Give your wedding a step above the rest by gifting your guests with the warmest of welcomes! There is nothing we love more than a good welcome bag. These little goodies can be informative, custom, and entertaining gifts placed in the hotel or lodging so your guests get an extra hello from you right when they arrive.
How to put together the best Welcome Wedding Bag:
1. Start with a bag… or better yet a basket: Get creative with this choice. Simplicity like a kraft paper gift bag will never go out of style. However, consider jazzing things up with a canvas bag, that can be re-used, showcasing a fun joke, a map or outline of the state where the wedding is taking place, or a cute quote. If your wedding is going for a more vintage appeal, consider filling a basket from a thrift store with all your goodies!
2. Coordinate with the hotel: Welcome bags can either be placed in guest’s rooms or be left with the front desk to be given to guests upon arrival. We prefer in the room because some checking in guests may not receive a bag if they don’t mention they are a part of the wedding block. Plus, the privacy of the room allows guests to dig into the gifts right away!
3. Fill it up: Shop around online or in your favorite local stores to customize these bags. Here are some of our favorite ideas!
a. Wedding Day Information: Introduce the bridal party, explain transportation, highlight the events of the big day, rehearsal dinner itinerary, phone numbers and address for important places such as reception and transportation.
b. Snacks: Something sweet and something salty! Include some mini packages of treats from your favorite local stores.
c. Recovery Kit: Or should we say adult decision induced headache kit… Fill the welcome bag with vitamin C packets, Advil, Pepto Bismol, and small first aid items such as Band-Aids and Neosporin!
d. Local Favorites: If your out of town guests are coming for the whole weekend, they may have some time to kill and want to explore your favorite city! Make a list of your favorite breweries, coffee shops, or restaurants. Include a walking map of the best sites, as well!
e. A Wedding Favor: A fun coozie, a yummy cookie in the shape of you and your fiancé’s favorite thing, or a pair of monogramed sunglasses!
Welcoming your guests, especially those out of towners who have traveled far to celebrate you, shows the highest level of hospitality and gets the partying started earlier! Shop around on Etsy and Amazon, or talk to your planner about some DIY creations and make that hotel a home! Happy Tips Tuesday, see you next week!