Wedding Welcome Bags – 7 Tips for Making Your Out of Towns Guests Feel at Home with Your Welcome Bag

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welcome bags for weddings

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.

Imbue You modern lattice tag

#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.

wedding welcome bag box

#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?

Bonus Tip:

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.

Browse a variety of wedding favor tags for beach themes, Mexico weddings, Indian weddings, rustic and vintage styles here. Add your own wedding colors and notes to customize them for your guests.

Brought to you by Imbue You, the home of romantic wedding stationery.

{Photos: muslin bag by Be Collective; tag by Imbue You; favor box by The Favor Box}

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Beach Wedding Stationery – A Full Look at Our Updated Sand Dollar Invitation Set

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Imbue You Sand dollar full invitation set

Instead of a completely new set, this sand dollar wedding invitation stationery set is an update to an existing design.

When we were designing this invitation set, Justin and I wanted to infuse it with modern elegance for a beach wedding. The icon is drawn to be the essence of a sand dollar with little extra, and the print is simple, yet intriguing (is it fish scales, the waves or shells…hmmm?).

This way, your colors and the uniqueness of patterned texture take center stage.

Visit our stationery site for ordering details on the full stationery setsave the date postcard, save the save bookmark or invitation set. See the set in detail below:

 

Imbue You sand dollar save the date postcard

imbue You sand dollar bookmark

Save the Dates: Postcard and Bookmark

The save the date sets the stage for the rest of the stationery design. We packed a lot of design and information in a small size. Choose the double-sided postcard with rounded corners that mails affordably with a postcard stamp, or the bookmark with typographic design.

 

Imbue You Sand Dollar Wedding Invitation

Imbue You Sand Dollar invitation with envelopes

Bellyband Wrap Style Invitation

With the invitation design stately typography and a subtle scallop print are wrapped in a colorful extra wide band topped off with a tag on a fabric ribbon. All colors, text, design, envelope and even cardstock, can be changed to match your wedding style.

 

Imbue You Sand Dollar RSVP

RSVP

Reply card with response envelope and return address label matches the style and look of the main wrap invitation.

 

Imbue You Sand dollar envelopes

Return Address Wrap Labels

Stylishly dressed envelopes include your return address with labels that wrap your envelopes in coordinating design. Color envelopes are included, and we can even print your guest names and addresses on your outer envelope label.

 

Imbue You Sand dollar coral note card

Personalized Thank You Note Card

And when the last guest has gone home, you can thank them with personalized note cards that bring your wedding style alive again.

Want to learn more? Visit our stationery site for ordering details on the full stationery setsave the date postcardsave the save bookmark or invitation set..

{All designs and photos by Imbue You, the home of romantic wedding stationery}

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The 8 most important things your destination wedding guests need to know

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Imbue You Palm Tree Save the Date Postcard

When I go anywhere I like to be super prepared. And I’ve usually researched the heck out of it beforehand to know where to go, what to do and if I need an umbrella or mosquito spray.

Likewise, if you’re planning a destination wedding your guests will want to know these too…and more.

The best thing you can do for your guests is to make them feel comfortable. In many cases they haven’t been to your lovely wedding spot and may not know what to expect. They don’t know what to budget or pack.

And that’s where your information packet or wedding website comes in. After where you’re getting married and when, here are the most important things to tell your guests when planning a destination wedding:

 

Any Discounts

You’ve likely blocked off hotel rooms at a discounted rate, or negotiated a lower group fare with an airline. Letting guests know what discounts are available will help them as they budget and plan to attend. Also let them know exactly what they need to do to get these discounted rates.

 

Important Deadlines

Do they need to book by a certain time? This doesn’t just apply to hotel rates or airfare. If a favorite activity in your locale has a deadline, such as a play or golf venue, let them know that as well.

 

What to Pack

Do they need to bring formal wear, casual or something special. For instance, one of our couples was getting married on a ranch and wanted people to have cowboy attire. Also what’s the weather like during the time of year you’re getting married? Will they need a light jacket in the evenings?

 

Imbue You Vintage Map Save the Date Postcard

What to See and Do

What are the special activities and sights they shouldn’t miss. Or are you organizing activities, such as a welcome party, post wedding brunch, or walking tour.

 

How to Get Around

Are there shuttle buses at the airport? How do they get to the venue from the hotel? Is there local public transportation to local sights, or are cabs and car rental places easily available?

 

What to Expect

Include information about where you are getting married, and any local customs or traditions that they should know about.

 

Imbue You Mexican Tile Bookmark save the date

Important Contacts

Be sure to include contact information for the hotel, your travel agent and any special services, tours or activities that must be booked in advance.

 

About Childcare

Are you providing childcare, or are there childcare options for people bringing children?

{photos and handmade designs by Imbue You Wedding}

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New Full Set: Mexican Wedding Reception Stationery

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Imbue You Mexican wedding reception stationery set

Our latest ceremony and reception wedding stationery set captures the creativity of Mexican handcrafts with a talavera tile print. And with custom colors and fonts, you can create the look you want from soft and romantic to colorful and bold.

With each of our designs, Justin and I love to offer an authentic nod to traditional cultural design but in a modern way. This is a lush, intricate print with enough design to handle 2 to 4 colors. So it’s really easy to make it a true reflection of your wedding.

See more details on how to make it your own here. Or see more of our full stationery sets here.

Here’s an in-depth look at the ceremony and reception set.

Imbue You Mexican wedding program inside

Imbue You Mexican wedding program back

Square Wedding Program

Even with it’s more unusual square shape, the design has enough room for full ceremony details, wedding party and a thank you message.

 

Imbue You Mexican place card

Place Card or Seating Card

These place cards are hand layered for a more personal and special touch.

 

Imbue You Mexican wedding menu

Reception Menu Card

With a menu card at every place setting, your tables are fully brought into your theme and style.

 

Imbue You Mexican wedding table numbers

Table Numbers

Choose numerals, numbers as words or create your own special table names. It’s all good.

 

Imbue You Mexican favor tag

Favor Tag

And when your guests go home, they take a piece of your wedding with them, with the custom favor tag design.

What do you think?

{Photos by Imbue You Wedding}

 

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Beach Wedding Destination Theme: Mexican Hacienda

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hacienda wedding venue

I love Mexican beach theme weddings. There are so many design ideas and options. If you are looking for more Mexican than beach in your wedding theme and want a romantic feeling, consider a Mexican or Spanish Hacienda wedding theme.

For a hacienda theme think Old World meets rustic with a splash of Mexican and Spanish culture. Colors are more muted, like terra cotta, creamy yellows, natural greens, soft blues and wood tones.

hacienda venue details

Venue: Architecture and Old World details establish a hacienda feeling. If you are getting married on the beach, or your venue doesn’t have archways and wood beams, consider creating a canopy for your ceremony or reception. {Venue: Valentin Imperial Maya in Mexico}

mexican spanish tile invitation hacienda

mexican talavera tile hacineda booklet

Invitations and Wedding Stationery: Your stationery is a great place to add the cultural component of your wedding. Think classic cultural arts and details, such as talavera tile and lace. And don’t forget to give your guests plenty of planning information. {Invitations by Imbue You}

old world wedding dresses

spanish mexican peasant wedding dress

lace peasant wedding dress

Wedding Dress: There are a few ways to give a nod to your hacienda wedding theme with your wedding gown. One way is to go very Old World, with beading and exquisite details. Another is to go simpler with a more New World Mexican peasant dress vibe. And yet another is to split the difference, for instance a peasant dress shape with Old World details like lace. {Dress by J’Aton Couture via Bride to Be; Photo via Live Breathe Fashion; Photo via Green Wedding Shoes; Photo via Fashion Served}

succulents mexican hacienda wedding

hacienda wedding reception table

The Details: For a hacienda theme ceremony and reception think intimate, rustic and drought resistant. Hacienda locations in the New World can be harsh after all. Succulents and wildflowers make great bouquets and table centerpieces. And nothing says family and friends like a long wooden farm table. {Bouquet via Belle the Magazine; Cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop; Rustic farm table via Oh Lovely Day}

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide.}

 

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