Whether you’re hosting a wedding with a lot of out-of-town guests or planning a destination affair in a place far, far away – wedding welcome bags are a nice and comforting touch. We know. It’s one more thing to add to your already mile long wedding planning list but your guests will appreciate you going the extra mile. Let us break down the essentials for you and answer all your welcome bag questions so that you can start focusing on more fun wedding planning tasks… like your honeymoon!
Does the welcome bag have to be in a bag?
Absolutely not. Be creative! Whether it’s a bag, a box, or a basket, we all know that the goodies on the inside is what really counts.
Whimsy Wedding Tip: Personalize your welcome bags with the your names or a simple monogram so that your guests can reuse them over and over again all while thinking of the great time they had at your big day!
Which snacks should we throw in?
Some of your guests may be getting off of long flights or car rides. The last thing you want is for them to show up at your rehearsal dinner or ceremony hangry. Surprise them with a sweet treat for their arrival in your wedding welcome bag. Keep the packaging and simplicity of the snack in mind since you don’t want anything that needs to be refrigerated or prepared.
Whimsy Wedding Tip: Throw in a snacks that incorporate the local flavor of your wedding location. Getting married in France? Add some macaroons! You’re guests will love the thoughtfulness.
Do we need to include alcohol?
No, but why not get the party started early! A mini bottle of wine or cocktail kit will do the trick. If you don’t want to include alcohol, make sure that you add some type of beverage for your guests to wash down their tasty snacks with.
Whimsy Wedding Tip: If you’re getting married in Colorado ALWAYS include a bottle of water! We have a dryer climate and some people may need a little hydration to help adjust to the altitude!
What information should we include?
Create an information booklet with the full rundown and list of all the events that are taking place over the course of the day or weekend. Times, locations, maps, travel or shuttle information and contact info are all important things to include for your guests so that they don’t miss a thing!
Whimsy Wedding Tip: Providing all this information on one easy to read and carry pamphlet will ensure that your guests will have everything they need at their fingertips. Leave it up to us to design it in a fun and exciting way that will have your guests looking forward to what comes next!
Is there anything else?
The best things about welcome bags is that you can make them into whatever you want! Add a souvenir for your traveling guests or a few pampering products to make them feel extra pretty and cared for. And don’t forget a few things for the morning after the wedding such as a bottle of water and some advil. It’s the nice thing to do.
Whimsy Wedding Tip: Include a thank you note to let your guests know much you appreciate them traveling to celebrate your wedding day with you. It’s the little things that mean the most.
The Rundown: My Wedding Welcome Bag!
Since I just got married myself last year, all the above pictures are of my very own welcome bag! Here’s what it included:
- Information Booklet – this included a thank you note, a map of the area complete with suggestions of our favorite nearby places for day time activities, a list of the goodies in guests’ bags and why we chose them, along with shuttle schedules for the day of our wedding.
- Water Bottles – with a reminder to hydrate in our Colorado climate! We bought in bulk and then created custom labels to make them a bit more personal.
- DIY “Hangover Kit” – Advil, Alka Seltzer, and Emergen-C (We had an open bar and wanted our guests to enjoy it!)
- Boulder Canyon Kettle Potato Chips – delicious and made nearby
- Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups – also a local treat!
- Infinite Monkey Theorem Canned Wine – to get the celebration started ahead of the festivities! Locally made again but also a special touch for us as they were opening up another location in Austin and since we’re both from Texas a bunch of our guests were excited to try it!
What did we miss? What are you planning on putting in your wedding welcome bags?
All above photos by Tara Bielecki Photography