Ideas for Your Wedding Out of Town Guest Bags
If you are anything like me, you want your guests to feel pampered and special. The majority of my wedding guests came from out of town. They purchased plane tickets, rental cars and gas, sprung for hotel rooms and all the other expensive extras that go into any vacation.
The decision to create special goodie bags for our out of town guests was instantaneous. There was no way I wasn’t going to do this project! After checking in with the hotel, I found out that I could bring in the boxes to the front desks. As guests would check into the hotel, they would each be given a goodie box/bag filled with special things.
What the heck can you put into these boxes / goodie bags? Anything you want! I included a wedding weekend “brochure,” an area attraction guide that I picked up from the town visitor center, two water bottles with custom DIY labels, candy bars, gum, travel sized Tylenol, peanuts and a granola bar. Special gable boxes can be purchased online at Nashville Wraps or Box and Wrap. If you don’t want to use boxes, scour out dollar stores and use cute gift bags. Again, the sky is the limit!
Are you having a fall or winter wedding? How about including flavored hot chocolate, marshmallows, or spiced cider? You could include home-made baked cookies or biscotti with instant coffee. Think about where your wedding is. Is there something special about the city or is there something that the city is known for? An example would be to include a jar of local BBQ sauce for a Texas wedding. The Wedding Bee has compiled an extensive list on different ideas for different parts of the country!
I know that you are probably quite intrigued by the aforementioned wedding weekend brochure, so I will explain this in a little more detail. I created a simple brochure in Microsoft Word. These were the categories:
- Thank you to guests
- Timeline of the weekend
- Directions from the hotel to the church and to the gift opening
- Things to do with the kids (Children’s Museum, parks, movie theatre, etc.)
- An excerpt from my husband’s favorite children’s book (The Velveteen Rabbit)
- Places to eat
- Attractions / Things to do
- About the Bride
- 25 things you may or may not know about the bride
- About the Groom
- 25 things you may or may not know about the groom
- How we met
- The proposal
- Names, addresses and contact information for us and each of our parents
As you can see, you can be as extensive or as simple as you want. A simple note card saying “Thanks!” would work just as well!