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A welcome pamphlet

Make a card or brochure that includes essential information, which can range from the wedding party agenda (rehearsal dinner addresses, group outing details) to local attractions, restaurant recommendations and nearby convenience stores. If you're using a wedding hashtag, be sure to include it on the pamphlet. Couples can print simple pamphlets from their home computer, or they can hire a stationer. "Get a designer, someone dealing with stationery, to lay it out, and make sure the spelling, dates, times and addresses are correct," Tran says. "You don't want to send Uncle Joe to the wrong hotel."

IF YOU'RE HAVING A DESTINATION WEDDING or inviting a lot of out-of-towners, your guests will invest considerable time and money into celebrating your nuptials. A welcome bag is a thoughtful way to orient them to a new place and let them know you appreciate their presence. Kim Tran and Hien Nguyen, owners and creative directors of Wink Design & Events, share the essentials for making guests feel at home.


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