Ask The Expert:

Must-Haves for The Perfect Wedding Welcome Bags

Photography: KT Merry // Calligraphy: Laura Hooper

We sat down with expert wedding planner, Heather Lowenthal of Posh Parties, to find out her must-haves for creating the perfect wedding welcome bag for your out-of-town guests.

Welcome bags are one of my favorite parts of wedding planning. It’s a great way to make it personal – whether it is a bag that welcomes your guests to the city you are getting married in or a bag filled with the bride and groom’s favorite goodies!

Photography: Blink and Co.                                               Photography: Alain Martinez

Here’s what is in my ideal bag:

Weekend itinerary that includes pertinent information such as all the times and places for each event, attire for each event, transportation that is being provided, the Wedding website for additional references, and of course, the hashtag being used for the weekend.

Photography: KT Merry

Something to drink (water bottles, lemonade)

Something salty (pretzels, popcorn, chips)

Something sweet (candy, cookies)

Something healthy (granola bar, trail mix, orange)

Something chocolate (I like to do a Lindt sea salt chocolate bar, Hershey’s Kisses or M&M’s)

Emergency Kit/Hangover Kit/Weekend Essentials (this usually includes Advil, Tylenol, Shout Wipes, Band-Aids, Pepto/Tums, Emergen-C, and sunscreen)

Other things I have done but not necessary are custom cups, custom Koozies, playing cards, baseball caps, and scarves.

Photography: Nancy Cohn //                                             Photography: Jose Villa                                  Custom Map by Laura Hooper 

I also love to package the bags to match the wedding colors or create a fun vibrant theme. You can theme the bags to showcase the destination of your wedding location. It’s also fun to add personality and do a his and hers drink or his and hers special treat and name them “Bride’s Favorite and Groom’s Favorite.”

Happy Planning!

Xx The Planning Society

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