A Thoughtful touch for your Out-of-town guests: Welcome Gift Bags

Are you having a destination wedding or just have a lot of out-of-town guests? After traveling from afar, there's no better way to make them feel "Welcome" than to leave a bag full of goodies inside their hotel room! Whether it be sweet and simple or elaborate and unique, your guests are sure to love such a thoughtful touch from you. Here are a list of some fun examples of welcome packs that you can consider for your own wedding!

  • When Considering the Container: Remember that if you're planning on giving welcome packs to each of your guests, you'll want to make sure the container is reasonably priced. Canvas, pail, paper bags or antique boxes are a few great examples. Try to stay clear of using monograms so that guests can reuse the box later on. Another tip is to use symbols from the theme of your wedding; for example, if you had a beach wedding, an appropriate symbol would be a palm tree.

Include a Beverage: Particularly for weddings during the summertime, providing your guests with personalized water bottles is a creative way to thank your guests and even save them some extra cash. (Find personalized water bottles at http://weddingshop.theknot.com/personalized-water-bottles.aspx). If your wedding has a strong theme, tie that into your choice of beverage. For example, if you're having a winter themed wedding, leave your guests a mug and ingredients to make their own hot cocoa. Mini bottles of wine or champagne are also a fun treat for guests.



  • Throw in Some Snacks: Guests may get hungry after dancing all day at your wedding and will love having some complimentary snacks to munch on later. Another unique idea is to provide snacks that include local foods or favorites, a great way to give out-of-towners a taste of the region.


  • Couple's Favorites: A unique and personal gift to give your guests is something that means a lot to you and your partner. Whether its creating a mixed CD of your favorite songs or throwing in your favorite movie, candy, or book, your guests will love the extra thoughtful touch.


  • Itinerary: Some possible ideas to include in your itinerary are a schedule of events throughout the day, contact information, a timeline, key locations (or best photo spots), dress code notes, weather information, fun facts about you and your partner, or any other key or specific details that are important to your event.


  • A Guide to the Area: If you're having a destination wedding or expecting plenty of out-of-town guests, it might be a good idea to include a map of the region nearby and a guidebook with lists of must-see's or must-do's. A fun personalized touch is to map it yourself by pointing out your favorite spots (hole-in-the-wall restaurants, boutiques, photo spots, etc). Including an issue of a local magazine will also give guests a feel of nearby hot spots or activities.


  • Hangover Helpers & Emergency Kits: Hangover kits are a fun way to help your guests enjoy their night (and morning!). Some possible items to include are Advil, Alka-Seltzer, Emergen-C, ice packs, eyedrops or breath mints. Emergency kits always come in handy, and some items you could throw in might be stain remover, band-aids, mini sewing kits, Advil, etc. (Try Pinch-Provisions Miniemergency kits at http://pinchprovisions.com/)


  • Weather-proof essentials & Nonessential Toiletries: If it's supposed to rain on the day of your wedding, it might be a good idea to provide ponchos or a cheap umbrella for your guests. Alternatively, if it's supposed to be hot, include some sunscreen or Aloe gel. When planning nonessential toiletries, think of things that can't be found in your local hotel. Items like chapsticks, eye masks, handmade soaps or lotions, or match boxes are all creative options.


  • A Thank-You Note: Your guests will love the extra thought you put into when they receive a thank you note, just letting them know that you appreciate them taking the time to be a part of your special day. A fun option is to include pictures of yourself and your spouse, perhaps a timeline of special moments that led up to your wedding day. It's also important to keep to the theme of your wedding if you have one.


  • Miscellaneous: Some other fun wedding favor ideas may be a disposable camera, where your guests can take photos throughout the wedding and send you doubles after the event. Another popular idea is a set of bubbles. Kids aren't the only ones who like to play with bubbles, and it's a fun way to have your guests mess around and have fun throughout the day. Personalized shot glasses, candles, and sweets are some other good options as a wedding favor.


Christine Ong