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If you have a number of wedding guests traveling from out of town, greeting them with welcome bags is a great way to kick off the wedding weekend and thank them for coming to join you. There's no need to create customized bags for each couple (though a personalized note is a great idea!), but what if some of your guests are traveling with children? Our experts weigh in on whether you should create separate kid-friendly welcome bags.
The need to create kid-friendly welcome bags depends on what you'll be including inside the bag. If you're filling it with a selection of your favorite snacks, reusable water bottles, and a map of town, you could definitely get away with using the same bag for guests of all ages. But if you're including alcohol, such as a bottle of wine or a kit to make your favorite cocktail, you'll want to set aside a few bags and swap the booze out for drinks like fruit juice or soda.
For a weekend-long event, you might want to put together a little something to keep the kids entertained. For a beach wedding, tuck in inflatable beach balls or a frisbee. Getting married in the city? A guide to the local natural history museum would be a great addition.
You might want to swap out those fancier snacks for something a little more approachable, such as gummy candies or cheese crackers. Instead of leaving them in the branded bags, buy in bulk and package the treats in cellophane bags tied with ribbon for a dressed-up spin.
You could also include kid-friendly activities, from playing cards and coloring books to I Spy games paired with instant cameras, to entertain the little ones during cocktail hour or once they've finished having dinner. And as a fun memento, you could add postcards for them to send to friends or small stuffed animals embroidered with the local sports team's logo or the name of the city.