Wow Your Guests With Welcome Baskets


It’s your second time around, and you’re planning destination I dos. How fun! There’s nothing better than a destination wedding. Imagine: All of your closest friends in a destination of your choosing, away from work, carefree and toasting your love.

Destination weddings are ideal if you’re hosting a small event because prices add up…fast. If you go this route, there is much etiquette to be followed regarding your guests’ flights, booking room blocks, who pays for what, inviting everyone to every event, etc.

For the purpose of this post, let’s shift our focus to welcome bags. Your guests will have taken time off work, flown or drove to the destination and booked accommodations. They’re the best, and you should let them know it. A simple way to express your gratitude and give them a warm welcome is with welcome bags. We know, you’re probably seeing dollar signs, but we’re here to tell you that welcome bags don’t have to be expensive. Throw in a map of the area (which you can usually get for free from the hotel or the local office of tourism), a couple snacks, bottled water and a welcome note/schedule of events. Simple —but they will really make an impact with your guests.

Here’s a round-up of five welcome bags fit for different destinations. Note: Every welcome bag should include water, maps of the area, a welcome note/schedule of events and aspirin.

{CITY} Ideas for what to include: What-to-do guide and any delicacy specific to the city like local coffee, craft soda, candy or snack mix. Package it all in a fun tote from a city staple like this one from Portland’s famous Powell’s Books.

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{TROPICAL or BEACH} Ideas for what to include: Sunscreen, inexpensive sunglasses, beach tote and throw-away flip flips.

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{WINE COUNTRY} Ideas for what to include: Wine splits, personalized wine glasses, candle, cheese and crackers, chocolate truffles.

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{DOWN SOUTH} Ideas for what to include: Granola bars, beer cozies and bandanas.

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{MOUNTAIN} Ideas for what to include: Map of hiking trails, beef jerky, granola and chap stick.

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