With lots of goodies and helpful items, wedding welcome bags are a great way to help your out of town guests feel at home and fall in love with where you are getting married. It also makes you an awesome host! And that sounds like a good plan, right?
But what are the best things to put in your welcome bags to make your guests feel comfortable? Here are 7 tips to guide you in the right direction.
#1: Add your own personal touch
Your welcome bag is a great place to share favorite snacks and local specialties. It’s also a great way to pull guests into the design and feeling of your wedding. So think about making your own labels for water bottles, and adding wedding colors and special tags to your bags.
#2: Don’t forget emergencies
Prepare for the unexpected. Include emergency contact information for some members of the wedding party, location of local hospital and numbers for local police just in case.
#3: Write a personal note of welcome
Depending on the number of out of town guests, you may not be able to personally hand write each note. But it is a nice personal touch to personally sign each note. That will truly make your guests feel welcomed, and set the stage for a more personal wedding experience.
#4: Help guests recover from your wedding
Ok, party animals, you know who you are. Your wedding is going to be a lot of fun, it might go later than expected. Hey, the fun might even get a little out of hand. Wouldn’t some aspirin, antacid or a hangover cure be nice? Don’t you owe that to your nearest and dearest?
#5: Let guests know what to expect
Even if you have a very robust wedding website with lots of information, it’s still nice to include a run down of events you might have planned, when and where they start, and any special tips on style of dress.
#6: Have fun with your packaging
There are so many fun ways to pull your welcome bags together…and they don’t even need to be “bags” at all. You can decorate paper bags with ribbon and tags. Or get personalized tote bags that guests can reuse. Extra large favor boxes are fun, and also can be decorated with ribbons and tags. Or a welcome basket would be an unexpected touch for a rustic or vintage wedding.
#7: Think beyond your wedding
Help your guests enjoy the wonderful place you have picked to get married. Include local maps, local things to do with best times and tips if you have done them before. What are your favorite restaurants, best parks for an afternoon stroll, things they shouldn’t miss before they leave?
One way to make your guests feel comfortable is to match the design of your bag with your wedding or your wedding theme. The easiest way to do that is with coordinating favor tags.
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