Whether you have invited your guests to an exotic locale to celebrate your destination wedding, or you have out-of-town friends and family traveling to your hometown, you should plan to welcome guests when they arrive at their hotels with welcome gift bags. Little surprises offer a way to thank guests for incurring the expense of traveling to attend your wedding and provide an opportunity to showcase your wedding location to those unfamiliar with the area. Whether you are repping the town you grew up in, or welcoming guests to a whole new country, these nine creative ideas for what to place in your wedding welcome bags are sure to impress your guests.
1. Bottled Water. Not every hotel offers the convenience of bottled water, so it’s a vital staple to provide your guests—especially knowing they are in for a long night of partying, dancing, and celebrating your nuptials!
2. Sweet and Salty Snacks. Some yummy snacks will be just as helpful to your out of town guests as the bottled water, especially when they first arrive after a long flight or drive. Snacks and sweets will especially be appreciated by your guests who are bringing their kids.
3.The Weekend’s Itinerary. Yes, the essential details were included in your wedding invitation suite, and yes, you have a wedding website, but make it impossible for your guests to have any questions about the times, locations, and events of the weekend by including the weekend’s schedule and all relevant contact information in your welcome bags.
4. Flip Flops. Both men and women may end up with tired feet after an evening of dancing and celebrating. Include some fancy, comfy footwear to help rejuvenate aching feet. You can also make flip flops available at your reception in a variety of sizes and encourage guests to keep dancing in flat footwear.
5. A Mini Bottle of Bubbly. Your wedding weekend is all about celebration. Whether your guests toast you upon arrival or take the mini bottle of champagne home to enjoy during their next monumental life moment, they will certainly think of you when they enjoy its brisk effervescence.
6. Something Local. Getting married in Seattle? Include a bag of local coffee grounds. Celebrating in Texas? How about a bottle of spicy barbecue sauce? Saying I do on the Jersey Shore? Toss is some chewy salt water taffy. Every city, state, and country is known for some signature food item. Your guests may not have time to experience the best your wedding community has to offer, so give them a gift to enjoy back home.
7. A Signature Spa Item. Travel for any reason—even a joyous occasion—can be stressful. Encourage your guests to indulge in some R&R with a custom, signature spa item. Maybe it’s handmade soap from a local shop or a one-of-a-kind candle. Include a hand-written note thanking your guests for the effort they made to be part of your special day, and encourage them to enjoy the weekend.
8. Recommended Local Points of Interest. Be your guests’ travel hostess with the mostest by including recommendations for hot spots they must see before they leave town. Include anyplace that has a special place in your heart—like the city square where your fiancé proposed, or the ballpark where you had your first date.
9. Weather-Related Essentials. If your winter destination wedding has brought your cousins from Minnesota to The Bahamas, consider including some SPF 50, lip balm, and after-sun aloe gel in your gift bags. Everyone can benefit from some sun protection while on vacay.
Bonus Tip: Remember that the bag itself is just as important as its contents. Rather than a paper gift bag, customize reusable tote bags for your guests as an extra bonus gift. Hint: our sister company, Periwinkle Designs, can help!