30 Tips to Planning a Canadian Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louie and Jasper
Tip #21 -Welcoming Your Guests to Your Mountain Destination Wedding
If you’re planning a wedding in Banff, Canmore, Jasper, Lake Louise or anywhere in the Canadian Rocky Mountains it’s likely that many, if not all your guests, have traveled some distance to get to your wedding. It’s a nice gesture to welcome your guests to your mountain destination wedding by presenting them with a welcome package upon their arrival. It doesn’t have to be expensive to make a big impact! Packages can be as little as a welcome note and the wedding day itinerary, or as elaborate as a box or tote filled with regional goodies. The idea is to make your guests feel welcome even if you’re not around upon their arrival.
A hand-written note from the couple is a personal and thoughtful gesture. It’s also helpful to have a sheet outlining the wedding day activities. As well, you can include information on activities to do in the area, interesting sites, places to eat, taxi information and places to shop. You can have the information printed up on card stock or you can include tourist brochures, maps, postcards and guidebooks from the area. A package like this is easy to assemble and only takes a little time.
For the container, its a good idea to choose a container that is packable or ships well. Collapsible cardboard boxes and gift bags work well if most of your guests are flying in, but where possible consider eco-friendly wooden boxes and fabric tote bags that are reusable keepsakes.
It’s also a good idea for ease of delivery to hotel rooms to keep all the gifts identical, especially if you’re planning to have your wedding planner or hotel staff deliver to rooms. It’s easiest to have one box per hotel room too; however, if you’re wanting a box per guest, then simplify the process for the person handling the delivery and have a complete list of guests’ names (first and last names) and their room number written down for them. Please note that some venues may charge for this service.
Of course, depending on your budget, you can include all sorts of extras and this is where you can also be really creative. While edible treats are always welcome, you may also want to include items unique to your location. The best gifts are ones that are a blend of both fun and practical, and encourage your guests to explore the region. We love to include legendary “Bears Paws” (cashews with caramel dipped in pure chocolate) from Mountain Chocolates in Banff, or gourmet chocolate bars from the Le Chocolatier in Canmore (Canmore Mountain Treat and Take a Hike are our favorites).
In Lake Louise, the granola cookies from Laggans Mountain Bakery and Deli , are a healthy treat that have been satisfying hikers for years. You could also include local, natural soaps from the Rocky Mountain Soap Company in Canmore (just make sure to wrap them really well if they will be included with food items). For a winter wedding, hand warmers and gourmet hot chocolate would be fun! Local souvenirs are always fun too and become keepsakes from the trip (all the better if they are useful items too)! Here are some items couples have put into their welcome packages:
- mineral water
- homemade cookies
- a mixture of sweet and salty treats, popcorn, chips, pretzels (nut free items if possible)
- bandaids, sunscreen, bug spray, tissue, good quality lotion
- a fragrant candle
- local postcards
- local museum pass
- A pass for a mountain gondola ride or a soak in the hotsprings
Will you be giving welcome packages? If so, what will you include?
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