Treat your guests and support the local economy with local-style "welcome to Maui" guest bags #Favors & Flowers#hawaii#maui#wedding kits#welcome bag July 19 2007 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin It's always nice to provide "welcome bags" for your out of town wedding guests. But what if you're having a destination wedding and ALL your wedding guests are coming from out of town? That's the position I found myself in when I was planning my Maui wedding. So it was welcome bags for all! When putting my welcome bags together, my goal was to use as many local Hawaiian products as possible, because Aaron and I strongly believe in supporting the local economy of our favorite place on Earth. Here is my guide to the shop-local Maui welcome bags: 1. The bag is from AilanaKai.com, with all products made on the Big Island of Hawaii. 2. A map of Maui — these can be gained for free at the airport. We just picked up a bunch the day we arrived on the island. Related Post A welcome bag with an awesome, party-friendly, "emergency kit" Tribe member krissybeth just won my heart with her welcome bags for her Las Vegas wedding. They all include a very special emergency kit that... Read more 3. Sun protection. I love Maui Babe SPF 30. Ideally I would have loved to give everyone a large bottle, but they're very expensive. So I contacted the sellers (located on Maui, of course) and they hooked me up with their smaller sampler size. 4. Something to munch on. Wow-Wee Maui chocolate bars — These are made on-island and come in eight different flavors! And all of them sound insanely delicious. 5. Just in case. A mini first aid kit from Johnson & Johnson. Admittedly, this is not a local buy, but, you know, accidents do happen while you're on vacation. 6. Something to drink. Hawaiian Springs water from the Big Island. 7. More snacks. Maui Chips — These my favorite snack on Earth. I have been known to have them shipped from Maui to my apartment in West Hollywood. I don't care, there's nothing like them. Now that they've been bought by Lays, if you'd like to have a more local-style snack, check out Maui Cook Kwees — local-made cookies. 8. Island air-conditioning. Pretty sandlewood fans from Koyal Wholesale. 9. A special local-made treat. I provided "Kisses from Maui" lip balms — by far my favorite local product that I've found — but, sadly, the company has stopped making them. (My local-style lip balm replacement is now these Oils of Aloha lip balms, made on the Big Island.) Gifts from the Hana Lima Soaps Co. are hand-made on Maui and come in tons of different scents and colors to match your wedding. Are you planning a wedding in Hawaii? What are you putting in YOUR welcome bags? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Sarah's green budget wedding in St. Louis NEXT Wedding cloaks Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.