Weddings are often filled with out of town guests who have to stay near the venue in order to safely celebrate your big day with you! Consider welcoming guests to the hotel with a welcome bag full of goodies! Place your hotel welcome bag at the front desk and have the receptionist pass them out upon check in. Find some ideas on what to include in your welcome bag and how to get any instructions read prior to your big day!
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While hotel welcome bags are not a required element for your big day, it’s always a nice treat to have for your guests for all the prep time getting ready to attend a long night.
(Hotel bag from Vanessa’s modern vintage wedding)
There’s a large range of goodies you can include in hotel welcome bags: water, snacks, mints/gum, or aspirin. In Vanessa’s bag above, she included Rice Krispies Treats with the write-on wrapper that included their initials and date. In other bags, we’ve also received homemade baked goods, pamphlets for local activities, and even custom door hangers (something along the lines of “recovering from so&so’s big day!”)
For our bags, I decided to go the traditional route of basic snacks (granola bags, chips, Twizzlers, chocolates, gum) and water.
At hotel check in, these bags are often complimented with a details sheet with more information on transportation etc. I was worried guests might not look into the bags to find the information before it was needed. Instead, I attached the details sheet in a coordinated tag style onto the front of the bag. All the information they needed (transportation times to/from the venue, after party details and breakfast options) were hard to miss right on the front of the bag they picked up at check in.