Decided that you want to gift your guests with some kick-ass loot to welcome them to your wedding? Maybe it's an out-of-town wedding, and you want everyone to have a good handle on the area. Or maybe you're having a wedding outside in the summer, and you want to make sure everyone doesn't get sunburned. Either way, a wedding welcome gift bag can be a stellar way to give your guests some warm fuzzies right away. Let's talk about our favorite wedding welcome bag ideas.
The gift bag itself
You can easily choose some simple paper bags or treat boxes, maybe dressed up, DIY-style. If you want to take it up a notch, splurge on some customized reusable tote bags from places like Zazzle, Etsy, or VistaPrint.
Include a thank you card
Include a little thank you card for thankfulness reasons, of course, but also to include any contact information of your designated wedding wrangler, planner, or just someone you trust who can field any questions for you. That way you're not getting calls from every guest all day long.
This is also a good place to introduce your guests to your wedding hashtag, if you'll be rocking one.
Include a day/weekend program
Let your guests know what will be happening and when by including a day or weekend schedule in the welcome bag. Having a day-before, '80s-themed bar crawl and a day-after punch ‘n' pie brunch? Let your schedule be their guide.
Give them a map and a list of things to do
If there will be any downtime during the wedding or wedding weekend, toss in a map of the area (handmade like the one above is awesome, but regular works great, too). Also include some of your favorite haunts that they can check out. If it's not your city, hit up the internet or a helpful concierge for ideas. Don't forget to include the scoop on cabs and public transit so everyone knows how to get around.
Local nosh and souvenirs
You can inject a lot of personality (and delicious treats!) if you include some trinkets from your hometown or from where the wedding is happening. As a Chicagoan, if I didn't include some Garrett's Popcorn, the people might rise up. Think local sports teams, jams, magnets, and all kinds of snacks. Watch out for scented stuff since it can transfer to food items or bug folks with sensitivity to strong scents.
Sustenance and hydration
Keep your loved ones full and peeing by supplying them with bottled water, healthy trail mix, some sweet and salty treats. Use your best judgment when including anything alcoholic in case anyone is in the recovery community.
Watch the weather
These will vary based on your wedding location, but think about including some sunscreen, bug spray, a poncho, some socks, and clothing stain wipes. Save some time by doing this step when you create your “Oh shit” kit.
Soothe their hangovers and be their absentee nurse
Are you giving your guests an offbeat wedding welcome bag? What did we miss?