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Do’s & Don’t’s of Favors, Gift Bags & Swag Bags!

When throwing a celebration it’s always nice to send your guest home with a token of your appreciation for attending your event. Did you know that sometimes those gifts don’t get used and the compliments you were sending are lost? They go forgotten or mean absolutely nothing to your guest just because you thought they were cute

 

Here a few Do’s & Don’t’s to make sure the favors, gift bags and swag bags you are sending home with your guest are the most useful, thoughtful and fun “thank you s” you’ve ever given!

 Do give water: You’ve just thrown the best party around town! The liquor was flowing the DJ had the people up moving all night. The party is over, the bar is closed and people need a cold glass of water to recoup for the ride home. Throw a bottle of water, with your company’s logo, wedding monogram etc on it in the parting gift. This is a thoughtful gift, it will not go to waste and your logo or monogram is sure to be seen after the event is over.

 

Do give mints: Alcohol on the breath, garlic from the garlic mashed potatoes that were served at dinner is a sure turn off. Here is another thoughtful gift for your guest, it will surely be needed and get used. There are so many options for packaging from little packages to tins with logos or monograms on them, you can do so much with them. If you give tins, the guests are sure to use them way after the event. This means they won’t forget your event!

Don’t give away coupons: Don’t give away coupons with percentages off a product. Ask yourself how many you personally use, make sure you are not a “couponer”, then realize they never get used. It’s a waste of paper. If they have never used the product before coupons given at an event in a swag bag among other gifts will not increase that chance.

Don’t put them in awkward packaging: Yes, that origami gift box is cool! It even matches the color scheme of your event. However, when I get it, I have no idea how to open it. I’ll throw it away. Or, if I do get it open, I didn’t notice the paper thank you note you had to fold 74 times in order for it to fit. Simplicity is sometimes better.

 

Do think about your guest: This is your wedding, you are paying for it, it’s all about you and your love! Its your thing! But you invited 200 people who love you and are happy for you! Not only do we think about them when choosing locations, food, etc, the favors are really about them too. Make sure they will understand it, even if you have to include a cute sheet of paper explaining it. Make sure the swag bag includes things that offer value to the ones receiving it. You don’t want to give anti wrinkle cream at a 21st birthday celebration. Or a 50th birthday party either. You also don’t want to offend your guest!

Please be cognizant of the people you invite to your events and their needs while there and possibly long after and you will succeed with the favors, gifts bags and swag bags you give out in the future!

 

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3 Tips to Choosing the Right Vendors

In response to: Help! I have no idea how to pick vendors!

Choosing vendors to provide services for the day you are planning is a tedious task, but it must be done! Choosing the right vendor will also provide you, the planner, with some ease of comfort because they are the experts and should provide you with their opinions and ideas while  working with you to get what you want.

 Here are a few tips to help you out!

 1.  Make lists!: Lists will save your life! They will make things easier for the vendor selection. Make a list for each category of vendor you need. (ex, photographer, caterer, florist) Give  each list 3-5 spots. Place your top contenders in these places. These will be the vendors  that you have searched, checked reviews, viewed their website, and like what you see and want to reach out to them for more information to see if they are indeed a perfect fit. This will help you stay organized and keep track of the vendors.

 2.  Attend expos! : If the event you are planning is your wedding, look up bridal expos in your area and attend them! These expos will have some of the leading vendors in your city. They know what they are doing and have experience in areas that you need! Visit each booth, take notes, get contact information and listen to their spills. Also, some vendors offer you an opportunity to leave them with your information, do it! After the expo, vendors will contact you with specials and discounts just because you attended the expo. As an added bonus, expos also can give you inspiration for ideas that you may want to incorporate into your event.

 3.  Ask your family and friends: Family and friends can be great sources for referrals! You never know if your sister’s best friend knows a great florist. Ask questions, they may be able to help you!

 When meeting with potential vendors critique their expertise, how willing they are to offer help in areas you are not familiar with, and evaluate if they made you feel comfortable about leaving a task in their hands for the event you are planning. 

 For more tips and or vendor consultation in the Chicago area, contact me at planthedaykf@gmail.com

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