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Wedding Welcome Bags

Updated on November 16, 2014

Wedding Welcome Bags - Make Your Guests Feel At Home!

If you're planning a wedding, it is very important to make your guests feel at home, especially those who have traveled from out of town to share your special day. Wedding welcome bags are a new trend that shows your gratitude and appreciation for your loved ones. Left at the hotel to greet your guests, wedding welcome bags are the perfect way to say "thanks!"

What is a wedding welcome bag?

A wedding welcome bag is a custom that has become more prevalent in the last decade, as both the popularity of destination weddings and well as the modern reality that more and more people are spread further apart from their families results in more guests traveling to the wedding location. While traditionally weddings were close - and local - family and friends, today some of the most important people in the couple's life may be traveling from across the state, country, or globe, with little local knowledge. The bride and groom may find themselves too busy with the last minute wedding details to play host to out of town guests, and so the wedding welcome bag helps to show the guests the couple's appreciation for their travel, as well as provide them with crucial information about the local area, schedule of activities, and more. When guests check in at their hotel, many couples choose to have a wedding welcome bag waiting at the front desk for them.

The Best Wedding Welcome Bag - Personalizable wedding welcome bag!

Welcome to Our Wedding" Canvas Tote Bag (Can be Personalized) - Baby Shower Gifts & Wedding Favors
Welcome to Our Wedding" Canvas Tote Bag (Can be Personalized) - Baby Shower Gifts & Wedding Favors

This is my favorite bag to use for a wedding welcome bag. It's long lasting and roomy, with plenty of space for everything you want to include. Plus, it will last for a long time, and your guests can reuse it for grocery shopping, the beach, or anything they desire. The bag is canvas, white with black handles and details. Screen printed words (Joy, Love, Forever, Laughter, Bliss, Smile and Hope) are on one side.


What should you include in your wedding welcome bags?

You can include as much or as little as you wish in your wedding welcome bags. I think the most important item, especially for travelers, is a bottle or two of water. Here are some common items people include in their wedding welcome bags:

bottled water

granola bar

gum, candy and mints

itinerary and schedule for wedding events

map of the local area

important phone numbers, i.e. hotel, taxi company

The Most Important Item To Include In Your Wedding Welcome Bags - Water!

Volvic Natural Spring Water, 500ml- Bottles (Pack of 24)
Volvic Natural Spring Water, 500ml- Bottles (Pack of 24)

Your guests are sure to be tired or dehydrated after traveling, or after the celebration, so be sure to include a bottle of water in their wedding welcome bags. This is especially important for warm climate weddings, or guests who are elderly or very young.


More Food and Drink Ideas For Wedding Welcome Bags

Along with a bottle of water, you may want into include some snacks, or even a different beverage.

Pure Organic Chocolate Brownie Bar, Gluten-Free, Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan,  Kosher, Plant Based Whole Food Nutrition Bar, 1.7 ounce (Pack of 12) ( Pack May Vary )
Pure Organic Chocolate Brownie Bar, Gluten-Free, Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, Plant Based Whole Food Nutrition Bar, 1.7 ounce (Pack of 12) ( Pack May Vary )

* Case of 12, 1.7-ounce individually wrapped bars (total of 20.4 ounces)

* Agave-sweetened vegan snack made with dates, almonds, walnuts, and cocoa

* No preservatives, trans fats, or cholesterol; free of refined sugar, gluten, soy, and dairy

* Naturally moist and chewy living food bar high in antioxidants and Omega-3s

* Wholesome, organic treat produced in Holland, Michigan

Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, 2-Ounce Packages (Pack of 48)
Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, 2-Ounce Packages (Pack of 48)

* Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, 2-Ounce Packages

* Pack of 48

* Delicious Oreo Cookies

* One of America's Favorite Cookies


More Ideas For Wedding Welcome Bags

The limit if your own imagination! If you are having a special theme for your wedding, incorporate it into your welcome bags! Only you know your family and friends, so do something they would enjoy!

Wedding Welcome Bag Note

How to word and what to say in your wedding welcome bag note?

Your wedding welcome bag should include a note to your guests. Usually this note comes from the couple, although if parents are hosting it may come from them instead. Here are some suggestions for what to say in your wedding welcome bag note:

Dear Friends and Family,

Welcome to Chicago, IL! We are so happy you could join us for our wedding. We hope your travels were great, and we're thrilled and honored to have you hear to share in our special occasion. We hope you enjoy the goodies in this bag!

Our wedding ceremony will take place at 4pm on Saturday at St. John's Church. If you are driving, please allow 20 minutes for travel time. A shuttle will leave the hotel at 3:15pm for guests who are not driving themselves. The reception will be downstairs in the Grand Ballroom, will cocktails beginning at 6:00pm. There will be a breakfast on Sunday morning in the Red Room downstairs to send you off on your way home!

If you have questions, please contact us on our cell phone at 555-555-5555.

Thanks again for coming!


Jane Doe and Bob Smith

Wedding Welcome Note Stationary

You'll be busy the week of the wedding, so the easiest way to deal with the wedding welcome bag note is to type it up on your computer and print it out on nice stationary. Here are some stationary suggestions.

Do you have any other ideas for wedding welcome bags?

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      3 years ago

      I think you hit a bullyese there fellas!

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      5 years ago

      This is really a nice idea! I like it :)

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      guitar for dumm 

      6 years ago

      What a great lens! I'd never even heard of a wedding welcome bag!

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      Wedding Mom 

      6 years ago

      This is a great and unique idea.

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      6 years ago

      great stuff on the bags

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      6 years ago

      good idea!!!

    • JenaleeMortensen profile image


      6 years ago

      Never thought of a welcome bag, but it would be a good idea for out-of-town guests. It could be simple or elaborate. Thanks for sharing the idea.

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      6 years ago

      mini lint rollers (Target for 1.00 ea), personalized mint tins

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      6 years ago

      A wedding bag filled with chocolates would be fun.

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      Vicki Green 

      6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a great idea and lots of good suggestions for what to put inside.

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      6 years ago

      Nice bags for brides

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      6 years ago

      it's look very pretty..........

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      6 years ago

      Very neat idea. I am getting married this year (in July - "Lucky In Love"), and at our ceremony, we are going to hand out (or have a basket of them ;) paper bags with birdseed in them. Rice will hurt, and possibly kill birds who eat them (their stomachs will explode) so we will have wild birdseed for the guests to "shower us" with fruitfulness and luck etc.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I love it when they have welcome bags at parties. They usually are so personal and creative.

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      6 years ago

      Interesting lens. I have never heard of Wedding Welcome Bags, but I guess you learn new things every day :)

      Li Li

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      6 years ago

      Hi Jen. You've grabbed my attention with this great lens. I never thought to give a bag to wedding guess. This could another great idea for my wedding business. 1 like from me.

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      7 years ago

      Really great ideas. How nice for people who have traveled in from oput ot town.Blessed

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      Fay Favored 

      7 years ago from USA

      I've given wedding bags and baskets to the wedding couple, relatives or friends that have come a long distance, but not to guests. It is something to consider in the future, and would be welcome if the ceremony is delayed for some reason.

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      7 years ago

      This is a great overview of wedding welcome bags. I never thought about how guests could be dehydrated after traveling. It is an excellent idea to include bottled water!

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      7 years ago

      What a wonderful idea, I love these bags!

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      7 years ago

      Great idea, never thought of a wedding bag. Very creative lens.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. Wonderful ideas.

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      7 years ago

      This looks like a great idea to me and very practical and helpful. Your guests will surely thank you for it.

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      7 years ago

      Wedding welcome bags are new to me and a wonderful idea for a lens, cool!

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      7 years ago

      I love wedding welcome bags. Our son and daughter both had welcome bags for their guests and other relatives provided a hospitality room at the hotel, too. such a nice gesture and fun, too!

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      Matt Warren 

      7 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      I'm going to pass this onto a few people I know :) Great stuff

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      electro35 lm 

      7 years ago

      great ideas

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      7 years ago

      This is such a great idea! This would just make guest feel welcomed. I would love to give these a try to my friends wedding, I'm sure they would adore it. Love your lens oh so much.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a very practical idea. My sister is planning her son's wedding and this will be a good thing to do.

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      8 years ago

      They're practical than what I thought, thumbs up!

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      8 years ago

      I love your lens my cousins wedding is gonna take place and i am sure to tell her to check this lens. :)

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      8 years ago

      Great idea! You could maybe use the same idea for bags for the big day for your wedding party? So many uses here!

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      8 years ago

      I love the bags! They have great designs.

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      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are all great ideas, well done and Squid Angel blessed!

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      8 years ago

      Wedding welcome bags are a great idea!

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      SuperZoe LM 

      8 years ago

      This is a great idea for out of town guests! Hand sanitizer would be a helpful addition as well to welcome bags. I always carry one in my car and I have tiny one for my purse. They come in soo handy! Great job!

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      8 years ago

      Just went to a wedding a few hours away and the couple had left little welcome baskets in all the hotel rooms of their out-of-town friends and family. It was great to have something to drink and eat when we arrived. Adding a nice note is a great tip!

      P.S. Thanks for the sprinkling of angel dust on my pope lens....much appreciated!

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      8 years ago

      Nice ideas here. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Wedding welcome bags sound like a great idea and something I have never considered before. Great suggestions!

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      8 years ago

      Wedding welcome bags sound like a great idea. Great ideas.


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