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Wedding Welcome Bags


Sarah and I put together a fool proof guide for assembling useful and personal Wedding Welcome Bags for The Daily Meal. Wedding guests get to their hotels rooms to find a bag full of surprises that excite them about your location, speak to your style, and cover a few weekend necessities.  I recently attended a wedding in Santa Barbara where the couple welcomed guests with all the right treats. Take a cue from this couple but adapt the ideas to fit your specific wedding.

SB wedding welcome box

1. Local Flavor
Vintage postcard welcoming guests by name (our bride made B & W copies of a cute Santa Barbara postcard)
List of great local eats and sites of interest
Map of the area
Local Magazine (e.g. LA Magazine, Chicago Magazine)


Wedding Welcome Bag Contents

2. Drinks or Snacks
Go local whenever possible to give your guests a taste of the region.  Aim for little sweets or savories to satisfy late-night cravings or something to be enjoyed the morning after.  Remember, no one wants to carry anything home.

Here are a few cute ideas we’ve seen:

-Santa Barbara pistachios (see image)
-Tootsie rolls or Vosges chocolates for a Chicago wedding
-Ghiradelli chocolates or fresh fortune cookies for a San Francisco wedding
-Two fresh Black & White cookies for a NYC wedding
-a duo of Sprinkles cupcakes for a Los Angeles wedding (
-Coors Light and Chapstick for a Colorado mountain wedding
-Saltwater taffy for a beach wedding
-A split of wine for a vineyard wedding
-2 Cokes in a bottle for a Southern wedding
– Hav-a-Chips for a Southern California wedding


Banana Bread for Welcome Box

3. Homemade Treat
A homemade item always adds a warm and personal touch. If you can enlist a family member, have them make something that represents your heritage.
-Your aunt’s famous banana bread

-Your mother-in-law’s sugar & spice pecans

-Your mom’s signature toffee

-A family recipe printed on a pretty card


Wedding welcome kit

4. The Necessities
The bride featured here did a first aid kit with Advil, Band-aids and Emergen-C and a wet wipe from in muslin bags from Paper Mart stamped with a red cross. But it can be as simple as 2 water bottles and a pack of gum or a tin of Altoids.  We’re also fans of a $5 Starbucks card for the morning after.


M wedding tote

5. Containers Ideas
Remember, most containers get left behind in the hotel trash can so don’t blow your wedding budget on this detail!
Kraft containers for an all-natural wedding (see image) Brown Gable Boxes from Nashville Wraps
Kraft or white paper bags stamped with bride & groom’s monogram or wedding date
Baggu reusable shopping bags in bright colors tied up in a bow for a chef’s or eco-girl’s wedding (that’s what Sarah did for her wedding)
A white tote printed with lyrics from your first dance song (see image)
Plastic Beach Pail
Woven Basket


What fun ideas have you seen for Wedding Welcome Bags?


A & O

Santa Barbara Wedding Decor


4th of July weekend Drew and I attended a BEAUTIFUL wedding in Santa Barbara. The bride is an old roommate of mine so it was just as fun of a weekend as it was a stunning event. She had so many great ideas for rustic, elegant decor that is appropriate for your setting and venue.

The SB Historical Museum

Clay pots lined the entrance to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum entrance where the wedding ceremony and reception were held.


Chilled champagne and beers welcome guests, a popular touch. I loved how the seafoam table linens showed off those copper drink tubs, a color combination only nature could dream up.

Wedding Programs

Pretty programs kept company by grey- green succulents and a peachy pink garden rose.

SB Walls

The aging on this wall is so lovely. Just imagine the wedding portraits against this backdrop.

SB ceremony aisle

The ceremony was held in the courtyard where dark wood chairs flanked an aisle strewn with succulents and over ripe pink peony blooms. A canopy of grape vines on trellises framed the site. So California, so Santa Barbara.

SB wedding flower pots

Peonies were bursting out of a bed of succulents in big pots at the “alter” of the ceremony area. The feathery grass was such a fun and whimsical touch, blowing in the wind like a bridal veil.

creamy canvas panels

Floating canvas panels in various lengths were an earthy but elegant marker for the ceremony’s center.

Peonies and Succulents

This was my favorite detail of the wedding decor, open peonies and succulents “blooming” in the dirt down the aisle.

bridal bouquet

The bride dressed up the cream, pinks, greens and tans of her wedding decor with pops of black. Her bouquet of creamy white peonies, hydrangeas and pink spray roses was bound with a black ribbon.

heirloom tomato crostini

The caterer’s did a great job displaying their yummy food, heirloom tomato and mozzarella crostini appetizer looks fresh on a bed of chives.

table flowers

Native SB lavender mingles with dahlias in an aged bronze vase.

Burlap Runner on Wood Table

Dinner was served at 4 long tables that formed a square around the dance floor (an A & O wedding favorite). Dark wood tables with long burlap runners were studded with fluffy pink and white flower arrangements.

wedding centerpieces

Shades of pink and magenta in a cement vase that echos the starburst shape of the dahlias.

escort cards

Name cards were tucked under knives and matched the pretty menus (and the invitations and programs.)

bridesmaids bouquet

The bridesmaids wore a black dress of their own choosing but carried feminine flowers tied with a rich pink velvet ribbon.

Wedding outdoor lounge

An outdoor lounge area was created just behind the dinner area with white linen stools and Moroccan bronze trays turned into coffee tables.

Ceramic Lanterns

Mod ceramic lanterns and tea lights flickered as the night turned from dusk to dark.

Cupcake Buffet

Guests helped themselves to assorted cupcakes in fun flavors like oreo cookies n’ cream and birthday cake. The mini wedding cake was topped with a fuzzy succulent. Don’t you just love this decor and color palette?!

Congratulations to the happy couple, may your life together be a beautiful as the day you wed!