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Music and dancing is a big part of most wedding celebrations, but more and more couples are providing other activities to entertain guests of all ages during the reception. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

1. Piñata

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Photo: Kaylan Buteyn Photography

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Guest Accommodations Made Easy

Posted by Kim on Aug 05, 2013

Post sponsored by Marriott

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While common knowledge dictates that your wedding is “your day,” your guests are a major part of the celebration and it’s essential that they feel well taken care of. One of the first steps to ensuring your guests’ happiness is making sure they have a place to stay if they’re traveling from out of town. Reserving a guest hotel room block is an important first step, and fortunately, Marriott has made that process super-easy with their new Guest Accommodations page. You’ll find a one-stop shop for booking room blocks and getting special group rates for your guests (they’ll totally love you for that!). Looking for a place to host a pre- or post-wedding event (a rehearsal dinner or goodbye brunch, perhaps)? They’ve got that taken care of, too. So get on over to WeddingWire and Marriott’s Guest Accommodations page to get started!

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Today we’re wrapping up our state-by-state welcome bag series with South Dakota through Wyoming. Here are our suggestions for what to include in welcome bags for the final ten states. And in case you missed your state, check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

South Dakota – Dakota Pride gourmet vanilla caramels, Rushmore Mountain taffies, Mount Rushmore playing cardsIrish Twins soaps, homemade kuchen (recipe)

Tennessee - Goo Goo Clusters, MoonPies, homemade Tennessee T-cakes (recipe), Jack Daniel’s mini bottles

Texas – Dr. Peppera square of Texas Sheet Cake (recipe), Ruby Red grapefruit (or Ruby Red grapefruit cookies!), Dublin Texas Root Beer, Shiner Bock beer, Texas BBQ dry rub

Utah – Apple Beer, Bee’s Brothers honey caramels, Honey Jar flavored honey sticks, Samak Smokehouse Stickies

Vermont – half-pint of Vermont maple syrup, Grafton cheddar cheese, maple sugar candy, Ben & Jerry’s gift card

Virginia - Virginia Peanut Company peanut brittle (8 oz. can), Route 11 potato chips, Northern Neck ginger ale, Whitley’s Virginia Peanuts, Trafton’s chocolate pretzel sticks, mini bottle of wine from Virginia wine country

Washington - Starbucks gift card, homemade Washington State Apple Pie (recipe), caramel apple popcorn

West Virginia – Sweeteez West Virginia mints, golden delicious apples, apple butter, blackberry jam, Mister Bee potato chips

Wisconsin - Kohler chocolates, Nutorious nut mix, Sprecher root beer, cheese head soap, Wisconsin Cheese Mart cheddar wheel, Leinenkugel’s beer

Wyoming - buffalo jerky, Baer’s Pantry jam, cowboy chocolate, Chugwater Chili packets, Yellowstone Seasoning old faithful blend

Don’t forget to share what you’re putting in your welcome baskets in our comments section! Have a great weekend!

 

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It’s Part 4 of our what to include in a welcome bag series! (Missed Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3?) Here are some local foods, drinks and souvenirs from New Mexico to South Carolina:

New Mexico - Los Chileros chiles, Rebel donuts, bizcochitos

New York - Dylan’s Candy Bar, Fat Witch brownies, Hampton popcorn, Baked by Melissa cupcakes, Subway MetroCard, bagels, black and white cookies

North Carolina - Cheerwine, Chapel Hill toffee, Bourbon & Boots’ pepper-infused honey, Larry’s Beans fair trade coffee

North Dakota - Windman’s chocolate covered potato chips, Maple River Winery’s pumpkin or strawberry rhubarb wine

Ohio - Smucker’s concord grape or strawberry jelly, Lip Smacker lip balm, American Greetings cards, Graeter’s ice cream, Malley’s chocolate buckeyes

Oklahoma - Triple “AAA” root beer, cornbread, whiskey cake

Oregon - Blissful brownies, Tillamook cheese, beaver brittle bites

Pennsylvania –  Snyder’s pretzels, Ayala’s herbal water, Asher’s chocolates

Puerto Rico - Bacardi rum, tostones, flan

Rhode Island - Kiel James Patrick anchor bracelets, Dave’s coffee syrup, Farmaesthetics fine herbal skincare products

South Carolina - Blenheim ginger ale, Rewined candles, Charleston Candy Company’s tiger paws

What did you include in your welcome bags or baskets? Share in the comments below! And stay tuned tomorrow for the final edition of our state-by-state guide. 

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In Part Two of our state-by-state guide on what to include in your wedding welcome baskets, we bring you Hawaii through Maryland! (In case you missed it, here’s Part One).

Hawaii - Mauna Loa flavored macadamia nuts, coconut water, dried pineapple rings, travel size Hawaiian Tropic sunscreenluau leis

Idaho - Idaho Spud candy bar, wild huckleberry taffy, SPUD fudge bars

Illinois - Wrigley’s Doublemint gumGarrett Popcorn, Foiled cupcakes

Indiana - homemade mini Hoosier Sugar Cream Pies (recipe), Schimpff’s Cinnamon Red Hots, 240Sweet gourmet flavored marshmallows

Iowa - Sterzings potato chipsHeart of Iowa fudge, foiled milk chocolate corn cobs

Kansas - sunflower seed cookies, Alma Creamery cheddar cheese, Cocoa Dolce chocolate covered bacon

Kentucky - bourbon balls, Derby Pie tart, homemade Bluegrass Mix (recipe), Moss Hill mint julep soap, bottle of Ale-8-One soda

Louisiana - spicy Cajun nut mixAunt Sally’s pralines, Cafe Du Monde coffee

Maine - lobster-shaped lollipops, travel size Stonewall Kitchen Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, Casco Bay soapsPoland spring water

Maryland - mini engraved crab mallet, homemade Chesapeake Snack Mix (recipe); Mouth Party Old Bay caramels

Check out tomorrow’s blog post for even more welcome basket ideas. And don’t forget to let us know in the comments what you’re including in your welcome baskets!

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