I just recently had the pleasure of planning my brother and his lovely bride’s dream wedding. After the ceremony, one of their guests approached me and complimented me on all the fabulous details of the day, down to the welcome bags that they found in their hotel room. She said it was such a nice treat to walk into their room and find a customized bag filled with drinks, snacks and wedding info. It was the perfect pick me up after a 2 hour drive.
Here is a list of items that you can place inside of your welcome bags that will surely bring a smile to your guest’s faces! Welcome bags are a great opportunity to introduce your friends and family to your hometown or the town you are celebrating your wedding in. Or a nice treat after a long trip. 🙂
Welcome your guests to the locale and thank them for making the trip to join you for your wedding celebration.
A detailed list of the weekend’s events: dates, times, maps, locations and phone numbers for bride, groom and their families. Event examples: rehearsal dinner, softball games, wedding ceremony and reception, and “day after” brunch.
Highlight the local attractions for guests to visit and explore on their own time. For example, information on malls in the area historical sites, parks, bowling, interesting towns, etc.
MAPS OF THE AREA
*You can get these free if you belong to AAA.
A LOCAL NEWSPAPER
2 Pre- stamped post cards with instructions attached “When you return home please send us a postcard to tell us about your favorite part of the weekend”. Also include one more for them to send to their family or friends.
LOCAL SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS
“I *heart* NY” t-shirts; “Don’t Mess with Texas” t-shirts; “LOVE” Philadelphia t-shirts OR You could get creative with an official wedding T-shirt (Hmm…I went to Ted & Sue’s wedding and all I got was this crummy t-shirt?). Or “Top 10 Reasons Ted and Sue are getting hitched”.
If you can find un-branded bottles of water, create your own personalized water labels! You can also do this with a bottle of wine, champagne or sparkling apple cider.
Special coffee (local coffee is strong!) and creamer
Bagged teas and honey stir stick
Nuts, peanuts sunflower seeds, and dried fruit mix
Crackers, popcorn, pretzels or chips (or some combination)
Cookies or petite cakes
* Or you can get creative and get snacks made in or only available in your hometown or in the town the wedding is taking place in.
Toothbrush & toothpaste
A cd with music that the you and your fiancée love
Beach towel/beach mat (if having a wedding by the beach)
SPECIAL ITEMS TO INCLUDE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
A small box of crayons and a coloring book
A small stuffed animal or other toy
Card games such as: Old Maid and Uno
Pail and shovel (if having a wedding by the beach)
Here is a great place to look for inspiration when creating your welcome bags. http://kateparkerweddings.com/product-baskets.html