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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Wedding Welcome Bags for Out-of-Town Guests

Last January, I was thinking about wedding invitations, centerpieces, and dresses. A project I didn't consider until last minute was welcome bags for out-of-town guests. Growing up, I left weddings with a bag of snowflake-shaped pizzelles, peanut butter blossoms, rum balls, and biscotti from the “cookie table,” a tradition in steel-mill towns of western Pennsylvania. (For more about wedding cookie tables, here is an article from the nytimes.com.) I'd never heard of welcome bags!

After consulting with my future mother-in-law, we prepared bags for family and friends traveling from as far as California and Ireland. I don't think welcome bags are required in any way and discuss logistics with hotels before making plans. If you decide to give welcome bags, here is what we left for guests at their hotels:

To make:

Welcome Bags  
White Craft Bag
Twine or ribbon
Label (Template below)
Decorative Stamp

Hole puncher
Ink pad

Welcome Bags’ Content Suggestions
Water bottle (label removed)
Cliff or other Granola Bar (Snack)
Fancy Kleenex tissue packs
sable cookies rolled in colored sugar
Assorted Hershey's Kisses
Maps and information about area attractions (such as restaurant recommendations)

To Assemble:
1) Stamp the center of each bag with the pattern of your choice. (I used a heart with a wood grain pattern, which is no longer available online.)
2) Print  and cut out tags then punch a hole in the corner of each piece.
3) Cut ribbon or twine and tie tags to bags.
4) Fill bags with gifts.

Hobby Lobby Craft Bags; Home Depot Sisal Twine; Hobby Lobby Stamp; Target Hershey's Kisses; Target Kleenex Pocket Packs; Cliff Granola Bars, Amazon

Here is the Microsoft Word template that I used for our welcome bag tag. For convenience, the template is in Arial although I chose lobster two and appleberry fonts. I also added a heart to the template, by inserting a shape in Microsoft Word.  Please feel free to change the language and personalize. As always, let me know if you have any questions.  All best wishes for your wedding planning! For more wedding tips, here is our program template and bar sign/cake topper tutorial.

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