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Hot VIP Virginia Wedding Trend 2017

Treat your guests like VIP adults!  Set up a swag station and let them pick the gifts they want to take home. Provide them personalized or wedding themed snacks, drinks, sweet treats, and gifts.  Let guests choose their favorite things.

You can set up a tent, a booth, or a room with tables full of goodies. Make sure every guest is directed there at some point by asking them to check in at “guest services” before they leave. You can also invite each guest by leaving a personalized VIP golden ticket at each place setting.

Virginia Swag

Virginia is steeped in history and is home of hundreds if not thousands of startup mom and pop businesses and products. Introduce your guests to the best coffee, the best candles, the best bath bombs, the best jellies and jams, and the best candy Virginia has to offer. And don’t forget the peanuts.

Personalized Swag

Put your monograms on labels and put them on chocolate bars or bars of soap. Put your monogram on pint size bottles of champagne.  Small coffee bags and candles are perfect for labeling. If it will sit still, you can probably put a label on it, personalize it, and make it the perfect personalized gift.

If you need a more elaborate or sophisticated label than you can create on your computer, remember there are dozens of websites that have professional looking labels made to order by the sheet with rush delivery options if you are in a bind. From hanging tags to sticky labels, there is a label right for your gifts.

Themed Swag

Beach wedding in summer? Sunglasses and sunscreen would be gifts. Flip flops are also a great swag item for a beach theme. A country estate wedding in winter? Cranberry or mulberry scented candles and potpourri can come to mind, as do personalized wine glasses.

Stemless wine glasses seem to be very popular these days, and you can order them etched in bulk.

Wedding Promo Swag

Whether you’ve been to a retirement party or an anniversary party, you have probably come across fun promotional items like pens, drink cozies, and more. Consider giving your guests a pen with a tablet touchscreen nub on the other end with “Thank you for celebrating with us!  Dan & Jan” or “L.B. ♥ G.B.” and the like. If you used a poem or a hymn, you could sample a meaningful line and put that.

Short List of Popular Wedding Guest Gifts

All of these items have appeared as gifts at weddings and all can be personalized with a tag or with a label. Many can be made to order personalized like the wine glasses, water bottles, pens, and buttons. Others need no personalizing like the sunglasses, blankets, and towels, unless you want to put a tag or a ribbon on them.

  • Stemless Wine Glasses
  • Bottled Water
  • Water Bottles
  • Glass Bottle Sodas with Straws
  • Glass Bottle Beers
  • Premixed Individual Kahluas
  • Sunglasses
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Tote Bags
  • Drawstring Backpacks
  • Votive Candles
  • Soaps
  • Jams
  • Chocolates
  • Cookies & Candies
  • Mints
  • Mini Cakes & Cupcakes
  • Key Chains
  • Novelty Bottle Cap Openers
  • Individual Succulents
  • Commemorative Ornaments
  • Cork Screws
  • Paperweights
  • Pens
  • Buttons
  • Magnets

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The author: Dawn Van Ness

Dawn Dickson Van Ness grew up at the beach and has published her work in print and online. With a BA in English and a MS in Mass Communications, she has used writing and multimedia to promote artists, art shows, writers, small businesses, and other self-employed individuals by building websites and maintaining social media pages. She feels most fulfilled when she is helping others achieve their dreams, which includes writing self-help and steps-to-success articles for various websites. It seems a natural fit for this wife and mother of two to write features that help soon-to-be wed couples. For more about Dawn, go to