DIY: Welcome Bags for a Wedding


With the hustle and bustle of last-minute wedding details, you may not have a chance to see your out-of-town guests until you're walking past them down the aisle. Welcome bags are a personal way of greeting guests in from out of town and giving them necessary information about wedding events. Coordinate with the hotels where guests are staying to have the bags placed in each guest's room. You can also put a close relative or bridal party members in charge of delivering a bag to each guest personally.

Things You'll Need

  • Bags
  • Iron transfer paper
  • Iron
  • Paper
  • Maps
  • Snack food
  • Iron a design onto tote bags. Buy plain tote bags for each guest, then print your monogram or a short quote about love onto iron transfer paper. Follow the directions on the paper packaging to iron the design onto the bags. You can also use paper bags with handles or small baskets or buckets for packaging.

  • Type up a list of wedding events, including times and locations. Include parking suggestions and directions, along with the name and phone number of some local relatives who can provide detailed directions to anyone who gets lost.

  • Add a list of local attractions for guests to check out in their free time. Include a few attractions for families traveling with children, older people who can't get around easily and guests who like to be active. You can also include a list of your favorite restaurants. Make suggestions for can't-miss dishes to try.

  • Find a map of the area. Mark each location where wedding events will be held. Number each location, then write up a legend that shows what each number signifies.

  • Print out copies of all the wedding information, suggestions and maps. Staple them together and place them inside the bag.

  • Place a few favorite edible treats into each bag. Opt for local specialties. If your town is known for strawberries, give jars of strawberry jam. If you have a great brewery in town, place a few bottles of beer in each bag.

  • Add some silly items that get guests excited for the party ahead. If you want guests to dance the night away, tuck a pair of flip-flops inside. If your guests are party animals, include a bottle of aspirin to take care of the morning-after hangover.

  • Finish the bag with a personal welcome note from the two of you. Let guests know how much you appreciate their presence and how much fun you're going to have together.

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