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

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Wedding Needs Welcome Bags

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

As the owner of an artisan gift box business, of course I’m biased when it comes to the need for wedding welcome gifts. But today I’m sharing the top five reasons why you really should provide welcome gifts to your guests, especially when your wedding involves out of town guests!

Shows Appreciation

Travel to and from a wedding can be very expensive. Not to mention, guests also have to shell out money for a hotel stay and in some cases, even request a day off of work to make sure they arrive in time for all of the wedding festivities. They’re also spending on bridal shower gifts, chipping in for bachelorette celebrations and even buying a wedding gift from your registry. With all of this time and money being invested by friends and family to be there to celebrate with you, showing them appreciation with a welcome gift upon arrival is the least you can do. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t panic. There are definitely ways to create wedding welcome gifts on a budget if you find yourself low on funds as your make your way through wedding planning.

Comfort Items

Again, with guests traveling near and far to attend your wedding, you want them to feel at home. Wedding welcome bags are a great chance to include amenity items in addition to snacks so your guests will feel at home even while traveling. Bottled water, Advil, and Pepto Bismol, and sweet & salty snacks are some fantastic basics to include so your family and friends have these at their fingertips. You can package the amenity items in cute little amenity kits for an added touch!

Give a Sneak Peek

Wedding welcome gifts are a fabulous way to give your guests a sneak peek into the theme and/or aesthetic of your wedding. You can introduce your color palette with ribbon and gift tag. You can even introduce the wedding style with the type of box, bag or basket you choose. For example, a modern wedding might feature a sleek black gift box whereas a rustic wedding might feature a kraft box.

Communicate Logistics

We’re big fans of custom paper around here as you may have checked out our post on ways to create the perfect welcome letter. The welcome booklet is a perfect way to communicate logistics to your guests to include the weekend itinerary, transportation details and nearby things to do and see. True, you probably already communicated this information in your invitations and/or on your wedding website but it doesn’t hurt to include it in your gift boxes so they have it handy. After all, it’s highly unlikely that everyone remembered to pack your invitation suite!

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography; Paper Design: Bella Jenna

Tells Your Story

You may have seen our previous post on how to tell your love story with wedding welcome gifts but in case not, including items that are carefully curated to tell the couple’s story is a great way to take the welcome gift basket to a whole new level. Selecting a sweet treat from the bakery where the couple had their first date or perhaps a cookie of the alma mater where the couple met and fell in love. The possibilities are endless!

If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to provide welcome gifts for your wedding guests, I hope that this quick list of reasons has been helpful! To inquire about Custom Gift Design Service, fill out our short inquiry form here or reach out via our contact page. We’d love to hear from you!

Dusty Blue Welcome Boxes for Pippin Hill Wedding with Easton Events

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

We always love creating custom welcome gift boxes with special personal touches and these for our recent Easton Events couple were no exception!

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

We used the couple’s dusty blue color palette for their spring wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia as the inspiration for the gift design. We selected crisp white gable boxes for the outer gift packaging and adorned each with stretchy silk ribbon from Torn & Tied. A clean white sticker with lettering by Poppy & Scooter helped to tie the gifts together with all of the other print materials involved with the wedding!

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

Each item inside the gift had special meaning to the couple including Bequet caramels, a personal favorite of the couple’s from their time spent in Jackson Hole. Even more meaningful were the pistachio nuts from a business owned by the bride’s grandfather! He even had custom packaging designed to coordinate with the overall color palette.

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Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

Chesapeake crab chips and Berger cookies, both from Maryland, rounded out the gift contents as a nod to the family’s Maryland roots.

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

The welcome booklets weren’t merely a folded notecard. They were instead accordian-style welcome booklets featuring a heartfelt message from the bride and groom in addition to useful details surrounding each of the weekend events including wedding welcome party, wedding ceremony and even the farewell brunch. We were especially smitten with the custom illustrations Poppy & Scooter did of each event location!

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

These were one of our absolute favorite custom gift designs of spring 2017 and we hope the guests enjoyed them as much as we loved creating them.

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, reach out via our contact page or visit here. We’d love to hear from you and learn more about your gifting goals.

Curated Welcome Gift Boxes for Columbus Ohio Wedding with MMJ Events

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Whether it’s wedding welcome gifts, corporate event swag, bridesmaid gifts or client gifts, I always say that it’s the custom paper the makes the gift! But in this case, it’s really hard to say. The gifts I’m about to share with you have it ALL. Custom paper, silky soft ribbon, tons of locally-sourced snacks and even an amenity kit. Ready to check them out?!

The couple wanted to put the bulk of their budget into the gift contents more so than the gift packaging itself so we chose a basic white tuck-top box to hold the contents. Inside, guests were delighted to find a large bag of cashews, pretzel crisps, and dried apricots.

And now for even more snacks! As a nod to Columbus, Ohio where the wedding was held, we included a small treat box with buckeye candies and two funfetti cookies, both made in Ohio.

Just because the white boxes themselves were fairly basic, it didn’t stop us from dressing them up and making them amazing! We closed them with silky chiffon ribbon in the most perfect peachy-blush tone. Custom gift tags were created featuring the couple’s breathtakingly beautiful monogram by Lemontree Calligraphy. And of course, a sprig of dried eucalyptus finished off each gift box.

The welcome letters were a show-stopper! They featured a heartfelt message from the couple along with information on the weekend itinerary so guests knew exactly where they needed to be and when.

P.S. We can’t forget the practical! We created small amenity kits for J & S’s wedding guests complete with Advil packets and mini Altoid tins. We packaged them in tiny drawstring bags for an added detail.

We were over-the-moon thrilled with how these gifts turned out for such a beautiful wedding planned by Meleka Joliff of MMJ Events. What do you guys think? Leave us a comment in the post or reach out via our contact page! We always love hearing from you. For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, visit HERE.

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!