If you’re having a destination wedding or have plenty of non-local guests, an out-of-towner’s welcome bag is a nice touch. Just a few simple things can really show how much you appreciate them making the journey for your wedding.
Here are a few ideas on what you should include:
- A local city guide/magazine. They’re a great resource for guests to find things to do, places to see and restaurant ideas. Hint: you can usually score these at local hotels, restaurants or your visitor’s bureau for free.
- A personal note. Always include a personal note thanking your guests for traveling to come to your wedding! It will make them feel extra special.
- Weekend agenda. Even if you have a wedding website include maps, times and dates for the wedding weekend. Don’t forget things like Welcome Cocktails, the Rehearsal Dinner and Day After Brunch.
- Survival necessities. A bottle of water and a few snacks are thoughtful things to include. I’ve also seen plenty of bags complete with hangover remedies! Bloody mary mix, mini bottles of vodka, and Tylenol are cute ideas to include, too.
- Something local. For our wedding, we included a bottle of Arizona Iced Tea. Be creative and share something local with your guests!
Your welcome bag is your guest’s first impression of your wedding weekend! Match the bag to your colors/feel of your wedding. If you’re having a rustic wedding, for example, an over-the-top glamorous bag wouldn’t exactly feel right. And though it’s fun to get quirky, keep it simple. There are many more wedding details to attend to.
Are you or did you create a welcome bag for your wedding? What things are you including??
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