT way to leave a sincere message thanking your guests for making the effort to attend your wedding weekend. It’s also a chance to lay out the weekend itinerary and offer suggestions for local things to see, eat and do!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography; Paper: Bella Jenna

Q: What’s the best way to distribute our wedding welcome gifts to our wedding guests?

A: This is mainly done in two different ways. The first is to leave the gifts at the front desk of each hotel and the gifts are presented to each guest upon arrival. The second option is for the hotel to distribute the gifts to the guests’ rooms. Most all hotels charge for this service and some don’t offer this service at all so it’s something to definitely ask about ahead of time if you prefer to have the gifts delivered to each room.

Q: Do the bridesmaids and groomsmen receive wedding welcome gifts too?

A: The answer to this question is tricky because it depends very much on budget and whether or not the bridesmaids and groomsmen are staying overnight in a hotel. It also depends on whether or not you’re also gifting them “thank you for being my bridesmaid” and “thank you for being my groomsmen” gifts during the wedding weekend. If these wedding party gifts are similar to the wedding welcome gifts, then you can forgo doing both. But if your budget allows to gift them both and your wedding party isn’t huge, then we say go for it!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography; Paper: Bella Jenna

Q: We have wedding guests with food allergies. How do we handle this?

A: If the number of wedding guests with the allergy is small, then we create a few gifts with the problematic item subbed out and then we notate this on the gift distribution list for the hotel staff. However, if the allergy is SEVERE and you’re really worried about it, you can choose to eliminate that item from the gifts altogether.

Q: Should we plan on providing gifts for guests who book outside of our room blocks? 

A: In theory, yes, because these guests are coming in from out of town. However, it can sometimes be tough to execute this. We recommend for our couples to reach out to all guests to inquire about their accommodations. Chances are, some are staying in the same hotels just not in the room block itself. If this is the case, it should be easy to add them to the gift list. If you have guests staying in AirBNBs or other hotels, you may consider bringing some of the gifts to the rehearsal dinner to distribute if you feel it’s appropriate. Above all though, don’t stress about this if you miss some people. Your guests don’t expect a gift if they “go rogue” and book outside the hotel blocks without letting you know.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography; Paper: Bella Jenna

What other questions do you have? Leave us your questions in the comments or reach out via our contact page! We’d love to hear from you!

Top Wedding Welcome Gift Trends for 2017

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

It’s only February but our custom wedding welcome gift designs for the 2017 wedding season are well underway. And already, there are certain trends that we’re noticing that we can’t wait to share with you! We did see some of these here and there last year, but looks like in 2017 they are here to stay!

Hashtags

In 2016, we saw about 50% of our couples report to us the use of a hashtag on their Gift Design Questionnaire we ask them to fill out upon beginning their custom gift design. Already in 2017, about 90% of our couples are not only using hashtags, but are loving the idea of us incorporating the hashtag into their wedding welcome gifts. And the hashtags are witty! Some of them even become the main topic of conversation around the studio. They’re THAT good!

Welcome Booklets

Virtually every single wedding welcome gift that left our studio last year included a custom welcome letter. Basically, this is a personal note from the couple to their wedding guests. Some of our clients even went as far as asking us to provide transportation information and simple directions to the ceremony location and reception venue. Moving into 2017, we are seeing the desire to have all of this information included in one cohesive booklet. The booklets will hold the welcome message, transportation details, the weekend itinerary, directions, as well as the hashtag and elements of their wedding branding (logos, crests, monograms, etc).

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Image: Marigold & Grey

Boxes

I’ve noticed a phenomenon in my job as gift designer. No matter what vessel you use to hold the gift contents, people will refer to them as “welcome bags”. In other words, I can create a gift using a basket or a box but they are still referred to as bags. Not only does it make me laugh but it happens so frequently that I realize that there really is a trend towards the use of boxes and baskets versus welcome bags.

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Image: Marigold & Grey

Themes

I hate to use the word “theme” because it sometimes implies cheesy. However, for lack of a better word, themed gifts are becoming a thing. We’ve created breakfast-in-bed gifts, brunch-in-a-box gifts, cocktail-in-a-box gifts…you get the idea. As couples are becoming more and more focused on the guest experience, they want their welcome gifts to be thoughtful and something their guests will actually use.

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Image: Marigold & Grey

Telling Story about the Couple

Couples want their welcome gifts to be about more than just the city they’re holding their wedding in. They want the gifts to further connect them with their guests by telling a story about them and their relationship. Perhaps you saw our recent feature in Washingtonian Bride & Groom magazine, a prime example of using the gifts to represent the couple. We are seeing our clients including food from their favorite eateries and bakeries around town. If the couple is military, they might include nods to their military service such as flag pins on the welcome bags or sweets made by a non-profit bakery known for hiring military veterans. If the couple met in college, we’re including logo cookies from alma mater. The possibilities are endless and we just love when our clients want to take their welcome gifts to the next level of thoughtfulness.

What do you think of these trends? Leave us a comment on this post or reach out via our contact page. We’d love to hear from you!