5 Things to Include In Your Wedding Guests' Welcome Bags

Favors & Gifts, Planning Tips
Creative Welcome Wedding Bags

Photo: Max Wanger

The standard welcome bag for out-of-town guests goes something like this: a bottle of water, something salty, something sweet, and maybe a map or guidebook to the city that the celebration is taking place. While these are all great — essential even — items, a welcome bag is also your first opportunity to get creative and show your guests that you want to make sure they have the best time at your wedding. We tapped four experienced wedding planners for five ideas you may not have considered, that's sure to up your gift bag game.

1. Lip balm
"Every time I travel with a group of friends or for work, someone is need of lip balm. No matter whether you are traveling to a colder climate or to a hotter region, the body is adjusting to the climate and the lips are the first to scream for help. One of my favorite balms to gift is Eos since they're natural and safe even for people who have allergies. Plus, they come in a bunch of hues and flavors so you can even coordinate with your wedding colors!" — Jeannie Savage, Details Details Weddings and Events

2. A mini-emergency kit
"It's important to include a little emergency kit filled with items that they your guests may have forgotten. Throw in a few band-aids, wet wipes (they are our go-to stain fighters!), Advil or pain reliever (in case they had one too many the night before), mini sunscreen, and mints into a nice pouch that your guests can just throw into their purse — for your wedding weekend and beyond!" — Lindsey Hartsough, Magnolia Event Design

See More: Cute Ways to Keep Your Guests Comfortable on Your Wedding Day

3. Coffee on the go
"Include a $5 or $10 gift card to Starbucks or Coffee Bean so guests can enjoy a coffee on you during the weekend. To make things easier for your guests, choose a café that has multiple locations. This way, they can even pick something up during their travels home." — Angela Margolis and Erin Sprinkel, Sterling Social

4. Something for the kids
"It's always a nice gesture to pay special attention to your younger guests. If you're having a beach or resort wedding, include a swim toy, children's sunscreen, cool sunglasses, and some kid friendly food items such as a fun soda or popcorn flavor. The parents will also thank you for making their own stay more comfortable and fun too!" — Lindsey Hartsough, Magnolia Event Design

5. A personalized selection of magazines
"Hand pick magazines that you know each of your guests will enjoy. If they love yoga, then pick up a yoga magazine for them to enjoy or if they love movies, give them the latest entertainment magazine. Magazines are easy reads for guests while they relax during your wedding weekend." — Angela Margolis and Erin Sprinkel, Sterling Social

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