Wedding Welcome Bags

15/08/2013 | 1

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A popular idea in the wonderful world of weddings is the welcome bag. What a lovely surprise for guests who are arriving at a destination wedding and there to greet them is a wonderful welcome bag, especially if they have travelled a long way.


The welcome bag works best if guests are all staying at the same hotel of course, otherwise depositing bags all over town could be a challenge! Keep your wedding theme or colours running through the welcome bag as this is the first introduction when your guests arrive.


It will be an extra expense, however you could opt for a welcome bag instead of having favours on your tables on the big day, or it could be an original idea for thank you gifts for the main bridal party or your nearest and dearest. It’s a great way to say thank you for being here and for travelling all this way to see us tie the knot.


Go local! Source the contents for your welcome bag when you arrive at your destination. This will ensure you give your guests a taste of the region and means you don’t have to transport items if you are having a destination wedding.  Opt for practical gifts that guests can actually use on the trip, rather than ones that they have to take home.


Wrap it up 

Paper bags, canvas totes, vintage boxes or baskets – keep your welcome container simple and cost effective.

You can find cute canvas bags and personalised totes on websites such as Etsy, and many more, but don’t forget High Street stores like Primark, H&M and Topshop as they create well priced tote bags all year round – they won’t be personalised but they come in pretty prints and will make a great beach bag or use-again gift.


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More than words

Add a ‘welcome’ and ‘thank you for coming’ card or letter to your welcome bag.

You could also write your more personal thank you cards for your bridal party, parents and anyone who has especially helped with organising the wedding and have these in your welcome bags.


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The low-down

Print an itinerary for any meet-ups you have planned for the wedding guests along with any extra details they may need during their time away or more information regarding the wedding day.

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Location, location, location

Add helpful little items such as a local map, a list of your favourite local sites or must-visit places or a mini guide book to your location.

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Tasty tipple

Food and drink will be gratefully accepted by weary travellers and these can be bought on arrival at your wedding destination.

Think about putting in a bottle of water (people are always so thirsty on arrival at a hotel, especially if they have been on a flight), a mini bottle of wine or regional tipple, some tasty local snacks or a voucher for a drink at the hotel bar.


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Do us a favour 

Instead of favours on your wedding tables, put fun gifts such as quirky, colourful sunglasses or items for your guests to wear to a pre-wedding dinner or the wedding itself. Useful items such as fans or flip-flops would also go down well.


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Pamper hamper

Go for a relaxed vibe and add pamper treats to your welcome hamper for guests to enjoy, relax and unwind on their arrival.


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SOS supplies  

If you’re staying somewhere tropical how about helpful items such as mini insect repellents, mini sun lotions or lovely lip balm gifts?

You can also pack recovery supplies and headache tablets for easing tired minds the morning after the big day!


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Tiny tots

Keep tiny tots entertained by packing sweet treats and a toy if you have little ones attending the wedding.

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