Traditionally given to out-of-town guests only, welcome baskets are "an absolute necessity" for destination weddings, according to event planner Mindy Weiss' "The Wedding Book" (Workman Publishing Co., 2008).
Fox also said that some couples like to give guests iPod Nanos loaded with a weekend playlist of music. "You can make the music thematic to the wedding locale, of course," she said. Whether it's a playlist of country music for a wedding at a dude ranch or a DVD of a movie that was shot in the city where the wedding takes place, couples are getting more creative with their welcome baskets.
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—Jennifer Evans Gardner, Custom Publishing Writer