Since you won’t be able to greet all your guests personally upon arrival, a welcome bag (or peach basket on St. Simons Island, GEORGIA) is a great way to touch base with them right away. Here are a few suggestions on what to include.
(1) A Welcome Letter. Tell your guests how happy you are that they’ve made the trip with a short and sweet note. For simplicity’s sake, use your computer to type and print the letters, but sign each on in ink for a personal touch.
(2) A Detailed Schedule. List all of the weekend’s events, including any optional ones. Be sure to mention any extra costs for activities such as tours, lessons, sports activities, and so on.
(3) Key Contact Information. Tell your guests how to reach the people you’ve designated as go-to contacts. Don’t include your contact info — most people won’t feel comfortable bothering you, and you’ll have enough on your mind already.
(4) Map of the Area. The resort and the island have a lot to offer. Make sure your guests make the most of their trip.
(5) Info on Local Transportation. The trolley schedule and the phone numbers of local taxi companies will help your guests get around when they’re on their own.
(6) List of Local Restaurants. Include restaurant descriptions, locations, phone numbers, and price info along with a selection of menus from places that deliver.
(7) Local Entertainment Guide. Pick up the latest copy of Elegant Island Living and High Tide Guide for guests to be in the know.
(8) Thematic Snacks. A taste of locally made food and drink will introduce your guests to the destination’s delicacies and help them avoid raiding the minibar. Try to include both savory and sweet things to satisfy different cravings. And since your guests are on vacation too, it’s nice to greet them with a celebratory drink — a bottle of wine or a beautifully labeled bottle of lemonade.
(9) Destination Essentials. Anticipate little things your guests will appreciate having at the King and Prince: sunscreen and a pair of flip-flops or a visor at the beach; a sweet-smelling bug repellent for the golf course; a token to pay putt-putt down at The Pier. And no matter where you are, disposable cameras and bottled water are always welcome.
Courtesy of The Knot