It's spring, which means wedding season is in full swing in Durham and, really, everywhere else on the planet. We just returned from our second wedding of the season - only 35,649 more to go! This wedding was a fun-filled week in Puerto Rico. No, our friends do not mess.
One almost mandatory items for any wedding is a fancy little gift bag awaiting your guest in their hotel room upon arrival. We had a great bag to greet us in our hotel. It was filled with sunscreen, local rum and sunglasses. This fun gesture from our hosts started our wheels spinning about a similar take on Durham weddings. What would you put in a welcome bag to greet out-of-towners to the Bull City on your big day? Here's the list that we brainstormed while enjoying some "welcome rum" on the beach. (We apologize if it's slightly incoherent. We're still in island mode.)
• Start off with a canvas bag from Durham City Goods. We're a fan of the train motif bag sice it's travel-esque. Each will cost you $18.00.
• Burt's Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion will help your guests relax their feet after dancing the night away at your reception. $9.00 for one full-sized tube.
• Durham: Renowned the World Around letterpress card from downtown's Shed Letterpress. Throw a stamp on it so your guests can easily write a quick note home. One card is $5 via Etsy.
• Visit the Durham Visitor's Center for maps and other materials to help your guests navigate all that there is to see and do in the Bull City. Mark your favorite spots to help them out.
• Throw in plenty of local snacks, picked up from places like Foster's Market. If your guests are of age and interested considering adding a can or two of Triangle Brewing Company's Belgian White-Ale.
• Oh, and, obviously, be sure to throw in a Durham Magazine.