I’m pulling up to a hotel after a lengthy flight or drive (or both) and the following thought crosses my mind, “I wonder if there’s a welcome bag waiting for me!”. Maybe it’s not something most people think of or care about, but I’ve heard from more than a few people over the years that they also love receiving a welcome bag when they get into town for a wedding. In fact, I still remember a welcome basket that awaited my family in our hotel room when I went to my cousin’s wedding – when I was 7! It included cookies and a coloring book just for me. Clearly it had an impact.
I’ve been working on a welcome bag for one of my clients and thought I would share some tips.
The bag should go along with the design scheme for the wedding. While it’s always an option to spend more on a custom canvas tote, it’s not necessary. Why not try a gift bag that fits your color scheme and print some labels to stick on the front? Or a tag? Add some ribbon or raffia and some tissue and make it look like the gift that it is.
- An itinerary is a must. Help your guests get to the ceremony on time by including the day, time, location and directions for each activity during your wedding weekend. It’s also thoughtful to include a list of things to do and places to dine in the area.
- Bottled water is a good choice, since some hotels charge for it these days.
- When it comes to snack, I like to include fruit, something salty and something sweet. Try to make at least on of the items something local from where the wedding is taking place or a meaningful place.
If you have room in your budget to do a little more, adding a bottle of wine is a great idea. And giving your bag a cohesive look by matching the label or tag on the outside with the itinerary and info inside makes it look much nicer. You get extra credit for adding your own custom labels to the water and treats inside.