#1. WEDDING DESSERT - Remember, if you are making the journey to France to celebrate your wedding, saving the top tier of your wedding cake may not be an option. A good way to make sure your cake or dessert does not go to waste, is to purchase individual sized cake boxes in advance. Organize with your caterer to box up any left over goodies to give to your guests on their way out. Not only will you not waste any cake, but your guests will have a sweet late night treat to enjoy back at their hotel!
#2. WEDDING PARTY GIFTS - Obviously this goes with out saying but they have been by your side throughout your engagement and now on your big day! Of course you'll want to make them feel special. A pair of earrings or cufflinks to wear on your wedding day, getting ready robes or ... always adds a nice touch. Or if gifts are not in your budget, a beautiful hand written card goes a long way!
#3. GUEST TRANSPORTATION - For some weddings where there may be a break between the ceremony and reception, especially for weddings in Paris. It is essential that you keep your guests happy. After all, they did travel a long way to be with you on your big day! A fun idea to keep them occupied while you go off for photographs around the city, is to hire a tour bus to take your guests around. You can even organize snack packs in advance filled with mini bottles of wine or champagne, water, cheese and macarons to give to each guest to enjoy on while being whisked around the city!
#4. WELCOME GIFTS - Nothing says bienvenue like a welcome box or bag! No matter how big or small, it helps to make your guests feel thought of and informed. Include your wedding itinerary, important phone numbers and addresses as well as some fun regional goodies and day after essentials like head ache medicine! Drop off your gifts with your hotel front desk the night before your guests arrive so that they can receive them as they check in!
#5. CHOOSING YOUR FLORALS - While necessary, wedding florals can be pricey. To make the most of your floral design budget, choose ceremony florals that can also be used for your reception or as a backdrop for guest photos.
#6. WELCOME DRINK - A wonderful way to welcome your guests to your wedding to by offer them something refreshing to sip on while they arrive to your ceremony. Especially if you are having a late Spring or Summer wedding, it may be hot. By simply having a beautifully garnished flavored water, juice or lemonade, your guests will thank you! And, if you're not keen on serving a beverage as your guests arrive, by all means have glasses of champagne ready to be served after the ceremony!