Your Guests Will Never Forget These Welcome Bag Ideas from Lauren Conrad

Your wedding guests will LOVE finding these bags of swag in their hotel rooms

Updated 03/13/17

Photo by Andrew Macpherson/Copious Mangement; Hair by Kristen Ess; Makeup by Amy Nadine; Prop Styling by Amy Taylor/Bernstein & Andriulli

Your wedding weekend kicks off long before you make that glorious walk down the aisle. From the minute your guests check into their hotels, you have the opportunity to set the tone for the type of celebration you want, starting with the wedding welcome bags. Lucky for you you've got Lauren Conrad in your corner! From what to include, to finding totes that make an impact yet don't hurt your budget, Conrad dishes on everything you need to know about welcome bags.

What are your favorite things to get in a welcome bag?
A welcome bag says, “Thanks for coming; we want to make your stay as comfortable as possible!” so I start with snacks, water, and some Advil in case of a (post-wedding) hangover. Then add something personal, like homemade cookies wrapped in parchment-paper bags.

How do I create a personalized welcome bag that’s still affordable?
A surprisingly inexpensive way to elevate your welcome bags? Create custom totes! William and I ordered some for our wedding, and I still see our friends carrying them. Convention Totes has eco-friendly cotton bags available starting at $1.50 each. Or design your own pretty labels for bottles of water and other essentials; my wedding planner (and good friend), Cassandra Herschenfeld, is the queen of this. It’s an unexpected and interesting touch.

I’m super busy, so I want to outsource my welcome bags. Any suggestions?
Many companies can do the welcome-gift heavy lifting for you, but it will cost a lot more. People DIY them (like I did) because it’s the most cost-efficient way. But if you have the budget, consider these:

Marigold & Grey: Curate a gift from an array of beverages, snacks, and keepsake options. From $4 each.

Sweet Whistle: Browse from a selection of sweets, savories, and other home goods. From $7 each.

Box Fox: Custom-fill boxes from a wide range of spa products, treats, and tech goods. From $7 each.

What can I do to help my out-of-town guests feel at home at their hotel?
A small but thoughtful gift will help. If you’re getting married at a vineyard, leave a full or half bottle of its wine in each room. A candle is also a nice idea. (At the Little Market, you can order ones with personalized labels) Your guests will love having a little surprise to greet them.

In case you didn't know, Conrad is BRIDES' newest columnist, and she's here to answer your questions on all things bridal. Seriously! You can email her at Lauren@Brides.com to ask all your wedding-planning Qs—you could even see your question answered in an upcoming issue! Ahh-maz-ing.

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