Make guests feel welcome the moment they arrive with the ultimate gift bag. Here, a few of the industry's experts share their top tips for any welcome bag.
Make It Personal
"Have fun with your welcome bag and give your friends something that is unique to you and your fiancé! This is the first glimpse your guests will have as they kick off the wedding weekend. We love nothing more than when the welcome bag makes the guests go, 'Oh, that's so them!'" —Lynn Easton, Owner, Easton Events
Map It Out
"If your guests are traveling long distances to attend your wedding and are unfamiliar with the area, we love providing them with a custom map to help them make the most of their stay in your wedding locale. On the map, be sure to include any main landmarks or points of reference, and we also recommend including a few bride and groom favorites along with a variety of activities and restaurants that your guests can choose from. They will love discovering some of your favorite local spots while also adventuring down their own paths. If your weekend schedule and budget allows, including additional group experiences like wine tasting or boating excursions are more than just gifts for your guests—they are memories for you and them!"—Alicia Caldecott, Owner, A Day in May Event Planning & Design
Throw in Fresh Blooms
"Adding fresh blooms will make your guests smile! Have your floral designer provide extra stems of your wedding flowers and tie those up with twine or ribbon and put them in a small glass vase with water. This makes a pretty statement in your welcome box." —Erin Sprinkel, Co-Owner, Sterling Social
Opt for Fresh Produce
"Think outside the bag and gift arriving guests with fresh local fruit in berry baskets. Whether it's Rainier cherries, fresh citrus, plump blackberries, or ripe peaches, there's nothing better than local bounty, especially when guests have traveled from afar!"—Aleah & Nick Valley, Owners, Valley & Company Events
Plan for "Emergencies"
"Guest comfort is paramount at our weddings. We love including a little emergency kit to make sure the 'day after' an event is 'comfortable.' Things we might include: Advil, tums, and water bottles."—Virginia Edelson, Founder/Owner, Bluebird Productions
Tell Your Story
"Creating a welcome bag with a sentimental touch always goes over well. For instance, include a soda, candy, or even a bottle of wine from the town you got engaged in!"—Jaclyn Journey, Owner, Jaclyn Journey Event + Floral Design
"A personalized note thanking your guests for sharing and celebrating your special day."—Mikki Gardner, Owner & Creative Director, Mood Events