Welcome Bags for Wedding Guests

October 8, 2011

Welcome Bags: one looks like a tuxedo and the other a wedding dress.We are having a destination wedding in February. We were wondering what kinds of things should we put in them. Any ideas?

By Marie D.



October 10, 20110 found this helpful
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I would make small bags of toiletries that we all usually forget. Drug stores are great for buying those little travel size items. I would talk to the manager and ask if you can get a break on the price by buying by the case! Doesn't hurt to ask! Have a great wedding!

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For my daughter's wedding in CanCun we included sunscreen, small amounts of bandaids, quetips, safety pins, sewing kit, aspirin, lip balm, pen and notepad with important times, locations and other guests' room numbers. I put everything in small back bagsI made embellished with the bridal couple's names and wedding date. We saw our backbags all over the resort. The dollar store was a great source for the items I needed. Have a great wedding!



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October 9, 2011

I once received a little bag of do dads that had special meaning. I'm looking for a site that would have some ideas for creating such a gift to thank guests at a wedding and tell them how much they mean to us. Any ideas?

By D Gulla from Weymouth, MA


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October 12, 20110 found this helpful
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My then soon-to-be husband and I spent a very pleasant evening in early Jan 2011 filling little organza bags we bought from a crafts house online. We placed the bags at each guests table setting, and the bags were very well received:) He has beautiful calligraphy skills so we used a very nice card stock and he wrote a personalized thank-you for sharing our day note to attach to each bag.


You can spend a lot of money on those little gifts, or you can make them yourself; we used paper thistle, heather, roses, and my husband's family tartan in ribbon to make a small boutonniere/corsage to pin to each bag as a memento of our wedding, we also put wedding confetti, a champagne shaped bubbles and wand, and five sugared almonds in each bag.

Depending on your budget, gear the gifts towards the age and interests of your guests. Ours were all our age, lol, mid-fifties and were pleased to send us off in a shower of soap bubbles while wearing their 'wedding flowers' pins. I also gave each of the ladies at the wedding and luncheon (receptions aren't done in Scotland for the most part, a wedding 'breakfast' or luncheon is the norm) a rose from my bouquet.


When we were looking up all of this stuff in preparation for our frugal wedding, we saw some very elaborate gifts. Everything from mini-perfumes and after shaves, pocket knives, engraved trinket boxes, cigarette lighters, to silk scarves-wow, weddings can be very expensive! Google wedding favours to see what ideas you can find, that's how we came up with the ideas we used.

Our one year anniversary is coming up in January (17th) and we are sending a handmade card to each guest timed to arrive on our anniversary to thank them again for sharing that special day with us; on the card will be a hand embroidered fridge magnet.

Hope this helps, and thank-you for letting me bang on about one of the happiest days of my life:)

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February 1, 2010

We are having our wedding this coming March. We will have a lot of out of town guests and some local friends and family staying at a hotel close to our wedding location. We are looking for some interesting ideas for items to put into their welcome bags. Please help.

By JoAnn from Wilmington, DE


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February 1, 20100 found this helpful

Local map, state map, church information (if they are staying over a weekend), info regarding local attractions, list of all numbers and where everyone else is staying, info about local parks and pool (if the hotel doesn't have one), maybe a sheet with photos of the bridal party and a brief story of how everyone met, list of barber and beauty shops, perhaps a bag of home made cookies.

February 8, 20100 found this helpful

My neice is getting married in May and she found some good ides at Michaels. They have some mini cameras that she is going to give all her guest so they can take pictures and Michaels has them in bags of 5 cameras per bag, they even have projects you can make as favors.


I was looking through their wedding favors and they have a lot of great gifts for your guest to take home that will give them a lot of wonderful memories from you wedding. Check them out at If they do not have one your area it will still give you some good ideas of what you can do.

Michaels also has a lot of decorations for weddings also.
I hope this helps and that you have a wonderful Wedding with many years of a happy marriage.
If you do not have a Michaels in your area check your local Arts & Crafts store.

February 9, 20100 found this helpful

In their 'welcome' bag, our friends included water bottles, a granola bar/snack, mints, pen, pad of paper. We loved it & it all came in handy!

February 10, 20100 found this helpful

You could check out the local Chamber of Commerce. They often have visitors guides and local discount information to include. You can get this stuff free and it helps them get around.


I think a couple bottles of water, map, area guide, wedding schedule, crackers, mints, chips or candy that you can buy in bulk at the warehouse store and then split up pretty cheaply.

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February 1, 2010

We have a lot of out-of-town guests for our May wedding and I am trying to figure out what I should put in their welcome bags. It's not a destination wedding and there isn't a theme. Any ideas?


October 2, 2008

We are taking Welcome Bags to the hotels where our guests will be staying and need suggestions of what could be put in the bags.

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