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5 Wedding-Planner Favorites to Put in Your Welcome Bag

One industry expert spills on her must-haves.

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Welcome gifts are a great way to thank guests for traveling to your wedding. But what goes into the ideal welcome bag to make it extra special? Tampa, Florida–based planner Anna Lucia Richardson suggests giving your wedding guests a mix of practical, celebratory, and sentimental trinkets. Read on for her list of wedding welcome-bag favorites to help you plan your own.

 

Steps for Assembling Welcome Bags That Wow for Wedding Guests

 

Something to Sip On

"Go beyond bottled water and include a cocktail set with liquor, mixers, and garnishes," says Richardson. One easy idea: cans of tomato juice, mini bottles of vodka, and Tabasco sauce for Bloody Marys.

 

A Nod to the Venue

"Add a favorite locally sourced treat or, if it's a destination wedding, something that's useful in the location," she says. Think: A subway card or museum pass in the city, trail maps for the woods, or sunscreen for the beach.

 

A Keepsake

"Incorporate playing cards, a hat, or another token that guests can reuse long after the party is over," says Richardson. Remember that attendees will need to travel home, so favors that can squeeze into carry-on luggage are best.

 

Fabulous Packaging

"Rather than using items' original packaging, work with your stationer or planner to create custom labels," Richardson advises. "It can be as simple as repackaging treats in waxed-paper bags with a label in your wedding's palette, or placing items in decorative tins."

 

A Personal Greeting

A note written specifically for each guest is the most important part of making guests feel welcome. Richardson also suggests including a list of wedding events so that guests can access the information quickly.

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