It is important to show your appreciation for your wedding guests who are traveling to be part of your special day. Not only are they likely out-of-towners who are unfamiliar with the area where your wedding will take place, but theyâ€™ve also spent both time and money to make the trip. A wedding welcome bag is a great way to extend your hospitalityâ€”but what to include?
As Iâ€™ve mentioned in recent wedding planning wedding blog posts, my assistant, Erin, recently toured the El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico. After a hectic day of travel, she was greeted at the resort by a delightful gift bag, the contents of which were very useful during her stay. Below, she shares the contents of the bag along with some tips for how to personalize your wedding welcome bags!
My welcome bag included…
“A tote bag with long straps (that you can toss over your shoulder) turned out to be the perfect catch-all for things I needed to carry around property (my room key card, sunglasses, bathing suit cover-up, a towel, and camera easily fit inside). I even ended up using it as my carry-on bag when I flew home, since I ended up with more souvenirs than I had room for in my luggageâ€”your guests may face the same space-crunch and the tote could come in handy!” “Brochures about the resort, including a map and details about all of the amenities on property (it was nice to get familiar with the resortâ€™s layout and see what types of services and facilities they hadâ€”if youâ€™re not staying at a resort with extensive dining or entertainment options, be sure to include some brochures about restaurants and attractions in the area. You can often get these from your guests’ hotel concierge or your local Chamber of Commerce).”
“A baseball cap with the resortâ€™s logo (and ‘Puerto Rico’ embroidered on the back), which turned out to be handy as we spent a lot of time outdoors. Plus, it made for an instant, perfect souvenir! You may want to consider something that your guests will use during their stayâ€”a hat for sunny locations, scarf if youâ€™re somewhere chilly, or a lanyard for carrying things like room keys and ID (perfect for wedding cruises).” “Sunscreen was in my welcome bag as well, which is great for guests coming to a sunny location. Other toiletries that guests may not have been able to pack, like lotion or lip balm for cold or dry climates would be appreciated.” “Perhaps my favorite item (and likely to delight your guests), a bottle of ‘Don Q’ Puerto Rican rum! This was very specific to this resort and destination, as it is produced locally, so get inspired by this idea and think of something that is unique to your wedding destinationâ€”then share it with guests!”
“Along with my welcome bag was also a personal note of welcome, which made me feel right at home! It would be a very simple touch to add to your welcome bags to extend your thanks to your traveling guests (psst– notice the wedding dress cookie from our previous post on unique wedding dessert ideas?).”
Our thanks to El Conquistador Resort for the wedding welcome bag ideas featured in todayâ€™s blog!
What are you planning to include in your wedding welcome bags?