The latest wedding day must-have welcome totes to greet your guests and add that extra personal touch. Whether it’s a destination wedding or local fete, hospitality kits with beyond-the-mini-bar amenities and a helpful schedule for the weekend’s events have become more than just a nice gesture wedding welcome totes have taken on a life of their own.
Chances are you won’t be able to greet all your guests upon their arrival, so a wedding welcome bag (or basket) of goodies is a great way to say, “Hello, we’re glad you’re here!” right away. This is especially true if you’re having a destination wedding or hosting a lot of out-of-towners. Check out our breakdown of everything you need to assemble the perfect pre wedding goody bag that’ll make your guests feel right at home.
Share your Hometown Favorites
Capitalize on what’s unique to your hometown with treats locally made and grown. Showcase special picks by creating a well-rounded assortment of delicious snacks, refreshing beverages, artisan soaps, and more. Don’t forget to include a postcard and a map for those eager and adventurous visitors.
Weave In Your Signature Color
A predictable idea that never gets old. Start with a bag, basket, or box in your signature hue and use patterned paper for sealing clear candy-filled bags or lining envelopes. Add refreshment and snacks that coordinates with your palette. Trust us, guests will appreciate the munchies.
Take a cue from the season and stock up on items that’ll help your guests brave the elements. Sunglasses, bug spray and paper hand fans will beat the heat, while pashminas, tea bags and hand-warmers are perfect for a fall or winter wedding. Ponchos and umbrellas are other must-haves if rain is in the forecast. Hotels often provide a few complimentary toiletries, like shampoo or lotion, but not everything is covered. Kick up your welcome bag with a few extra pampering products, like sunscreen for sunny days or lip balm to combat the chilly temps.
The Local Lowdown
Help your guests enjoy their downtime by cluing them in on the area’s must-sees and dos. Pop a guidebook or map into each bag, along with the latest issue of a local magazine. Highlight hot spots, top sites to check out and activities they shouldn’t miss. If your guests aren’t joining you for every meal, recommend a few good restaurants too.
Throw in a list of your favorite boutiques and coffee shops so that your guests will appreciate the thoughtful suggestions. If it’s the city where you two fell in love, a sweet anecdote about a place (maybe your first-date spot) or street (your new home) makes for a nice touch.
Place Thank You Note
Your welcome bag is just one more opportunity to thank your guests. Include a thoughtful letter to welcome them and tell them how happy you are to be sharing your wedding day with them. Handwriting each note will give them that extra-special touch that says, “You’re so important I took the time to pen this myself.” Or if you’re short on time, at least sign each one in ink. And don’t forget to give a quick rundown of the items you’ve included in your welcome bag or basket.
Write each note on paper that speaks to the theme of your wedding. To spark some special effect, print your thank you note in the cheap hand fans from the best suppliers.