What should I put into a welcome package for my wedding guests who are coming from overseas?
Definitely include the following:
some type of snack (nosh, fruit, pretzels, mints) clear directions to the shul (auf ruf) and/or your home, as well as a hand-drawn map to the homes where they will be sleeping, with all street names clearly marked. Maybe a Jewish magazine or paper, some type of reading material.
It’s nice to write a poem or nice note of welcome to them.
These are just a few items that come to mind.
A bottle of whiskey.
A full Artscroll Shas (or at least a set of pocketsized Kehati Mishnayos).
A bag of potato chips.
list of local car services
list of local shops e.g bakery
bus and train maps and timetables
also to include a printed schedule for shabbos indicating times for candle lighting in your city, davening times, zman krias shema, when and where the seudos will take place, etc.
Mod-42: Uuuuh, yeah. You funding that?
a siddur, advil, purell
Speaking from a guest’s point of view – If I would ever find Advil in my welcome package, it would make me wonder if there’s something about the caterer that I don’t know about but should!
Tissues, safety pins.
American power adapter.
Some over the counter medications in case of emergency, but small quantity.
Cash. (For unanticipated expenses.)
Names and times of minyanim nearby
mikva location and phone number. cookies or crackers, water, tissues, advil, tzorchei noshim
Your credit card number in case they have an emergency
ZD, and Amazon Prime Now account# and password. 🙂
I already include cash in their package. (See above.)
Amazon doesn’t take cash.