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Welcome Bags for Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

Chris Easter

Once the difficult process of creating your guest list and sending out the invitations is finally over, it’s time to consider ways to help make those guests who come in from out of town feel welcome. Generally out-of-town guests spend a bit more money to attend your wedding, including transportation, hotels and eating out. It’s a nice gesture to have some type of welcome bag waiting at their hotel when they arrive. This may be a great opportunity for you to put a little of your own personal touch into the wedding.

Generally, welcome bags consist of items such as a bottle of water, snacks like candy or pretzels, and a letter welcoming your guests. This is also a great place to add something that showcases you and your bride or the location of your wedding. Some great options include adding personalized items, such as a water or wine bottle with your photo or monogram on it, some type of local fare, such as a bottle of barbeque sauce if your wedding locale is known for its barbeque, a small bag of popular local coffee, or even a couple of tickets for a local brewery tour or other nearby attraction. Another option for brides and grooms who are big sports fans is to find something that highlights your favorite college or professional football team.

The possibilities are endless. Just remember that this is an opportunity to highlight your personal favorites or those of your wedding location. Another important thing to consider is your budget. As you consider ideas for your welcome bags, remember that you may need quite a few of them, and some of the more unique or pricier items you include can add up quickly.

TMR Recommendation: This is a wedding planning area where most brides will welcome and appreciate your input. Think about what you’d like to receive at an out of town wedding, and remember that the people receiving the bags will vary in ages, so get something that nearly everyone will like and use.

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