When your guests travel by plane, car, bus, boat—whatever!—to attend your wedding weekend, it's only polite to thank them with a welcome bag or basket and it's a good idea to leave these treats in their rooms to greet them when they arrive. Often, they're almost guaranteed to be hungry and tired from traveling, so step one of making your welcome bag: Put something edible in it! This can come in the form of your favorite granola bar, your mom's famous chocolate chip cookies, or even a local snack from your destination. Next on the list is obvi something to drink with said snack. We are always fans of water bottles (hydration, people!) and something alcoholic like canned rosé, a mini wine bottle, or anything you can pregame with before the rehearsal dinner. (This is a weekend of parties, after all.)
From there, everything else is really up to you! To help you gather inspiration, we curated a list of picture-perfect gift bags that also feature some pretty awesome stuff. Find the one that matches your destination or city, and get packing. Just remember: It's not how much you stuff in, it's really the thought that counts.
In a city as iconic as D.C., it's easy to stay true to theme. Start with a touristy-but-chic bag, throw in a tour guide, and then add in the treats, like mini cans of Sofia wine and popcorn. We've also seen capitol-shaped cookies, Bulletin pop tarts, and Georgetown cupcakes that are just as pretty as they are yummy.
the Hamptons, New York
Number one rule of a beach wedding is to provide a beach bag! We especially love this wicker tote because it's a classic your guests will totally use again. Add in some light beach reading (like a regional magazine) and Tate's cookies (a Hamptons staple for good reason!) and you're golden.
St. Michaels, Maryland
No Maryland gift bag is complete without a crab element, whether it be an emblem on a koozie or crab-flavored chips. We also love this nautical navy-and-white color scheme as it's perfect for the Eastern Shore's classic, preppy vibe. (And, last but not least, we we can't help but wonder if this NYC–based couple included apples and Boylan soft drinks as a nod to their home in the Big Apple. We're thinking yes!)