Couponing with Amy: How to Welcome Out of Town Wedding Guests for Less

May 23, 2012

Each week, our resident Couponista, Amy Leneker, shares her personal shopping experiences and extreme couponing tips so that you too can be a Coupon Expert!” 

This morning my mom, sister and I got together to have coffee and catch up. My little sister is getting married in September (hurray!) and we had a lot of details to discuss. We had so much to talk about that our coffee date extended into a lunch date! Even under the best circumstances, planning a wedding can be stressful and expensive. To help the bride-to-be keep in all perspective, I highly recommend she schedule regular coffee dates with a few of her closest friends. They can share ideas, and keep her grounded, and if the bride-to-be is really lucky, they will share some coupon saving ideas, too!

A Welcome Basket at a Welcome Price

One of the things we talked about is what to do for friends and family that were traveling here for the wedding. If you have out of town guests flying in for the wedding, it’s a nice idea to have something waiting for them at the hotel. With a little effort the welcome gift will look like you spent a million bucks, when you haven’t.

Coupons to local attractions make great additions in welcome baskets. Depending how many out of town guests you have coming, you may be able to negotiate a great deal. One thing to keep in mind is how busy will your guests be with wedding activities? I have been a guest at an out of town wedding where the wedding activities practically started the second I got off the plane. I’ve also been to others where I had time to sight see and enjoy the city (can you tell which trip I enjoyed more?).

Share the Itinerary with Your Guests

Regardless of how busy you are going to keep your guests, include an itinerary in their welcome basket so they know what to expect. It is also a fun way to personalize your welcome basket. Your itinerary can include a cute photo of bride and groom to be. Snapfish is one site that is so easy to navigate – just make sure and check out the coupon on Ultimate Coupons before you place your order.

Eat, Drink and Be Married

By far the most important part of the welcome basket is the food! Keep in mind that your guests are staying in a hotel, which means they are going to be very appreciative of snacks. Just like the itinerary, it’s another way to personalize the welcome basket. Wherever possible, try and include food and drinks that have a connection to the bride and groom or the location of the wedding. Just don’t pay full price! Always (and I mean always!) look for coupons first, and if you are buying something locally, make sure and ask about a deal.

Include Postcards as a Souvenir

Postcards are also a cute (not to mention cheap!) addition to any welcome basket. Even if your guests decide not to mail the card to anyone, it will serve as a nice reminder of their trip.

The bottom line is that you can welcome your out of town guests without breaking the bank. All you need is a little creativity and a few girlfriends who are willing to meet you for coffee (and lunch!) and brainstorm.

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