Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Gifts for Guests

I often get asked to recommend gifts for guests (bonbonnieres).
Whether it's for a wedding or for an event, I also suggest starting with thinking about the overall theme and 'feel' of the event.
The term 'out of the box' is overused these days, but I like to use it literally when thinking about gifts for guests--it's time to give out something that cannot fit in a box.  Let me give you an example:
A recently married couple, whose wedding theme was 'Evergreen',  gave out small Evergreen trees that could be planted and that could grow alongside their marriage.  This was relatively inexpensive and a wonderful way to bring the theme of the wedding together.

How about an example from the Corporate World:
A company celebrating a successful quarter wanted to give back to their employees and special clients.  The company gave out high-end bottles of champagne with two champagne glasses--so the 'Celebration' could continue at home.

The world of gifts has moved way beyond chocolate truffles and personalized wedding coasters-embrace the options!

Weddings Weddings Weddings!

Hi everyone-
Apologies for the time in between blogs-it's been a busy season!
I'm about halfway through the wedding season--and have already begun work on the upcoming corporate season--the cycle never ends.

So far this year's brides and grooms haven't disappointed with their enthusiasm and creativity. I've been reminded why I wanted to be an event planner in the first place. Whether it's unique place card holders, or cultural additions, I've been fortunate to work with some wonderfully creative and open-minded clients this summer. 

I remind my clients as much as possible that this is their event--it should reflect them. Their choices should be personal and meaningful.
Here's my big tip: Make your event one that you yourself would want to attend.