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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