Wedding welcome bags shouldn't replace thank you notes, but going the extra mile to say, "I appreciate you being apart of my big day" will go a long way. Getting your guests stocked up on goodies for your wedding weekend will make them feel extra special for attending. That being said, you’ve got to fill your bags with the right goods to reflect your wedding vibe.
When you’re looking to fill your welcome bags with items your guests will love, there are some definite staples. You can’t forget water for hydration, something sweet, something boozy, and an all-important hangover cure. Local finds, maps and itineraries are special touches as well, but it’s important to think about the season as well as the location.
It’s easy to switch up wedding bag staples with seasonally appropriate choices. As you stuff your bags, think about the the refreshing drinks your guests might prefer in the spring and summer months and the cozy cold-weather goodies they’ll appreciate come fall and winter.
In addition to the welcome bag staples, you can also add in extra seasonal necessities to help your guests get through the weekend. Think about the sweltering heat you might be asking your guests to sit through at your outdoor summer soirée, or the chill that comes on a winter night. These special occasions call for extra-special welcome bag additions.
No matter if you're having a destination wedding or a local fête, welcome bags are a great way to show your guests who travelled from near and far how much you appreciate them. Consider these seasonal welcome bag ideas for goodies that will keep the party going all weekend long.
Ahh fall. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing and it’s the perfect time to get hitched. Fill your fall wedding welcome bag with the seasonal favorite apples—but turn it boozy! A few bottles of hard cider will definitely get the weekend going. Throw in a koozie you can customize with your names, the wedding date, or even your hashtag. Back at the room, give them something to relax with like a candle in the scent of the season, and top it off with a sweet treat like a s’mores kit.
Small Jute Gift Bag, Container Store, $2.99
Wolffer Estate No. 139 Dry White Cider, Drizly, $19.99
42 North Designs I Do Me Too Let's Party Koozie, Etsy, $45
NEST Pumpkin Chai Scented Candle, Sephora, $16
Nineteen 27 S'mores Gourmet S'mores Kit, Etsy, $17
Winter weddings can be beautiful, but the season is a breeding ground for wedding day hiccups. The weather can ruin travel plans, flu season can lead to sick guests, and the cold weather is generally hard to bear. You can warm guests up with a cozy hot chocolate waiting for them upon arrival—don't forget to pair your mix with a chic mug, so they have all the hot coco essentials right there. If they want to warm up another way, pack a celebratory bottle of champagne! As they are settling in, they can flip through the mini planner you’ve supplied them (winter weddings coincide with the start of the year, so a planner is the perfect addition). You can include the itinerary for the weekend ahead, and give them a keepsake they can carry all year.
Travel combined with the long days and fun late nights you have planned for your guests is enough to threaten anyone’s immune system. When you throw flu season on top of that it’s nearly impossible to stay healthy. Keep your wedding guests strong with a vitamin c booster.
Felt Fashion Tote, Everything Branded, from $2.30
Moet Mini Imperial Brut Champagne 187ML With Sipper, Wired For Wine, was $19.99 now $15.97
Godiva Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Canister, Bloomingdale’s, $15
Hot Drinks Glass, Crate & Barrel, $1.95
Probiotic Vitamin C Powder, Amazon, $18.99
Mini 16 months undated monthly planner scheduler, Fall ‘n Design, $3.90
A spring wedding is the ultimate way to start anew. Think light, airy, floral and fresh when it comes to your spring wedding welcome bag. Swap the morning coffee option for a selection of herbal teas. Pair it with a tea-specific mug they can use well after your wedding day. Continue the floral trend with a few shortbread cookies by Lori Stern that are each pressed with hand-picked edible flowers. For a refreshing pre-ceremony drink or nightcap go for a spiked seltzer and finish off the bag with a mini succulent they can at least try to make last as long as your love will—forever!
Lar Living Straw Bag, Etsy, $18.50
Tea Forte Sipscriptions Single Steeps, Tea Forte, $20
Kusmi Tea Pop Cup Tea Mug with Infuser, Kusmi Tea, $19.90
Flower Pressed Shortbread Cookies, Lori Sern, $48
2" Live Assorted Succulents, Set of 4, Urban Outfitters, $20.00
Spiked Seltzer Grapefruit 6-pk, Total Wine
The sweet taste of summer will only be heightened by officially tying the knot with the love of your life. Start your summer wedding welcome bag with the season’s most desirable treat: ice cream! Kick the traditional pint up a notch with a boozy concoction from Tipsy Scoop. What goes great with alcohol? More alcohol! Throwing a bottle of rosé in the mix—the unofficial drink of summer—won’t hurt. Balance out the booze with a reusable water bottle to promote hydration all weekend long.
Summertime fun wouldn’t be complete without SPF protection. Round out your bag (and cover all your sun safety requirements) with sunscreen, sunglasses and a mini parasol.
Abacá Mini Eco Tote, Need Supply, $16
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce SPF 50+ Mini, Sephora, $22
Tipsy Scoop Boozy Ice Cream- 4 pints, Goldbely, $99
ban.do Deluxe Cool It Glass Water Bottle, Bloomingdale’s, $30
Grafton Round Sunglasses, Sunglass Warehouse, $12.95
Just Artifacts Mini Paper Parasol, Amazon, $2.98
Frescobaldi Alie Rosé 2017, Wine.com, $18.99