Creating a Welcome Bag for Any Destination
More often than not, your wedding is a destination wedding for some of your guests. When we started planning our destination wedding we knew many of our guests had never been to New Hampshire and would feel a little out of sorts. Creating a welcome bag was the perfect way for us to get a schedule and map of the area in our guests' hands, give them something to snack on and drink, while adding a little local flare for our favorite people to take home.
We opted for a canvas bag and stenciled a flower, our date, and the location on each bag with fabric paint. We wanted to create something reusable and easy to travel with, but I also love to use simple paper bags and even boxes as an alternative!
For our small intimate wedding everyone was part of every party. Placing a schedule in the bag helped everyone remember where they needed to be, and when, over the course our three day celebration.
When there are three events happening in three different locations and in a new city, a map can be a helpful tool to include. Our map was hand drawn by my stepdad and mom which made it extra special for me!
Eat + Drink
I'm always hungry and hankering for a beer or glass of wine after a day of travel. We included a Kind granola bar and a locally brewed Smuttynose beer in each of our bags to quench those cravings as soon as guests arrived. We tied tags around the beer bottle necks that read "Welcome suds before the welcome hugs".
The other sudsy part of our bag was locally made soap from Janegee. Their shop is located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, and could not smell better or look prettier if it tried. I chose the Lavender Lime and Glen selected the Sandalwood.
Including a note adds a personal touch and sets the tone for the weekend. My mom was sweet enough to type up a little welcome letter to remind everyone how much we loved them and appreciated their support, especially in our next adventure.
I have seen many couples struggle with the idea of including a welcome bag in their budget, but I found it was a wonderful way to help our guests feel excited, welcome in a new place, and left with something to take home. Set a budget you're comfortable spending and find items that fit within that, I promise it is possible!
Prices starting at$4 per bag
Wedding Planner Tip: The day before your guests arrive, make a visit to their hotels. The front desk will normally take the bags and place them in the appropriate rooms so your guests have them immediately upon checkin.
Port + Palm Co. happily offers custom welcome bag design and drop off.
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