Weddings and More

Gift Bags for Out-of-Town Guests

Perhaps you’re having a destination wedding in a faraway locale, or maybe you’re tying the knot right here in Santa Clarita, but you’ve invited guests from far and wide to come and be with you on the big day.

In any case, if your guests have packed their bags and traveled miles to celebrate with you, it’s a lovely gesture to have a welcome gift waiting for them in their hotel room when they arrive.

While attractive baskets filled with goodies are impressive to look at, keep in mind that they may not fit into your guests’ luggage for the trip home.

A better idea is an attractive gift bag that can be folded up when it’s time to depart.

Here are some ideas that you might include to make your guests feel really welcome:

*This first one is mandatory—a brief note from the bride and groom welcoming them and thanking them for making the trip.

*An itinerary for events leading up to the wedding, especially if you’ve arranged for special activities for before and after the wedding day.

*A local street map for the area

*A copy of a local magazine, like INSIDE SANTA CLARITA.

*A couple bottles of water

*Snack food packs (crackers and cookies)

*Sun screen – especially if your ceremony will be held outdoors

*A locally grown treat – California almonds, a locally grown wine for instance.

*Passes to a local attraction like Magic Mountain.

*A book of crossword puzzles or Sudoku with an attractive pen or pencil.

The list can go on and on. Gift bags can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose to make them. Let your imagination be your guide.

Emergency Kit for the Wedding Day

When a bride is not getting married at home (or someone else’s home) she should have an emergency kit with all the essentials at the ready just in case she:

A) breaks a nail

B) steps on her dress

C) starts to faint …and the list goes on and on.

Here’s a list of some of the things I carry to every wedding so that the bride can relax, knowing that unexpected surprises will be taken care of:

1. Scissors – you may need to trim a loose thread
2. Smelling salts – someone may get woozy
3. Safety pins of various sizes – a seam may come loose, or whatever
4. Scotch Tape – for taping up signs, and dozens of other stiuations
5. Dress tape – for keeping clothing secure when a safety pin won’t do the job right
6. Lint roller – picks off the lint & souvenirs donated by your cat
7. Breath mints – you’ll be up close and personal with lots of people
8. Tylenol or Advil – all the excitement may bring on a headache
9. Tissues – a few tears of joy may be shed on this emotional day
10. Band aids – you might dance yourself into a blister
11. Sewing kit – in case a button falls off right before the
12. Dryer sheets – they’re great for dealing with static cling
13. Pen and small notepad – to get a message to someone who’s
14. Bobby pins of various shades – to keep everyone’s hair
looking flawless
15. Corsage pins – can secure more than just flowers in place

So make sure you are prepared in advance.  If you partner with a seasoned Wedding Planner like me…no worries!

Happy Planning,


Shades of Green For Your Wedding

Currently everyone is conscious of the trend “go green” and avoid pillaging the planet, but what exactly does that mean when it comes to planning your wedding? Actually, you can do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with to be ecologically sensitive when making your wedding plans. Thus, there are “shades” of green, all of which are to be commended.