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Bride-to-be, Meghan, wrote us in our Ask Emmaline inbox with a great question. She wants to know how to make welcome bags for her out-of-town wedding guests. And since we love a good welcome bag, we knew we wanted to share this one with you! She is planning a wedding in her hometown of Wilmington, NC. However, a handful of guests are traveling from out of town (she currently lives in Chicago). She says,
Hi Emmaline! Many guests are flying in for my beach wedding in North Carolina. I want them to feel comfortable in the area. I’ve heard of wedding welcome bags, but I have no idea what to put in them. Any advice?
Great question, Meghan! Wedding welcome bags are a nice way to greet guests upon arrival at their hotel. A welcome bag is a sweet gesture, since your guests have traveled to be a part of your day. Say thank you by leaving a welcome bag in their hotel room (this can be coordinated with the hotel — just be sure to tip extra generously) or at the hotel lobby. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things your wedding welcome bags should have. You can make them yourself with just a few easy-to-find things. Read on for the list!
What to Put in Wedding Welcome Bags
Start with a bag:
We love a bag that can be re-used. A tote bag like this is deep enough to be filled to the brim. By DreamState.
Here are additional totes your guests will love:
Or how about something totally custom, like this illustrated tote…
I love this one.
Then, fill ’em up!
Top 10 Things to Put in Wedding Welcome Bags
1. Wedding itinerary / booklet
Give guests a warm welcome with a wedding itinerary, including phone numbers and addresses to all wedding locations. Be sure to also include a list of a few restaurants nearby, a local coffee shop, and grocery store. You can also include an itinerary of the happenings for the entire weekend. And, last but not least, include a phone number for a taxi in case they need transportation.
And… be sure to include a thank you note or card and be sure to write your own sweet sentiments inside. Thank your guests for traveling to be a part of your big day and tell them how excited you are to see them out on the dance floor. This card is by E.M. Papers.
Include a little something to munch on. Include something sweet (chocolate) and something salty (nuts or popcorn). You’ll likely have a guest who likes both or at least one of these. Or, for a combination, go with sea salt caramels. You can never, ever go wrong with sea salt caramels. By Black Tie Caramel.
3. Recovery kit
Something like this will do! By Clementine Weddings.
The elixir of the gods, I say! Give ground coffee or a gift card to a local coffee shop.
A local map is ALWAYS a good idea. Sometimes my GPS lady and I don’t get along and, I swear, she gets verbally annoyed. Skip the satellites and go old-school — it’ll never let you down.
Pretty maps from Zoe are always a welcome addition!
6. A bottle of water
This is essential. Hydrated guests are happy guests.
7. Granola bars
A little energy never hurt anyone! Plus, great idea for really hungry travelers who just arrived to their hotel. If you’re making cute trail mix favors (like these, with bags by Mavora), just toss a few extras in the bag.
8. A local souvenir
Pick up something cute from and local from a gift shop. The emphasis here is on something sort of silly and definitely inexpensive — but local, and with the city’s name on it. For instance, a shot glass, a postcard, a refrigerator magnet, a keychain… you get the idea.
9. Bottle of wine or champagne
Make sure you pick a bottle of wine or champagne you enjoy yourself. If it is a local wine, that’s even better! They’ll probably also need one of these handy.
And I’d be lying if I didn’t think this champagne chain was fabulous.
10. A door hanger
Cause this is too cute to pass up.
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