Wedding Welcome Bag Guide
Welcome travel-weary guests with some pre-wedding goodies. Browse this guide for ideas for wedding welcome bags.
With the emergence of destination weddings and guests often spread all over the country, savvy couples are taking advantage of a golden opportunity to offer a warm welcome and set the tone for a fabulous series of events. Wedding guest baskets are a nice added touch, immediately comforting the travel-weary by making them feel right at home.
Wedding Welcome Bag Costs
How much you spend is entirely up to you. You can be as lavish as you like, although simply giving a bottle of water and a package of homemade cookies will let your wedding guests know you care. Remember: You only need to put together one welcome basket per room, not per guest. So confirm the number of rooms reserved with your hotel, and assemble your baskets accordingly (of course, make a few extras, just in case). It's always good to give one to the photographer to photograph and take home as an extra perk. If you know that many of your friends will be shacking up together to split the cost of hotel rooms, consider packing double of some items in each welcome basket.
Depending on the policies of the hotel where you’ve reserved your room block, the staff may personally deliver the welcome baskets to each guest room, or they may leave them at the front desks and give them to guests as they check-in.
What To Put In Wedding Guest Baskets
Include some essentials that will make their stay more comfortable – such as bottled water, snack items, mints, Advil, etc. Think about what items you often wish for when staying at a hotel. This is also a great place to include relevant information for your wedding guests – phone numbers for the families, other guests staying at the hotel, a wedding itinerary, nearby attractions, and local maps.
Also consider including items that are reflective of your wedding location. Use your wedding welcome bags as a creative way to tie everything together and introduce guests, many of them visiting for the first time, to the area. Getting married in Vermont? Toss in some maple syrup or a locally made beef jerky. Use this opportunity to be creative, and make your wedding a memorable event – from arrival to departure.
Here's a wedding welcome bag list to help you plan:
- Pretty bag or box
- Weekend itinerary with essential info
- Snacks – try to use locally made items when possible
- First aid items – bandaids, mints, Advil, Emergen-C, Shout wipes
- Booze – little nips, local brews, champagne splits, wine
- Souvenier reflective of the area
- Local map with recommendations
- Thank-you note
Want to ensure your guests have a great time at your wedding? Consult this list of common wedding guest complaints to learn what to do – and what to avoid.