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9 Wedding Welcome Bag Gift Ideas Your Guests Will Love

Say "thanks" to your friends and family with these thoughtful, personalized presents.
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There really is no better way to welcome guests on your wedding weekend than with a curated bag filled with goodies. Whether you choose a traditional bag, or opt for something different—like a box or basket—the contents can be customized to fit the overall vibe of your weekend. But with so many options, the process of choosing what to include can feel overwhelming.

Here are a few cute and creative ideas to inspire you.

1. Helpful Hangover Kit


Weddings are a time to (quite literally) eat, drink, and be merry—which often makes for a rough "morning after." Let the champagne flow freely with this handy welcome bag that doubles as a hangover kit. (Hint: you can order travel-sized packets of Advileye drops and earplugs in bulk on Amazon.) Then throw in a few other useful items your guests might have forgotten, such as band-aids, stain remover, and wet wipes.

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Hangover Survival Kit Bags, $7.25 for 5 bags

2. Delicious Destination Wedding Bag


Give out-of-town guests a "sense of place" with a welcome bag composed of local delicacies. Consider incorporating regional snacks and drinks for your friends and family to sample, like cookies, popcorn, chocolates, and a local bottled beer or juice. Of course, the wedding and reception are the most important part of the trip, but including a map of the surrounding area along with some recommendations for nearby restaurants and activities is also a much-appreciated gesture.

Palm Spring Wedding Muslin Bag, $1.75 each

3. Something Worth Sipping


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For the booze-loving bride and groom, mini wine bottles, splits of champagne, or small liquor bottles paired with mixers is an idea that guests love. Add some custom labels with your names on them and the date of your wedding for an extra special touch.

Custom Mini Champagne Bottle Labels, $15.95 for 6

4. A Collection of Personal Favorites


At the end of the day, the wedding is about you and your spouse-to-be, so why not share some of the things you both love with your guests? Create a bag of personal favorites—from your preferred chocolate or candy to a small token that reminds you and your sweetheart of a special moment you shared together. Including a handwritten note about the significance of each object can make the bag feel even more unique.

For a special twist, you can even put together a playlist with your future spouse that embodies the feeling of the wedding. Download the playlist onto a flash drive and include it in each welcome bag as a personal gift only that will remind everyone of your wonderful wedding day.

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Personalized Wood Flash Drive, $15

5. A Custom Thank You Tote


As a way of showing your gratitude, create a customized tote bag with a symbol that represents the theme of the wedding. Inside, include a personal note to each guest about why you're thankful for them and include a few of their favorite items. (This works especially well for more intimate affairs.)

Bicycle Wedding Tote, $12

6. Swap Out the Bag for a Box


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An elegantly woven basket or a vintage wooden box with a personalized brand on the side can be a clever alternative to a bag—and something your guests will actually want to keep.

Customized Aged Fruit Crates, $25

7. Get Nautical


If you and your spouse-to-be are getting married by the beach, put together a maritime-themed gift bag. Include a map, saltwater taffy, sunscreen, and a customized frisbee with your wedding date and location.

Nautical Wedding Favor Stickers, $24 for 12

8. Rustic Welcome Box


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If your wedding has a rustic feel to it, extend that theme to your welcome bags adding mason jars or mini burlap sacks filled with candy and snacks.

White Rustic Wedding Card Box, $44

9. Made with Love


If you're up for the challenge of putting everything together yourselves, you and your future spouse might want to consider going DIY. A few ideas? Infuse your own olive oil, or make jars filled with homemade jams, jellies, and cookies. Tie on a decorative ribbon and add a small handwritten note with the recipe.

Apricot-Vanilla Bean Jam

Ingredients: 
2 lbs. ripe apricots
1/4 cup water
Small wedge of fresh lemon
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 to 2 vanilla beans

Directions:
Place pitted apricot halves, water, lemon juice, and lemon rind in a large, non-reactive pot. Cook over medium-high heat until the juices begin to boil, stirring intermittently. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until apricots are soft and tender, five to 10 minutes.

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Stir in the sugar, scraped out vanilla seeds, and vanilla pods. Increase heat and bring to a rolling boil. Stir while cooking until jam thickens and the candy thermometer reaches about 220°F. Remove vanilla bean pods and lemon rind. Ladle the jam into clean jars and store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Recipe from thekitchn.com

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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