Destination Wedding? It's All in the Bag

When you're planning a destination wedding, welcome bags (or boxes) are the perfect way to show your guests you’re thinking of them, even if you can’t greet them personally upon arrival.  When designing wedding welcome bags, I take into consideration the personalities and interests of the couple, the budget, the location, wedding style, AND color palette.  These elements are key in planning the perfect welcome that captures the spirit of the couple. 



Wedding Welcome bag Essentials

"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart." - Jane Austen


A Welcome Letter

This is the perfect opportunity for you to tell your guests how thrilled you are that they’ve made the trip.  Keep your note short, sweet, and simple. 

Contact Info


Share information for getting in touch with the people you’ve designated as go-to contacts.  Include their cell phone numbers, and if possible, the number for their hotel rooms.  Don’t include your contact info, as most guests won’t want to bother you and you’ll have enough on your mind already.

Map & Local Info

What are the must-see spots in the areas?  Ask your hotel for a reliable map of your destination.  With the map, also include information regarding local transportation, restaurants, and entertainment.


So your guests are “in the know,” be sure to include all pre- and post-wedding events, as well as any extra costs for tours or group activities.


Thematic Snacks

Share a taste of locally made food and drink.  Having just had my wedding in Jamaica, my guests went crazy for the Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee in their bags!  Get to know your destination’s delicacies – macadamia nuts in Hawaii, rum cakes in the Caribbean, bagels in New York.  If you’re feeling fancy, greet your guests with a celebratory drink: a bottle of local wine, beer, or liquor will set the tone. 

Travel Essentials

What will your guests appreciate having at your specific destination?  Sunscreen or a hand fan for the tropics, a subway card in the city, something to bundle up in for colder climates. You can never go wrong with bottled water - there's nothing worse than arriving at the hotel and realizing the bottled water isn't included with the room.  

Tie it all Together

When planning the stationery and color scheme for your bags, keep in mind not only the palette for your wedding, but also your location.  You might consider referring to your wedding invitation to keep the look and feel of the welcome bags consistent.

Less is More

Our mantra: keep it simple.  A few thoughtfully curated gifts are always more meaningful than a bag loaded with thoughtless items. 


STRESS LESS.  Let Charm help you plan the perfect welcome bag for your wedding: