Choose Your Bag! A reusable bag or a wedding welcome bag with easy to grab handles is always key. You want to make this a nice gift and something that they can easily pack in their bags when the wedding weekend is over and it is time to return home. Anything from a classic recycled-paper gift bag to a monogrammed bag with handles are wonderful options. Make sure they are large enough to accommodate the items you’d like them to hold.
Hand Written Notes! A handwritten note can go a long way in welcoming your wedding guests to your Colorado wedding. This is a simple gesture and allows you to address your appreciation of your guests taking the time to come celebrate with you. Be sure to write your wedding date and have both of you sign the cards. The welcome note in your wedding welcome bags is also a great place to share announcements and wedding details with your guests. Providing them with an overview of the wedding schedule for their weekend in Colorado and any transportation details are helpful. Most important is providing your guests with high altitude tips to help them have a safe and fun time in Colorado for your wedding.
Wet Their Whistle! Staying hydrated while traveling is Travel 101, so wedding traveling is even more important. Colorado is a dry climate and hydration is key when you're over a mile above sea level! Add a custom label on a bottle of water, a custom label on sparkling water, or even a nice bottle of wine. All of these are wonderful additions to any wedding guest welcome bag.
Grab & Go Treats! While staying hydrated is #1, making sure your wedding guests have something handy to munch on in between taking photos, meeting families, talking with friends, and getting ready is also important. These items don’t need to be custom, but think about adding snacks that are unique to the area. Visit a local bakery or market and find snacks that would be a wonderful addition and easy to grab and eat. This is also a great chance to bring in a favorite treat from where the couple grew up or where they met.
A Nice Touch! Adding special touches to your wedding guest welcome bags like monogrammed items (handkerchiefs, sunglasses, etc.) are the little things that can really make your wedding guests feel extra special.
Location, Location, Location! If your wedding guests are coming from out of town, maps or local guides are helpful and useful for guests. Ask the hotel if they have any recommendations or have items available for you to add tot he wedding welcome bag. Local restaurants, bars, spas, and shopping areas are always thoughtful and something to keep in mind so your wedding guests feel at home while they are in Colorado for your wedding. It also makes you look like you have thought of everything. Along with location, if you’re having an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception; adding travel-sized sunscreen, bug spray, and lip balm are wonderful additions to your wedding welcome bags.
Helpful Hints! When you are putting together your wedding welcome bags, be sure you account for any dietary or environmental allergens of your guests. Be sure to account for Aunt Martha and her gluten-free diet or Uncle Albert and his sensitivity to the sun. Add little touches to their welcome bags that have special treats (gluten-free) or special amenities (hypoallergenic sunscreen). These little details will make your wedding guests feel even more special and show you appreciate them being a part of your wedding weekend.
Keep It Simple! If all of the above is too overwhelming, no need to go into too much detail or special order every item. Simple items like bottles of water, grab and go snacks, and mints are great starting points for your wedding guest welcome bags.
Sapphire Celebrations Recommends these items for your Wedding Welcome Bags:
Custom Monogrammed Canvas Bag - something personalized to hold all the goodies
Bottle of Water - hydration is always key
Chewing Gum - always staying minty fresh
Cookies - travel sized bags or even custom frosted ones for that little extra touch
Trail Mix - favorite mix of sweet, salty and loaded with healthy fats and protein
Colorado Postcard or Magnet - everyone loves the 300+ days of sunshine and the beautiful mountains
Advil - you never know when that pain creeps in
Emergen-C : keep your immune system boosted
Travel Facial Tissues - Gesundheit! Always have one handy!
Hand Sanitizer - Keeps those germs away and hands fresh
Welcome Letter - to truly welcome your guests to your special day
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Sapphire Celebrations combines the energy, perspective and creativity of two generations when planning weddings and events throughout Colorado. Founded by a mother and daughter team, Sapphire Celebrations reflects their Colorado heritage. With family roots dating back to 1907 and covering the northeastern plains and Rocky Mountain vistas, there is no team better qualified to plan your Colorado wedding or special event.
Pamela and Angie are proud of the high level of service for which Sapphire Celebrations has come to be known. Two principal wedding designers and four event concierges take pride in exceeding the expectations of couples who entrust us with their wedding day.