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What to Put in Wedding Welcome Bags That Your Guests Will Actually Want


Custom door hangers for your wedding welcome bags from Sarah Elizabeth Arts on Etsy.

It has recently become rather trendy to provide guests with wedding welcome bags, particularly for those throwing a wedding weekend or destination wedding. The first thing to say about this is that welcome bags are completely optional. Like favors, if they matter to you and you have the time, energy, and financial resources to make them happen, great. But if not? Skip ‘em.

That said, if you are going to be doing welcome bags, it would be nice if they were full of items your wedding guests actually wanted, right? Right. So here’s our guide to things they might find handy during your wedding celebration. And if you’re looking for a way to make them extra stylish, consider these custom wedding logo stamps and stickers from a Printable Press. You can slap them on literally any of your items to make them look chic and personal.

1. Something they will use at the wedding or during the weekend. Having a woodsy camp wedding weekend? Provide everyone with a camp mug to use for the weekend. You can even have them customized with a logo for your wedding. This can also double as a favor, if you’d like. A mug is just one example–consider beach towels for a beach destination wedding, or scarves for a wintry mountain wedding.

2. Guide to the area. This is particularly useful if you are having a destination wedding and people will be on their own for some of the time. A map of the area, restaurant recommendations, and activity suggestions will all help make your guests feel welcome and more at home.

3. A schedule. Let you guests know when activities are planned with a wedding weekend calendar. Of course, your website can also include this information, but it’s nice to include a paper version in the welcome bags.

4. Something practical, seasonal, and/or location-specific. If your wedding is happening somewhere hot and sunny, include small tube of sunscreen, or perhaps a bit of bug spray for a lakeside or tropical location. If you’re having a winter wedding, consider something warming like tea, mittens, or a warm hat.

5. Help them get through the morning after. It’s possible–okay, likely–that your guests are going to have a great time at your wedding. They might even feel it the next day. Help them through it with a little aspirin, coconut water, or other hangover cure.

6. Something to eat and drink. This is a nice way to customize your welcome bags to reflect you and your partner. Do you have a favorite soda or snack? Include a miniature version in the bags, along with a note about its significance to you. This is also a great place to include a local speciality, whether it’s a beverage or snack.

7. A note of gratitude. Welcome bags are all about making your guests feel welcomed and thanked. A little note letting them know how happy you are they made the trip is never amiss!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page for more great wedding welcome bag ideas, including cute packing and DIY tricks. Don’t forget to remember to plan a delivery method for your bags! Assign someone to drop them off at the hotel’s front desk, or wherever else guests might be staying. This is definitely a time to delegate–you are going to be busy enjoying your weekend and, um, getting married, so be sure to recruit a helper.

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