Modern Breakfast-in-Bed Themed Welcome Gift Boxes for Washington DC Mellon Auditorium Wedding

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

I always say that designing custom wedding welcome gifts is much like a jigsaw puzzle.  You must find just the right combination of gift packaging and gift contents that are not only useful and appropriate to the occasion, but that also match the aesthetic of the event. In this case, we were tasked with creating modern welcome gift boxes for a Washington, DC wedding at the Mellon Auditorium, planned by Grit & Grace Events.

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

The color palette of the wedding contained tons of black, white and metallics so we made sure that the gifts followed suit. At the same time, we also wanted a breakfast-in-a-box feel that would tell a story about the couple. We began with a pair of cinnascones by Buttercream Bakeshop, packaged with black treat bags and closed with large gold stickers. With the groom’ss family coming in from Ireland, we selected Irish breakfast tea in black and silver tins. With the bride’s Tupelo, Mississippi roots, small jars of tupelo honey to enjoy with the cinnascones were an absolute must! We also included gold treat boxes with a pair of “Sloops”, a toffee-like candy from the groom’s favorite New England candy shop.

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Practical items included FRED water and Advil packets, packaged in mini white treat bags closed with metallic washi tape!

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

For packaging, we selected crisp white boxes and adorned them with black satin ribbon and custom gift tags by Paper zest. The gift tags featured modern block lettering along with a DC cityscape illustration at the bottom!

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

And speaking of custom gift tags, let’s talk about custom paper! Paperzest did an amazing job creating custom walking maps as part of the welcome letter booklets. Since most all of the wedding guests were from out of town, it was critical that the maps helped guests not only find the ceremony and reception locations, but also find their way around the neighborhood. We included the pertinent landmarks such as Foundry United Methodist, JW Marriott hotel and Andrew Mellon Auditorium as well as useful spots such as the closest Metro stop, Whole Foods, CVS, Starbucks and Walgreens.

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

We were thrilled with how these gifts turned out! And because there were one hundred of them, the sight of rows upon rows of gifts was truly something! No matter how many wedding welcome gifts were create each wedding season, I promise you it never gets old.

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

Image: Tracey Hart Photography

It’s no secret that many of the weddings we design gifts for are feminine and organic with tons of blush and neutrals. While we love this look, we are enjoying the chance to design more modern looks this season. What do you think? Let us know in the comments or reach out via our contact page. We’d love to hear from you! For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, visit HERE.

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.

Custom Welcome Boxes for Traditional DC Wedding at Washington Golf & Country Club with Caroline Dutton Events

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

I just realized something. The wedding welcome gifts we design for traditional weddings just might be my favorite. It’s not that I don’t love ALL of the curated gifts we send out the studio door, because I do! But, classic weddings will never go out of style and, in turn, the gifts follow suit. Today, I’m beyond excited to share one of our latest custom projects, welcome boxes for a Washington Golf & Country Club wedding with Caroline Dutton Events!

This very special DC couple wanted the boxes to be full of snacks their guests would love while also reflecting a little but of them at the same time. We chose Virginia peanuts, DC monument chocolates, as well as Perrier and small bottles of bubbly for a celebratory feel!

While we typically lean more towards small batch snack brands when curating gifts, we loved that V + C asked us to include their favorite candies…Snickers and Reeses Peanut Butter cups! To highlight the significance, we sub-packaged them in treat bags and created special stickers with “his & her favorites” in the same font used on paper items throughout the gift. We loved this fun and playful touch!

Now onto gift packaging. We chose chic white gift boxes for a fresh, classic look and finished them off with silk ribbon in a pale blush color to compliment the couple’s overall wedding color palette. This touch of high-end ribbon really took the gifts to whole new level!

For paper, we chose classic gift tags with “welcome to washington, dc” along with coordinating custom welcome letters, both by Just Write Studios.

And, of course, a fresh touch of greenery to finish it all off!

A huge congrats to V  + C on their wedding and wishing you both all the best for your future! For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, please visit HERE.

Socially-Conscious Washington DC Welcome Gifts for Modern Grey & White Longview Gallery Wedding

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

The ideal Marigold & Grey client is one who equally values both aesthetic and convenience when it comes to their artisan gifting needs whether it be wedding welcome bags, bridesmaid gifts, corporate event swag or custom client gifts. Because our clients are typically busy in their own careers and personal lives, they rely on us to dream up ideas for what to include in their custom gift boxes. However, every now and then, a client comes along with very definitive ideas about what they wish to see in their welcome gifts and we are, of course, happy to bring their visions to life.

For this particular Washington, DC wedding planned by Rex & Regina, our bride had two requirements. The first was for the welcome gifts to be socially conscious and give back. The second was for the gift boxes to be locally-sourced. Next, our job was to source items meeting these requirements all while figuring out of a way for the gifts to align with the couple’s chic, modern, grey and white aesthetic, perfect for their Longview Gallery reception.

We sent our bride a full list of local snack companies who give back in some way. After reviewing the list, our client immediately selected our friends at Fruitcycle, a woman-owned DC-area business employing formerly incarcerated, homeless, and/or disadvantaged women.

Not only does Fruitcycle have an inspiring mission but their snacks are healthy and delicious! We selected one of everything they offer…apple chips, trail mix, cinnamon-pecan granola and chocolate chip cookies. We also included two bottles of Voss water to enjoy with the snacks.

For packaging, we selected modern grey gift boxes with fold-over lids. We closed the boxes with grey grosgrain ribbon in the same shade of grey as the boxes. In keeping with the modern aesthetic, we chose simple “welcome” gift tags and custom welcome letters to match, both by Just Write Studios.

We couldn’t wait to hand-deliver these welcome gift boxes to local DC hotels in time for the wedding guests to show up. We were joking in the studio that if we showed up for a wedding and were greeted with this many snacks, we many never leave our hotel room!

So, what do you guys think of these modern gifts? We admit they’re a little different than what we normally crate but we thoroughly enjoyed the variety and hope to have more projects like this one in the future! For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, 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!

Marigold & Grey Participating in BHLDN Wedding Fair at Anthropologie Georgetown

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Bridal shows aren’t really our thing but when BHLDN calls, you quickly realize it’s not your everyday bridal show and your answer is “yes, please!”. Which is exactly why THIS Thursday night (April 20th from 6-9 pm) we’re so proud to be displaying amongst DC’s finest wedding vendors at BHLDN’s Wedding Fair at the Anthropologie store in Georgetown. In addition to meeting various vendors, brides-to-be will have the opportunity to browse new BHLDN bridal gown and accessory designs. While admission is free, space is VERY limited so be sure to RSVP here. The best part? Your rsvp entitles you to a “plus one”!

As for us, we’ll be displaying DC-inspired custom wedding welcome gift ideas, up close and personal! We’ll also be revealing our BRAND NEW bridal collection featuring bride-to-be gifts, engagement gifts and bridesmaid gifts! But whatever you do, be sure to stop by our booth to enter to win a gift box comprised of both BHLDN and Marigold & Grey items! And if gifts aren’t enough to tempt you, our good friend Garrette from Brightly Ever After has some tricks up her sleeve to make our booth extra amazing. We can’t wait!

Image: Jessica Pritchard Photography

Image: Jessica Pritchard Photography

Vendor Lineup

Illustrator – Riley Sheehy

Welcome Gifts – Marigold & Grey

Catering – Heirloom DC

Bakery – Catherine George Cakes

Flowers – Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

Wedding Planner – Grit & Grace

Calligrapher – Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Entertainment – Elan Artists (Nation)

Makeup Artist – T Mak Artistry

Photography – Jodi & Kurt Photography

Photo Booth – Pixilated

Stationery – Bella Jenna

If you plan to attend, please make sure you stop by and say ‘hi’. We’d love to meet you in person. Any questions, leave us a comment in the post or reach out via our contact page!