valley & co. tips :: three fun ways to welcome your guests

‘Tis the season (well, almost!) for garden parties and weddings! While our events this year will look a little different with safety measures in place, that’s even more reason to ramp up the aesthetics, the experiences, and guest comforts, don’t you think?

We’re always big supporters of welcoming and greeting guests with something tangible (a spiked blackberry lemonade, sparkling water, or a treat) as it sets the tone that the hosts have thought of each and every detail. Whether your guests are walking along a path, exiting from a shuttle, or waiting for a rapid COVID test, delight and surprise them with one of these touches:

A sparkling beverage: always recommended, welcoming your guests with a beverage will really be the first moment of impression at your event. Spa water stations, tray-passed garden cocktails, or petite jars of lemonade with herbs guests can self-serve are all clever ways we’ve upped the welcome beverage ante. Presentation is key – from chic bar carts to white-gloved service, the scale of formality is entirely up to you. Flowered ice cubes and embroidered cocktail napkins are darling ways to pepper in your designs!

Photo: O’Malley Photographers

Popsicles or nostalgic treats!: chances are your guests are either stepping off of a shuttle when they arrive, or if they’re like us, they’ll just appreciate a nostalgic treat like a Popsicle or kettle corn. Pair that with a glass of bubbly and you’ve made an impression!

Music: there’s something magical and just plain fun about live music playing when guests arrive for a party or a wedding ceremony. It feels intentional and warm, and sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you have ceremony musicians slated to play as you walk down the aisle, be sure to have them start playing at least 30 minutes in advance to capture early guest arrivals.

Photo: O’Malley Photographers

Bonus tip: we most always put please come before the ceremony for a cocktail welcome! (or something along those lines) in our invitation suite. Guests always, always come early, so planning for that makes it easy!

Cheers to warm welcomes!