A Warm Welcome for Your Guests

Planning Advice, Inspiration

Hi friends! The special, personal touches often make the biggest impact on your wedding guests. One great way to do that? A friendly welcome bag of course!

I highly recommend putting together some sort of welcome package for guests who’ve traveled to your wedding – especially a destination wedding. It’s a nice gesture to thank them for coming such a long way to celebrate your big day.

There are two main components to the welcome bag.

The Welcome Letter

A nicely worded letter will really help your guests feel that personal touch. Your welcome letter should include:

  • Some words of thanks. Thank them for coming and convey your excitement that they’re there
  • A few restaurant suggestions. Bonus points if they’re meaningful or significant to your relationship!
  • A couple entertainment or tourist options if guests will have time to spare.
  • An itinerary.
  • Contact info for a bridesmaid, groomsman, or other family member. This is particularly important for a destination wedding.

The Welcome Bag

The main goal of a welcome bag is to make guests feel as comfortable as possible. And to prevent them from having to raid the hotel minibar! This can be as simple as a few treats…or you can go all out. A few ideas:

  • A few savory and sweet snacks
  • Bottled water
  • A couple mini bottles of the “hard stuff”
  • Advil or other painkillers (to mitigate the after effects of the aforementioned “hard stuff”)
  • Gum or mints
  • Sunscreen or bug repellant, depending on the location
  • A local treat for a destination wedding

Presentation is everything, so try to arrange all the items in a nice bag. No baskets – your guests won’t be able to take them on the plane!




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